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Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Dangerous Moves: R.I.P. DSC and Lenny's

Mayor of Ponce raises a glass to those who deserve it

It was a sad weekend for Atlanta scenesters who saw the official passing away of Decatur Social Club and the un-official death of Lenny’s. Techno may have been the cause of DSC’s demise, and poor ol’ Lenny’s has seemingly been done in by corndogs.

Ironically, these two Friday night traditions split the dishes a few years back when promoter Preston Craig took his KISS indie-rock dance party outside city limits, lured away by a 4 a.m. bar call. The move proved brilliant as the summertime Azul patio became a Friday late-night staple.

It was a wonderful four years of sweaty dancing to “Deceptacon” on top of the bench seats inside the cramp, dark restaurant. No matter what show you went to that night, you were sure to converge in Decatur for after hours drinking of cheap PBR pitchers and cheaper shots of Jager. Its where your MySpace friends came to life. DSC got you laid, made you friends, lost your cell phone and/or camera, and hopefully caused irre-hep-table damage to your liver and brain cells.

And that’s only if you were doing it right.

DSC embodied everything I love about this city. It was about dancing and fun and just getting out of your head. It remained wonderfully inexpensive, when it certainly could’ve taken advantage of its popularity. DSC wasn’t about bottle service and V.I.P. tables; it was just about having fun.

But all great things have to come to an end. Sadly, DSC moved away from Iggy’s “Lust for Life,” and into its Challenger space shuttle, techno remix phase. Its final frontier, I suppose.

DSC, you will be missed.

Getting on the horn to see what the good word was this weekend, it was pretty obvious no one wanted to attend this year's Corndogorama. It was a tough pitch: $20 to see the same local bands you’ve seen for years. It was a weird feeling — suddenly, going to Corndog was not cool.

EDITOR'S NOTE: According to Lenny's booker Bean Summer, the club has no plans to move or close before its lease expires in two years. Also, stay tuned for coverage of Preston Craig's new weekly East Atlanta pub crawl.

Although Lenny’s hasn’t officially received its death certificate, you have to think it’s in the mail. DSC’s demise was quick and merciful. Lenny’s fate hasn’t been so kind. Slow and painful have been the summer months since the tornado did its damage, and this weekend at Corndogorama might as well have been a funeral.

Ever since moving from its tiny original home on Memorial Drive and into the cavernous new spot in the run down strip mall, it’s never been able to regain its charm. And that’s one of the few things Lenny’s always had going for it, an unexplainable charm.

With news that the club will have to move once again since the owner of the strip mall sold the property to a developer, here’s hoping that Katy, Bean, “Big Man,” and the rest of the motley crew can revive the Lenny’s tradition and find a spot that’s as dirty, cramped and romantic as the first Dottie's/Lenny's.

With a little bit of bad luck, I’m sure they can.

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