Forgotten South Florida Music: The Best of YouTube

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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.

3. Bad Brains performs at The Edge in Fort Lauderdale in November 1993
Formerly located where Revolution Live, Stache, and America's Backyard now stand, the Edge comprised a big chunk of South Florida's local music scene through the late '80s and '90s. A little history on the spot, courtesy of Humberto Guida at ClubPlanet.com: "At the time, it was a dark, decrepit stand-alone building with paint peeling off the walls. At night it looks more like a post-apocalyptic crack-house than a nightclub. I had seen Marilyn Manson perform a concert there, before they broke out. It was known as a goth/industrial/metal club most nights...It is one of the first places you could go hear all kinds of electronic music, trance, techno, and towards the morning electro-funk, breaks, and Miami Bass. Because liquor isn’t served after 2 a.m. the age requirement is 16 and over."

2. Van Halen performs at Hollywood Sportatorium in Hollywood in April 1986
From its publisher's YouTube description: "This pro shot video from 1986 was used for the official video of "Why Can't This Be Love," however this is the live vocal version. Rare as it is not from the "Live Without A Net" footage from 1986. Watch the official VH video here.

1. Marilyn Manson performs first-ever acoustic set at Yesterday & Today Records in Miami in June 1991
The clip above, with over 35,000 views, features a young, spotty Marilyn Manson performing his first-ever acoustic set with the Spooky Kids at Yesterday & Today in Miami, which remains open to this day. At just 22, Manson (real name Brian Warner) had already been with his band for three years, and in 1993, after shortening its name to Marilyn Manson, they'd earn the attention of Trent Reznor, who eventually produced their first album, 1994's Portrait of an American Family. 

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