Monday, 7 May 2012

The Other Side #1, 1981

Kill Nostalgia
Admire the view 
now we have reached the top of the Pistols’ 
thorny stockade, 
there is an exhilarating slide down to 
THE OTHER SIDE
a new age!

Well I for one would be well & truly knackered without nostalgia – and ditto many of the fine blogs in my roll I reckon. Still, within its ’81 context it’s easy to empathize with the sentiment. Besides, boasting such excellent ‘issue’-driven interviews with the likes of Killing Joke (Anti Christ Crusade), The Au Pairs (Feminist Reality & Rolf Harris), Linton Kwesi Johnson (Equality, Justice Peace), The Specials (The Greatest Show on Earth), and John Peel (Distress Signals From Peel Acres); The Other Side not only talked the talk, it walked the walk also. And deftly so it must be said - TOS is a somewhat slick production out of Luton headed-up by Neil Rowland & Paul Wellings and features written contributions from Michael Morgan, Jessica Adams, Desmond Hunt and Stephen Saltzberg, accompanied throughout by Hope Row's and Lesley Smith's smashing photography. The nearest we get to a review of any description is the snazzy 1 page plug for Afraid Of Mice and the couple of live The Teardrop Explodes photos from Dunstable. Elsewhere there’s Ronnie Scott’s Twilight Paradise; Strength Through Joi sticks the boot into Oi; and Rock on the Rocks celebrates “new pop ethics”. A great fanzine. 

A3 folded scanned at 600 dpi

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

link please!

Chris said...

Thanks for this Si (and the white stuff !) looks quite professional this ! Ordered tickets for the mob (as guests)....so we should see you up there on saturday ! bit bothered that im not a member though......dont really know how the club works,not been for a very long time.....to long ! and never been to an all ticket gig there ! Chris

Si said...

Nice one Chris - most welcome lad. Yes, I've ordered mine too - it does feel strange buying in advance for the 1in12 - and to be honest I'm a long lapsed member - I keep meaning to renew membership purely as a basis for support. Anyway, we will have to make sure we hook up on the night - I look forward to that.

All the best

Chris said...

Nice to finally meet you last night Si ! A bit brief ! Had a look for you later on....wasnt to be ! Hopefully meet up again some time soon and have a proper chat ! Thought The Mob were fantastic ! Hopefully it wont be another 14 years or there abouts before we get to the 1 in 12 ! Chris

Si said...

Likewise Chris - it's good to be able to put a face to a name. Yes, just sorry it was so brief - ditto, I had a look for you a little later and at the end. It was a great gig - such a treat seeing The Mob at the club - and catching up with Andy - especially since I missed him at both those November gigs in Ldn! Apparently Andy and The Mob will be doing it again at the Hebden Trades - so that's another one to look forward to.

Regards to Mandy.

All the best