January 24, 2010
The variety of our lives: Reunion planned for punks, Goths, Mods, Freaks, and Pretties who dance partied at Heather Farm Park in the ‘80s
For a time in the mid-1980s, a crew of teens, organized by a San Quentin Prison guard/club deejay, would party at Heather Farm Park almost monthly to the sounds of punk, post-punk, Eurowave, gothic rock, and hip hop—from The Cure to Two Live Crew.
This parties were called Primary, and they were designed for Central Contra Costa teenagers whose penchant for leather, eye-liner, multi-colored hair or Mohawks made them stand out in suburbia—and scare some adults.
These dances “attracted the kinds of teens who don’t join every club at school,” according to an article published back in the mid-80s by Diablo magazine. “ They’ve adopted a European Style. They’re interested in art and music, and they don’t attend the big school dances and athletic events.”