- Tish and Snooky
On Friday September 13, Manic Panic N.Y.C. Celebrated their 25th 'Manniversary'. They had auctions of photographs from our favorite Rock Photographers and wonderful dog collars by the stars.
It all started off at Serena's, under the Chelsea Hotel, with fine champagne to loosen up the wallet for the auction of celebrity designer dog collars: "The collars were designed by a few friends, Ace Frehley, KISS, Alice Cooper, All My Children (cast), Ann Wilson, HEART, B-52's, Bernadette Peters, Brian Devive, PETCO, Broadway Cares, Cher, Cindy Adams, Cyndy Lauper, The Dictators, Glenn Danzig & Howie Pyro, DANZIG, Deborah Harry, Denis Leary, The Go-Gos, Iggy Pop, Joan Jett, Joanna Mastroianni, Michael Musto, Moby, Nancy Wilson, HEART, Nicole MIller, Nikki Sixx, Patrick McDonnell "Mutts", Rue McClanahan, Serene Bass, Steven Tyler, AEROSMITH, Talking Heads, Todd Oldham, Tom Tom Club (by James Rizzi), Valerie Harper, World Wrestling Ent/WWE, Wynonna Judd"
Their designs were inspired by the wonderful brave dogs with names such as Dodger, Uno, Charlie, Kermit and Pepe.
The photographs were donated by Bob Gruen, Leee Childers, Mariah Aguiar, Roberta Bailey, Michael Gildo
To perform at this celbration were the amazing: Jayne County, Handsome Dick Manitoba, Robert Gordon & the original Tough Darts, Charm School, Starr Spangles, Gyda Gash, Lenny Kaye, Joe Hurley, Jimi Bones Band, Annie Golden & Lisa Burns to name but a few of the stars. To help celebrate was a mass of luminaries from the many scenes that Tish & Snooky have influenced.
"We are celebrating this important event by honoring heroes who helped our city so much after the attack on 9/11 - the K-9 units and Search & Rescue Dogs who worked so hard at the WTC and the all-volunteer Suffolk County SPCA who provided these dogs with much needed on-site veterinary care."
All the moneys from the eventfull evening goes to the Suffolk County SPCA.
A few of the Uniformed gentlemen and their K9 partners were there at the party looking very handsome indeed (the dogs that is!)
Then we all piled into cabs down to CBGBs for some serious entertainment.
NYWaste caught up with the sisters, Tish & Snooky in their studio/warehouse.
What made you decide to
make it a benefit and not just a celebration for yourselves?
Yes, I see a lot of pussycats
Snooky: We put everything all together in one night. We really tried to so much, really too much in one night. The bands, alone, would have been one incredible thing. The photos and auction would have been another incredible thing and the dog collars designed by celebraties would have been another cute thing. But we just did it all at once.
T: The amazing thing was no one thought that the Uniforms & they doggies would actually go down to CBGBs, but there they were. I don't think they knew how to take it all with all these rockers getting really drunk around them! I thought they might have felt a little bit out of their depth.
S: some people did actually hightail it out of there! Thinking they were working!
T: but the dogs were
on break. They weren't working! They are man's best freind. Some people are against
Let's go to the start. What
was it like at the begining?
S: At the beginning anything we liked, Punk Rock, anything from make-up to clothing to shoes. Tish was designing the clothes, the hair dye we were importing it.
The Colors must have been
like old ladies hair rinces?
S: We started with $250
each and rented this store front on St. Marks Place and we were living at home with
out mother. We just kept reinvesting our money back into the bizness. I just found
these old records from when we were trying to keep records in those days. And some
days we would make 50¢, some days nothing. A good week we would make a whole
T: And that neighborhood too, because all the other store owners on that block saw all the cameras constantly coming into the store, so they started turning their stores into Punk stores.
S: before there was hardly anything on the block. By the time we left there, our rent was up to $3500 and going up to $5000 so we said forget it. It was a little rodent infested dump. We just left and we just decided to concentrate on wholesale which was just getting bigger and bigger.
T: other stores were always calling us to buy stuff so they would look cool.
S: We felt like it was the end of the world when our landlord wouldn't renew our lease and was raising the rent, but it ended up being the best thing that ever happened to us. We just started to concentrate on the wholesale. Mostly the hair color. We did it out of my boyfriends studio appartment.
T: we did that for over a year and then we moved back onto St. Marks place into a basement under the Gap.
S: but we still had stuff from the old store that we wanted to get rid of, but we were mostly doing wholesale. Then we moved into another basement on 9th St. and that was Jimi Hendrix's old crash pad.
S: we built it up and
then we finally outgrew that place and the landlord was raising the rent. And once
again we moved into a bigger place, we found this place which is four times the size
of that other space.
S: People weren't even going out, why should they. They're not going to buy stuff to look great when they weren't even going out. Clubs suffered and so did our bizness. Club life hasn't bounced back to pre 9/11 yet. So to see the crowds that we saw at CBGB's was pretty amazing.
T: The party lasted nine hours! A real marathon. There were so many wonderful people that helped us. And nobody stole anything. I was thinking that people were going to read about it in the paper and try to steal stuff away.
It must of been the guys in uniform keeping them away. It was very brave of them to come into the depths of Punkdoom.
Today CBGB's tomorrow the World!