If you’ve been to Barbarella on 80s night, there isn’t anything in the video below you haven’t basically seen before.
Groups of sweaty, oddly dressed young people dancing, dancing, dancing. The video wasn’t taped on Sixth Street last weekend, however, but in Austin in 1985. The three-minute clip captures an unfiltered look at what the Austin club scene was like nearly 30 years ago. And it looks just as sticky.
Although the inclusive nature of Austin’s downtown seems to have survived (“Everybody gets along so wonderfully. Whatever you are, just party.”), the 25-cent drinks are sadly a perk of the past.
The video was uploaded to the YouTube account of a successful Kickstarter campaign looking to make a documentary about “how public access TV helped shape the culture of Austin, one of America’s weirdest cities.” The film will be called “When We Were Live.” The project, led by local video producer John Spottswood Moore, earned $17,000 from 209 backers. Other videos uploaded to the channel include “Baseball for the Blind,” and “Why Ann Richards was so Great.”