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When Worlds Collide - What We Do is Secret Afterparty

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Last night’s afterparty at Element for What We do is Secret was like a study in culture conflict. What We do is Secret is a movie about a punk rock band called the Germs. Punk rock was not just a form of music. It was a form of rebellion. Punk rock was rebelling against the mainstream music industry. So how do you hold a commercial event for something that by its very nature is anti-commercial? Posing and preening and being a part of the industry hoopla goes against everything punk rock stands for. At the same time, we all like free beer. Therein lies the dilemma.

For starters, the DJ at this party was cranking The Police at top volume, which was making everyone immediately walk back outside. Everyone crowded around the velvet ropes while colored spotlights spun around a big empty hall. Don Bolles, the drummer for the Germs, was so outraged by the music at one point that he tried stepping over the velvet ropes in a huff. The heel of his giant platform heel got caught in the rope, and one by one he brought down all of the metal posts. He fell into a heap, tangled in velvet ropes, kicking his big boots in the air like a beetle that had fallen on its back. Finally we just went and got CDs out of the car and made the DJ play them.