The Antenna Club reunion — which is slated for Midtown Memphis this weekend — has got us reminiscing about the thousands of nights we spent drinking beer at 1688 Madison Avenue.
Local heroes like the Panther Burns, the Grifters, the Oblivians, Man With Gun Lives Here, MetroWaste, Sobering Consequences, and out-of-towners the Replacements, Fishbone, Circle Jerks, Green Day, Danzig, Guitar Wolf and Black Flag all performed at the Antenna, which unceremoniously shut its doors after owner Mark McGehee was unable to come up with the $680 guarantee after Tripping Daisy played a gig on June 7, 1995.
Here’s a list of our favorite shows:
- Summer 1986 — The Mentors. When the TV monitors displayed pornos of El Duce getting head while the band performed “Secretary Hump,” every underage boy in the room abandoned the stage to watch. If the Antenna Club was a ship, it would’ve capsized that afternoon.
- November 1991 — G.G. Allin. This link says it all.
- Sometime in the mid-1990s — Ron Easley, with his brother Doug and god knows who else. The guru behind the Country Rockers shocked a full house when he wrangled an “Alex Chilton” Louisville Slugger baseball bat and attacked a globe covered in Hershey’s syrup and a shoe.
- Fall 1995 — the Strapping Fieldhands, Guided By Voices, and the Grifters. Whiskey and acid combined to make this night one of the wildest rock-and-roll trips of a lifetime. Wish we actually remembered it!