Former Location –
This was the closest thing left in L. A. to the underground clubs of the eighties. The Anti-Club had been going strong for many years and was one of the originals.
Notable Acts That Played at The Anti-Club Include:
11/9/1990 – The Beguiled
9/27/1990 – The Move
9/18/1985 – Circle Jerks
8/23/1985 – Minutemen
6/27/1985 – Red Hot Cili Peppers
6/17/1985 – Sonic Youth
8/2/1984 – The Cult
10/22/1982 – The Dream Syndicate
10/14/1982 – The Bangles
12/14/1979 – The Fall
The Anti Club
4658 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles CA 90029
I remember seeing Red Hot Chili Peppers and Corpus Delecti here
I saw the Red Hot Chili Peppers first show there …also Sonic Youth, Social Distortion and Redd Kross, among many others!!
A great place. Some big name bands and some not so big name bands. One dollar Lowenbraus in a plastic cup!
My husband and I used to go loved the place Had no idea Anti Club is still open
Bad Town Boys in 88! And Jill Sklaroff behind the bar scoring us drinks! My band NoTalking played there…
Our band played the night they closed their doors (early 90’s) – Loved that place!!
The Anti Club kicked ass. I saw Firehose, SWA, Lovedolls, St. Vitus & many other cool SST punk bands there 1986—I remember the lady owner came out from behind the bar w/ a gun when a fight broke out during a St. Vitus gig. Good times!
Pia Zadora’s mom was bartender!
I loved going to the Anti-Club in the mid-80’s! I remember seeing a lot of SST Records bands like SWA, Sylvia Juncosa, St. Vitus, Firehose, To Damascus, The Mentors, BL’AST & more. I loved the cheap hot dogs and beers. Great memories.
I remember seeing Nine Inch Nails here, maybe around 1990, before they got to be so big. At some point in the show girls started getting up on stage and pulling their tops off. The band and most fans were amused by the “amateur show.” Security did nothing at first, but eventually one started snaking her pants off. Then it became a melee, and the stage was rushed.
Lazy Cowgirls…Big Drill Car…
Anti Club had it all!
I remember in 1986 standing in line next to Brian Setzer and just casually chatting for 15 minutes before going in the club. L.A. was such a different animal in those days.
My favorite band there was Live Nude. Where have they gone?
My band played our very first show at The Anti Club opening for our buddies Mortitia. We went on to play two more shows here over the next few months. This place gave us our start. Lots of good memories.
I saw The Handsome Devils from Ventura here. Good times, cheap drinks and we only had to be 18!
Didn’t the Anticlub start by posting the location around town and having different venues until they established the Melrose address?
The first time I went to the Anti-club was 1981 or 82. I saw a San Pedro band called, “Tragic Comedy” and the Flesh Eaters.
John Doe and Exene showed up and closed the club but let me and my friend stay because we were doing old old school punk rock dances like the ‘Pogo’ and ‘The Worm’ not the stereotypical slam dancing. They gave us tickets to a Whisky gig.
Best night ever. The Anti-Club was so far off the beaten path. Not the trendy Hollywood Melrose.
How could I forget Minutemen played that night also.
We saw fIREHOSE and the Chemical People here
Piano Moscow regularly played Anti Club and were quieter than all the other bands.
What a trip. My band Insect Affect played the Anti-Club a few times, including our farewell show in early 1988 to a packed house. Will never forget some of the other bands we shared the stage with. Rope were very entertaining and memorable, especially the guy dressed up like a cake. Wonder whatever happened to those guys.
Early 80’s regularly there… 45 Grace, Gun Club, yet most memorable by far was Psi Com ( Perry Farrel’l’s 1st band) and their free Sunday afternoon rehearsals. He always seemed shy and reticent , UNTIL he hit the stage. It was kinetic, electric , tribal , incredible. I could already see the huge growth ahead…
I was the Bass player for the powerless flowers in the Later eighties
We played there several times great place the lady’s name was Helen she would always come out if there was a fight or if the pit got hard Gore
Have a lot of great memories from the Anti club
I remember Beck came in one night and was playing the spoons.. Didn’t his mom own it?