Club Kids

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The Club Kids was a group of young New York City dance club personalities led by Michael Alig and James St. James in the late 1980s and early 1990s.wikipedia
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Michael Alig

Glory Daze: The Life and Times of Michael Alig
The Club Kids was a group of young New York City dance club personalities led by Michael Alig and James St. James in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
Alig was a founder and ringleader of the Club Kids, a group of young New York City clubgoers that became a cultural phenomenon during the late 1980s and early 1990s.

James St. James

Transformations with James St. James
The Club Kids was a group of young New York City dance club personalities led by Michael Alig and James St. James in the late 1980s and early 1990s. *The events of Michael Alig's years as a club promoter up to his arrest are covered in James St. James's memoir, Disco Bloodbath: A Fabulous but True Tale of Murder in Clubland (1999), re-released with the title Party Monster after the release of the eponymous 2003 film.
James St. James (born James Clark August 1, 1966) is a television personality, author, celebutante, frequent collaborator with Mathu Andersen, and former "Club Kid", a member of the New York City club scene in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Amanda Lepore

Amanda Lepore
The former Club Kid has appeared in advertising for numerous companies.

Lisa Edelstein

"Lisa E" (Lisa Edelstein)
After being dubbed a "celebutante" by The New York Times magazine during her club kid days, Edelstein used her new-found celebrity to write, compose and star in an original musical called Positive Me in response to the growing AIDS crisis of the 1980s.

Andre Melendez

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Andre "Angel" Melendez The documentary film Party Monster: The Shockumentary (1998) and the feature film Party Monster (2003) – both directed by former Club Kids Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbat, and focused on the murder of Melendez by Alig and Riggs – are based upon St. James' memoir.
Andre Melendez (c. May 1, 1971 – March 17, 1996), better known as Angel Melendez, was a member of the Club Kids and purported drug dealer who lived and worked in New York City.

Richie Rich (designer)

Richie Rich
"Richie Rich"
During the 1990’s, he was part of the original group of New York City dance club personalities aptly named, Club Kids.

DJ Keoki

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"Keoki" (also known as "Superstar DJ Keoki", born Keoni Franconi )
Alig rose to international notability as the head of the Club Kids, a group of diverse partygoers who would dress in costumes each night and form parties in New York and all over the United States.

Walt Cassidy (artist)

Walt Cassidy
"Walt Paper" (Walt Cassidy)
Walt Cassidy, born in Los Alamitos California, is a New York City-based artist, notable for his contemporary art and participation in the New York City Club Kids culture.

Larry Tee

"Larry Tee"
In 1986, Tee, along with RuPaul, Lady Bunny, and Lahoma Van Zandt, moved to NYC and quickly became involved with the Club Kids scene with his epic party, Love Machine.

Lady Bunny

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"Lady Bunny" (born Jon Ingle)
In 1984, she moved to New York City, became one of the Club Kids, and in 1985, organized Wigstock, an annual drag queen festival that lasted until 2005.

Vivacious (drag queen)

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Osmond "Vivacious" Vacious
Vivacious was one of the original Club Kids in New York City during the 1990s.

Susanne Bartsch

Susanne Bartsch
She also helped launch the careers of young American designers Alpana Bawa and Michael Leva, and was a precursor and influence upon the Club Kids.

Screamin Rachael

"Screamin Rachael" Cain
Rachael was part of the 1980s-1990s Club Kids scene and, in the documentary about its founder, titled Glory Daze: The Life and Times of Michael Alig (2015), she discusses her reaction to the disappearance of her friend Andre "Angel" Melendez and a song she wrote about it, titled "Give Me My Freedom/Murder in Clubland".

The Limelight

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From there, Alig and his gang went on to virtually run Peter Gatien's club network, including the notorious Club USA, Palladium, Tunnel, and The Limelight, a large Chelsea club in a deconsecrated church.
It earned the media's attention in 1996, when club kid and party promoter Michael Alig was arrested and later convicted for the killing and dismemberment of Angel Melendez, a fellow member of the Club Kids and a drug dealer who frequented the club.

Disco Bloodbath

*The events of Michael Alig's years as a club promoter up to his arrest are covered in James St. James's memoir, Disco Bloodbath: A Fabulous but True Tale of Murder in Clubland (1999), re-released with the title Party Monster after the release of the eponymous 2003 film.
Disco Bloodbath: A Fabulous but True Tale of Murder in Clubland is a 1999 memoir written by James St. James about his life as a Manhattan celebutante and club kid.

Party Monster (film)

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"Christina Superstar" The documentary film Party Monster: The Shockumentary (1998) and the feature film Party Monster (2003) – both directed by former Club Kids Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbat, and focused on the murder of Melendez by Alig and Riggs – are based upon St. James' memoir. Saturday Night Live character Stefon (Bill Hader) is a parody of a stereotypical club kid; he and co-creator John Mulaney took inspiration from Party Monster in creating him.
Party Monster is a 2003 American factually based biographical drama film directed by Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, and starring Macaulay Culkin as the drug-addled "king of the Club Kids".

Party Monster: The Shockumentary

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The documentary film Party Monster: The Shockumentary (1998) and the feature film Party Monster (2003) – both directed by former Club Kids Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbat, and focused on the murder of Melendez by Alig and Riggs – are based upon St. James' memoir.
Party Monster: The Shockumentary is a 1998 documentary film detailing the rise of the club kid phenomenon in New York City, the life of club kid and party promoter Michael Alig, and Alig's murder (with the help of Robert D. "Freeze" Riggs) of fellow club kid and drug dealer Andre "Angel" Melendez.

South Bend, Indiana

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Alig moved to NYC from his hometown—South Bend, Indiana—in 1984 and began hosting small events.
Michael Alig, celebutante, co-founding member of the Club Kids, co-murderer of Andre "Angel" Melendez, ex-con

Danceteria

As the group's influence grew, they spread from the back rooms of lesser-known clubs to venues such as Area, Rudolf Piper's iconic Danceteria, and the Palladium.
Club Kid Goldy Loxxx DJed on the opening night in the lounge room, and for the first few Friday nights (along with Kamins) in the main room, one of the first times a club personality was chosen to spin.

Peter Gatien

From there, Alig and his gang went on to virtually run Peter Gatien's club network, including the notorious Club USA, Palladium, Tunnel, and The Limelight, a large Chelsea club in a deconsecrated church.
*Club Kids

Stefon

Saturday Night Live character Stefon (Bill Hader) is a parody of a stereotypical club kid; he and co-creator John Mulaney took inspiration from Party Monster in creating him.
His style comes close to absurdist humor, mocking New York City's notorious Club Kid scene.

New York City

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The Club Kids was a group of young New York City dance club personalities led by Michael Alig and James St. James in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Alig moved to NYC from his hometown—South Bend, Indiana—in 1984 and began hosting small events.

Michael Musto

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In 1988, writer Michael Musto wrote about the Club Kids' "cult of crazy fashion and petulance": "They ... are terminally superficial, have dubious aesthetic values, and are master manipulators, exploiters, and, thank God, partiers."