As I mentioned back in this post from 2012, The Scrap Bar on MacDougal Street was a somewhat goofy affair, but hey… it was the 80’s and 90’s, and goof was in high demand. I certainly logged several hours down in the Scrap Bar’s dank confines, supping shitty beer next to dudes in unironic Queensryche t-shirts, so I can’t condemn the place too much.
In any case, I stumbled upon the rather poor quality video clip below of an old episode of “120 Minutes” which, for your youngsters out there, was a relatively entertaining program on MTV dedicated to so-called “alternative” rock (this, of course, being back in the era when MTV actually played music).
Herewith we see cheeky host Kevin Seal fraternizing down in the Scrap Bar circa 1988, and interviewing none other than the great Joe Strummer (looking strikingly young and slim). It’s a weird trip back through time.
Twenty-six years later, I’m not sure what transpires at the old spot of the Scrap Bar on MacDougal, if anything (although the building has an even more august history as the old site of the Gaslight). “120 Minutes” went off the air at some point in the mid-to-late 90’s. MTV stopped playing music pretty much entirely at some point in the 2000’s (just a little bit after I stopped working there). No idea where Kevin Seal is today. And Joe Strummer, of course, passed away in 2002.