30 years of DJ Culture from East Los Angeles

I have written a couple of pieces on my blog about my involvement and history with DJ culture in Southern California. My academic focus has been on Chicano DJ culture focused on the Eastside of Los Angeles. Chicano scholars have not included DJ culture as part of our experience and DJ Culture/Rave Culture scholars have not included Chicano DJs in their investigations. This makes Chicano DJ culture a truly Chicano experience: ignored by both (our own scholars and outsider scholars), stuck in the middle between two worlds, not factored in.
This project I am working on with G727 is taking form everyday. We have been holding meetings and gathering friends and participants to make this happen. In researching our experience I have learned that we need to include as many voices as possible. We are not Chicago who has Frankie Knuckles, nor are we New York with a Larry Levan. Detroit’s history looks at the Bellevue Three. Here in L.A. we need to look at the hundreds of thousands. There are many factors that lead to the LA experience being different to the East coast.

We have better weather so we have outdoor parties 10 out of 12 months, in East Los a lot of us had large backyards to host massive parties, we are a car culture so we all could have mobile systems that we could easily transport and we could get to more parties in one night. The list goes on.
Anyhow, please support our first fundraiser at Eastside Luv next Thurs.

This is what I’ve been sending out to all my ‘social networks’:

Based on my Master’s thesis “An Oral History of DJ Culture from East Los Angeles,” I am working with G727 on building a living collaborative archive. All DJs, promoters and dancers who were a part of or were inspired by Chicano DJ culture based on the Eastside are welcome to bring their flyers, memories and music to this project. We are having a few fundraisers for out supplies, please come out and support or send us a check.

“Featuring the Lightz and Soundz of…”

A 30-Year Survey of DJ Culture from East L.A.

June 7­ – August 9, 2008

Opening Reception: Saturday, June 14, 7- 11pm
Gallery Hours: Thursday through Saturday 12-6pm

G727 is pleased to present “Featuring the Lightz and Soundz of…” an interactive participatory exhibition celebrating the first 30 years of DJ culture rooted in East Los Angeles.

This exhibition will develop over the course of nine weeks and invites the public to contribute their party flyers, images, anecdotes, and spinning skills to an ongoing series of events and remembrances, while developing a living archive that can serve as the basis for historical research of the genre’s contribution to the Southern California cultural landscape.

Working in collaboration with Power Tools (a weekly DJ mixshow program on Los Angeles’ Power 106 FM), which have chronicled the nuances of the DJ scene and continue to keep it alive in underground settings, “Featuring the Lightz and Soundz of…” will function as a staging ground for the search of the intimate and personal experiences that have contributed to the formation of distinct alternative dance movements, honoring the complexities of its chronology, geography, and surrounding social context.

G727 welcomes testimonies, photos, flyers and mixes (cassette, CD or MP3) to help build the narrative about the variety of spaces and happenings that make up the first 30 years of East L.A. DJ culture.
This exhibition provides a collaborative contextual framework for participants, past and present, to become active producers in the documentary process of their own cultural histories.


Adrian Rivas
213 627 9563

About G727:

G727 seeks to generate dialogues on artistic representations and
interpretations of the urban landscape. The building blocks of a city
comprise more than simply buildings, streets, and sidewalks. They equally encompass personal experience, collective memory and narratives. These are the less tangible, but no less integral elements that transform mere infrastructure into place. Through photography, painting, writing and video installations, artists open our eyes to these elements and heighten our awareness of what makes a place a place. G727 welcomes these artists to its space to help us all better understand the complex nature of cities and
the urban condition.

62 thoughts on “30 years of DJ Culture from East Los Angeles

  1. funny, a few weeks ago i was talking to someone about how nothing’s been done about the history of east l.a.’s dj culture. nice to hear someone’s taken up the task. you going as far back as all the “musique” dj crews (pegasus, destination, etc.) and the copa discotheque?

  2. YES we are starting in 1977 and going all the way to 2007.

    BUT we need you and your stories to make it a fuller picture. We understand that the DJ culture in East Los is not about one person in one era, it is un chingo de gente, across generations. I know heads whose dad was a DJ and they are now teaching their kids to DJ. It is just like our lowrider culture: Generational and adaptable to technology.

  3. What a great project. I’ll type up some memoirs for you
    of the backyard parties we hung at in the 70’s-80’s
    with the Vin de Champagne crews and Audio Climax
    also the hip hop RADIOTRON club near McArthur Park in the 80’s.

  4. Awe shit! Pah pah Patch was the first rave I went to (then circa 93), I think I was in 7th or 8th grade. I remember cholish party crews (memer operation X hats?) rollin in lowriders to raves back when we called them industrial parties. I gotta pull out some of my old rave/deep house party fliers from the 90s. Just thinking about it gives me acid flashbacks and memories of hearing 30 hoodrats sing “and you even licked my balls!” in unison.

    I got a buddy who used to DJ who would be a good resource for this, I gotta let him know about it. Great post! Remeber the circa riot at the grand plymic, we were peaking when shit went down and had to carry a homie who was beyond candyflipping.

  5. Hey Pachuco, my dad was one of the first mobile DJs in the Eastside/SGV. I’ll let him know about your project. Like you mentioned above, he passed on the skills to my brother and tried to teach me too but I was too shy to take it up. Stupid me!
    Looking forward to hearing/reading more about your project.

  6. Good luck on the project. While I preferred what people nowadays call “80’s music”, it always bothered me that the 80’s in LA has been redefined as only new wavey music, when there was a wide range of music, and a huge freestyle and house dance music scene. It also bugged me that local stars like DJ Irene and R.A.W. helped develop sounds that were sold back to America via people from Europe.

  7. Please come to our weekly meetings on Wednesday nights at 7 pm at G727 S. Spring St. in dwntwn Los. This Wed. we’ll be celebrating Adrian b-day, going over the details of the fundraiser on Thurs at Eastside Luv, and discussing the logos, flyers, and video aspect to the show. If you can’t make it Wed. please do come out on Thurs. I promise it will be a helluva night.

    This show is about stories and anecdotes like the comments above about flyers, memories and its role in developing and connecting our community within its borders and into the current global DJ culture. We did this. Not me or just him, ALL of us. We want to keep this spirit of collectivity alive throughout the show. That will only happen if you show up and drop some knowledge.

    Right now we are in need of a video recording set up to do video testimonials and ofcourse more lights for the light sculpture, old DJ mixers for the mixers through the years collection, and flyers, always flyers. They are our raw data that show the trends, lingo, stars and vibes of an era.

  8. This is so badly needed. I grew up in East L.A and Pico Rivera and was part of the “whittier party scene” which you know was intertwined with the ELA scene. The crew that I was down with was mainly a hip hop party crew.I was around but too young to participate in the disco scene around “The Casa” and Kennedy hall but I still remember the big hair and crazy make up. The history of the chicano Dj and party scene is ignored. I was speaking to a friend of mine how awesome it would be to chronical – perhaps in a film or documentary- the eastside scene. The frestyle,hip hop, and disco scene was a magical time in L.A history and history has forgotten that time. I would be more than happy to contribute however I can to this magical time. I still think that it needs to be put on film somehow. This generation needs to know about REAL cruising on Whittier Blvd, legg lake, what flyers used to look like, the pick up spots at Jack In the Box in Pico Rivera, the underground parties in ELA, the X hats, the dance battles, the MC battles, the guy and girl party crews, the “6 pack crews”, the partying at Turnbull Canyon. I could go un forever. This project is an important start.
    Iz “Poet” Carrasco

  9. Lets see what I can dig up from my parents garage. I still have most of my DJ stuff and crates of LP’s since the early 80s. See you at the fundraiser!

  10. Hey, i was a member of the ela party scence.From the years of 1992-1997. It became a pretty crazy lifestyle. It changed my life, friends killed, getting addicted and strung out on lots of different things. Almost loosing my own life. I made it a priority that me as well as my party crew were all well known. But its a dangerous thing, Party crews! but that was the life i choose

  11. Hey Pachuco!
    Great job! All that you did is amazising! But what do you what to have as a result? I mean no only the exhibition of Chicano DJs. What do you what to have for yourself?

  12. Thank you for the kind words. They are much appreciated and necessary for me.

    what do I want?
    besides justice, peace, and a sustainable economic, social and political paradigm?

    some Pioneer CDJ 1000s would be nice; a new radio for my car; cash is always great; new speakers; a digital camera; some new clothes; a new mattress; ceiling fan for my bedroom; people to buy my book; a movie deal with millions of dollars to hire the best and weirdest peeps to make the ultimate ELA DJ movie; a book deal; travel; more time to exercise; the answers to the big questions; the ability to come up with more questions and time.

    You asked…

  13. “a movie deal with millions of dollars to hire the best and weirdest peeps to make the ultimate ELA DJ movie”

    A movie like this would be so awesome! I actually thought about this before…perhaps start with a novel or something and then move on to a film…

    Also, I might still have it somewhere but sometime in 1989 or 1990, Vogue magazine did an article on the fashionistas of the ELA party scene. You know that crowd that thought of themselves as being of a slightly higher class (despite living in the same neighborhood as everyone else)? From what I recall, the interview was done at Don Quixote’s. I remember when I came across it in Vogue, I was totally shocked. As I’m sure you know, there was zero media attention given to the scene except in the 90s when Fox news came along with their undercover exposes.

  14. I’ve heard about that article, but never ran across it. Throughout the project a couple of people have brought it up.
    It is very rare that our night life is given any credit or notice unless of course it is to be used against us like, ‘Look at how crazy and out of control they are! We need to enforce the law!’
    My radio show has been on 16 years and not once has any LA paper noticed. Our dance music scene has always been thriving but unless someone gets shot or o.d.s we don’t know it exists.
    As Gamboa Jr. wrote, we are a ‘phantom culture.’
    Some folks I know that have gone through the Hollywood machine say the powers that be in there don’t want Chicanos in the media because it will eventually end with how this is stolen land from an illegal war. And they support the existence of other states/nation states that were born of illegal wars and exist on stolen land.
    We don’t exist because to acknowledge us it to admit they couldn’t wipe us out, how many of us remember and know our history, and that they have benefited and are only on top due to colonization/slavery and ethnocide.
    Despite all that we still dance, create, have flavor, funk, and rock it like no others with elan and estilo.


  16. Was wandering along some sites and came across this interesting blog of sorts.

    I grew up in the ELA area, particulary Montebello and the Whittier Blvd segment. Actually went to Montebello Intermediate and was an Oiler for a minute. This era of creativeness still gives me the chills when I think of how deep it expanded throughout our hispanic culture. Before I left the Los Angeles county lines and moved into the Inland Empire, I thought we were all mexican and listened to Techno;House;Hip Hop;New Wave;80’s;Rock;KROQ;Power Tools; and for those old enough Mars FM! Oooh…how I loved that station so bad I would have to turn my clothes hanger just enough to catch the right reception even though I lived in Los.
    At an early age living in Los Angeles I did what probably all of us did in the late 80s-to the early 90’s. Write on walls, skateboard, play baseball; and of course listen to ALOTT of music! Growing up around 80’s and rock, my dad was around plenty of dj’s, so I still hear songs that remind me of my early childhood (mainly new wave). Yet,the one music genre that sucked me in and just completely changed my views and aspects of music was…you guessed it, Techno.
    I collected flyers at an early age because I was to young to party or hang out all night (10 yrs old). Every chance I had to buy a mixed tape or cassette @ music plus or exodus which I think is still there, I would. My fave djs form the LA scene that I can recall are: Dj Orlando;Tony Vargas;Thee-o;RAW; etc. Never was a fan of Humpty, but give him credit for Power Tools. You know I taped approx. 3-6 years of that show labeled and sorted in sequence untill my ex through them all out on the street afetr a bad break up. Now I wish I had them due to all the new cassette to mp3 rippers out there 🙁
    Lets not forget how the tagging crews and party crews of Los Angeles contributed to the hispanic culture of the rave scene,or as one person wrote above “the industrial parties”, which is true. Aother great source to look up would be “Street Beat Magazine.” This publication actually took great pictures and small interviews with many of the ELA party crew scene, and even tagging crews. Never the less, if you wrote you were associated with party crews usually. If you banged, you were usually not associated with party crews or atleast the better crews. The oversized t- shirts with colorfull graphics and labels. The phat laces and airbrushed jeans, and of course the caps rep’n their crew with big bold letters! The one negative apsect,that ELA kids bring to the table that nobody can match,is the violence we reak on each other. I believe its the population and competiveness of ELA kids. We all wanted to be on top no matter what we did, which leads to violence.
    Overall, the creativeness that was brought to ELA in the early 90’s was top notch. Yes, others argue that the east coast and Chicago were the originators of Techno and underground parties here in the States. The ELA movement was fierce and colorfull. We have more people, we have the best looking girls,we have sunshine 12 months out of the year, and we definetly have style and culture which is unmatched. The whole country copies what Los Angeles does in many aspects….
    Now, I can see the whole rave scene and how far it has came. Doing research and collecting oldskool techno in mp3 format from the years 88-96. The European countries started the creativeness and self production of making music and it still astonishes me on how they recorded, and packaged their own music which led us to how we alott of us make music now-a-days in our bedrooms. The east coast gave us the first big name dj’s or artists to make it big and represent throughout the world. ELA was king to crews, parties, bitches, and countless ravers.
    Someone needs to document this era and include works of art. The flyers and how the copyright law was just stepped on, and of course the culture itself. It would be impossible to give props to all the crews or promoters, and or dj’s. Yet its worth a try I guess.

    If anybody is interested in the music of those days, I have a enormous collection of rare, and popular techno. Anything from strictly oldskool mp3’s: techno-acid-breakbeats-hardcore-and rare mixed tapes and live sets from back in the day! If you think the scene is dead, you better look again. Ive dj’d @ parties in the same neighborhoods I once roamed. Mainly ELA! Its not the same and the kids have no repsect to the oldskool, but the energy is hype like I havent seen since that first time I stepped foot into a rave. You all know that feeling?


    You can find me on the best oldskool internet radio station “Pirate Reveival”, and the finest oldskool peer-to-peer file sharing site “Soulseek.”



  17. leeeeeeeeean in,

    so the last post was fucken october?????????????????????????????????????????????????????
    check it out.
    im here and i caught a burz
    musica blowing out my fucken ear drums
    that shit hurts.
    but i could type and shit
    i think
    call me a wierd vato
    cuz i come from hollywood
    yeah west side till i ride
    just let me rhyme
    somebody please, just give me a second
    i know a d.j. is muchdiferent from a m.c.
    but when my crew and i secured a ride to make it to the big bad EAST
    and a ride to make it back to the western border of downtown
    with enough cash for ass ad gas
    we would make the fucken tripiada
    it wasnt often
    cuz we grew up prawly broker than you guys
    but man
    oh man
    i cannot emphasize how fucking important it is to make our cultura common knowledge
    make those recordings yall
    yo royal and pachuco
    you fellas are on the golden track
    solid gold
    mi gente
    the deal real
    yo please dont stop this movement
    a whisper in a persons ear
    is the message carried by the rebel in fear


  18. time flies. Havent heard anyone talk about those days in a while. I’m 34 and my first house party was Bad Boys in East La, first Rave was Armageddon. The rave scene was insane, but not really a part of east la party scene. LUG made a dent on raves, but they were from SGV. East LA was all about the massive house parties and warehouse break-ins. Real undegrounds. I remember the Rebels from Boyle Heights and Kaos from East LA ruled the house party scene. Then came Operation x and Network 23. Those Network 23 flyers were insane. When it came to break-in warehouse parties, it was all about The Kingsmen from Montebello. It spread out to other cities from there. I remember some friends and I started throwing parties in Whittier under the name of Aztec Life. Later we started doing break-ins that were usually by mailing lists under the name 4th Dimension. Not the IE Club. I remember Mikey hooked up some cool flyer desings for us. As far as quality in music and events, it was all about Tri-Fry from Montebello. That crew kept it exclusive. If you got a flyer, you were lucky to go. They did Club Tabbz, which moved several locations. But by far, I would have to rate East La Rebels and Kaos as the kings of the 1990s East LA house party scene.

  19. “The underground will never die!”
    I remember a party goer exclaiming this in one of those early 90’s Fox Undercover Reports.
    Sadly, the reality of the scene as I cared to know it, as it really mattered, is long and gone and it will never return again.

    Personally, I think that the scene was dead by 94’. There were just too many negative factors to ignore that contributed to it’s downfall. The elevation in violence were definite in its demise.

    There was a time, however, when it was all about the Peace and Love. Keep in mind that the period of which I write is pre-rave. The word rave did not come into vogue until later.

    I remember the first party that I attended in Huntington Park around 1991. It was a house party and the flower power theme had peaked and it was every where from the bob tailed haired girls that came up to my friend and I that shared their “jungle juice”, the 60’s daisy drawn on their Doc Martens, to the sound of Crystal Waters in the background. Of course, who can forget the voguing style dance that was popular (with both girls and guys! ) in those days. The theme at this early stage was all about coming together and just having fun.
    Sure there were fights, but just mostly drunken induced squabbles and there were no guns.
    The peace sign was a popular symbol at this pre-rave stage. A contending name for the crew that my friend’s and I wanted to start was Peace Crowd Posse for god’s sake!

    The atmosphere was totally different in 94’ which in my opinion was the year when the scene died (some will disagree of course). The peace sign was replaced for those with more capitalistic interests such as Fresh Jive (Although, Fresh Jive as a fashion trend was fading in 94’) and the Harley Motorbike sign (Sorry, but I never got the connection between deep house music and Harley boots, was it a Morrissey thing?). This was the time when people from other groups that had criticized it before joined in to get in on the fame.
    All the ex tag bangers (Their scene was dead due to the Mexican Mafia imposing a Green light on them), the jocks, and everyone else that was joining the party scene due to it being the “It” thing.

    Hey, that was the cool thing about the scene. It brought people together from all walks of life right?.
    But the Peace and Love attitude that was popular in the early stages definitely changed after the L.A. riots. And unfortunately, it was the embracing attitude that brought the scene to it’s demise.

    With it, all these people who did not know about the peaceful origins brought violence, guns, gang like behavior, interesting fashion (I swear one time I saw a cholo looking dude, probably an ex tag banger sporting white Nike Cortez , extremely baggy, creased neon green Cross Colors pants, Bomber Jacket, cholo style goatee and mustache, and of course, the ever popular bald all over but bangs in the front with a hard menacing look on his face).

    The music had changed and evolved too and got more undaceable towards the end. This is how the music evolved in my opinion.

    First there was House, Acid House and Industrial (period 88’ to 90’) examples: Acid Thunder – Fast Eddie, This is Acid – Tyree. Dee-lite, Crystal Waters, Todd Terry stuff and your occasional M.C. Hammer and Vanilla Ice shit for fun.

    Then period that attracted all the Masses: Techno and hardcore (period around 91’ to 93‘): Nocturne – T99, Anesthesia – T99 (A FUCKING CLASSIC IN MY OPINION),
    To harder Techno: James Brown is Dead, Who is Elvis, James Brown is still Alive, Mentasm – Joey Beltram, Energy Flash – Beltram again, rufige kru – dark rider, Tones Energy -Phantasm (WOULD BUTT FUCK REGGEATON IF PLAYED IN A CLUB TODAY), Human Resource (YOU KNOW WHICH TRACK, GOT PLAYED IN MARS ALL THE TIME, IM BIGGER AND BOLDER NIGGA!!)
    To Ardkore/Jungly Shit: SL2 – DJ takes control, stuff by DMS. ETC.
    Then in 94 some asshole DJ’S thought Gabber would be cool to play in parties, and hey I think that DJ’S did not have a choice, since producers like Dyewitness were no longer producing hardcore style tracks.
    Gabber sucked. It made people act like assholes. Sure there was Deep House, but people they were not getting it. The message in “Follow Me – ALYUS” was ignored totally. And when the asshole DJ started playing DR. DRE. Well, that is when I knew the end had come.

    Ernie B. Goode

    “The King of D.P. s” (NOT THE ANAL AND ORAL KIND)


  20. Raves in early 90’s where the best. Old school Techno and Jungle music. sketch Pad,Club What,insomniac. Those were the good old days when the parties didn’t even require security because the croud that would show up would be there for the Love of music and people. It lasted for only couple years until the crowd started to change, more violence,more security, it started to feel like a night club.

    I still listen to most of the classic tapes R.A.W,Dj Trance,Fester,ODG,CRS…ect

    If ur interested in some LA Dj’s mixed tapes check out this web site http://www.DjTorrents.com they have some nice Tapes!!!

  21. wow… reading all this stuff is making me feel fuken old! lol does any one remember that magazine in the mid 90’s that started posting pictures of party crews and pictures of the party scene? i think it was called “party time magazine”?

  22. [wow… reading all this stuff is making me feel fuken old! lol does any one remember that magazine in the mid 90’s that started posting pictures of party crews and pictures of the party scene? i think it was called “party time magazine”?]

    The only mag I recall that displayed all LA shit was “Street Beat.” Than URB Magazine (when it was still free) showed us the wider spectrum house & techno around the world.

  23. Royal 10-6-08

    You still out there? Just came up on this site. I have years of Power Tool tapes if you are interested. How to get in touch?

  24. Power tools fan September 3rd, 2009 | 10:09 pm 25.Royal 10-6-08

    You still out there? Just came up on this site. I have years of Power Tool tapes if you are interested. How to get in touch?

    —Whats up Power Tools Fan! Lets chat bout them tapes..

    Hit me up on my email : royaloner@hotmail.com

  25. I remember 1986 or so I was home one night listening to 1580 KDAY high energy show. They were spinning a sped up version of “not love oh no no no not love” they were broadcasting from the knights of columbus in HP. The following weekend they where at DQ’s by my grandmas house near Soto/Olympic. I was a problem child that attended all the party schools Cathedral first then off to Lincoln and finally Roosevelt. We used to DJ a lot of High School dances. I’ve partied at the Casa club1828. I remember the Copa in El Sereno. I experienced the late 80’s disco scene and the early 90’s house party scene. We used to cruise everywhere from Elysyian park, the winery, Whittier Blvd, Legg Lake, Turnble Cyn. The ELA tracks remember those days. Thanks for the flashbacks!

  26. 1986- Modern Touch Productions YES the Aqua net days was the start of it all as it was also for many of the top LA promoters and DJ’s still doing business today. Associated with the ” Fabulous Five” Modern Touch * High Energy * Suspense * Notorious & Fantasy of the LA DISCO SCENE we took the East LA party set by storm. TONYMAGIK played a pioneering role in introducing the underground scene to the Latin EAST LA House Party Scene during the times of the ever so prominent Disco and Funk House Parties of the 80’s under MODERN TOUCH and partner HI-ENERGY in the Late 80’s.

    1990- Armen O & Tony Magik Attractions – Partnered with another 80’s promoter “Hi-Energy” to provide Underground music to many LA and East LA warehouse venues. The most popular House parties were “THE SOUND OF THE UNDERGROUND” “CLUB TABBZ” AND “THE PAWN SHOP” The underground seen was the start and spark for for TONYMAGIK, Taking its toll in the early start of the scene as it propelled TONYMAGIK to the next level, the Comercial Club Scene.

    1992- Tri-Fry Productions – Hosted & Deejayed warehouse parties and many local club venues in LA district, Downey & San Gabriel.

  27. yes walking down whittier blvd on any night was the thing to do in the mid seventy’s me and the compa, and seeing all the rucas. Yes the good times was on new year eve was the best. as all lowriders or any rafla would do, as clock would click to midnight see every one come to a stop as midnight came then the party was on. i guess some one out there would have memorys of that and maybe some pictures of those times.

  28. Every time one looks back in history.Some people would always think of high school.I look back at some of those old techno rave of 1990’s or house party days and some of the things I’ve done.I was part of the house party crew The rebels some had made it clear who was and always been on top of the house party name now your parents of the youth of today would like to follow in their parents footsteps or to find how the way my family’s history is some what’s the differance between adult and there kids.Past history furture outlook.

  29. I’ve been waiting for someone to be serious about bringing the Word of the East Side party scene back to LIFE! People we need to come together and make this happen. There will never be anything close to what we all did back then. This has always been something that the world should hear about it was a movement that just got killed by the the pigs. I give props to the ones that survived and made it. But for those that are the crossroads waiting, a moment of silence……RIP…Derek OX….Hommie Forever!

  30. Wow!! Definitely a topic that seriously needs to be covered, “Vin De Champagne”, how can I forget that? As a bartender in 1980 at Rudy’s Pasta House, we had many guest DJ’S, remember Benny MARTINEZ from KIIS FM? How about a local dj, Ernie Moreno who played at clubs in Hollywood like Circus Circus in the early 80’s?

  31. @vince – this is really a reply about the education thread, but it’s here to make a point. This party culture research is part of P3000’s graduate study work. For better or worse, the “official” information is legitimated through universities. Universities are in the business of proving that something exists or existed, and placing the people, events, and ideas within the larger framework of “history”.

    This is being challenged, of course. For years, minorities and women entered academia to revise history and critique, and to change the curriculum in K-12. Today, the game has changed because of websites like LA Eastside and Wikipedia, which are forms of self-documentation that challenge the “official story”.

    Despite these advances, academia still provides a level of peer review and, sometimes, economic support required to create this knowledge. It takes time to gather stories, to piece together history, and build an archive of documentation.

    Working class urban communities like East LA are relatively lucky compared to rural communities. The universities are nearby, and the population is large.

    Look at a community like the Mexican-Hindus of Yuba City. It’s on the edge of extinction – and it’s a community that’s got some documentation and even had an academic take up their cause.

    They were a small biracial community in a farming town, with ties to Sikhs in San Francisco who are now legendary in India as the Ghadars.

    The Mexican-Hindus and the Ghadars are virtually unknown in California history, and the last members of the community are aging, and the community is changing and vanishing (the new Sikh immigrants are not intermarrying into the old community).

    Another undocumented community are the Molokans of the Boyle Heights flats. I’ve heard of them, and think I even went to school with some, but, what little I’ve read of them has been on non-academic websites. Not only that, they seem to be assimilating and declining in numbers.

    This process of documentation matters. The cost is the cost of educating someone to do the research and produce a book and an archive of information. It’s not that expensive, if you can get enough people to share the cost.

  32. I Was Just talking to Some People From The Past And telling what You Think About This Web Site And They Just Thought I Was Bsing About us From The Past so I Hope They Check out What I Talking about.Speaking of Who Was On Top of Game BAck When And Now we Have To Google are History party crew. And Other crews.But everyone all readly knows who was on top and is still on top. party whit the ela rebels…1990-199?

  33. sorry that the last time i wrote in here i made some mistakes in typing.My hands were sliping of the keys sorry for that.

  34. glad to have found this web-site, i’ve been a mobile d.j./promoter & into the DISCO SCENE/L.A. PARTY SCENE since 1983. i remember the RADIO TRON/CASA CAMINO REAL/D.Q.’S DISCO in OLYMPIC & SOTO/3RD & SPRING/BRANDI’S/KENNEDY HALL/ALEXANDRIA HOTEL just to mention a few. keep the memories alive.

  35. I used to be From The East L.A Bad Boys And a friend of mine sent me a video of T99 Anastacia , and it brought back all sorts of memories of the time …Like Homeboys From >>>>>>Madness…Kaos…Wanderers… Gypsy Kings i even remember going to a Kingsmen storefront Break in on Whittier Blvd. Then the Rock Bottom Break in At an abandoned warehouse that the cops raided and searched everyone …..i got called a nazi cause i had a couple of piercings by a cop…shit they hated chicanos ,we were told to go back to the slums of east los by them …..and they were Chicano as well …..but damn i miss those Garfield Days

  36. Ohh Yeah if anybody knows how to get ahold of StreetBeat Magazine hit me up …..it was the mag that would profile all the party crews back in the day from eastlos to puente to ontario.!

  37. Wow this site brings back good memories,i grew up in Pico Rivera and was a member of the L.T.Boys not to confuse it with Love Tradition and also of the whittier party scene from 83-92.Remember cruising whittier bl on friday,saturday,sunday and yes even on wednesday nights,Turnbull Cyn,partying with other party crews especially the fine beautiful honeys Ladies of the 80’s (Renee,Tonie),Ladies of Guess (Sally),Ladies of Shamberlin (Linda),Ladies of Azuree (Monica),Exxodus Diamomd Girls (Susie) Explosion Playmates (Nancy) Ladies of Pink Passion (Sandra),Ladies of Madmen (Sonia) also kicking it with Corona Boys,V Sha Nae,Manifest,Romeo Att,Audio Extasy,Men in Action,,Boys from Brazil,Men from heaven,Buddy Boys sneaking into The Casa,Kennedy Hall,Alexandria Hotel going to The Rock Of The 80’s at the Pico Rivera Sports Arena hanging outside my friends house listening to radio station 1580 KDAY on the a.m. dial just to listen to the High Energy show that would be from 1am to 3am and eating at Tommys Burgers in Pico Rivera cause that was the other cruising spot for the after hours.I wish you luck on this project cause i would be very interested in watching a movie or a documentary on the early 80’s to early 90’s party scene,Thanks for the memories.

  38. WOW! This is an incredible site! I am glad that we can express ourselves on this website about our experience in the L.A. scene.
    I was a dj back in the day, and experienced club 47 on whittier, Brandis on telegraph rd., The kennedy hall on whittier blvd, DQ’s olympic/soto, The C.S.O. hall across from Hollenbeck Division, Rudy’s pasta house on Olympic blvd, The alexandria hotel in Downtown L.A., The Casa Camino Real, I had also mixed on A.M. stereo K-DAY! These were the greatest memories of growing up in an ERA that cant be forgotten!! I remember being at the Casa Camino Real on a Saturday an we were supposed to be filmed for Boulevard Nights II but nothing ever happened with that.

  39. The Original’s of the L.A. party scene are still around and going on strong after many, many, years. I wasaround the scene with the greatest promoter’s and DJ’s.The Player’s After Dark,The world famous Teddy Boys, Boys from Brazil, Pegasus,Elektra,Brittania,Century,Prophecy,Equus,Reflex,Poison, Utopia,Odyssey,Ballet,Optica, Genesis,Chams,Travel,Europa,NiteTime,Obsession,Capazity,Shomanae’, Mystical,Nemesis,Fineline,Uptown,Cirkis,Huey Louie,Roulette,Risque,Enchantment,DeeBoise,Wham,Divine,Modern Love,Constant Force,Frequency,Vission,Time,Bizzare,Fantasia,Regency and many, many more.

  40. Wow Im 35 now and I was just transported to the 90’s. First of all I want to say thanks to all the heads that made it fun back in the day. My first go around was with the Infamous East Los Angeles Bad Boys. They were so kind as to take me under their wing and show the ropes to this once young scrub. The likemindedness of the culture back then was laugh now, cry never. DP’s, House Parties, Wherehouses,flyers, and map points was the topic of conversations around many a high schools and colleges. LA and SGV guided and mentored the other cities that soon fell in line with this lifestyle. I mean please if even FOX news was willing to follow us that has to say something. The kicker is though as I came home one day my older sister that was in college sat me down and began to tell me about her sociology class and how they were reviewing LAPD tapes to understand the youth of today ( IT WAS A TAPE OF HOW LAPD WAS BREAKING UP OUR DITCH PARTY) HAHA!! That lifetime I’d never forget and always cherish, it was pure, new, wild, and profitable. Big shouts to the virus, fec, d juan, nathan, drew, beto, joey boy, marco, sayer, and to the rest. GOD BLESS AND PEACE…

  41. I really enjoyed all the comments on this site, makes me want to write a movie or documentary some day. I will post alot more in the near future:
    In short i can say i promoted and started many of these clubs, halls and programs like: The Casa, Florentine gardens, DQs, Kennedy Hall, Pico Rivera Sports Arena “Rock of the 80s” The golden fountain, club Sensations, DQs, Peppers, Fantasia, Quiet Cannon, Crazy Horse, Pappillons, MR J’s, well 100’s more. I owned and operated the High Energy Show on KDAY in the 80’s,
    It has been a pleasure being part of such wonderfull scene. I started in the business since 1981, and I am presently still going…..

  42. Brian from Boyz in Kontrol here.
    Wow, yeah bring back memories. I still have flyers and vinyl in my crates, those were great times. I remember all the hard work but all the fun too!! I especially loved working with Reflex, Heaven, and Equus at the Alexandria Hotel, and Ceasar from the Teddy Boys bringing them back from obscurity at the Golden Fountain.

  43. DJ Mr. Ed, thanks for the link! That video is awesome and as exploitive as Fox News was back in the day of Latinos and our delinquencies, I’m glad there is some documentation of the Eastside subcultures.
    I hope no one recognizes their mom or dad in that video, though! Ufff! 😉

    Thanks for the rest of you for continuing to share your memories of the party crew days. It was an important cultural phenomenon that should be better documented and recognized.

  44. We are still trying to keep the music and culture alive, please join us the last Saturday of every month at Club 201 inside the Radisson Hotel Whittier for DISCO RETRO NIGHTS (Search the name on YouTube or visit the web site to see what it’s all about http://www.DiscoRetroNights.com ).

    FaceBook Group Page: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=435763510482

    Bringing you the classic DJs from all over Southern California! Hope everyone can come and re-live the Disco, High Energy, Free Style, Electric Funk and New Wave that was made popular by the Los Angeles Underground Party Scene (1978 thru 1989).

    – Marco TIME

  45. Just wanted to say hey to the creator of the site and the project G727. I use to be a old school member of Champagne Gents and a very old friend of Michael Desire I would like to see the project G727 and if I can share any information and help out let me know. I use lived in Montebello and went to Greenwood Elementary, then Montebello Intermediate and then the High School and was a part of allot of events with Power 106 and the Baka Boys. Best of luck with the project.

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