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Bonds International Casino Nightclub

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LOCATION

1526 Broadway (Times Square), New York, New York

CLUB DETAILS

Bonds


Opened by the same owners of New York, New York.

Owners:
John Addisson
Maurice Brahams

DJs:
Kenny Carpenter
Casey Jones
Raul Rodriguez (Bio)

Photos below of the original invitation sent out for the opening party for Bonds were submitted by Jose Luis Infante:




Photos of John Addison's business card from Bonds Disco submitted by Jose Infante.
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Bonds photos below submitted by Jose Infante
Description: Pictures from Kenny Carpenter at Bonds
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Photo of DJ Kenny Carpenter and light man Robert De Silva from 1980 submitted by Kenny Carpenter.
Kenny Carpenter and light man Robert De Silva from 1980



Photos below from 1980 Blueboy submitted by Jauers.
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Photo below from Jauers.
Description: Ad for Bonds International from February 1980 Michael's Things.
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Photos (30+) kindly submitted by "DonRican."

































Please note that in the interest of fairness, the names of DJs and staff are listed in alphabetical order.


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Your Comments

Wayne Valentine Dirden |

I worked the VIP guest list at the front door although I never had any guest you would never know it . The line most often times was down 45th street all the to 6th avenue. I remember Mike Stone arranging in the winter, letting people for free just to warm up the house. It was a fantastic atmosphere with the sound system by Richard Long and Kenny Carpenter spinning through the night. Live performances by DTrain and a host of others. The fog machine on the dance floor. All the fabulous dancers Evelyn Santos , Jimmy Farrington, Timak. which later starred in the Last Dragon. and people that enjoyed partying all night. I was a blast. Designer like Robert Coleman and Scott Barry. The bouncers Sam Silva , Mishan, Al Morales ,Nathan Ingram to name a few. Those were the real party days thanks to Mike Stone.

Luis Perez |

I think my friends name was Eddie Serrano. Does anyone remember a DJ in Bonds by that name? I'll be posting the photos I have of him and Kenny in the DJ Booth.

Luis Perez |

I was close friends with a Hispanic DJ at Bonds but it was not Raul. Does anyone remember his name? Old age has screwed with my memory but I remember taking lots of photos in Bonds. Photography was my hobby so he would buy the film and pay for developing and I would walk around Bonds with a tripod and camera snapping away. He has so many photos of Bonds that it would fill this site. I still have the photos he didn't want which were not as good as the ones he kept. I was hoping to track him down if I could get his name and share them with you. I hope he and his family are doing well. I'm hoping he might come across this page one day and share some of those great photos. They had a great sense of space and brought out the lighting.

David Hoffman |

As for weird punch, I never saw it as I said but John Addison was really heavy into Coke. If it was punch out for the public he would not have "spiked it" but if it was behind the scenes party time or after hours party time, he was known to be very sharing with his stash. I still cant imagine putting that in punch though. But the times were decadent and crazy. Sodom and Gomorrah had nothing over these times. If anyone remembers me, I would love to hear back. Pretty soon we'll all be on walkers talking about how we used to get laid. All our sentences will start with, "used to be".

Ralph |

Well I don't know for sure but everytime i drank that punch that punch i was feeling new again to 9am

David Hoffman |

Regard the "Punch Upstairs" I don't know anything about it. I just worked my end corner downstairs on the dance floor bar and would go home at the end of the night. I never really got to know anyone there. I remember John Addison. He is the one that hired me during the phase of building the place but I never seemed to get in on any of the partying with the group. I am in the group photo of the guys in the shorts. I know the guy front row right and I recall a few others. I am in the back row left with the dark hair. You can only see half my face. Like is like that to me. It leaves me out of everything.

Ralph |

So David u were the bartender at bonds so you should know a little something about the punch upstairs spiked or what follow by some good fruits.

David Hoffman |

I worked at Bonds opening night and there after.I also worked there as the place was being built. I was one of the bartenders in the stupid silver shorts. Phil Addison always told us we couldn't wear anything underneath. That always left my goodies hanging out not that anyone really cared. I worked the bar station downstairs at the dance floor on the farthest on the end of the long bar. I recall the floating radio controlled blimp flying around the room. Bonds was ok but it was no Studio 54. I was sorry when that placed closed in 79. But Bonds was a novelty for a while. Does anyone remember me? I think my photo is shown here but I am in the back and my dark hair and face are barely seen. I remember d*** in the same photo.

Paulie Rock - Corona Queens |

I remember 1 hot summer nite when Kenny Carpenter was on vacation and Francois K played that night. He rocked that sound system to its limit. It was Brighton Beach after that!
We were there every Saturday. It was amazing the concerts they had and we never paid attention cause we were in our own world!

Hector Sergio |

Next to Inferno's this was my absolute favorite spot to hit on the weekend in the big apple. We used to break night every time we used to go there, I used to go with my boy Raymond, I was coming from Queens and he was from Bed Stuy, Brooklyn. We used to go crazy when the DJ played: "Hey you don't touch that touch this!" night. Had a lot of wild nights there, so many beautiful women!

akiko kudo |

I'm so glad I got to see these photos. I went there in 1981, A long line, so many big speakers, so many people. I gave 10 bucks to the bouncer to avoid the line.

Dwight Longsworth |

I remember the first night I went to Bonds I was with my brother we were at Disco fever in the Bronx, when we left the Fever I told him i wanted to go to Bonds and we went. OMG when I walked into that place, I thought I was i heaven,I remember my brother saying you notice hey dont play the same music as they do uptown, i said to myself yeah I notice and this music is incredible(kjlein and nbo dirty talk starchild level 42 bostniche yello awesome. I had just came off the boat lol( a few months), and was dressed up in fancy clothes. I looked around and saw the way everyone was dressed the baggy pants(weboes pants)we called them right? I knew I had to get some, somehow I made my way to canal jean and bought some and the next saturday I looked like i belong-sans my brother of course lol.
I used to love walking into Bonds and seeing on the wall- TONIGHT'S DJ IS KENNY CARPENTER I haven't seen any other club that does that. I have gotten to know Kenny over the years we partied at Ministry of Sound and last year at WMC 2012 Paradise Garage party big fun!!!!!
To all those people who say Bonds was a terrible club, i disagree totally of course but some clubs will not work for everyone, I didnt like the Garage the first time I went(friday night) I thought he dance floor was too small.I always thought Bonds was a Dancers club, the hustlers had all the room they needed to dance as did the break dancers. I,m so happy I found this Blog enjoy the memories All, a reunion would be nice too.

Peace All
Dwight



DJ Pete M |

Hi, I would like to throw in an old shade story that happened to me many years ago at a club called The Palace in the 14th street area. I was contracted to spin a set by the "Young Talent Association" and as I started getting into the vibe I was visited by a skinny dark skinned fellow who asked me who I was, I told him my name and he said to me "Do you know who I am ? I replied No!! he then said his name was "Kenny Carpenter" and that I was playing the Richard Long system way too loud. I turned my back on him and continued spinning, he got super pissed off and asked me "Hey" did you bring your headphones, I responded and said "No" I forgot mine.....He then yanked his single sided headset out of the mixing console and stormed out of the booth. I kept playing despite not having headphones and now Kenny comes back with some bouncers and gets me ejected from the DJ Booth...One bouncer grabs my records while the other escorted me out of the venue!!! Wow, what a creep Kenny Carpenter was. I sometimes see blogs and forums with nice things said about this guy and wonder, what a great actor he is. I never showed any dislike or hate to my fellow DJ's in the industry and to get treated like this so early in my career was harsh lesson...I'd like to thank Mr. Kenny Carpenter for teaching me what hissy little b&%*h acts like when they are intimidated by others. lol. I partied at bonds quite a few times and even went to Mike Stones party in the Bronx at a spot called the "Castle off the concourse. DJ Kenny Carpenter was spinning there and I actually enjoyed his talent. I would like to say RIP to a great promoter of parties, Mr.Mike Stone. Ps, The night at the Palace where the incident happened we had "Madonna", Nick Ashford & Valerie Simpson, Sharon Brown perform.


theplatano2020 |

that club had me open so much good times there, mescaline days,the lodge chairs,dance floor and the flooting gesmo that they had over head,seen D-Train there he rock it plus used to get in free,my boy was at door plus mike stone was kool like that so thank u bond for my memorice

Frankie jask tax .ten |

Wat ever happen to mike stone....
D-train.....and the song heaven 17 ..let me go...

SIGHTWKTUFBA!!! |

Yo wha up SPADE, good looking out, that song brings back memories, but Kenny is right that was not the song. I remember hearing that song on cassette back when we was hanging out at the Project by the park benches. Again thanks guys for checking.....Looks like this song is very elusive for now!?!

Kenny |

No it's not Bra I have that song

ADOLFO(HOUSE MUSIC ARTIST) |

LMAO.....!
I remember opening night at Bonds...because i was one of the Dancers dancing backup for D"TRAIN" (rip)calvin mathis/Brenda/ginda/and myself(adolfo) it was our first big gig...and the tension
was thick....brenda and ginda hated each other and we thought they would kill each other before the show started. lol.....and calvin hated our costume made by chris thomas(rip) i remember being nervous because chris got there late....and the costume were so small...lol
poor calvin wanted to cry"...and then we went on stage
TORN UP THE FIRST NUMBER...AND WHILE DANCING TO YOU'RE THE ONE FOR ME"....MY COSTUME STRAP BROKE..BLUE LEATHER/SUEDE G-STRINGS..AND YUP...ALL MY JUKE SWUNG LOOSE....LMAO...NOW!!...THE CROWD WENT UP!!!..THEY THOUGHT I WAS A STRIPPER".. AHHHH...THE OLD DAYS..LOL

DJ MVP |

I remember going there to 98.7 Kiss FM anniversary party I was standing in front of a bass bin and my pants were moving like being blown by the wind. It was so loud some folks had cotton in their ears..I will never forget that awesome experience. Peace everyone from Bermuda!!

SIGHTWKTUFBA |

Kenny, thanks for checking that music for me. It was played in the wee hours only for some reason or another?

Bonds memories. I saw so many strange events in that club some good & some bad, but it's all good.

Kenny |

I'm still looking for that song I don't remember. I went to Bond's every Saturday from May 1982 to March or April of 1983. I went to the last Saturday night party before they closed. Like I said before I might have about 90% of the music they play in Bond's and I still listen to it. I never get tried of listening to that stuff.

Pete Valletutti |

ANY BODY KNOW WHERE JOHN ADDISON IS TODAY?
ALSO, ANYBODY KNOW WHERE JOE CAVALERO MIGHT BE.
OWNER OF ADAMS APPLE, 1ST AVE. WORKED FOR HIM, AT CHEETAH.

Richie |

Bonds to me was Kraftwerk - Numbers ,Planet Rock and Imagination - Illusion

I remember this place being bigger than any I've been to and there was an echo effect to the sound because of it.

SIGHTWKTUFBA |

Yo wha up Spade, Remember "Artistheword"!

I believe Bonds is etch on the minds of all who's been there even once in their lifetime. One time i was next to the giant speakers by the Bar & stage area & boy that bass is an experience that to this day people tries to replicated in their cars.


P.S.

Does anybody know the name of a song that goes something like this: p**** yeah repeated multiple times & it has a nice beat to it????

spadefba |

What up Sight. 140ville never ran never will!!!

Bonds International Casino, there will never be another like it.

I'll hit you up on Facebook, peace my brother!

arosa |

Other jams that take me back to my first time at bonds: Circles by Atlantic Star, Cries Of Passion by The System, Time by Stone, In The Name Of Love by The Thompson Twins, Happy Song Or Dance by Rare Earth, Moody by ESG, StarChild by Level 42,etc....etc......etc....... In the immortal words of Stevie Wonder, I wish those days could come back once more. Peace.

arosa |

In response to orlando, the first time l went to bonds, NYC Peech Boys was performing. I left just before they went on. I guess l was tired or something. Regret it to this day. Oh well, life goes on. Peace.

orlando |

@Sight: MES...remember my brother Apache?

@arosa: I remember watching D-Train live @ BONDS!!

arosa |

Bonds was the first disco l ever set foot in. The year was 1982. Planet Rock by Soul Sonic Force & You're The One For Me by D-Train ruled the dance floor. I've never seen so many people running out the clubs bathrooms,with toilet paper still hanging out their asses,as soon as those two jams came on! Unbelievable! Just like the first time l went into the club. I walk in and say,"this is it? ".and when l made it upstairs & look to my right & see these humongous door
way leading to the clubs main dance floor, l let out a "Holy s***!!!!!!!".l never seen a club so gigantic in my whole life. P.S.- The Clash ruled Bonds from late May til early June'81 & l also love the magnificent dance by the Clash & also All My Love by LAX. Peace.

SIGHTWKTUFBA |

Hey whats up Orlando?!? Remember we never went by first names. What was your tag name? I know Bonds was the vibe back in the early eighties.

Orlando |

@sight: no, it's the other Orlando...135th...lol

SIGHTWKTUFBA |

Hi everyone, another favorite that the DJ played upon request was Just Begun for the breakdance battles and when the fights broke out here comes the Bouncers to the rescue.




Whats up Chase, is that you?

RALPH |

I think we all had many great times at Bond's, but it was long ago. When you think of all this it almost feels like it was just yesterday, but what we really have are just great memories. I would do it all again in a heartbeat with minor changes.

Orlando |

I remember Bonds so vividly...

It's 4:30 am on a Sunday morn... I'm worn out from the night of dancing and then Kenny energizes the crowd with a classic, "I Know You, I Love You" by Chaka khan! Here is a sample:

I wake up to the feeling each morning
I go to bed to it at night
I know you, I love you

Like I feel the sun in the morning
Like I see the moon at night
I know you as if I've known you all my life
I love you, I live you

Ah, the memories... Anyone else remember?

Then after Bonds it's off to the fountain in Central Park or to Brighton Beach on summer Sundays. Those were the days!

To Sight: wassup! "137BB"

Kenny |

Said I remember Time Warp I have 90 % of all the song they played in Bond's

SIGHTWKTUFBA |

There were many great songs playing at Bonds. Anyone remembers Time Warp from Eddy Grant?

RALPH |

Hi Rona,
No I was not the DJ at Bonds. I was just part of all the great times that went on in the '80s. Now we all have left are great memories to take us back in time in our minds. Times will never be the same.

Kenny |

Dancing In The Outer Space was one of my favorites song

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Rafael was the DJ - is that you Ralph??

Ralph |

I believe this was ones of the best songs at that time that made the place go crazy
Star child by level42

SIGHTWKTUFBA |

I believe the year was 1981 or 1982? One song I can not remember & can not get out of my head goes like this: p**** yeah repeated multiple times.

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So all these responses, what year did you all go to Bonds?

I was there in the early 1980s and it was the place to be! Lines around the corner, people from all walks. Lots of hustle dancers too!

The best discos were around at that time, The Tunnel, The Underground, Infinity's... How about all the after hour joints? Anybody remember Cobra?

SIGHTWKTUFBA |

Does anyone recall the songs that were played on sunday mornings, for those of you who stayed that long at Bonds. I remember my friends warning me not to drink from the large champagne bottle loading with who know what somebody thre in those free drinks.

I want to say hello to all my homies: SPADE, AIRBORNE, ROYCE, REPEL, SAL 140, HERON, PAPA CURA and to all the others...Peace...

RALPH |

Those were the good old days nothing like that today.

kevin saunders |

98.7 kiss nitghts were crazy shep pettibone use to rock bonds blow the roof off it i loved bonds because it was big parties within the party me and my crew use u come and have a ball every single time MUSIC was off the charts tee scott tony humphries ken carpinter and all the djs off the charts those were clubs in the those days bonds zanz funhouse mellon reflections on 56th sunday nites superstar cafeteria crazy music

RALPH |

G RAY PUT SOME PICTURES UP IF YOU HAVE THEN.
THANKS

G.Ray |

I saw The Psychedelic Furs at Bonds sometime between 1979-1981 and have photos to prove it. Can anyone tell me the date of that show? Thanx!

RALPH |

Nice of you to share with us djmoneymike.

Keep it coming folks... always nice to hear stories from the past.

DJMoneyMike |

WOW!! All of these past Bonds fans on one page! I worked as a bouncer working for Bonds (not Mike Stone) and remember being yanked from the front door by the Clash when they arrived for their 1st show in 81 to become their body guard. i accepted the assignment and enjoyed the craziness for as long as it lasted. I loved Bonds and still consider it one of the best clubs ever- used to work there all night and then end the morning at the Garage and then the Loft. Amazing dancers (Archie and the Brooklyn crew) and Kenny always killed it. To this day whenever I hear Junior's "Mama Used To Say", it brings tears to my eyes. Remember Junior performing along with Central Line at a Christmas show at Bonds. France Joli was also on the bill. CLASSIC!! Reach out !!

Jimmy Vargas |

I just want to state that BONDS is the first club i ever went to due to my childhood friend SPADEFBA. It was the best club ever in recorded history. The speakers of that place was chest pounding. I danced until the bouncers threw us out, and i remember the Djay openning the doors at the booth. When my crew & i left BONDS on Sunday morning we headed to McDonalds for Breakfast.

Holla to all my homies, you all know who you are!!!

Ralph |

All pictures about Bonds and memory lane are always welcome, love to see some especially of the hustling groups, as I remember they used to dress in costumes of Indians, cowboys etc and we would make a big circle and hustle with then and boy did they love to dance with us straight guys. They used to make us look great.

One last note: Was the punch spiked or what? I always got a second wind after I drank some and ate the fruits.

Karla |

I have found memories of Bonds. We flew People's Express Airlines from Ohio in 1981 to see the Stranglers. My Husband & I stayed at The Abby Victoria and then went to 3 shows there on the Strangler's guest list. I still have our backstage passes. The musical staircase was wild. We went to a VIP party with the band after one of the shows. I remember walking back to the Hotel @ around 4 or 5 in the morning with J. J. Burnell. We were very young (in our 20's) but I remember it like yesterday. They had a "Kiddie" Show on Saturday afternoon. Before they opened the doors the Band had a photo shoot with Cherry Vanilla. I would love to have had pictures of the shows. I saw a show about Joe Strummer today and they had film of Bonds in it from where the Clash played. Thanks for my trip down memory lane today.

Joelf |

Bonds, I worked at the club doing security with an outside company when Clash performed what a mess that was, later on John Addison hired me (I knew John from hanging out at Cowboys/Cowgirls) and did security for the club under the night manager Curit H. Jerry Bossa the DJ (tryed opening a club called "The Fallout Shelter" where I worked for him there for a short time also became good friends with Andy the laser operator, the club went from great to ok to bad to ok and when Mike Stone hosted parties the club did ok. I ended up working at Studio 54 for Frank Cashman, my job was to report to Frank what went on at the club Thursday to Saturday nights. I worked there until Mark Fleischman took the club over again before it closed.

All I can say is that New York had the best clubs in the world.

Billy Smith great to see you still around are you in NY or DC.

Joel

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I used to go into the DJ booth and do coke - the DJ was one of my first gay friends!
Loved this place!

Kenny |

Yes The Ramones played at Bond's they used to have alot of punk rock band that played in Bond's

BOB URBAN |

LOOKIN FOR ANYONE WHO SAW THE RAMONES THERE IN 81 OR MAYBE 82. NOBODY BELIEVES ME. THE OPENING ACT WAS THE SICK F%^&S AND THE F@#$ETTES. IT WAS MY ONLY TIME THERE AND I KEEP GETTIN CRAP THAT I DIDN'T SEE IT, NEVER HAPPENED. I KNOW THOSE WERE BLURRY TIMES BUT I SWEAR IT HAPPENED. BACK ME UP. THANX

TonyAbbott |

Hi,grandpas I like Mr. William Hamilton,dated 12/21/09 attended a fabulous performance by Grace Jones.Everyone,please don't take the grands opening as a negative,far from it.I am 60 young and think I,am.I love life and live each day for the moment. I worked every major club in N.Y. for 25 years.The 1st night I went to Bonds you entered through double glass doors into a giant lobby to an escalator where half way up on a side platform poses a beautiful blond male completely painted in gold paint.of course with fig leaf.That was his job.Arriving in the main room the stage was set.The room was crowded.On stage were 6 hot white spot lights facing into the crowd. All 8 fountains were shooting water 40 feet into the air where below pink lights lined the entire stage. Running vertical from the stage out 20 tables as an extended platform runway.The music kicks in and there she is Grace,looking fabulous as always. If they can see me now,that old gang of mine, the room went crazy.She walking back and fourth on stage . The lights are blinding and then vogues down the long platform to the very end upon the finish she does a swam dive arms wide open into crowd. The hot white lights go off. The room is roaring.Sublime night. Best of life Anthony A.

edwin lacend |

i980 i went to a halloween bash at bonds it was thde first time i did drag it was such a hit everyone including the guy at the door told me i was stunning, that night i leaarned about george paul rozell magic dream fantasy ball. the contest was the following week.i made my costume and i won first place i was metalmorphacist.to my shasme i signed many releases and never took any business cards of the many photographers. if you know that these px excist please let me know. but i rembember the piano stairs ii fall8ng down the stairs when i first came in drag.i hit every key. i am now writting my memoirs and Bonds will have a chapter.

Scott |

I cant believe the flood of memories this blog has brought back. I worked the door at Bonds on and off for parties. The last one was the Black Party it must have been 1979 or 1980. I was working at the 21-Club and the Cowboy Cowgirl in 79 and 80 and John hired me as 54 was hitting hard times (those rivalry stories were great). The dates all run together though. I remember LeJardin, NY NY, Regines...Monster, Ice Palace on 57th I think, Danceteria (not disco but fun)and later the Limelight... I remember Xenon and Funhouse and omg Crisco Disco...anyone remember Crisco LOL. The manager would come to Cowboy and throw dinner plates around then pay for them and leave and let us all in after hours with a detailed pat down search for door men LOL (lots of weapons in a box at the end of the night). . Im sorry to hear of John's death... Those of us that worked clubs or even were a part of that incredible time in Disco clubbing are very lucky. My door partner and I were going to open an after hours club until our financier was killed... and I would have stayed in the business... I really loved it and havent really worked steady day hours since. I then moved to FL and worked the door at Copa for some time... then got out. Here I am 30+ years later looking back with fondness.

Kenny |

The first club I went to was Bond's I never got to go to the Garage but most of the music they played in Bonds they played in the Garage I know now because I have a list of songs Larry Levan played at the Garage I have a list of about a 1000 songs or so and I have about 900 songs I heard at Bonds. After Bonds closed I went to the Funhouse and Kenny use to mail me and my friends fliers of different places he was going to be DJing so we went to every where he played for a couple of years.

djangelproductions |

Wow, jesus guys. I went to Bonds one time before the club was shut down. It was at a Doug Baird party. I must of been 15 or 16 years old at the time, LOL!

RBQueene |

The musical stairs were cool and so were the dancing fountains choreographed to the "Blue Danube". It was 3rd rate though. Depressing crowd, only went a few times.

Maggie |

I will always remember BONDS. I would get there at 1 or 2 am and leave at 10 AM. Mike Stone Productions, and Kenny Carpenter had the best parties. The music was fantastic! To this day, when I hear an old school song, it brings me back to my BOND days. Sometimes the place was packed and sometimes you had all the space in the world to dance any which way you wanted. The music was cutting edge, underground and a new sound for NYC and that's what I loved, away from the mainstream. Thanks for the great memories and some!

twiprod001 |

I had the pleasure of working with John Addison here in Florida in the late 80's. He opened a teen club in West Palm Beach,Fl called Metropolis. And it was just that. 25000 sq ft and probably most of the equipment from Bond. He was a great mind in the club business. He would do theme parties, He trucked in 100 yard of sand a full size pool and land scaped the club to look like the beach.. It was a great venue but here again to large for the area. I believe the was John's last club venture. He opened a landscape nursery in Loxahattchee Fl..
The last time I saw him was in the early 90's

WShade |

No club elicits more negative emotion than Bonds. Still, if you are from New York you know you headed here after the prom or graduation. For whatever reason this was the very first club that several generations of New Yorkers ever set foot in.

It was cheesy. It was, quite frankly, tacky. But the number of comments here prove that it has remained in all of our memories.

William Hamilton/GQ |

OMG, my little warm memories of Bonds International Casino were when Graces Jones performed there and jumped in the fountain as did the guests, she turned it out!!! That morning my friends Van and Vinny were standing outside of bonds and a Limo screeched up and Stephanie Mills fell out, I could not believe it we hailed her a cab and wished her well.
Then I saw the Clash there OMG!!!

RALPH |

KEVIN I DONT AGREE WITH THAT FUNHOUSE WAS OK AND SO WAS CLUB ZANZIBAR BUT NEVER BETTER THAN BONDS NEVER..

Kenny |

I went to Bonds from July 82 to Feb 83 and everything I heard at Bond's I brought it was some of the best music I ever heard. I have all the disco classics of the 70's and all the dance hits of the 80's early house freestyle all the classics that was the best music.

kevin saunders |

I used to go on kiss 98.7 nights SHEP PETTIBONE, he was great I liked it but Funhouse was better and Club Zanzibar in NJ of the charts

VInce "Papi" |

Spade from the Ballbuster

JET TNS IN DA HOUSE

davidarias |

I went to opening night (still have the invite somewhere) with several 54 and Xenon alumni. We were all overwhelmed at how BRIGHT and LARGE (and empty) the dance floor was. We went to the VIP room immediately and started drinking. We stayed for the silver balloons coming out of the ceiling and when the crowd still hadn't shown up we left. Never to return. Miss you very much Pepo, Egon and Andy.

Steve |

Hey Frank M
How are you Frank? I think you lived in whiteplains ny. Get in Touch, its been a long time! I also bartended at Bonds from the start till when punk rock started taking over, I knew it was over but it was some fine times! Probably the most underrated club and unfortunately came around to late, probably to try and oust studio54. We made money hand over fist and every night was something and I mean really something. .... If I told you half of what I saw it would be in volumes. Raul Rodriguez was the main Dj right off the beginning and he was a good one. Dont think he made it though RIP. i had alot of good memories and just happen to google up this page {after almost 30 years} . I often what happened to guys that I knew back then, Nick, Dave H, Tom, and my long lost friend FRank M . Hope to hear from you Frank M
you can reach me. Steve wmgraphics@optonline.net

PETE PEREZ |

I worked at BONDS (coat check) from september 1981 to feb 1983... it was awsome!! i was a month short from being 17 yrs old when I got the job and remember the manager John Holsapple telling me to make sure I kept away from the bar. I remember people would come from all boros and the tri state area. it was a place where there were no boundaries. My first night working at Bonds I remember Paco, from KTU was throwing a "Paco Panty" theme. That night it was awsome, g-strings were given out to every girl that partied at the club. that night i worked the mailing list and was hit on, bought drinks, given phone numbers, felt up, kissed. I remember one lady telling me "your only a boy but I will take you home in a new york minute" I new that night that Bonds was going to be a place where unforgtable things would happen... Mike Stone was a dear friend (may he RIP), Kenny Carpenter made Saturday nights unforgetable with mixes that only he could bring together. Thumbs up to you my fellow brothers and sisters. " Yea Buddy Buddy "

you can contact me at
p.luisperez@hotmail.com

It was an era that I shall never forget

Pedro Luis |

things were great then

Brian K |

Hey Michael B.

The DJ who worked with Jerry Bossa that you couldn't remember was probably Andy Dunkley "The Human Jukebox" from the U.K.

Yeah, and that elevator was pretty useless for any equipment.

Brian

David |

I remember the club well, I was a teen back then and had many great times, the speakers were huge, like to refrigerators laying on their sides but on top of each other. I'll side with dj4thx, the music was awesome, you forgot to mention EXODUS Together forever, lol, thank god for the internet, I was able to get all those songs and compile them. Broadway 96 was fun too, the garage I was much to young to get into. Time flys, that was 27 years ago.
But the music lives on.

rodd |

Spade, GOOD to hear from you, Finally!
E-mail me at valvox@ptd.net so I can give you my #.
I'll mail you with my info, hope you get it.

spadefba |

Spadefba!! I can't believe my eyes! Blast from the past--bet you don't guess who I am?! Hint-Chase, Royce, You, my brother and ME!! What a (MESS)! Got it yet? Another hint--waiting forever at your house for you to go through a box of hair spray!! lol!! Holla at me if you remember!!
Posted by: Orod | Jan 29, 09 | 4:11 pm


What's good familia! hit me up! Hope you are well my brotha.

SPADE FBA BB

spadefba@hotmail.com



spadefba |

Whats up Apache. I havent got the e-mail. I'll be on the look out. hit me up again. Take care my brother i cant wait to holla at you.
SPADE FBA BB

spadefba@hotmail.com

rodd |

SPADE! Nice to hear from you brother. I sent you an e-mail, hope you received it. Want to express my love and respect to all my BONDS blood brothers/sisters and ball busters...LOL
Bonk
Chase
Repel
Royce
Super J
Francis
Tack & Eddie
Grace & Mousey
Negativo
Danny Speed
Bolivar and his forever pregnant girl..Lambona
Sideburns...Spades girl
Rena
Maria & Sonia from 153st
my bro Mess & his lover Raulphy (yea, I knew!..LOL)
my beautiful wife of 26yrs, Valvox
Bant and Rask..rest in peace
and countless others I cant recall.
Regardless of what curves life may have attempted to manufacture, the memories created for me, by you all, became the foundation that guided me to a life of privileged abundance in ways unimaginable..In this lifetime I became blessed in part to you ALL. I thank you so very sincerely. Nothing but Love and Respect, APACHE/CASPER

Orod |

Spadefba!! I can't believe my eyes! Blast from the past--bet you don't guess who I am?! Hint-Chase, Royce, You, my brother and ME!! What a (MESS)! Got it yet? Another hint--waiting forever at your house for you to go through a box of hair spray!! lol!! Holla at me if you remember!!

Bruce "G" |

Past Conversation - you guys were talking about clubs and building and fires and someone mentioned that a fire took place at a club then the Underground was built and it was John Addisons place. If my memory is correct the name of the club that burned down was INFINITY down by Houston Street. Then The Underground was built. I hope thats right.

Bruce "G" former GM Underground 80-83,89-90,NorthMore,1018, Woody's on the Beach - Miami

RALPH13 |

?? FOR ANYONE THE FEMALE VOCALIST FOR THE 78/79 BOMBERS--EVERYBODY GET DANCIN, WHO WAS SHE TAMARA LORINCZ, CANT FIND NOTHING ON HER ANYWHERE.. LITTLE HELP ANYONE..

spadefba |

I started going to studio 54 about a month or two before Mike Stone productions started doing the Saturday parties at bonds. I lived at the time on 140th st and Bway in the money makin Manhattan. I met mike stone a few months after he began the Saturday parties. Eventually we entered into a business arrangement and I never had to wait on the line again. Bonds was the best, the parties that went on there were the very best. Those were some of the best days of my life. I remember wed. Gothams west, Thusday Ones, Friday the garage and cap it all off with bonds Saturday night. We never left before the club was closed. We would leave between 8 - 10 am. In the winter we would head to after hours, spring the fountain, summer Brighton beach. I miss those days. Kenny had a way of playing specific types of music at different times of the night. Towards the end of the night he would slow the pace down and wind it up with the hottest music of the day. Most of the music wasn't your typical hits but stuff he would find out there. Finding this site really brings back memories. That’s all for now, I’m off to play a little Stone fox chase and livin on the front line. Remember that. Peace.

Holla at your boy if you want:

spadefba@hotmail.com

KubanDude |

WOW! I just ran into this while looking for photos of Elegante in Fairview (never did find any).
Alex, remember DJ Nova from the same era? That was me. I played most of the Memorial parties fom '76 through '80 and lots of sweet fifteens and Cuban dances at Schuetzen Park, Embassy, St Rocco's, Fomento Club. Never did do the clubs though.

DJ Tony was a trip; he liked getting young kids to DJ for him so he could hit on them, LOL. He had to be reminded we didn't swing that way over and over...

What about some of the other local DJs, DJ Oscar (both the skinny black dude and the younger white kid), DJ Wolffie and many others whose names escape me. We had a great time in the scene back then.
Man, those were the days. Met my wife in one of those gigs and I am still maried to her today.

I also hung out at Elegante and Passion with Jimmy and Chad. What ever happened top those guys?
Lots of memories.

I lost most of my vinyl in a fire back in 95 and all I got now is MP3s but still like to mess around and create my own mixes for my iPod.

Anyway, peace.

Jyullya |

I moved to New York from Italy in the early eighties and John Thibeaux, a friend of mine who used to work in Music Factory, a record store in Times Square introduce me to Bonds. We had great time. John Thibeaux worked also as DJ in a gay club in 45 street and Broadway, but I can't remember the name.

Does anyone ever met or known John Thibeaux? I lost track of him...I would love to get in touch again.

Thank you!!

RALPH13 |

NICE TO HEAR FROM ANOTHER BROTHER FROM OUR PAST AT BONS.

Michael B |

I don't know about the rest of you but I worked at Bonds from Feb -June of 1981. At that time on weekends we had live concerts. The two house DJ's at that time were Jerry Bossa and someother guy I can't recall his name. I worked with Charlie Martin who was the House Sound mixer. For the live shows a seperate PA was brought in. I was reading some post where someone was talking about Bonds holding 8000 people. Oh how wrong they were. I was there for the Clash fiasco. The promoters tried to sell over 3000 tickets for each of the 6 shows that were booked. The NYC Fire Marshals somehow got wind of it and they almost put a stop to the shows. A deal was worked out and I wound up getting another 5 days of work out of it. I thought it was a great room. The major problem I had was that when we had a load in and load out if it did not fit in the tiny elevator it had to be hauled up and down the stairs. To me it was a great party place. So much has changed over the years.

ralph13 |

stacey how are you doing there's no reason to miss those days you could still party today i do is a little different but you will adjust, i found some clubs that have disco nights and you be suprise at what you see and who you see. if you like to talk you could email me rlphjustme@yahoo.com

stacey collins |

i am female but went as a sexy superman.....i miss those days sometimes. they were the best

ralph13 |

WELL ITS NICE TO HEAR FROM SOMEONE ELSE WHO SHARES OUR PAST IN THIS CLUB. AS FOR STACEY COLLINS YOU WENT DRESS AS SUPERMAN OR SUPERGIRL M/F ?? AS TO THE STAIR CASE THATS A GOOD POINT I REMENBER IT, WELL TO NEXT TIME.

stacey collins |

i used to go to bonds. i loved it and iw as there every saturday night. i remember one halloween party-great fun-i went as superman and looked sexy since i added high heels. anyway, i also remeber the piano staircase that made a musical sound for every step....strange no one mentioned that..it was so cool.

ralph13 |

Brian k and Rod glad to hear from some more brothers from another mother that can relate to are past BONDS.. Love is in are hearts always & forever.

rod |

It,s amazing, I always felt the last surviving "bonders" were my wife, brother n few special childhood friends.. n now i find an entire neighborhood. God bless u all!!!! Im certainly happy.

rod |

Obviously most of you folks must have not been in the "in crowd" at the time, holding up the wall or something because, to this day, BONDS was n still is one of the best clubs to sprout up in NYC (with the exception of studio). Not funhouse, 1018, infernos nor garage came close. Maybe its because i met my wife of 26 years there but,everything about that place from the silver couches to the "juiced up" punch bowl upstairs was perfect. What other club today can you see the sun rise through the top doors while " Like to see the sun in the morning" by chakka khan, plays. Dancing all night in your Canal Jeans bio-hazard baggies n being geeted by 2 anatomically correct inflatable figures from the ceiling. Therefore, any negative comments about Bonds are derived from personal lack. Sorry!. By the way,, I still have my BONDS membership card given to me by Freddy Star n yes the last day i took the BLIMP that was over the bar n im looking at it now!!!! Bonds, always in my heart.

Brian K |

I worked at Bonds from the summer of '80 through early '82. I was originally hired to run the Dancing Waters but branched out into doing the lighting. When the Dancing Waters were removed I stayed on doing the lighting/effects (and sometimes stage lighting). During this time I worked every night Bonds was open except for a one week trip out of town.

Bond's size might be part of the reason why some people didn't like it. If I remember correctly the dance floor was publicized as being 20,000 square feet! It would seem emply until there were about 300 or 400 people there. There were some nights when there were about 4,000 people there but this would be too crowded. On nights when there were between about 1,500 and 3,000 people the place could have some real energy. I later did lights at Underground which was a midsized club. While Undergroung never seemed as empty as Bonds could be on a slow night it could never reach the peaks of intensity that a big crowd could bring.

When I started there Raul was the DJ. I don't know where he might be today but he was fun to work with. The managers were Nick, Marc G and Curtis H. Andy G was the laser operator and worked there pretty much the whole time I was there.

When John Addison has his legal problems and had to go away for 4 months Charlie Martin (formerly of CBGB) started booking bands which ultimately led to the 2 weeks of Clash shows. It was about that time that John returned but by then the club and staff had radically changed. One night I got a call in the DJ booth saying that a guy that knew me wanted to get in. I went down and saw that it was John. No one at the door knew he was the owner.

It was evident that John was no big fan of the rock scene and gradually transformed Bonds back into a dance club. During this transition Jerry Bossa was the DJ. After a while Mike Stone began to produce parties at Bonds. Although he did this more and more often as time went on I don't think he was ever an owner of the club as someone suggested above - but this may have been the case after I left.

I didn't know that John had died until I read Steve G's posting above. I hadn't seen him in about 25 years but it's still sad to see. I haven't met anyone quite like him before or since.

I could ramble on with a lot more detail but I'll stop for now.

ralph13 |

Thanks Steve G.

Steve G. |

Hey, raiph13,

John Addison passed from AIDS in Florida in 1995.

Read Anthony Haden-Guest's STUDIO 54 AND THE CULTURE OF THE NIGHT for details of our era.

AlexGARCIA |

Guys, Big Brother spoke! I just emailed both of you a picture of me @ Emerald City......(formerly The Red Parrot)...

Alex Garcia............

Bernard Lopez |

Everyone,

I appreciate all the great posts and club submissions and feel great that so many long-lost friends have reconnected because of DiscoMusic.com, but a few key points.

Please note this is a page about Bonds only. You can create a new page for any other clubs that we're missing. We all need to stay on topic and refrain from using any of these pages as a personal chat room. Please feel free to use the forums on this site for back and forth chit-chat. Also do not engage in explicit or graphic text as it will all get deleted. This applies to all the pages on this site. Thank you for adding and sharing your memories.

vyniljunkie |

Alex, How was DC? Have fun? You missed a lot while you were gone. Ralph and I are looking for a picture of you! We want to know if we knew you back in the day? Check up above, my email address is there, contact me.

ralph13 |

Hey guys just posted some info on David Cole a true friend, and also on dancing/hustling.

AlexGARCIA |

Guys, I am back from DC.....Too tired to thread w/you guys tonight, but have no fear, Garcia man is here and will thread tomorrow.........

AG

ralph13 |

Hey it was pretty refreshing and a good pick me upper that punch..Thats why at 8am people still wanted to party not go home...

vyniljunkie |

Is it true that the drinks in BONDS were spiked?? No they would never do anything like that. I remember deejaying in a Miami Beach After-Hours club called SAMMY'S EAST SIDE. "Mickies" were standard in newcomers first drinks. Out like a light they went, subsequently robbed. It happened!! A little mesk in the punch, what do you think? Rafa Que Te Cresca

ralph13 |

Hey i have this DJ program on my labtop called Nemark Cue is like a DJ mixer that i hook up to my sterio and try my skills at mixing, cutting but im not to good, i have lots of music from back in the days i play with late 70's & 80's...

ralph13 |

So where are they now trivia

Mike Stone R.I.P
Maurice Brahams M.I.A
Jonh Addisson M.I.A
DJ'S John Carperter M.I.A
Jellybean "
Anilmal Diaz "
Aldo Marino "
Flamingo Joe "
And lots of others "

So will anyone ever open a club like clubs from the past disco 80'S everything comes back in time styles, clothes, even cars.

ralph13 |

I gues were all cubanos then, i came from cuba in 1969 i was 7 years old then, aora estamo biejos ya como desia 3 patines que cosa mas grande la bida.
there is 1 club called untiguas in orlando that plays the oldies on saturdays but the crowd is not like back in time a bunch of college kids....music is ok i gues maybe you can come down and school the DJ, but dont think they use records there into cd mixing. Well its bedtime asta mallana amigos.

AlexGARCIA |

U guys are a riot.....Gotta get to sleep, got a train to catch to DC tomorrow morning.....Giving a talk on Litigation Technology Applications for Lawyers........Maybe I'll my instrumental version of More More More by Andrea True while I speak.........:.)

AlexGARCIA |

Kids, I am 43, going on 44 this August........Born in Havana, Cuba.....hit Union City in 67 when I was 3 years old.......Product of Washington School on 40th Street, Union Hill and then Rutgers UNIV......I love Salsa, loved Charanga 76, loved Charanga America, loved Charanga Casino, loved Jose Fajardo, etc... etc, etc......PS: JeTaime was awesome playing Salsa as well.......OOOFA were they AWESOME......... Hey, you guys remember The City Of London on Bergenline..

ralph13 |

So you's had to know Joe Flamingo i believe that was his name who was the DJ of fire & ice back in 78/79 a white fellow curly hair from passaic park.

ralph13 |

A.G. was your age, and i gues party days are over for you then disco club ect youre into latin SALSA now that's what i do latin clubs SALSA almost like the hustle. well maybe we will meet sometime on always up your way from Fl planning on moving back home soon...

AlexGARCIA |

I knew Animal during the Disconet days, also at Elegante and then Passion and then a bunch of years later him and I DJ's at The College Club in Union City on 32nd STreet, where I celebrated my 28th birthday, Oscar Memorial Zayas was there, Al Garcia (now in Miami was there), you name it, they all showed up....Oscar Padilla was there and Animal and I wound up doing alternating Saturdays for fat Jimmy from Passions for a bit.....

ralph13 |

By the way who new jellybean benites or jose animal diaz or aldo marino all DJ and worked in 92wktu at around that time.

jbeen funhouse
animal elegantes
marino not sure

AlexGARCIA |

Ralph,I am living in Fairview NJ, work as a Director of Engineering in NYC, retired from DJing because what I had to offer, I offered.....I have nothing more to say.......I played at the Red Parrot, The Pallidium, Underground, Bentleys, Jet Lounge, Jet East, Groove Jet Miami, Mr. Fugi's Tropicana, Naked Lunch, Gemini Lounge, Sugar Lounge, I could go on and on and on, but today's crowd is so used to lack of talent, tracks w/no substance, boring musical productions and the trips are not the same, they are not journeys, they are frizzled tweeks into speed land and that is NOT what we were about....I have all my disco collection in vinyl form, all in plastic sleeves and STATE the TRUTH, DISCO is still the best form of art dance music wise.....Call me a Disco Dolly but at the end of the day, it is the music soundtrack of our lives.......I have all the promos from our day, the Thank God It's Friday 12" inches.........PS: anybody remember Aurelio Martin (Palillo) He wound up playing at The MONSTER in NYC w/Warren Gluck for like 20 years............

ralph13 |

Well to much for me to know or follow, i just liked to party hard dance/hustle and meet the fine ladies at all the clubs especially in N.Y. good old days.

AlexGARCIA |

JE T'AIME.... That band was the BOMB! I heard you play at St. Augustine on 40th Street one year and when you played Rio De Janiro and I Love New York I was in WHOO HOOO land...You guys rocked, trust me, that is the God HONEST TRUTH.......Man, was that band unbelievable.....And you did not destroy the integrity of the songs and their disco arrangements......Whooo, what times and I heard you play many times....Embassy, what a place....I dj'd parties there to no avail....New Year's Eve at Embassy, the bomb......

AlexGARCIA |

The 46th Cinema never became a Disco,they gutted it and made it a inside mini mall....On the same street, a disco called The Mad Bull owned by the owners of the Cinema was a close resemblance of a disco, later turned into a latin club called Studio 45...There was a guy in Union City called Tony DJ who had Technics 1100a's and a Bozak and gave the greatest dances at the Liceo Cubano on 48th Street..... Later he re-opened it and called it Odessey..........Guess what, Manny Lehman (when he worked in Vinylmania played in Union City Odessey, so did Robbie Leslie (once) and so did Frank Hulihan (even played for DJ Tony at the VFW on 38th Street between Bergenline and Kennedy... Frank H. played at least 7 times for Tony DJ? Anybody remember DJ Tony "Socio" .....
Those were the days, MAXELL 90 Cassette tapes, mixed by some real talent......Termini's Pizzeria on 41st and Bergenline.....Well, that's enough for tonight....Should give all you Disco Boys a wee bit to read...

ralph13 |

Billy Smith your right it was mike stone productions...

ralph13 |

To Kenny Carpenter lets do it 1 more time 1 more night to renenber 70's/80's people get together. I'm sure it could work with proper promoting on the radio ect. All we have felt is memories now.

LETS DO IT 1 MORE TIME ?????????

ralph13 |

A.G. so what are you doing now, and where due you live now. Due you still go out to clubs. You lived pretty close to elegante night club back then, i use to play paddle ball in the park by bergenline ave i think it was called ochentas, thats when all the cubans lived there. So i gues youre about my age theres lots of older party people here too. But party will never be the same we lived in a good era for clubs, hustleling ect. well talk to you latter

AlexGARCIA |

Wow, what a small small world......I grew up in Union City as well and I graduated from Union Hill in 82......I DJ'd all the parties in Union Hill, St. Josephs, you name it my name was on a flyer on the street lights of Bergenline Avenue....For years I had a blast in that area...........I had a Battle of the DJs in Union Hill and started my set w/Flashbacks of a Genius - remember that ? With Your Love as the main track and the male vocal of Feels Like I'm In Love!!!!!!!

ralph |

alex garcia open bonds i will be there nothing like good old times

ralph |

Hey is ralph again well as far as the dj issue there were lots of dj's there i'm going back to 1981 to 1983/84 if i recall right the free punch and fruit given upstairs well the punch was spiked with meskeling tabs, i also remenber does 2 big giant dolls the would inflate and all the green lazer shooting around, also all the gay people that use to come in custunes and hustle/dance very kool some of the best dancers ever, well if anyone could relate to all this you should be about 43 to 50 years old, well i myself an 45 and still party now live in orlando florida lots of party here, will party to the end of time like the old man i use to see in roseland back then..........long live all memories in N.Y. bonds. paradise garage, roseland, underground, fun house, studio 54, oddossy, epanima, studio 1, & in N.J. soap factory, fire&ice/elegante and if could remenber 1979/81 camio after ahours in garfield n,j,this is only if you are a true disco/house music fan ect, ect,ect....

Billy Smith |

No - not worth it, i do know that DJ was bull-sh*t and would tell stories like that.

vyniljunkie |

Well somebody up there claimed he did. I was on Florida, I can only take your word for it??? I wouldn't know, unfortunately! Billy, talk to Ralph.

Billy Smith |

Mike Stone never played Bonds....

AlexGARCIA |

Ah, who knew that such a "silly so and so" huuuuuge club w/no real theme to say the least would garnish soo sooo much opinions.........As someone says, "if you care to OPINE, only w/PITHY comments mind you....... I don't know friends, but I may just re-open Bonds just due to the love and lust exhibited here on DiscoMusic.com.....LOL :>0

vyniljunkie |

When you said "mesk and all the fruits" were you referring to the people or actual fruit? There were many deejays that went through BONDS, I never saw MIKE Stone, my folly!

ralph |

Good old times wish you could move time back. Here is to star child level 42.

By the way the dj in bonds was mike stone.

i also remeber how the punch was so spike with mesk and all the fruits.

And all the hustheling that went on.

FELL FREE TO EMAIL ME rlphjustme@yahoo.com

vyniljunkie |

I couldn't agree more. I will tell you this, I enjoy reading peoples opinions, if they are honest about it. You are. Cool. What did you think of The Copacabana? I was there from 73-77. How about CASABLANCA, every go Latino?

AlexGARCIA |

I have mellowed w/my opinion of Bonds and I can appreciate all the wonderful praise for the club, Kenny Carpenter and the times spent and enjoy by all who dug that scene.... I do admit that like &rugs of choice, all others left us expecting the same kinds of highs as our choice, so with clubs of my choice at the time, Bonds just did not do it for me, though I must concede that it had a very wonderful affect on others and for that we should all be grateful because it was the times and that era that brings us all together, not one club or another...We are all riding the same Disco Ship to Heaven! Love for all!

RCG |

Ronnie G. in da house for 1-last time ya'll. Anyone who knows me, knows it's all Gooooood.

RCG |

Glad to hear that there are some real hanger's out there. There really has never been any other clubs like Inferno/Bonds/Garage. Yeah there have been many - the Palladium was nice but the music at times became bubble-gummyish, you know commercial. The Funhouse, Gotham's & Gotham's West all happened too for a minute, but also became bubble-gummy in its music. Roseland even worked if you could be hard-core but, you had to be thug to roll. Sorry, I ain't gay so I didn't do the Saint and the like or the Garage on Saturday's. But just to put in my 2-cents, the right spots for my era in time order were; The Inferno (dj Rene Hewitt), Studio 54 - Mike Stone Productions (dj Kenny Carpenter), Bond/Garage (Kenny & Larry). After that, either the clubs became whack or I simply grew up and realized I was fryin my brain with all the hanging and stuff that goes with it. Although I don't remember the names, but there were also some fairly cool spots on Wed & Thurs nights downtown, if you were into picking up some chickies. Yep, so I rolled from Wed thru Sat and capped it all off on Sundays at either the fountain at Central park or Brighton Beach baby. But the best part of it all is, I made it out in 1-piece, recouped my brain cells, did every possible straight thing anyone could or probably couldn't even dream of, got all the music right now, and currently livin the life... Peace to all, and if you hatin, I'm sorry you just couldn't really hang, and it was probably my crew that ate you for lunch or breakfast depending on the time, if you know what I mean. Big-ups to all the bouncers out there. Thanks for hookin a brother up. That means you - Rene, Big George, and the rest of the crew for whom I can't remember your names. That's right it's me, the one who always made sure you stayed awake all thru the night. Oh I forgot to mention to the hater's out there, did you all have to wait on those long lines? I guess I'd a hated a club too if I had to wait forever just to get it. PEACE!

Frank M |

Anyone here bartend at BONDS because I did. I am looking to connect with one of you. I think about those times and a smile comes about. GREAT TIMES! There is not one club since then that even compares. Hey Louie, Steve, Larry or Joel. Anybody?

vyniljunkie |

Alex Garcia, you interest me. You are very opinionated, just like me. You are extremely sure of yourself and your comments show that. But you tend to be strictly BLACK or WHITE, no gray ever. Have you traveled the world? Have you been at other clubs in the United States? What experience do you have? Your opinion seems to be the only thing that matters, everyone else is wrong, according to you. Been there, done that! As age and experience take hold, you'll see that sometimes YOU DON'T MATTER!! Been there as well. So take some brotherly advice, (if you knew me you'd realize how funny ME saying this is!!), ease up. Relax a little, life is long, be friendly and nice, not a "Hater".

Frank |

Really loved the place, all glitzy and glamorous and huge, but the few times I went no more than a dozen on the dance floor. Remember one night found a good spot up in the bleachers and did push-ups to kill time waiting for a crowd. I don't remember exactly, but I guess I musta left before 2a.m. and headed back to the Saint. Thanks for the insight, though...after all these years at least now I know...

Billy Smith |

John Addison had nothing to do with
Maurice Brahams's the Underground or Nicky Siano's Galary of Michael Fesco's Flamingo, John only had 1. Le Jardin 2. New York~New York and Bonds - ok! get your facts together before you go public!

vyniljunkie |

I wonder how how that doorman felt? he just was following standard operating procedures, when you got him fired. You put John in a spot, he liked that doorman, respected him. He worked for John. John had to react to show you that you, the customer, the client mattered. Although he hated to do it, he fired that guy to make you feel good and important. So be proud, you are important. That is why John was successful. He did what he had to do. And JEWISH LIGHTNING was a fact of life.

Lee Wasserman |

John Adderson not only owned Bonds and New York New York, but also another club that had a fire near Flamingo. After the fire they John opened the Underground which was one of the favorite places to go on Sunday afternoon Evening. The rumor was that JOhn paid someone to set the fire at the Galary (I believe that was the name) and then built the Underground. The big inside joke was the underground had several fake colums that had man made crakes in them and it looked like flames were coming out of the man made colums.

What I disliked about Bonds was the dance floor was way too hard. It felt as though you were dancing on concret. I went opening night, mainly to see the kitch "dancing waters". Also the bar was almost on the dance floor. It was poorly designed from the stand point of person who loves to dance. I remember one night I was dancing with my date and some idiot took his beer bottle onto the dance floor and started swinging it with his arms extended and popped me in the head (took 15 stiches). When we went to leave to go to the ER, the guy at the door told me that if we leave we couldn't come back in. I immediately walked over to John, and as I turned he said something like "dear your head is bleeding" when I told him what happened and what the guy at the door said, John fired his sorry a** on the spot.

willy-flame queens |

my e-mail to all the c.c boys and latin crew from jackson heights queens 1980s and to all the underground family of the years of no return,peace and love.
costapark@hotmail.com

vyniljunkie |

In it's time this was a solid 10 on the scale. Excellent deejays, fantastic lights, horrible parking situation, but so many beautiful people, women, men,gay and straight. I loved it, and it's location, especially since I bought suits at it when it BONDS MEN'S Clothier.

willy-flame queens |

to all of you old school gang ,,form a blog and keep me posted please, and give the names of the famouse dance tunes at bonds and etc..NYC 80,s peace and love

Steve Gallanter |

I was acquainted with John Weezanaar the lover of John Adison the owner.

My brother Peter was a busser there during the summer of 1980 and i had the privledge of visiting him there.

I remember jeffrey the dancing waiter!

Bonds had a duverse music mix that includud the B-52's and Donna Summer.

I loved it!

Disco was no longer popular enough to carry a whole evening and the cavernous size of Bond's made 2500 people seem like BB's in a boxcar.

I remember the T-shirts with the slashed sleeves which whirled as the dancers whirled to the instrumental version of Kurtis Blow's "The Breaks."

Bonds was too large for its own good but it was a unique venue and the times were good.

R.I.P. John Weezanaar and Bobby Coggins.

Billy Smith |

Never did like John Addison's "Bonds".
I was at Studio 54 working with Steve Rubell from 1977 - 1986.

AlexGARCIA |

Hey Ronnie, I guess you would consider me one of the haters.........Listen, in all fairness, I think Kenny Carpenter was fabulous and I heard him many times at Studio and even spoke w/him many a times at Studio, it is just that for me Bonds did not work and I thought it was way too big......I did not have that biggness problem at Pallidium but I only liked P on Thursdays and Sundays for Steve Cohen parties.....Listen,I am partial to a certain vibe of playing and musically I lean more towards the gay stuff, but that does not mean I don't know talent when it slaps me silly across the face and KC was great.........I did hear him at Bonds after 2am and yes, he did play some great stuff but he himself will tell you that it was constant try this, try that at Bonds.........Let's not argue over opinions, they are not negative vs positive, that does not exist in music...Music is our universal form of communcation and get this,stuff I may have hated then I may love today.....I am older, my palette is larger and though my feelings for Bonds stand today, if we could recreate a night again, I may feel differently today.......There are people I adored then that I cross the street today not to bump into them...:>))

Ronnie Greene |

I was a regular at Bonds, and all this negative stuff I see posted has to be from people who just didn't get it. Bonds didn't start happening until after 2am. This was right around the time the people who didn't get it left. Kenny Carpenter rocked it from around 3am till closing which was around 8-9am. Afterwards it was just a continuation of the party either at Central Park or the beach. It was the Garage on Friday's and Bonds on Saturday. I have most of this kind of music on my Zune which I got off the original Napster, but what I really want is some mixed stuff by Kenny, the 3am - 8am stuff. Also, Rene Hewitt was happening at the Inferno a couple years earlier. In short, if you really couldn't hang, then Bonds wasn't for you. But the real playa's knew what time it was. Kenny, if you read..., hit me up an email with the music I need. I've got Larry's commercial CD's, but I wish I could relive the memories, and the only way for me to do this is through the music - the real after-hours stuff. Question - do any of you hater's out there know about the "back-rooms"? Nah, I doubt it! RCG in da house

time warped |

i was dissapointed that a few people had written negative comments.i almost started to doubt my few times i had the privilege to go being that in 82 i was in the 8th grade.luckily for me my brothers and sisters liked to go clubbing funhouse,bonds etc.how i was alllowed in i had no idea.but i really tried to hide behind my sisters.i thought the sound was amazing even in such a huge space.i remember the huge stacks on the back corners and the jungle noises elephants??time warp was the one when every body lost it,everybody would follow the babypowder line..diferent time ,diferent city. i still check out parties that have the same feeling, body and soul,718 sessions,roots with luie vega etc.but the earlie 80s is a time when many influential records came out that were part of the foundation to todays dance music, not discarding the great disco era of the 70s.peace to all nad keep on DANCING ,hell i still do .im just 40 a baby compared to you old fogies.jk

mindfield10 |

Halleluiah! From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank all of you Bonds alumi for turning around the tone of the comments and memories posted on this club's legacy page. I am truly proud and humbled by the positive responses that have poured in for the last year or so. To me, it appeared that no one on this earth understood the influence and great moments bestowed on us by Mike Stone and Kenny Carpenter. However, I must say that I am overjoyed knowing that those who experienced Bonds' during the Mike/Kenny era have stepped up to the plate and represented by sharing your thoughts and love. There was no way we could have allowed those who did not understand to ridicule a beautiful thing.

It's great to hear all the memories, which I can totally relate with. At times, I found my self saying, Yup! - me too! Aside from physical beauty of Bond's, I often find myself day dreaming about all the magic on the dance floor. Before ever stepping into Bonds (actually, Studio 54 where Kenny and Mike hosted), dancing for me was more like - one, two, cha, cha, cha, do the hustle. But, by the time Bond's sadly closed, I was spinning, flipping, cartwheeling, diving, and splitting among other things. As a novice at "hitting the decks", I would sit on the floor and watch all the grea hardcore dancers smoothly jump through eachother's legs while the other was at a hand stand, walk over backwards into a floor move, and perform acrobatic/ martial arts / breakdance moves all the while Kenny is taking the party to another level musically - "Brawl", "City Country City", "Going back to my roots", and "Time Warp"... just to name a few.

I can go on forever, but a gotta run. Again, it was a pleasure to read more positive comments and memories.

The music, love and memories we shared on the dancefloor speaks for itself!

Peace & Love

Rikki (KK) Miller |

Forgot my e-mail,styleinc4@eastlink.ca

Rikki (KK) Miller |

As a very young man originally from small town Nova Scotia and transplanted from Naples, Florida to NYC,I only have fond memories of Bonds. My first visit to the club was on a visit to NY from Fla. My dear late friend Isabelle Cole took me to NY as a birthday gift.She had booked two suites at the Shelburn Murry Hill,limos for the entire weekend and a great social plan pre-arranged. After seeing A Chorus Line on Broadway and dinner at 21 club our driver took us to Bonds.I met Grace Jones that night and danced till dawn. Six months later when I moved to NY to study at Parsons I was a regular at the club and loved every minute of it.
Does anyone remember the Bolero Club(private) or Styx a small dance bar off 3rd Ave near East37th. Those years in NYC were the best times of my life. Those stairs and the waltzing waters, the music, the beautiful people, those silver cow sofas and silver bartenders,it's all so alive in my memories. Thanks BONDS

LaSharn |

Although I was too young to go to Bonds to have the experience that everybody else did, I remember all the excitement and preparation that went into giving the parties on Saturday nights. My uncle, Mike Stone, worked hard every week to make sure that the parties at Bonds were an experience that wouldn't be forgotten. He would have his printer print labels for the invitations and my family and I would sit and label invitations until the wee hours of the morning. It was a tedious process but it was worth it because this was what my uncle loved to do...bringing people together and having a great time. The phone would ring constantly in my house...calls from people trying to get on the guest list or people trying to finish the final touches. I may have been too young to go to Bonds but I felt like I was a part of the experience just by helping with the preparation and hearing the outcome of all the hard work that went into it. I would like to thank Kenny Carpenter for being a loyal friend to my uncle Mike and thanks also for the great memories. Rest in peace, Uncle Mike you will never be forgotten!

Gwynne |

Thanks Kenny for the memories! I was glad to see you speak out about the great clubs hosted by Mike Stone. He lived for those clubs! When he got sick, it was the people that he met from the clubs that kept him going...for that I am truly thankful! My brother has to be resting in peace knowing that some people got it!

Wilz161 |

What son, I NEVER forgot about BONDS. It was the best mesc trip and music hands down. I actually have most of the music that was played in there in MP3 because of the influence of that club on me. There are some songs that I dont know the name of them, but I could still remember how they sound and went, and probably humm you a few bars with the quickness. If anyone out there has an interest on recapturing some of that Kenny Carpenter magic, or if you have songs or records of the era, please, dont hesitate to holar at me, like yesterday! We can hook-up and trade and relive the memories. Back then, I was with my high school sweetheart, and even though time sent us our different ways, I never loved another women like I loved her, just like I never loved or went to another club ( And believe you me, I was a club head! Garage,Bonds Gothoms west, limelight, broadway 96, Funhouse, Illusions, thrillers),like I did with BONDS! Must Be the Music!

discodancindiva |

oh yea vee i cant forget them stairs lit up at bonds when i first saw bonds i was mesmorized and once i walked in there and set foot on the dance floor, i couldnt stop dancing thanks to kenny carpenter he kept me in shape..heheheheh (i was the one in the cat danskin cat suits)... his mixes are awesome, hey imma check ur tribute to bonds must be great! i still say oneday all the bonds fan should go for a reunion night...

Vee |

Bond's will always be one of my all time favorites. I saw so many great shows there. I loved the way the stairs lit up when you walked on them. Yep it was big but so was the party. I have a tribute to Bond International on my myspace. (http://myspace.com/somegirlz) I can still see Nona Hendrix coming down from the ceiling. That was HOT!!!!
Other places I loved: Roseland & the Funhouse. :-)

discodancindiva |

it would be great if one day we all have a internationl bonds casino reunion...we someone look into it...that would be awesome

grisel |

omg! who can forget Bonds i was on a date and when we gravataed to the dance floor me looking all sexy with my platform shoes and my hot sexy polyester dress which made me sweat bullets as we began to do the Bus Stop immedately my heel popped off went right across the dance floor i was like dang... my face turned beet red i pretended like nuttin was happening so i kept on dancing lol! my boyfriend at the time had no idea what happened actually nobody seem to care there was no..way..i was going home early that nite i just bend over and broke off my other heel no problem and danced the nite away..i had a blast that nite ;}

annie |

OMG i remember bonds, bonds was one of the best dance club, such a big place and so much space to dance, i was an acrobatic dancer and the place was perfect for me to dance around. and i will never forget the giant punch bowl, and of course the one and only Mike Stone i love that man he was so sweet. and i will miss him dearly...i will never forget summer beach nites where everyone wore swimsuits and i had my swimsuit made just for that night. I started going to bonds in 1981 until they closed the place for good, then i follow where mike stone was at (clubs) eventually i ended up working for him at the club called illisions just for a couple of night and he was a sweetheart. He always complimented my outfits...But yeah i can say that i really enjoy me self at bonds every saturdays for 3 years straight...and everytime i pass broadway where bonds was, all i get is good old happy memories.

RAMONESMANIA |

The steps lighting up was cool. The Clash smashed Bonds!

willy-flame queens |

Hello to all the 80s family, if ever ther was a time marked in my life were those incredible moments at Bonds,the loft the garage, gothems west(any one remember the police raid there?)and they took us all to the station and let us go after, the kings of djing were larry levan,kenny carpenter my hero,jelly bean,tony humpries,etc also in responce to JOHN MUNIZ!!!were you the one that lived in queens,hampton st jackson heights?'thank you all for those lovely moments and please keep this blog going I live in europe now and when i listen to all those oldies i remember my days at bonds.

Hex Hector |

OOPS!

Sorry Kenny! Spelled your name wrong! My bad! You know I love you brother!

Peace!

Hex Hector

Hex Hector |

Kenny Carpentar was a god to me at BONDS!

That place was my temple and it forever changed how I DJ'd and ultimately produced dance music. To write this place off as having no atmosphere and terrible music would do an injustice to the legacy of a genius. Kenny Carpentar was thoughful, creative, fun and always entertaining. He took risks and gave all who entered a musical journey that I have not had the pleasure of hearing since Larry Levan. Bonds was a true NY nightclub experience. It was as racially, sexually, socio-economically and culturally diverse as you can get. Where else can you find a mix like that in NY or anywhere else for that matter? I partied there just about every Saturday night from the day Mike Stone took it over to the day it closed and It will forever leave an indelible impression on me! Listen to pop, hip hop, r&b and dance music today. Many of it's influences came from what was being played at Bonds, The Garage, The Loft, Gotham West etc. That so called (Terrible Music) still holds up today! HI energy Euro never did it for me and you just never hear too much of that stuff influencing producers today! That is a fact! Hi NRG just does not stand the test of time! BONDS RULED!

All My Best,

Hex Hector
www.hexmusic.com

FRANKIE DEE |

THE FIRST TIME I WENT TO BONDS INTERNATIONAL IN 1978 WITH A VAN FILLED FRIENDS DRINKING AND SMOKING WEED AND READY TO PARTY UNTIL 3:OOAM. NONSTOP LIVE AND IN WE SAW PERSON CLAUDIA BARRY I HAD A EXCELLENT TIME.

Kenny Carpenter |

hello family,
it's hard to believe that there's still so many great people out there that remember the fantastic nights we had at Bond's Iternational Casino. i commented before but there's still so much to say. besides the bad accoustics Bond's was a wonderful place to dance and a alternative to places like the Paradise Garage or the Loft. me and my dancers had a special connection, music was different then and you didn't have to play songs all night that had the same beat, there were songs with musicians and many instruments we had a love for the music and the journey, i don't really know what i'm doing when i'm working, i can never say that i'm a professional dj, when i'm on the decks a trance comes over me and the audience helps me to get there, i'm not the star, i'm the messenger. i loved to play songs that Larry Levan produced because when i did i felt like i was in the Garage, Larry was such a great talent, i was so inspired and awed by him and i miss him and his energy terribly. i would love to find someone that has pics from that era, let's keep this blog going.

thanks for the love. K.C.

mindfield10 |

Before i comment on Bonds, i would like to first say that i was almost sick to my stomach reading the first few blogs by those you were putting down Bonds. Immediately, I wanted to react and respond, but after reading Kenny Carpenter's message and witnessing his own defense, I was elated. It brought chills to my spine and I am even more proud to have been part of that era.

Kenny Carpenter and the music played at the Saturday nite Bonds parties hosted by Mike Stone (may he rest in peace) was an inspiration for me and many others. Somehow, we lived and survived during the week for that day. After having stubled across Mike Stone's parties at Sutdio 54, I followed the crowd to Bonds and it was our home every Saturday nite. It was a life changing experience - musically and spiritually. It created friendships and connections that have lasted with me 'til this day. I loved the huge space that allowed dancers to flow - we hustled, stomped, rolled, cartweeled, jumped, kicked and did floor moves 'til noon Sunday. From midnite to noon the music took you through a musical journey that no other dj could ever do. The music flowed with the mood of the party and Kenny even played "mainstream" hits for those early nite "toursits". Many of us patiently knew that in the wee morning hours we were going to be taken on a jouney. There's no need to mention any plays 'cause many other above captured it well. For me, however, it was the first time I ever heard "Hum along and dance" by the Jacksons. I'm sure there are many people in the world today haven't heard that yet. My favorite will always be "... dance together in mindfield" by Eye Level. In many ways, Kenny helped me to appreciate music.
Saturday nite Bonds parties brought the undergroud dance music out into the mainstreem nyc dance scene. It was place that brought people together from the Loft, the Garage and many after hour undergroung parties. We even packed extra clothes to go to the Loft in the morning. As for the "too big" dance floor, well, it was the perfect place for many different crowds to congregate and feel each others vibe - straight, gay, hoody, latin, r&b, and even some hip hoppers.

I feel sad for those you did not fully understand the essence of the Saturday nite parties by Mike and Kenny. Apparently, for these folks it was a whole different experience. Bonds had many other parties during the week, which were generally bad and made people critize the club as a whole. But it was Saturday nites with Kenny on the turntable (all nite long) that made the difference. It was a community of dancers and music lovers that helped open the gates for many underground parties and clubs still going today. I can still recall watching Kenny's afro sway to the music as he jumped and mixed in the booth. He felt our energy and we felt his energy...

I hate to be long winded, but I couldn't believe what I was hearing. Clearly, many didn't get it. You had to be there!

...did anyone ever mention the large manequin ballons that opened up over dance floor high the air, that came out to raoring jungle beats and high acappella sounds...!? It was intoxicating!

peace & love.

lisa |

Hi all...

I went to Bonds twice the first time was to see "El Gran Combo" a Puerto Rican salsa group that were and are still amazing... to this day and the second time with a group friends we did,nt really feel the excitiment of the atomsphere the second time around the music wasnt that great and there wasnt really not much happening:-/i never went back.

JR |

First I want to thank you all for the memories. Reading these blogs bring back so many memories. Bonds was one of the best dance clubs in NYC. If you didn't like it, it was because you didn't open up to it. If you left at 2 am or 4 am, then you were just one of those who just came out dancing every once in a while. Me and my crew were there every weekend. I remember parking outside on the corner of 45th st.and waiting in the car, drinking and smoking and waiting for midnight so my car would be just outside when we came out. We sat in the car and watched the line get longer and longer. Then we would just walk up to the bouncers and they would let us walk right in. It's been a long time and I don't remember names anymore but I remember the long nights there and the music. I always remember about 6:30 to 7 am they would open up a window or door high above the dance floor as I want to thank you played. From there it was time to head to the fountain in Central Park or Orchard Beach. I loved those times. You had to live Bonds to love it. I loved every second of it. Thanks Kenny and all the others for making that stage in my life so fun and memorable.

PS. I saw titles of songs that were played there. Does anyone have a list? I can't find Moody or some other ones. Please!!!

caramela |

HI KENNY,
THIS IS SHARI. I AM SO HAPPY TO FINALLY FIND YOU. I HAVE BEEN SEARCHING FOR YEARS. THE LAST TIME WE SAW EACH OTHER, WAS IN MANHATTAN SOMEWHERE, MANY MOONS AGO. IN CASE YOU FORGOT WHO I AM, YOU AND DAVID MORALES, HELPED ME WITH MY COLLECTION OF VINYL RECORDS.MY COLLECTION COMPILED OF IMPORTS, BOOTLEG(GO BANG)AND MUSIC THAT DAVID MANCUSO PLAYED AT LOFT, AS WELL AS MUSIC PLAYED AT BONDS, GARAGE AND THE LIST GOES ON. THIS WAS WHEN YOU BOTH WORKED AT ROCK AND SOUL AND I WORKED AT MACY'S. WE ALL IMMEDIALTELY CLICKED AND BECAME THE BEST OF FRIENDS. WHEREEVER YOU GUYS PLAYED, I WENT.
I LOVE BEING AT BOND'S WITH YOU TWO. I HAVE SUCH FOND MEMORIES. MIKE STONE'S PARTIES,BABY POWDER ON FLOOR AND THE MUSIC THAT PUMPED THROUGHOUT THE CLUB. I REMEMBER YOUR HOT MIXES. SUCH AS IS IT ALL OVER MY FACE, AINT NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH,SPANK, GO BANG, DON'T TURN AROUND AND ILLUSIONS, ETC ETC. REMEMBER THE OZONE LAYER IN BKLYN. WE WOULD GO TO OZONE LAYER ON FRIDAY AND LOFT ON SATURDAYS.
I LOVE HOW DOWN TO EARTH YOU GUYS WERE AND PROBLABLY STILL ARE. I MISS YOU SO MUCH KENNY. YOU AND DAVID WERE LIKE BROTHER'S TO ME. THANKS FOR HELPING MY MUSICAL AND CLUB JOURNEY AN EXCITING ONE. BEING EXPOSED TO ALL OF THESE CLUBS AND MUSIC, THIS HELPED DEFINING ME AS A PERSON. I HAVE BECOME ONE WITH THE MUSIC. A TRUE DANCER WOULD UNDERSTAND WHAT I MEAN.
I TRIED ASKING SOME OF MY DJ BUDDIES, IF THEY KNOW HOW TO CONTACT YOU. THEY ARE YOUR BUDDIES AS WELL, RENE HEWITT, EDDIE RIVERA, PAUL CRUZ AND HANNIBAL. ALL OF THEM TOLD ME IT WAS HARD TO GET IN TOUCH SINCE YOU ARE BUSY AND DON'T GET A CHANCE TO ANSWER YOUR EMAILS.
I WENT TO THE LOFT'S 36 ANNIVERSARY PARTY, AND ASKED DAVID MANCUSO IF HE CAN RELAY MESSAGE THAT I WAS TRYING TO CONTACT YOU.
WHEN I SAW YOUR BLOG ON HERE , I WAS ESTATIC AND EXCITED THAT I FOUND YOU.
PLEASE GET BACK TO ME AND LEAVE ME YOUR EMAIL ADDRESSES AND MAILING ADDRESSSO I CAN STAY IN CONTAC WITH YOU. I WILL GIVE YOU MY INFO AS WELL.
LOVE YA AND MISS YOU SO MUCH.
BTW, AS FOR THOSE BLOGGERS WHO FOUND THE MUSIC AND CLUB BORING(BONDS), IN ORDER FOR YOU TO REALLY APPRECIATE A CLUB LIKE BONDS, YOU HAD TO LOVE THE MUSIC AND AMBIANCE OF THE CLUB.
IT WAS ALL GOOD CAUSE, WHEN 4AM CAME AROUND AND THOSE LIKE YOU WHO WERE NOT REALLY INTO IT, WOULD LEAVE. THE REAL PARTY BEGAN. BABY POWDER ON THE FLOOR AND ALL OF THAT SPACE WAS ALL OURS TO MOVE AND BECOME ENTRANCED WITH THE MUSIC KENNY AND DAVID WOULD PUMP INTO OUR SOULS.
BONDS WAS ONE OF A KIND, THE AWESOME SOUND SYSTEM AND THE MASSIVE SPACE TO JACK OUR BODIES.
I NEVER GOT HIGH NOR DRANK, THE MUSIC WAS AND STILL IS MY NATURAL HIGH. THE MUSIC WAS BETTER THAN SEX TO ME. IT TOOK ME TO PLACES AND OPENED UP SO MANY ORACLES WITHIN MY SOUL.
KENNY , I WANT TO PERSONALLY THANK YOU FOR TAKING ME UNDER YOUR WING AND INTRODUCING ME TO SO MANY PEOPLE AS WELL AS HELPING ME IN GETTING A VAST RANGE OF MUSIC. UNFORTUNATLY THERE WERE ALL STOLEN. THE IRONIC THING IS THAT IT HURTS ME MORE NOT HAVING THAT LINK TO YOU TWO THAN ACTUALLY LOSING THE RECORDS.
KEEP IN TOUCH KENNY, HOPE TO SEE AND HEAR FROM YOU SOON.
PLEASE PASS THIS ON TO DAVID IN CASE YOU ARE IN CONTACT WITH HIM.
LET ME KNOW WHEN YOU ARE IN NYC AGAIN
MI CASE IS SU CASA. HUGS AND PLENTY OF KISSES, LOVE, SHARI

AL CRUZ |

I'VE ONLY HAD THE CHANCE TO GO THERE ABOUT THREE TIMES. FROM MY EXPERIENCE THE MUSIC WAS LOUD AND VERY MOVING. IN FACT IT WAS A TRIP,CAUSE I WAS TRIPPING ON MES....THE HIGH ISN'T WHAT MADE IT ALL HYPED UP.. IT WAS THE MUSIC, THE D.J. (CARPENTER), AND THE PEOPLE. DA-LE WEBO! WEEPA... WOW! THE SOUNDS OF THE UNDERGROUND, THE LOFT, AND THE GARAGE... I WANTA' .. GO BANG! THOSE WERE THE DAYS. THE DAYS OF FREEDOM ON THE DANCE FLOOR.. FREEDOM TO EXPRESS YOURSELF...I STILL BELIEVE IN THOSE DAYS.. DANCE THE SAME MOVE.. NEVER FORGET... KEEP ON DANCIN' ... MUSIC IS MY LIFE... GOTTA KEEP ON DANCIN'

PEACE,
MY FELLOW DANCERS!

CAMONE |

I went there once, it was in a cool part of the City but it was way too big

JFALLS |

I would like to tip my hat to Ken Capenter for being one of two DJ's that radically changed my listening taste. Ken, it's because of you & Tony Humpries (club zanzibar Newark) that I have the record collection that I have today. Yes, I was also a DJ back then. However, I was not playing in massive clubs which could hold up to 3,000 people. That must have been one hell of an experience! I was one of your loyal fans on that massive dance floor every Sat. night. They just don't make music like that anymore... Thankyou for your creativity. PS. Shame we never met. I did get a chance to meet Tony in the control booth at Zanzibar.

tucker |

i remember following mike stone and ken carpenter from sudio 54 to bonds..yes the place was huge..and the sound got lost...i saw many a disco and dance artist there....my favorite show was instant funk live with instuments..the tore the house down

rocks tar |

Does anyone know the exact address of this club? I don't really care about the club, but my grandfather worked his whole life at the Bonds department store, so I want to check out its location.

Thanks

Shereen |

BONDS was the cream of the crop from the Garage, the Loft, Studio 54, etc. Kenny is the cream of the crop. He teased us all night playing anything from The Mexican (Babe Ruth) to Time Warp (Eddy Grant). We would beg him for more music at 8am, and sometimes he would give it to us. Other times, he would keep us yearning for more. I'm just waiting for a blowout reunion. Kenny, think about it. Bring back all the performers (D-Train, Sharon "Red Hot" Reed", Mr. Bob Lee, etc.) , all the people doing their own thing from dancing, making loving, riding bike, rollerskating, etc. -- Not sure if you remember, but Bonds had a poster out titled, "Remember the fun in '81". Bonds and Kenny Carpenter had much to do with who we are today. PEACE TO ALL OF THE BOND'S INTERNATIONAL CASINO DANCERS.

Eddy |

MR. KEN CARPERTER, I GOT TO HEAR YOU MIX, BECAUSE I KNEW PETE FROM COAT CHECK AND A FEW OF THE BUSBOYS. YOU HAD AN UNREAL SELECTION OF STUFF THAT YOU MADE WORK. CHAS JANKEL, KONK, AND EVEN HALL AND OATES "I CAN'T GO FOR THAT' REMIX. I REMEMBER THAT IN THE BOOTH WAY UP THERE IT WAS QUIET, BUT YOU COULD SEE THE CROWD LOOSING THEIR MIND WHEN A NEW MIX CAME IN. I LEAVING THERE WAY AFTER 7 AM EXHAUSTED. THERE WILL NEVER BE NIGHTS LIKE THE ONES I SPENT AT INFERNO, MIKE STONES 54 AND BONDS.

ed!

Sharon Brown |

I would like to thank all the people who did fill Bonds up the two nights that I performed there. You all were very much into my song, hell you made the song the number one requested club song and number two on the Billboard Dance music chart. I even won the best new female artist of the year award for my performance on the song.It was a wild time in music and tons of crooked producers and agents. Alot of recording artist never saw a dime of there money and to this day have joined the place we all refer to as ONE HIT WONDERLAND !! Hey what I've found out, is once your record comes off the charts we all join the rest of us in "One Hit Wonderland !
Keep love alove
Your Diva
Sharon Brown
I Specialize In Love

Kenny Carpenter |

hello to all,
its great to see that there's still some intrest in Bond's International Casino and i believe that the full story of this mamouth club has yet to be told. i'd like to set the record straight. Mike Stone Productions took over operations at Bond's in 1981 because Mike had lost the contract for Studio 54 after Steve and Ian got of jail. they wanted the club back because they wanted to somehow pick up from where they had left off but the fun of the 70's was not to be recaptured. i played @ Bond's from 1981 till 1983 and i will say that when i first saw the place i hated it because the sound system was small for the place and there was a terrible delay or echo in the room. the dancefloor alone held 2000 people and i couldn't imagine how i'd keep people entertained. i struggled for two months just to get used to my new space but after that i really started to love the place because i had so many loyal fans and when you had 3000 soles in the place it somehow absorbed the delay and made the sound fantastic! the music was very different than it is today because i was able to play almost anything i wanted and i loved experimenting with my dancers, i played many imports from the uk, i loved Modern Romance, The Clash, Talking Heads, Ian Dury, and Heaven 17 as well as all the current american jams. i was also a great admirer of Larry Levan from the Paradise Garage and David Mancuso from the Loft because those guys had great styly and fantastic equipment. i believe if you're serious about playing music then you must do your homework that's why i always go out to hear people that i like because i want to play what they play but in my own way and style.

rene ten brink |

i've been there in 1982, and as far as i can remember i thought it was excellent, the music was great. Melba Moore, Evelin King, LA connection, Con Funk Shun, you name it, they had it all. It wasn't very busy that's right, but i came for the music.

lucius jphnson |

I totally agree with your post Mr. Muniz.Hi energy wuth its over the top camp and cheesy lyrics was never the type of music favored by us music enthusiates.It had no real singers except sylvester and the weather girls and it was just awful.Most of the people who listened to hi energy and went to hi energy clubs never really knew what they were listening to because they were either using drugs or having endless sexual encounters something that was strongly indentified with the gay hi energy culture of that time which lead to a whole generation of men dying or becoming affected by aids.Also those classics from clubs like the loft and garage and bonds have had a lasting affect you can go to any club in the world and i have been to clubs from chicago to japan and i have geard stuff like love thang let no m an put us under,music from places like the saint has gone forgotten.

John Muniz |

It appears a lot of "reviewers" have some long-term memory problems, a distinct bias against a club that was racially and sexually mixed (not entirely gay), or just plain bad taste in music. Bottom-line - Kenny Carpenter used to rock the house on Saturday nights with a wide variety of current and cutting-edge hits, and great underground imported finds, mostly from the UK. Kenny actually spent time in record stores and bought many of his own records, unlike many other DJs who only played what they got for free in record pools. If someone didn't like Kenny Carpenter's musical selection - especially hits like Spasticus Autisticus by Ian Dury or Mama Used To Say by Junior at Bond's, then you couldn't have liked them either at the Loft or the Garage either. Midtown Manhattan was always a great location for clubs. If 45th St was an awful location for some reviewers, then you couldn't have liked Studio 54's or Xenon's location either. It also sounds like a lot of nay-sayers weren't into the intense drug-scene either. Listening to Kenny Carpenter at Studio 54 or at Bond's on a Saturday night was one of the best mescaline trips on the NY top club scene. A more objective analysis would be to acknowledge the positives of the club, and say that the music wasn't quite what you were into. I could easily trash some of the gay white clubs some reviewers have mentioned and say their music was boring too. Bottom-line, if you wanted to ear more hi-energy / italo-disco / euro-disco, you went to sertain clubs. If you wanted to hear more soul / funk / boogie / disco classics / British jazz-funk, you went to clubs like Studio 54, the Loft, the Garage, and Bond's.

dave-bronx |

I went to Bonds only once - while the art-deco style lobbies and lounge areas were nice, the dance floor area was like going to a dance in a high school gym - absolutely no atmosphere. I never went back.

twinpines |

Hmmmmmm. Bonds. Bonds International Casino. CASINO??? OK. I recall opening night. I also remember GRACE JONES performing. THe REAL ORCHIDS were a nice touch. I met Randy JOnes fromthe Village People there. Liza was leaving as I was arriving ( that should have been a cue to leave). Those stairs making noises. MEN in s high heels working there. And the underwear. It was the combination. The Islanders Club night was fun. Halloween was fun since there weren't many clubs open ( STUDIO 54 was closed during that period) I got invited back to FRANCE. The dancing water fountains were left-overs from the LIBERACE TV show. Other than that no one seemed to like going there. I hated the neighborhood . Just a few years ago Iwalked by theplace and the door was open. It looked horrible and smelled worse. Sure wish someone would re-open STUDIO 54.

ZbarMy |

BONDS wanted to be but never was.

VincentG |

By the time Bonds opened up, you could "smell it in the air" that disco was just about through.........it never really clicked.........

JussiK |

The Night of The Panther event was okay - they sequed Voyage's "Lady America" out of "Hot Leather" by the Passengers. Hardly any new wavish stuff that night at all. This was the first time I saw one of those large inflated man figures who wiggle as air flows thru it' limbs, I was dumbstruck with awe, boy, they don't have those at home...

Soul70'Z |

I remember getting "picked" to go in on opening nite and there was no one in there! I was so mad, that place was just that,waiting for something to happen and never did. Was that the place with the musical stairs? That was fun.

AlexGARCIA |

I went to Bonds a couple of times only on Saturday (oh, wait, and once on a Thursday.......).........While there is a lot to say about how you view a club based on your tastes and expectations, I found the club to "lack warmth and intimacy" while Palladium (just as big) had it all together and anyway, I only went to Palladium on Thursdays and Sundays to hear the Saint DJs.....Robbie and Michael to be specific..............Look, the place was too big, too "lacking of theme" and just a co-habitation that all had different tastes and just simply this, that scene to did NOT make for a good PARTY....It was also a time when their was a great need for good DISCO music (the early 80's) so DJs did not have a lot to pick from...I walked in once and heard, "Lauren Taylor's I Got Dancing In My Feet (TK Disco 12" mixed into V Wills If You Could Read My Mind) and I said YES, this is the place, only to find out that into Viola Wills came THE FLYING LIZARD's Money, mixed into Queen's Another Bites the Dust, mixed into Lipps' Incorporated's How Long, mixed into Revolution Rock (Clash...) Really just PISSED me off to hear this Musical Rollercoaster of Genres that I just WAS NOT into at the time...If I wanted to hear Flying Lizard's and Clash I would have gone to hear David Arzarc at the Peppermint Lounge, or I would have gone to the old venue (Now Webster Hall) that was called, THE RITZ(where they featured great Punk Rock/ New Wave band and they played Lene Lovich's Lucky Number, The Normal's Warm Leatherette, Billy Idol(Generation X and Mariane Faithful - Broken English and all that stuff.....) This is why I did not appreciate Mark Kamins' Danceteria style either because he played all over the place.........

Raul Rodriguez was a master remixer however, ask any of his peers and they would not put him in the same category as the Jim Burgess', John Ceglia's, the Robbie's and Wayne Scott's and the Frank Hulihan and the Bobby DJ G.....

The club may have worked had it been opened years before and had it stuck to hard core disco anthems...........Smaller venues might have accomadation the musical confusion of BONDS, but BONDS just did not...

XDRIVER, I appreciate your candor and your opinions on BONDS, they are very consistent with mine.............

xdriver |

I did lights for Bonds on Saturday nights. Wednesday through Friday was reserved for the yuppie crowds that enjoyed Hi NRG and Dance Oriented Rock music. Raul Rodriguez was the DJ and Richard Sabala (RIP) did the lights on those nights. I would fill in for Richard when he had to work at the Saint on some weeknights when Richard Tucker was unavailable.
I am proud to have worked beside such talented people. Raul was the only DJ in the 80s who could combine any style of music and make it work. That kind of mixing was done intentionally to please the yuppie crowds that came from Long Island, NJ, and the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Kenny and I worked the Saturday night parties. Kenny played more like David Mancuso or Larry Levan. Although, I did enjoy more the Saint type of music, Kenny Carpenter helped me appreciate the underground House music that Larry Levan and others were developing at that time. We made a good team on Saturdays. I always thank Kenny for influencing me and showing me that there was another side to the music and it had to be heard.
The sound system was a Richard Long Sound System, but it did lack bass. It was something that would have been fixed if my bosses had not gone to jail for tax evasion (thanks to Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager) a year after it opened.


sindo |

I have to agree, the place was too big, the music sounded at times like an echo. It was OK to see bands like the Clash etc but not for a night of dancing. It looked alot of times like people were walking around in a desert, HA HA.

AlexGARCIA |

Again, I state and re-state my case, all the songs you have newly listed are plain BOOOOOOOORING........Ian Dury's "one, two, reasons to be cheerful, are" guess what..."REASONS NOT TO BE CHEERFUL........."

Steve Miller Band's Macho City, "oooofa, borrrrrrrrring............................

Pete Shelley's "I Don't Know What Time It is," oooofa, it's time to get out of BONDS and go to XENON and/or ICE PALACE or Studio or The Saint......anything but BONDS........

Again, I state and this will be the last time I say it, BONDS was a terrible club, no theme, boring music, horrible sound system and it DID NOT STAY OPEN that LONG.....................Why is that Sir DJ4THX????????????????????????

Drop it honey, you like the club, I DON'T.............Let's truce and move on!!!!!!!!!!!!

dj4thx |

We all have different tastes, needs, opinions. But to critize a club simply because it didn't play your type of music, is inappropriate. Why would you go to a club that's not your type anyway?
I guess if I went to a club that played HI NRG all night long, I'd probably be bored as well. However, I'd probably just say that "it just wasn't my scene". By the way, Ken also played The Clash (Magnificent Dance & Radio Clash), Pete Shelley (I Don't Know What Time It Is?), Ian Dury (Reasons to be Cheerful Pt 3 & Spasticus Autisticus), and even The Steve Miller Band (Macho City). I'd say that these jams would even make a "who am i?/white boy/mr garcia/ move his "Saturday Night Fever" rump.

AlexGARCIA |

I rest my case.........All the songs that DJ4thx listed, I hate.......I was a white boy into DISCO and Hi -NRG and DOR, Dance ORiented Rock......Stuff they played at the Ice Palace, Studio 54, Xenon, The Saint, Tories, etc.........All the songs that Sir DJ4thX mentioned, in my opinion MAKE for a BORING and just plan DULL evening..........I reinstate my statment..........Bonds was a terrible club...................................

dj4thx |

I was a regular at the club (along with countless others). Some people just didn't get it. Its spaciousness, fantastic lighting, and surround sound created a Roman Coliseum type of atmosphere. The DJ in arms was Kenny Carpenter. He played Ain't no mountain high; Spasticus Autisticus; Disco Circus; Love Money; Powerline; Bostich; Moody; City; Country, City; Feel Up; Jah Wabble's How much are they; Sweet Potatoe Pie; Thousand Finger Man; Is it all over my face; Weekend by Phreek. Then he will calm us down with Rotation by Herb Albert, I want to thank you by Alicia Meyers, Nights over Egypt by the Jones Girls. Some of us have selective memories. But to many of us, we partied until noon the next day, and straight to the beach. The club was unique.

joaquing |

never went but have friends that did...still associate it to the clash!

ALS96 |

Oh my...did this club miss the mark, Alex is correct, bad location, no real theme in music selection, and the mixes where not all there at times.

AlexGARCIA |

So cool, those baloons, however, the location was the pits, the club had no identity and most of all, the music was awful...

You cannot play Viola Wills, If You Could Read My Mind and mix it into Geraldine Hunt's "Can't Fight The Feeling" and then mix that into "The Flying Lizards," Money and expect to create any kind of vibe....

No consistency, no DRAMA and a sound system that although ambitious sounded AWFUL....

Bonds was DA BOMB and not in a good way!

richie |

i went twice and, i agree, it was awful. you're right way too big. i did like those big mylar baloons that dropped from the ceiling.

AlexGARCIA |

This was a terrible club....Too big, horrible location, no theme what so ever with its music programming.......

In all fairness, it opened when music was taking a hit downhill (the punk rock, new wave era) and it is very, very difficult to fill yet alone please 8000 people in this huge club with a sound system that though ambitious, still sounded like it was lacking punch, basss and energy...

Just my opinion....Like ***&&, everyone's got one! (opinion that is..)

stuffit |

I Heard Bert Bevans tear that club up with MG from the Garage on Lights!!!!

 

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