1984! The year of the famous Orwell novel, the year Apple introduced Mac computers via the famous Ridley Scott commercial, and the year Reagan won in a Presidential landslide. In fact, the Republican National Convention was hosted in Dallas, TX. Also, in Dallas, the seeds were sown for the beginning of the entire rave/ecstasy scene in a night club on the northwest edge of downtown.
That place is the notorious Starck Club (so called because it was the first major project designed by Philippe Starck, it put him on the map in the US.) The Starck Club opened in Dallas on May 12, 1984 and not long after hosted the GOP in the form of a “Starcktari” party complete with baby elephant! Ironically, it was actually legal to buy MDMA aka ecstasy there, people would put it on their credit cards. However, the DEA stepped in and made it a category 1 drug on July 1, 1985. Aside from being ground zero for the popularization of the designer drug, the club was so much more.
Philippe Starck is now a world renowned designer, but until his foray in Dallas he was only an up and coming Parisian designer virtually unknown outside of France. After the club, he went on to design the Hotel Royalton in New York as well as the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills in which he currently has an exclusive 10 year contract. In addition, the mid ‘80's brought about a new second British invasion and the birth of new wave music: Dead or Alive, Book of Love, Prince, Grace Jones, Edie Brickell, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Karen Finley and a whole slew of new bands and artists performed there. Dallas in the 80's was fast becoming a world class city.
Warriors of the Discotheque explores the legacy and influence the club has had on everything from design, music, and fashion to acceptance and tolerance of differing sexual orientation in a region not traditionally known for such views. This exciting story unfolds by incorporating interviews with those that were there: former employees, managers, performers, and key influential patrons. The film makes the case The Starck Club may have been the greatest night club ever!