Panic on the streets of Chicago…


What: Panic – indie/britpop/new wave/classic alt./sleaze – DJs Pogo and Arturo
When: June 28, 2006, 9 p.m. – 2 a.m. (and every last Friday of the month)
Where: darkroom
Cost: No cover

Once upon a time in the late 90s, in the far away land of our nation’s capital, young Pogo had a dream. His dream was to bring together brit pop, brit rock, retro and indie music lovers together for nights of dancing and drinking to the music they loved, but weren’t hearing elsewhere. He met up with a couple of other people who shared his vision, and the first incarnation of Panic was born at a now-defunct D.C. club called Metro. What started as a monthly night of music and mischief turned into a weekly community of like-minded music lovers, with core regulars attending and discussing the night and the music online.

Fast forward to May of 2003: Pogo moved to our own fair city, and was determined to bring Panic to the denizens of Chicago. What started out as a somewhat poorly attended (though well DJed) weekly event at Smartbar on Wednesday nights has now turned into a throw down at darkroom on the last Friday of each month, with more music lovers showing up at every event (I’ve been to almost all of them myself). In a town like Chicago, where music is appreciated and supported, and local talent abounds, Panic is finally finding its niche, and is on its way to building a community of music appreciators.

The question I’ve heard more than a few times since I started attending Panic events is this: What is meant by “sleaze” in that list of genres? Pogo’s answer is that “sleaze” is a sort of air of the forbidden and of debauchery. It’s all about atmosphere at Panic. And music, of course.

Panic is ably DJed by Pogo and his partner in hijinks Arturo, and Arturo provides visuals as well. Pogo may also be familiar to you as the host of Metromix on CLTV, the host of “Aural Fixation” on XM satellite radio, and a Q101 DJ.

You can submit requests in advance for Panic events to the Panic Myspace page or to (you can join the mailing list by emailing that address as well).

This week Panic will be giving away tickets to The Pet Shop Boys gig and The Vacancies gig, and Arturo’s special opening set will be all about the music of Manchester.

Finally, to give you an idea of what’s played at Panic, here’s last month’s set list:

Arturo 9-10:30 p.m. (opening set theme: The music of Suede/Bernard Butler/Brett Anderson):

Suede – Introducing The Band
Suede – My Insatiable One
The Tears – Brave New Century
Suede – Simon
Bernard Butler – Friends and Lovers
Suede – Golden Gun
Suede – Together
Mc Almont and Butler – Falling
Suede – Implement Yeah!
Suede – Killing of a Flashboy
The Tears – Imperfections
Bernard Butler – Not Alone
Suede – Electricity
Suede – To The Birds
Suede – Be My God
Suede – Stay Together
Suede – Positivity
Mc Almont and Butler – Can We Make It?
Suede – Metal Mickey
Suede – Filmstar
Suede – New Generation
Suede – Animal Lover
Suede – Love The Way You Love Me
Suede – Can’t Get Enough
Suede – Beautiful Ones

Pogo 10:30-close

The House Of Love – I Don’t Know Why I Love You
Echo & The Bunnymen – The Cutter
Siouxsie & The Banshees – Kiss Them For Me
The Cure – A Forest
James – Say Something
Pop Will Eat Itself – Wise Up Sucka
Morrissey – The Last Of The Famous International Playboys
Love & Rockets – So Alive
Depeche Mode – World In My Eyes
Pet Shop Boys – Opportunities
New Order – Age Of Consent
Blur – There’s No Other Way
The Jesus & Mary Chain – Head On
Stone Roses – She Bangs The Drums
Gorillaz – Feel Good Inc.
The Smiths – Panic
Pulp – Do You Remember The First Time?
Peter Murphy – Cuts You Up
The Cure – Just Like Heaven
Midnight Oil – Beds Are Burning
Pixies – Here Comes Your Man
New Order – True Faith (12″)
Depeche Mode – Policy Of Truth (Capitol mix)
Daft Punk – Around The World
Erasure – Oh, Lamour
The Human League – Fascination
Nine Inch Nails – Head Like A Hole
Bauhaus – Ziggy Stardust
David Bowie – Modern Love
Madness – Our House (extended mix)
Talking Heads – Psycho Killer
Violent Femmes – Add It Up
The Dead Milkmen – Punk Rock Girl
Ramones – Blitzkrieg Bop
New Order – Bizarre Love Triangle (12″)
Pet Shop Boys – Always On My Mind
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – If You Leave
The Clash – Train In Vain
The La’s – There She Goes
Joy Division – Love Will Tear Us Apart
The Smiths – Ask
Iggy Pop – Lust For Life
Nena – 99 Luftballoons
The Cure – Close To Me (single version)
Material Issue – Valerie Loves Me
Matthew Sweet – Girlfriend
The Primitives – Crash
Soft Cell – Tainted Love
The Cult – She Sells Sanctuary
They Might Be Giants – Ana Ng
Pulp – Common People
Depeche Mode – Enjoy The Silence
New Order – Temptation (12″)
The Clash – Rock The Casbah
The Specials – Little Bitch
Billy Bragg – Waiting For The Great Leap Forwards

13 Comments so far

  1. tankboy (unregistered) on July 26th, 2006 @ 3:04 pm

    Wow, maybe I should spin at Panic…my DJ sets, when I’m in a retro crowd-pleasing mood hearkening back to my fays spinning in the early ’90s, are VERY similar.

    I’ve never checked these cats out, mostly due to laziness, but you’ve piqued my interest. Thanks!

  2. Artemis (unregistered) on July 26th, 2006 @ 3:13 pm

    You should definitely come out – I will be there, and it’s always a good time. :)

  3. nikkos (unregistered) on July 26th, 2006 @ 3:43 pm

    No one should ever have to listen to that much Suede. That set list is like the waiting room music in Hell!

  4. Artemis (unregistered) on July 26th, 2006 @ 3:49 pm

    Them’s fightin’ words, dude. :)

    That was a one-off set – this week’s set will be Manchester music. I, for one, am requesting a liberal helping of Stone Roses, The Smiths, Happy Mondays, and The Charlatans.

  5. nikkos (unregistered) on July 26th, 2006 @ 3:51 pm

    Well we can’t agree on everything, now can we? That would be boring. ;)

  6. Artemis (unregistered) on July 26th, 2006 @ 4:14 pm

    Agreed. ;)

  7. Bill V (unregistered) on July 26th, 2006 @ 7:36 pm

    OK I love and I play most of those songs on that list (though I’m not that familiar with that entire Suede catalog) and to be honest that lists reads a little like a Satellite Radio shuffle playlist. Very good bands, but it’s like they’ve taken only their top hits. I’d be into that show if they went deeper into material, but I’d hate to be stuck listening to only well known tracks all night, and I hardly see anything there that would surprise me (on the other hand, that’s much better than a lot of other crap I hear at bars).

  8. tankboy (unregistered) on July 26th, 2006 @ 8:44 pm

    I would be willing to bet their playlist was a lot deeper when the residency was weekly. It’s pretty easy to fall into “safe bet” mode when you only get one shot a month to wow a crowd.

    After looking at past set-lists I see that they do indeed stick to “the hits” and don’t really spin anything terribly challenging.

    However, Bill V, you make a good point by noting it is better than 90% of what gets played in bars…so I think I’ll still be stopping by, at least for the Madchester portion of the evening. Hopefully they’ll play the original version of “W.T.F.” instead of the dorky remixed version off the Hallelujah EP.

  9. tankboy (unregistered) on July 26th, 2006 @ 8:48 pm

    And another thing, Bill…isn’t it scary these tunes are now considered “retro?”


  10. Bill V (unregistered) on July 27th, 2006 @ 9:27 am

    I’m off this Friday and may stop by after the Critical Mass bike ride. And not to razz these guys, like I said, great bands, sort of lame playlist for me. Sometimes you get sucked in by the crowd and play all of the “hits” and sometimes you get a crowd that truly knows all of the catalogs and wants to hear the deeper cuts. The latter is much more fun for me. Retro, pretty funny term :)

  11. Artemis (unregistered) on July 27th, 2006 @ 10:01 am

    Keep in mind that 1) the monthly residency at darkroom has been going on only for a few months, so they’re still in the beginning stages, and 2) you can make requests ahead of time on the myspace page or via email ( I think the playlist can go deeper if there’s an audience for it.

    As for calling some (certainly not all) of those songs retro, that was my term. :)

  12. Arturo (unregistered) on July 27th, 2006 @ 11:43 am

    First I’d like to first thanks Artemis for writing this blog about our humble little night. We’re extremely happy with how successful it’s been and the 200+ dancing people we had last month had a great time.
    I’d also like to say that if listening to so much Suede is like a waiting room in hell, then I have to quote Morrissey in saying “There is a place in hell for me and my friends”. I can’t wait to get there.
    For everybody who’s possibly thinking of coming out, please do. Pogo and I both take requests and my selections will be limited to the Manchester set, Pogo’s library he DJ’s from is HUGE. No, seriously, the man’s got music. See you tomorrow, and if you come out, do say hello! :)

  13. A.Mouse (unregistered) on July 27th, 2006 @ 1:48 pm

    I agree that it’s good to mix things up and not just play the obvious hits all the time. But sometimes the problem with playing the more obscure stuff is that it’s just not that easy to dance to! Personally I’m just overjoyed that there’s somewhere I can go to dance to Britpop every month.:)

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