"Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end"

The Underground 80's was an alternative music club night that ran from December 1999 through May 2001 in Rochester, NY. Although the gig is over, I'll be keeping this web site online and updated for your dressed-in-black listening and viewing pleasure, so please stop by and visit from time to time. My most sincere thanks to all of you folks who came out to party with me over the last 81 weeks, I had a really, really REALLY great time entertaining you. There will be other gigs to come, but I don't think that anything will ever make me smile bigger than the 2AM Gothic Industrial Butt-Rock Mosh Pit of Doom! :^) Speaking of other gigs, don't forget, you can catch my more modern-stylee AngstLAB show at Club Vertex every Thursday night. Until we meet again...
- MiKe! -
May 29th, 2001

Jan. 1, 2010: P.S. - The party continues at MikeDailor.com
May 25, 2010: P.P.S. - Check out Mike's Live365 Radio Show at Live365.com

Here's what we were listening to 13 (!!!) years ago:
April 8th, 1989

Welcome to the Underground Eighties!

For some reason, 1980s nights are a big deal in Rochester nightclubs right now. I think that’s cool (I liked the 80's!) and I’ve been to a bunch of ‘em, but see I’ve got this problem: their 80's aren’t my 80's. Like, am I going to go to the Center at High Falls and shake my booty to Grandmaster Flash and Rob Base and the Cover Girls? Nah, I don’t think so. Gimme some Sisters of Mercy, some Smiths, some Psychedelic Furs, some Cure . Throw in a little punk and some new wave to spice it up, now that’s what I’m lookin’ for. Know what? Can’t find it! Know what that means? I’ll have to do it my damn self. And that’s just what I’ve done.

"The Underground 80's" happens every Saturday night at Piranha, which is at 204 North Water Street right next to the Water Street Music Hall. It’s in the room which is affectionately known as "The Dungeon", located in the basement and ‘way in the back. It’s dark, it’s loud, and I hope that I’ve managed to capture some of the vibe and music of the places we called "home" in the 80's: X, Scrap, Idols, Zero, Scorgies, The Continental... the places where I’m sure we ran into each other ten or fifteen years ago. (Hell, I still see some of you at Vertex, but that’s another story, isn’t it?). If that was your scene "back in the day", this night will fit you like your favorite leather jacket. Let’s get back together again and do it one more time, what do you say?

And remember, you may have a spouse and some kids and a big fat mortgage payment now, but it’s still OK to be a rebel. Just pull on something black and come on down. Bring your favorite CD or album, too, I’d love to play it for ya. After all, this is your 80's!

Your humble host,

Mike Dailor, motivated self-starter

P.S. - Please feel free to pick up and enjoy my very excellent Underground 80's flyers at many locations around town, including The Lakeshore Record Exchange on Park Ave., Fantastic Records on Monroe Ave. and The Record Archive on East Ave.!

(Somewhat) Current Events

Big Country Frontman Found Dead
Updated 09:59 PST Mon, Dec 17 2001

The former lead singer of Scottish rock group Big Country has been found dead in a hotel room, his London-based manager said December 17.

Stuart Adamson, 43, whose band had a number of global hits in the 1980s, was found dead in Hawaii Sunday, his manager Ian Grant said.

"I have just lost one of the finest people I have ever worked with or been lucky enough to know," Grant said in a statement released on his Web site.

"Stuart Adamson was found dead in a hotel room in Hawaii yesterday," Grant said. "I have no more news other than that at present."

British media reported that Adamson had been fighting alcoholism.

Big Country's anthemic, guitar-driven sound led to a string of hits in the 1980s, including "In a Big Country" and "Fields of Fire."

The band sold more than 10 million records, had seven hit albums and 17 top 30 singles in the United Kingdom, according to the group's publicist.

Adamson left the public eye and moved to the United States in the late 1990s.

Widespread press speculation regarding his health was sparked in November 1999 when he failed to turn up for a U.K. concert supporting Canadian singer Bryan Adams.

Born in Manchester in northwest England and brought up in Scotland, Adamson's early career began in Fife, Scotland, in the 1970s when he formed punk band The Skids.

He went on to form Big Country in the early 1980s.

The band earned two Grammy Award nominations for the 1983 album The Crossing and went on to tour with the Rolling Stones.

Listen to:
Big Country - In A Big Country

Shenanigans of the past


Many thanks, hugs and kisses to all of you who have been coming out to the gig every week! Snailgirl, Gaby the Bringer of Jack Daniels, Beamer Rob, Brother of Scot Rob, Cult Rob, Darkwave Steve, Dee, Purse Girl, Brian, Bill, "Has anyone seen my shirt" Greg, "Put your shirt back on!" Emily, Actor Greg, Nine Inch Nails Greg, Iron Mike, Robert, Margaret, Miina, Matte [*gasp*, he lives!], Karlie, Amber, Kris, Bee Girl Amy... sorry if I missed anyone! Special thanks to Bob M. for the flash banner!