A Matter of Trust / Billy Joel / Russell Mulcahy / 1986
Directly across the street, on the north side of St. Mark’s Place, stood a very wide five-story building with almost every window bricked up. A Pop Culture monument. It had once housed The Dom, the club where Andy Warhol had put on his “Exploding Plastic Inevitable” shows with The Velvet Underground in 1966. In fact, in 1975 Velvet’s guitarist Sterling Morrison opined that his band’s shows at the Dom turned St. Mark’s Place “into the sleaze hole it is today.” By 1969, the name of the venue had been changed to The Electric Circus. In it’s early days, The Electric Circus’ house band was a group called Sly & the Family Stone.
“Just as Billy was getting into his limo to leave, one of the guys on the crew said, ‘You know, Billy, I think it’s really cool that you used that old Fender Telecaster as a homage to Bruce Springsteen’. Billy, lost his shit on the spot, and instantly decided the entire fucking video has to be re-shot with him using a different guitar. Can you fuckin’ believe this shit?!”
If you ever see that video again, you will notice that Billy is playing a gold Gibson Les Paul, exactly like the one Dickey Betts used for decades. ➡︎
◼︎ Streetscapes: 19-25 St. Marks Place; The Eclectic Life of a Row of East Village Houses / Christopher Gray / The New York Times / 1998
◼︎ Billy Joel Shoots a Video in the East Village, a Crew Member Says the Exact WRONG Thing / Binky Philips / HuffPost / 2013