Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Blam #2, 1981


I intend to post a fair few of Pete Hall's Blams. This early issue is sparingly designed but buoyed on: decent interviews with Au Pairs, Modern English, Frenzid Melon, Flux of Pink Indians (by post); profiles of Josef K, Surrounded by Masks; Interesting News about Synchromesh, Dogma Cats/Leisure Sounds/Ersatz/The Barrier Fades, Special Duties; live reviews of Funeral Directors, Fad Gadget / Depeche Mode / Palais Schaumberg / Furious Pig, The Cure, Siouxsie & The Banshees, The Adicts / Waxwork Dummies / Special Duties / Spasmodic Caress; reviews of cassettes by Special Duties, I'm Dead (The Wonders of Medical Science, and Terry's Left Ear), and the New Crimes' fanzine compilation, New Criminals, featuring The Subhumans, Sinyx, Mix: 86, Stripey Zebras, A.P.F. Brigade, FoPI, Enola Death. Viv Beeton contributed.

A4 scanned at 600 dpi

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Precautions Essentielles Pour La Bonne #1, 1981

PLEASE, WE SAY TO YOU NOW, 
DO NOT ACCEPT THOSE THINGS, 
ESPECIALLY THOSE THAT HAPPEN EVERYDAY 
AND SEEM NATURAL, 
FOR IN THESE TIMES OF PLANNED CONFUSION 
AND DELIBERATE VIOLENCE, 
WHEN BLOOD RUNS AND MEN ARE INHUMAN TO MEN, NOTHING MUST BE CALLED NATURAL, 
SO THAT NOTHING SHALL REMAIN UNCHANGED

Ok ok so I’ve used that quote before – but boy does it bear repeating. Inhumans, with their craven bleating press-pack-propagandists obediently at heel, have hidden the ‘deliberate violence’, cooked the books on their wholesale savagery, cranked-up the ‘newspeak’ mangle and fashioned lofty conceits to enable their filthy trade: ‘responsibility to protect’ and ‘humanitarian interventionism’ play loud to a somnambulant populace at large. Right, so who’s next? Oh hang on - we’ve not done for Syria yet. Nothing personal you understand – it really is just business. Anyway, I hope your reading of Precautions Essentielles Pour La Bonne doesn’t leave you as seething as mine just did me. Credit to Julian Vicious, Dan, Pete, Nick, Mark and Ben for delivering: top flight interviews with The Diagram Brothers, Poison Girls and Zoundz; live reviews of Flux of Pink Indians/Zoundz at the Moonlight Club, Funeral Directors/Waxwork Dummies/FoPI at Chats Palace, Six Minute War/FoPI/Eraserhead/Sinyx/Dialectics at Action Space (Anti Vivisection Benefit); spleen venting on advertisements, war, selling out and the commodification of Sid; appraisals of SMW/Theatre of Hate 7”s and FoPI’s tape. Sprinkled liberally with collage and Crass’ lyrics. A corker I tell ya!


A4 scanned at 600 dpi