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Diazepam Nights

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Embrace 02:59
July 4, 1988 04:16
Berlin Zool. 00:30


Diazepam Nights is a 1989 Los Angeles new wave queercore album. While eponymously titled, it is the first major solo work of composer/producer Jack Curtis Dubowsky. It is the first De Stijl Records release, catalogue number DS 101.

Diazepam Nights was released December 19, 1989 at the dawn of the 90s DIY zine culture explosion, produced largely in isolation with few precedents save Tom Robinson and the Communards. Reviewers compared the album to Tears for Fears, especially its dark moods reminiscent of The Hurting. Dubowsky recorded the album in a small 24-track studio in Van Nuys where he began his career as a recording engineer. The final track, “Lift Up Our Wings,” was finished at Enterprise Studios in Burbank, where Dubowsky worked with acts including Kiss, Megadeth, and Warrant.

Diazepam Nights played shows in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Dubowsky, attending Berlin Independence Days 1990, did a Diazepam Nights interview on national East German radio station DT 64.

Cash Box Magazine described Diazepam Nights:

This first offering from the L.A.-based indie label is a moody, introspective affair about longing and heartbreak… Couched between facile observation and cliché is true insight. Side by side with adolescent stabs at poetry is the real thing… The production is crisp, easily standing toe to toe with anything coming from the majors, and the main impression left is that this is an outfit overflowing with promise. There is a lot of talent here, it simply needs to be reigned in and given sharper focus. (Ernest Hardy, Cash Box Magazine, p.18, March 24, 1990)

Jim Fouratt wrote in Bay Area Reporter:

Jack Curtis Dubowsky stakes his claim as his queer generation's musical Orson Welles. Here the coming-out persona is post-Bowie (the Low period) and post-Eno (the music-for-airports era), adrift in a wall-broken Berlin soundscape. (Jim Fouratt, Bay Area Reporter, p.29, January 9, 1992)


released December 19, 1989

All compositions by Jack Curtis Dubowsky except
Green Discord music by Jack Curtis Dubowsky, words by Gregory A. Johnson.

DN: Grand Piano, Vocals, Drums (sequenced), Electric Bass, Synthesizers, Electric Guitars
Mike Finkelstein: Electric Guitar (Contortion)
Bernie West: Drums (It’s My World)
Eric A Kahn: Electric Bass (It’s My World)
Norma Finkelstein: Violins (July 4, 1988)
Joel Arnold: Percussion (Green Discord)
Gregory A. Johnson: Backing Vocals (Green Discord)
Jory Kahn: Acoustic Guitar (Lift Up Our Wings, Every Day It’s Another Way)
Mark Hanson: Trumpet (Lift Up Our Wings)

Berlin Zool. Recorded live in W. Berlin at Bahnhof Zoologischer Garten.


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Jack Curtis Dubowsky

Composer, author, filmmaker Jack Curtis Dubowsky works in concert music, improvisation, and live performance. His output includes three books, a documentary feature, and musical compositions in multiple genres. Jack Curtis Dubowsky Ensemble combines composed material and structured improvisation and has played theatres and venues nationwide, presenting live scores to silent and experimental film. ... more

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