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Warriors of the Discotheque: The Starck Club

The place is the notorious Starck Club (so called because it was the first major project designed by Philippe Starck, it put him on the map in the US.) The Starck Club opened in Dallas in 1984 and it was actually legal to buy MDMA aka ecstasy or X there, people would put it on their credit cards. The DEA stepped in and made it a category 1 drug on May 31, 1985. But, this is too easy. The filmmakers explore the design: Philippe Starck, the music (Grace Jones, Edie Brickell, Dead or Alive, Book of Love, Depeche Mode, and a whole slew of new wave bands and artists performed there), the town (Dallas in the 80's), the people- the scene, the drug MDMA- Ecstasy and the reaction to this new emerging scene by the DEA, as well as the legacy and influence the club's impact has had on other designers, DJ's and the whole rave/techno scene. Simply put, the Starck's allure was the Building, the Music, The Drug! Also, this club and the scene it subsequently spawned was at the front end of a 25 year economic and social upward trajectory, w/ only a few minor blips in the early 90's and post 9/11, that may just now have come crashing to an end. Think the roaring 20's but instead it's the mid 80's: before the widespread onset of AIDS, before the spread of crack cocaine, before cell phones, and the club opened the same year Apple introduced their new mac computer in 1984, with the famous Ridley Scott helmed commercial!

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The Starck Club opened in Dallas in 1984, and not long after hosted the 1984 national Republican National Convention. Ironically, it was actually legal to buy MDMA aka ecstasy there, people would put it on their credit cards. The DEA stepped in and made it a category 1 drug on July 1, 1985. This, despite NOT really understanding anything about MDMA... It wouldn't be an understatement to say The Starck Club was not only ground zero for the popularization of ecstasy, the whole rave scene, but even lit the fuse for the entire Billion dollar, DJ driven, EDM (Electronic Dance Music) scene.

Philippe Starck is now a world renowned designer, but until his foray in Dallas he was only an up and coming Parisien designer virtually unknown outside of France. In addition, the mid '80's brought about a new second British invasion and the birth of new wave music: Dead or Alive, Book of Love, Depeche Mode, Grace Jones, Edie Brickell, Red Hot Chili peppers and a whole slew of new bands and artists performed there. Dallas in the 80's was fast becoming a world class city primarily due to an economic growth spurt and attracting people from all over the globe. This film explores the legacy and influence the club's impact has had on designers, DJ's, fashion, sex, and the seeds for the whole rave/techno scene. Simply put the Starck's allure was the Building, the Music, The Drug! Think the roaring '20's only transposed to the mid '80's complete with financial crisis. In this case, the Savings & Loan crisis that hammered the entire Southwestern US and spelled the end of the club's existence.
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