【It’s a History of Disco】
Rodney Bingenheimer’s English Disco was a widely noted Los Angeles nightclub
at 7561 Sunset Boulevard on the Sunset Strip from late 1972 until early 1975.
It catered to the glam rock movement.
In late 1971 music industry publicist Rodney Bingenheimer moved to London
after becoming fed up with the American music industry.
While in England he saw the birth of the glam rock movement and David Bowie
suggested Bingenheimer open a Glam club in Los Angeles.
In October 1972 he and his record producer partner Tom Ayers opened the E Club
club on Sunset Boulevard. In late December they moved the club further down
the strip to 7561 Sunset Boulevard with the new name,
Rodney Bingenheimer’s English Disco. Kim Fowley later recalled,
“The English Disco was more a public-toilet version of the E Club.
The new location gave it the teenage stench it needed.
Everybody had great hair and great make-up,
and there were Lolita girls everywhere. People worked at it.
It soon became the center of the new Glitter Rock movement in Los Angeles.
Bowie’s biography noted,
“The crowd at the club ranged in age from twelve to fifteen… nymphet groupies
were stars in their tight little world. Some dressed like Shirley Temple;
others wore dominatrix outfits or ‘Hollywood underwear,
‘ a knee-length shirt, nylon stockings, and garter belts.
These stargirls streaked their hair chartreuse and like to lift
their skirts to display their bare crotches.
As they danced they mimed fellatio and cunnilingus in tribute to David’s
onstage act of fellatio on Ronno’s guitar.”
Watney’s Red Barrel beer imported from England was served on tap at the club,
but the underaged groupies’ favorite drink there was cherry cola.
Sometimes the house DJ Chuck E Starr would perform a striptease down to
a gold or silver lamé bikini.
【Time Machine Hiroshima (Karaoke & Disco)】
Hiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture, Naka-ku Kanayamacho 13-13
Chatelet building 3rd floor
Owner: Ally Matsumoto
Phone: 070-5057-0314 (up to Matsumoto Motojun)