Following such a lengthy hiatus you can expect a rash of
posts in the coming weeks - and that's beyond the obituary fest that ee has
become in recent months. I'm getting the ball rolling again with another delve
into the busy busy world of Callous and Snide as glimpsed through their treasured
organ, Grinding Halt. As usual it's packed with: Interviews - TV Smith's
Explorers, Martian Dance, Vice Squad; Articles - Sub-Active, Ruts DC, The Au
Pairs, Skeleton Records, The Windows, Anti Establishment; Live reviews -
Altered Images/Bee Vamp, Theatre of Hate, Vice Squad/Varicose Veins/Surgical
Supports, The Psychedelic Furs/ Wasted Youth, The Undertones/TV 21, The Au
Pairs/Tarzan 5, Stockholm Monsters, Apocalypse Now: Anti Pasti/The
Exploited/Discharge, DamnedDeadShamBand, The Teardrop Explodes, Bauhaus/The
Birthday Party/Subway Sect, Echo & the Bunnymen/The Blue Orchids,
Crass/Poison Girls; LPs - Black Uhuru, Killing Joke, Motorhead, Swell Maps; and
7"s - Magazine, Pre-Set, Pressure Stops, Red Beat, Delta 5, Out on Blue
Six, Artery, Extraverts, Vice Squad, The Professionals, Dig Dig Dig, Between
Pictures, The Cramps, Hazards in the Home, The Ramones, The Passions,
Department S, Wire, Bauhaus, The Epileptics, Attempted Moustache, The
Just as the title of Safe As Milk (SAM) was inspired by a Captain Beefheart LP, that lyric from The Fall was to be adopted as the title of another fanzine; Crash Smash Crack Ring - itself a nice little number - - we’ll see some of that anon on ee.
SAM was a thoroughly decent fanzine from the get go, as can be evidenced from this here issue 1. SAM was a great group effort from Briz, Neal Smith, Neds, Colin Fancy, and Ben, along with contributions from Woodrow, Sam Bigot, and Nick Corker. As noted in this issue, SAM was ‘brought to you via Woolwich Resource Centre’ and ‘Mrs W’s typewriter’. All told, the SAM bunch proved to be an engaging and well informed bunch of correspondents and thus delivered informative and entertaining product. Issue 1 features: articles on Lew Lewis, The Fall, Mod culture, The Skids, The Piranhas; live reviews of Peter and the Testtube Babies / The Numbers, Cash Puppies / Bad News, Stiff Little Fingers / Essential Logic / Robert Rental and the Normal, The Boys, Alternative TV / The Transmitters / Fashion, The Chords; ‘News from Garageland’ appraises The Red Lights, Morris and the Minors, The Proles, Extros, The Infants, Simon and the Virgins, The Cool Boys, The Chords, These Strange and Beautiful Things, The Monitors, and The Covent Nuns - with name checks for Flavia, The Fagends, Catch 22, Rupert and the Palm Trees, Harry’s Haircut, The Third Sex, The Sleeping Airforce, The Future, and The Musical Chairs. It says 'Buzzcocks' on the cover, but it's merely a mention in the editorial, and by that measure they could also have adverted Throbbing Gristle and Gang of Four. ‘Is it safe’? You betcha!!
"This is PIN's first English-Language issue...we'd like to get so much reaction we'd break our promise of never down' this fucking backbreaking, typewriterbreaking job of translatin' all over again! !so, very maybe, this isn't a real ONE-OFF."
Luckily enough for non-Dutch speakers, Herman Haagplein (Ed.), Jan Stamhuis, Ruud van Egmond, and Jos did break their promise by going on to produce more English language PiNs. Having 12 Dutch editions under their belts, this first English edition arrives as a marvellously accomplished, Better Badges produced, article - - in my view it's almost always a good thing for a fanzine to have passed through Joly's clutches - chiefly on account of the excellent photo reproduction assured by the BB team - and there are some ace pics in here; I mean have a look at X Ray Spex here...
...such an animated shot!! - imagine being at the front of that gig with Poly so excitedly mugging ya!!
Anyroad, ropey comments about 'Siouxsie's tits' aside, there's lots to go at in this great fanzine - we get: interviews with Brian James and the Brains, Fatal Microbes / Poison Girls, Swell Maps, Penetration, Gang of Four, Mark Perry; articles about Last Band / Crunchy Frogs, Punk Rock in Holland and Belgium (featuring Ivy Green, Flyin' Spiderz, The Tapes, The Filth, The Bugs, The Helmettes, The Mollesters, Munk the Punk and his Flying Testikels, Average Power, Tedje and the Flikkers, Motorboat, Infexion, Jesus and the Gospel Fuckers, The Nix, The Kids, and The P.I.G.Z.; a PIL family tree; snippets on The Members, Iggy Pop; an update on The Slits, and a very brief fanzine round-up. All told, an entertaining read.