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Temporary Insanity

Book-signings and pole-climbings, the “Party Monster” chronicles, plus Chic of the Week.

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While the much-hyped and recently faded electroclash scene of Berlin (Germany) and Williamsburg (Brooklyn), offered the younger generation stylish nocturnal options, according to pro partygoers like Rich and DJ Embe, for them, electroclash nights never boasted the passion of those club kid years. "We call it electrocuted," says Rich. "It was kind of fake and there were so many poseurs doing it."

Embe first hit the New York scene as a baby raver in 1992, then got out as rave went mainstream. Now, he says, those who love to dance all night long have formed splinter groups and rely on an underground party circuit. "There are no major venues," he says. "There are dress-up-and-do-drugs parties, but the clubbing heyday is tragically dead."
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