Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Toxic Grafity #5 (inc N.R.R.), 1980

The Vilest Form of Communication


I real hefty piece is TG#5 - weighty in page count and content. Mike hammers home some strong and sustained commentary on the family/parenthood, socialisation, anarchy, the mass media, the army and conscription -'Civil Defence is a Shallow Pretence' being particularly prescient; foregrounding as it does the mainstream media's penchant for championing military misdaventurism - just as they do still - see how the BBC et al dutifully demonise the official enemies and lead the cheers for NATO slaughter in Afghanistan and Libya - 'A Reality of Horror' indeed. Elsewhere there's lyrics from The Eratics, Poison Girls and Crass. Annie Anxiety contributes 'Das Ist Der Heil Das Sie Briggen' (This is the Healing they Bring) + there are several pages from Throbbing Gristle and a liberal sprinkling of sloganeering and collage .
There were 2 edition of TG#5 though there is no difference in content - 2 pages rendered in standard type rather than the 50% reduction account for the 2 page difference across the editions - Oh, and the Second Edition was A3 folded and saw a 20p price increase. TG#5 also featured the scintillating Crass Flexi, Tribal Rival Rebel Revel - its inclusion sent circulation into the stratosphere. Absolutely fantastic throughout.




A4 scanned at 600 dpi

3 comments:

Seany Rotten said...

Have you any old Northern Ireland PuNk fanzines NOT currently up in my web site slide show??

http://www.spitrecords.co.uk/fanzines.htm


Cheers,


Sean.

MRMAGOOMC4 said...

i did one issue of a fanzine called running riot if you ever get hold of this could you let me know cheers

si said...

Will do Mr Magoo

cheers