Between Brisbane and Japan, some whimsy and Dan (All contents © Dan Ryan, unless noted)

Renegade Youth—A small Roppongi memory

In Roppongi, in the late ‘80s, this was the place to go

if you wanted to see what cocaine could do to a 17-year-old Australian girl

who looked like Audrey Hepburn’s sister and partied like Tokyo was just

another delusional step closer to the cover of French Vogue.

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Such girls had nothing to do with me.

This was okay because I was twenty-three and, quite honestly,

too young and poor for them.

I actually swallowed live goldfish several times out of a proper Japanese glass ramen bowl

to gain admittance to Cleo Palazzi when what I had in my pockets was basically lint

and a need to wait until deep morning,

using the power of credit carded beer,

so I could catch the first Hibiya Line trains to the Chiyoda Line back to

Yushima on a legally codeine-soaked Sunday morning.

My favorite song during these times was Billy Idol singing

“Dancing With Myself” and

this has never changed.

6 Responses

  1. @Crank_Dub

    That may be your best writing yet. I love it.

    July 11, 2012 at 3:17 am

  2. Dan Ryan

    Thank you, sir. It was the spirit of the times.

    July 11, 2012 at 6:58 am

  3. @Crank_Dub

    Your post reminds me so much of this wonderful song, from an amazing Irish band called Scullion that I used to work with:

    “And then I understood your empty eyes,
    She said “I can only see your shoulder”
    She put her arm out in the air.
    She feel from the chair
    Lay stretched on the floor,
    Gyrated and giggled with all that
    Gin in her hair,
    And I thought:
    “How pretty you are…”

    July 11, 2012 at 7:38 am

  4. Dan Ryan

    Holy shit, what a great song! Album is not available on Amazon, unfortunately.

    July 11, 2012 at 10:36 am

  5. Every now and then I Google “Cleo Palazzi.” Nicely written and perfectly evocative of Cleo’s. Sounds like we were there at the same time (and the same time of the morning).

    June 20, 2015 at 9:16 am

  6. Dan Ryan

    You’re were a Tokyo hand in the late ’80s too, eh? Good times, at least the ones I remember. Thanks for having a look and for the comment. Look me up on Facebook ( or Twitter ( I think we live somewhat close to each other.

    June 20, 2015 at 2:40 pm

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