I put the magazine together with the same 'back to basics' approach as the music that I was to feature. The main text, if you could call it that, was typed out on an old children's typewriter that my parents had bought for me as a Christmas present when I was about ten. The titles and the limited 'graphics' I scrawled out with a black felt tipped pen. It was raw, to say the least, but it put across the punk message perfectly. It celebrated the DIY ethic but was also representative of the very best that I could do. Even in the first issue I was identifying punk as a scene separate from the rest of rock music, but because of my openness it could include reviews of my old favourites Blue Oyster Cult alongside obvious ravings about The Ramones.
Mark Perry, 2000
Correspondents here have noted how prolific some of the fanzine writers were - on the ball and what not - Sniffin' Glue is the classic example - spanning july '76-sept '77 (15 issues, 1-12 [see editorial in this issue for details of the peculiar numbering]) Sniffin' Glue was a monthly record of the emergent scene - Mark Perry & Co's view true, but undoubtedly astute. Issue #12 has: an appreciation of Chiswick Records with bits on The Count Bishops, Vince Taylor, The 101'ers, The Gorillas, Rocky Sharpe & The Razors, Little Bob Story, The Radio Stars, The Radiators From Space, Skrewdriver, The Rings, Motorhead; a great Jill Furmanovsky shot of Joe Strummer; articles on Generation X and Sham 69; Kris Needs' A Night at the Vortex; vinyl reviews of Motorhead, The Fantells, Ian Dury & the Blockheads, Roogaltor, Trinity, Dillinger, Prince Far I, John Cale, the Count Bishops, and lots of snazzy adverts. Marbled throughout with Danny Baker's witty prose.
I thoroughly recommend Sniffin' Glue: The Essential Punk Accessory - loads of background and reflection from Mark + a reprinted full run of the fanzine. Shop around and you should be able to score a copy for under £15 - well worth it.
I've tampered with 2 of the pages in this pdf - to cop hold of the actual re stapled fanzine (sorry no flexi) all you need to do is spot either of the anachronisms. To me they're obvious - but then I know where to look - so apologies in advance if this proves a headfuck. To set a level playing field I'm gonna delay posting the link - it will appear at 7pm BST on friday 23 July. So all those wishing to have a crack get a fair chance of winning the fanzine. TIP: it's graphic not textual and to succeed with a hard copy you'll need to print A3ish. Good luck...
Andy T. wins the fanzine after correctly spotting The Only Ones' drummer Mike Kellie holding an iPod and the spitting punk in the New Wave compilation advert wearing a PIL badge. Well done to the lad.
As I said, this is a kind of punctuation mark - next up will be a mega posting centred on Bradford and West Yorkshire. I'm gonna post as much stuff as I can - so it'll not just be the fanzines, there'll also be a good few mp3s of featured bands - Violation, Friction Agitators, Chronic, Living Dead, Requiem, Monkey On A Rope, Dachau, Anti System, The Insane and more.
A4 scanned at 400 dpi