The CHEEPSKATES live at The DIVE - R.I.P. JD Martignon, owner & founder of Midnight Records
On October 31, 1983 The Cheepskates, a four-piece group which spawned from
the "Garage / Psychedelic" movement of the time performed two forty-five minute sets at a midtown Manhattan nightclub
named "The Dive".
release of their first single titled "Run Better Run" the group was set to embark on a project
that would expose their band as well as a burgeoning (60's type) New York club scene to a much wider video audience.
Cable TV was in its infancy and a local New Jersey UHF channel catering solely to music videos including "indie bands"(a
kind of poor man's MTV named U68) was just getting started.
The performance was captured on three amateur VHS video cameras. The audio was primitively recorded on a "home stereo"
cassette deck putting all three vocals on one track, and all of the music (using only one strategically placed microphone)
on the other. Unfortunately because of these limited formats the project was scrapped, put away, and forgotten. Lying dormant.....until
With the advancement of modern digital technology
this "Cheeply" recorded performance can now be fully realized. But even though the audio has been remixed
the video footage is "raw" and up to now had yet to be refined.
The footage is currently being edited and enhanced to produce various results.
An edited three-song DVD demo of this raw footage has been completed and is currently
being circulated within the "Garage / Psych" community. You can view a brief preview of
this demo below.
Along with the Cheepskates this website will try to relate some of the stories
and color that went on at a nightclub named The Dive, as well as the "scene" that seemed to develop around the Garage/Psych acts
that performed there. You can scroll down to the bottom of this page to be directed to the next. You can also go back
to the top and select a page from the tool bar on the left.