Sunday, 10 August 2014

Cool Notes #5, 1982

If things go as planned you should find a balloon on this page. It’s a Christmas gift from me, what you do with the bloody thing is up to you. But have fun anyway. (If there’s no balloon hard luck)

Being a lover of the Ranting style of poetry Richard Edwards' Cool Notes always chimed nicely for me. Here in issue 5 there’s a focussed interview with the ever entertaining Atilla The Stockbroker and The Alarm too are given the third degree. There are mini features on Wall of Voodoo, The Insane Picnic, Johnny 7 Combo plus news on Special Duties, The Members, The Chefs, The Gas, David Rodigan, Steel Pulse, The Mood Elevators, B Movie, Talkover, The Assassins of Hope, and Ranter extraordinaire, Seething Wells (RIP). Richard and Cool Notes co-conspirator Kev cast their ears over effusions by Zeitgeist, Twisted Nerve, Living in Texas, Felt, The Monochrome Set, Joe Crow, Thomas Leer, The Nightingales, New Criminals 2, Twelve Cubic Feet, and The Apostles. There are reviews of gigs featuring Stiff Little Fingers/The Alarm, Talkover/Michael Smith, Dead Kennedys/Millions of Dead Cops/Serious Drinking/Peter & the Test Tube Babies. At the Hop is part 2 of a feature on ‘Roots’ music and homes in on luminaries such as James Brown and the Flames, The Harptones, The Spaniels, and The Mascots. A Brief Guide into Africa does as it proclaims. A number of cartoons are sprinkled throughout and there’s the near mandatory fanzine round-up and staff playlists plus some tips for those wishing to make their own LP, write a play, have a bash at seeing Haley’s Comet, or start up a brewery. Finally, there’s the, Those That We Left Out…and Why section telling of missed opportunities with Haircut 100, Flux of Pink Indians, Victor Romero Evans, UB40, Roman Holiday, and Dennis Bovell. Oh well, you can’t have it all I suppose.
 
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Saturday, 12 July 2014

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Trees and Flowers #2, 1980

Is the future going to be a Nightmare?
This was a great fanzine - always fairly choc full of decent interviews, articles and interviews. Steve Toxin was at the helm with contributions in this issue from Gary Blatch, Kes, Ian Newton, Joe Bridge, Aggro Moore, and Vengeance. Just the one interview in #2 - that's with the Nuclear Socketts. Along with reviews of The Clash and Sex Pistols films (Rude Boy / The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle) there are shed loads of vinyl reviews: Crisis - Hymns of Faith, UK Subs - Brand New Age, Nuclear Socketts, Crass / Poison Girls - Bloody Revolutions / Persons Unknown, Siouxsie & the Banshees - Christine, Sham 69 - Tell the Children, Sex Pistols - Stepping Stone, Discharge - Realities of War, Angelic Upstarts - We Gotta Get Out of this Place, The Plasmatics - Butcher Baby, Dead Kennedy's - Holiday in Cambodia, Slaughter & the Dogs - I'm the One, The Cockney Rejects - Greatest Hits Vol 1, Stiff Little Fingers - Nobody's Heroes, and Toyah - The Blue Meaning. Just a couple of gig to report: UK Subs / Liquid Stone, and Slaughter / Cockney Rejects / Crisis / Manufactured Romance. There are 2 brief articles on Stranger Still, and The Prams + a handful of fanzine review and a couple of letters. I've got a fair pile of T&Fs to work through - good stuff the lot of 'em. 

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Monday, 9 June 2014

Anti System T Shirt, 2014



 

Absolutely not my usual way of doing things as you will know if you've been paying attention - but I do like these T shirts so I have no qualms about breaking the ee code to plug them. If you're wondering about provenance, whilst it would be wrong to term them 'official', I can vouch for the fact that all contactable ex-members of Anti System were given the heads-up about this project and there resolutely were no objections. If you're interested in scoring one please follow the link below.
While I'm at it I'd like to recommend another Soap & Spikes product - namely the long -delayed release of Flowers in the Dustbin LP - it's a beautifully produced piece of vinyl housed in a very attractive screen printed sleeve with a snazzy booklet tipped-in. Highly recommended indeed.

To be absolutely clear - I am on no commission from S&S at all - got that?

Friday, 6 June 2014

Rapid Eye Movement #3, 1980


Nice try Jah but your request fell on ears deaf to such pleas. Anyroad, I think I may have used up all available superlatives enthusing about the fanzines that have appeared on ee thus far - certainly, short of indulging in a bout of neologising, I'd struggle to adequately give voice to my full opinion of this particular item. Suffice to say, it may well be my all-time favourite fanzine - I love everything about the bugger - back in 1980 it opened my senses and broadened my horizons so radically that I've felt indebted to Simon Dwyer ever since. The interviews here: Wire, The Chefs, and Andy Warhol are all exceptionally good - but the encounter with Crass is the zenith as far as I'm concerned - it's an utter tour de force. The remainder of the fanzine retains an outstanding quality not least the article about Philip K. Dick and the letter from Nag (Door & Window / n.b.records). In a word, Awesome!
Tragically for me - I've never seen a copy of REM #2 - if anybody can help me out with that I'd be extremely grateful.

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Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Peroxide #2, 1980

get set for a riot

Well I did promise, and here it is - issue 2 of Quentin Cook's perfectly formed Peroxide. This issue features excellent and informative interviews with The Vapors, Devo, Wreckless Eric, and Captain Sensible. A batch of articles on The Chefs, the Reigate scene (Escalators, Magazine Spies, Tools Down, Cellarmatics, Crime, The Hotpoints), Spizz, Wasted Youth, Serge Clerc, and unsurprisingly, Quentin Cook's band, Disque Attack. There's a wee tribute to Ian Curtis. A couple of live reviews of Adam & the Ants/Dave Berry & the Cruisers/Martian Dance, and Crime. Some product reviews of The Hotpoints, Vaultage 79 (Attrix comp), Hardware, Mataya Clifford, Magazine Spies, and Slaughter & the Dogs. There's a decent fanzine round up and some heartening words from Quentin about the support he received from fellow fanziners. Well, oi oi that's yer lot where Peroxide is concerned - only 2 issues saw the light and given the quality of both it's a shame issue 3 never saw the light with its promise of Killing Joke, Wasted Youth, The Photos, Athletico Spizz 80…and more. Ah well - we were blessed...

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Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Here's the Sex Pistols, 1979

Anarchy, venom, outrage, fury! 
 
Something of a curio here - it's Paul Sinclair's stand alone, Here's the Sex Pistols. The cover says it all really - it's basically a compilation of press around the Bollocks LP. Mention is made of Swindle and the Pistols' split + some newspaper cuttings and lots of pictures of John Lydon. I suppose it's one for the completist really. Still, worth a minute or 2 of anybody's time - if punk is your bag!

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