We miss you, too.
Thank you for supporting the businesses that are providing excellent essential services (an updated list is at the www.melroseartsdistrict.com home page). There are plenty of places to get good food, supplies, and services. Please continue to protect yourself when you visit us so you’ll be healthy when we are fully back to business.
Until we can meet again, like we used to do, here are some places you can enjoy Melrose in books, on TV, and in videos.
Los Angeles is a city of characters and creators, and few are as fascinating and entertaining as Rob Zabrecky. The musician-magician-actor-author had a most eventful teen time, experiencing all the things (in OMG fashion) L.A. had to offer in the ‘80s. Melrose Avenue plays a particularly colorful role in Rob’s memoir, Strange Cures. He used to take a bus from the Valley to hang out in the epicenter of counter culture that he heard Rodney Bingenheimer talk about on the radio. Strange Cures is a visceral, vibrant trip down the rabbit hole of Rob’s memory.
Melrose in the mid-‘80s was epic. It’s when aggressive genres of music collided, fashion came to play, and the Arts District set its foundation. The documentary Scenesters chronicles that time, from 1985-1990 in 80 minutes of utter creative chaos. With first-hand accounts from the people who were there, and rarely seen video and photos, producer Desi Benjamin captures all the intensity. Punk, glam, metal, alternative and bands like Jane’s Addiction and Guns ‘n Roses create the soundtrack. Bonus features include interviews with the photographers who chronicled it all.
Because Melrose Place was a ratings beast, “Fox decided it wants all its shows to come from Melrose now,” joked Ben Stiller. The Ben Stiller Show was the quintessentially ‘90s sketch comedy half hour, if only for a few seasons. After getting its start on MTV, the show moved to Fox. While Ben Stiller was the driving force, the show’s main comedy crew included Andy Dick, Janeane Garofalo, and Bob Odenkirk. The interstitials for the fourth episode of the Fox season were shot on Melrose and highlighted the store fronts, shoppers, and even the street art. Said Andy, “I love it here. This place is great! It’s Melrose!”
“Slow Down” was the first single from the self-titled debut of R&B artist Bobby Valentino. There’s a lot of pressure on first singles to break an artist, and in 2005, music videos were still a main driver. So, where did they shoot this one? On Melrose Avenue. And it wasn’t just a passive set for this smooth jam. It gets a call out from the very opening scene between Bobby and Ludacris. You get a lot of Melrose and its gorgeous people in this one. And not for nothing, “Slow Down” went to #1 and was certified Gold.
Sure, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, Disney, Apple, etc. have plenty of new programming to occupy your mind during #stayathome. But sometimes a little nostalgia is what you need. Both Beverly Hills 90210 and Melrose Place will provide little peeps of Melrose Avenue, from The Burger That Ate LA (which appears in both shows) to Shooters a few blocks to the east and a bunch of surprises in between.