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Madison Pop Explosion: We will never forget...
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Underwear parties. The mid-decade fad brought folks out to clubs in camisoles and boxer briefs. The Imperial Palace. The performance space in the basement of a Chinese restaurant was cool in a very odd way. The Sunspot van. The vehicle that powered Madison's most relentless touring band gave all its cylinders to rock 'n' roll before facing the junkyard in 2008. Luther's Blues. The music venue stranded on a concrete island on University Avenue from 2001 to 2005. Rock Star Gomeroke. It's hard to forget a tradition still with us. Gomeroke arguably fueled the local cover-band fad of the '00s. The Junkers. I still remember when these whipsmart UW graduate students wore cowboy hats and sang about Susan B. Anthony. The old New Loft. The Fairchild Street teen center and underage music venue was evicted in 2000 to make room for the Overture Center. It was a sad tale of the arts establishment turning its back on grassroots community artists. The King Club. Jane Wiedlin. Kiki's house shows. Pooley's.

They were all so '00.

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