Forgotten South Florida Music: The Best of YouTube

Marilyn Manson performs with the Spooky Kids at Yesterday & Today Records in Miami in June 1991.EXPAND
Marilyn Manson performs with the Spooky Kids at Yesterday & Today Records in Miami in June 1991.
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South Florida doesn't have the greatest reputation for preserving what modest musical history we have cultivated in these swampy nether regions.

Time and again, landmark venues are bulldozed to make way for the next half-baked development project. Seminal nightclubs shutter their doors, and mythologized memories of more glorious days all but vanish into the swirling abyss like Atlantis.

But this is 2016! And the internet continues to bear its fruits. Buried among all the utterly useless flotsam we can dredge up all sorts of nostalgia-triggering treasures — you just have to know where to look. Here are five YouTube gems we recovered from South Florida's forgotten musical past.

5. Channel 4 News broadcasts Hollywood Sportatorium's final days.
The Hollywood Sportatorium was an indoor arena in Pembroke Pines, the only venue of its kind in South Florida during its 18 years of operation. Affectionately dubbed the Sporto, it had little success attracting sports franchises, instead becoming the "Rock Mecca of South Florida." In its heyday from the '70 to '80s, everyone from Bob Dylan to Pink Floyd graced its stage. Despite its flaws (notoriously poor acoustics, indoor rain delays, rowdy overcrowding), locals mourned its demise when in 1993, after years of disuse and extensive hurricane damage, it was finally torn town. 

4. Motörhead performs at Sunrise Musical Theatre in Sunrise in March 1994. (Complete show with backstage footage.)
The first concert hall of its kind in Broward County, the Sunrise Musical Theatre opened in December 1976 and drew everyone from Frank Sinatra to Bob Hope and Marilyn Manson to its half-moon stage that protruded into the audience. In the clip above, check out excellent early-'90s footage of metal legends Motörhead, with especially great shots of the late, great Lemmy Kilmister. Gritty behind-the-scenes footage of the group and company backstage begins around the 53-minute mark.

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