Before he ascended to the divine status of Real-Life Party God, legendary party-rocker Andrew W.K. was just an anonymous regular eating Thai food alone at Amarin Café. From 1998 to 2001, he lived first in Williamsburg and then in Greenpoint, where Amarin opened in 1997 in a space that was formerly a Chinese restaurant.

In those days, the man who’d go on to pen “Party Hard” and “It’s Time to Party” toiled in the indie record store Kim’s Underground in Manhattan and then went home to Brooklyn to eat his favorite dish at Amarin: grilled salmon with green curry. The Regulars brought him back to talk about working through his early anger and excitement, what partying is really about, and ultimately what it means to be alive. Watch the video.