I couldn't let this chap's passing go unremarked on EE. Throughout
its manifold manifestations spanning 4 decades The Fall remained a truly
exceptional band. Ever uncompromising and fiercely independent, Mark E Smith's eschewal
of music biz expectations endured as a signature of the Prestwich Wizard. Commenting
late last year on the BBC's erroneous announcement of his passing (on the occasion
of his 60th birthday - fellow Pisceans he and I), Mark remarked: 'obviously it was the BBC, the idiots. It
was stopped in minutes by Fall fans'.Well now Fall
fans Earthwide will greatly mourn the death of a true legend. As a mark of respect
to this maverick genius I'm posting here an entertainingly combative Fall interview,
irascibly conducted by Charles and Jon and presented in After Hours fanzine (#2,
1979)…HipHipHipHip, Hip Priest!
All this stuff is copyright so don't rip anything off ok?
Seriously, I was contacted recently by Digital Rights
Management hawks hassling about an article in an issue of Grinding Halt -
apparently the DRM folk were operating on behalf of Vice Squad and it seems
they'd adopted a scatter gun approach - they backed off as soon as it became
apparent that I did in fact have full blessing from the creators of the zine -
- fucking chancers.
Anyroad, here for your delectation is Anti Climax #1 serving
up on a vintage paper platter delights such as: articles on The Adicts, Crass'
Feeding of the Five Thousand, Metal Urbain, and Running Dogs; interviews with
the UK Subs venerable frontman, Charlie Harper, The Buzzpops; live reviews of
The Damned/UK Subs/The Specials, and Penetration/Cowboys International; and
some product under scrutiny, namely recordings by The Specials, The Shapes, Wot's
for Lunch Mum, Stiff Little Fingers, The Skids, XTC, and The Leyton Buzzards. Short
& Sweet & Neat Neat Neat.
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.
A4 scanned at 400 dpi (slightly eccentric page numbering retained from
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.
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.