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DJ Tony Garcia

click to enlarge 2006 JON KELLEY
  • 2006 Jon Kelley

Thunder and Buttons II, 2415 W. Colorado Ave., 447-9888 Mondays, 9 p.m., "Retro Disco Night / Service Industry Night" No cover.

Thunder and Buttons II, 2415 W. Colorado Ave., 447-9888 Wednesdays, 9 p.m., "Ladies Eighties Night" No cover.

The Underground, 110 N. Nevada Ave., 578-7771 Thursdays, 10 p.m., "'80s New Wave" No cover.

The Underground, 110 N. Nevada Ave., 578-7771 Friday and Saturday, 10 p.m., "Retro Techno" $4 cover after 11 p.m. If you talked to him a few months ago, DJ Tony Garcia would've told you that he's hanging up the headphones, that this will be his last year.

You probably wouldn't have believed him, though. He said the same thing last year, and the year before that.

And sure enough, "The Retro Guy" just decided to quit his day job instead and fully support himself through spinning. "I'm working more than ever," he says. "Now I'm making a living doing what I want to do."

Garcia's forte is providing a visual show alongside his '80s new wave, lounge or old-school techno music.

"I've been doing that since the '80s video bars, where you practically had a television studio in the DJ booth," he says.

He also made some music videos for Tony Wilson of Factory Records back in the '80s.

"I called him up asking if he had any music videos, and he said, "Make me one.'"

Those videos, for Joy Division and New Order, will be re-premiering Thursday, Dec. 7, at The Underground.

"I think I just found a nice niche," he says. "All of a sudden, nobody wants to hear anything new."


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