Wednesday, 22 December 2010

FACK #6, 1981


Another beaut' from D&J. Rammed with: articles/interviews/lyrics - Zoundz, Eratics, A.P.F. Brigade, The Sinyx, The Snails, Panik, Flux of Pink Indians, Part 1; poetry - Claire (from Nottingham), Annie Anxiety, Les (V-Sign), Nick Webb; comment - Women Talking, Squatting, Work, Vivisection; records - The Mob, The Intestines, The Straps, Theatre of Hate, The Rondos, UK Decay, Crass; tapes - The Icons, Apathy Compilation, The Subhumans, Stuff 1 & 2; and live reviews of Dead Clergy/Before Christ, Crass/Poison Girls/Annie Anxiety.

A4 scanned at 400 dpi

Saturday, 18 December 2010

Sunday, 12 December 2010

FACK #5, 1980

F @ C K T H E S Y S T E M

Freedom Anarchy Change oK: at least I think that's the origin of the title. At any rate, it's a great fanzine. FACK #5 was David and Juley's first foray into self publication, produced as it was on their recently acquired duplicator - a 'bit scrappy and badly organised' is how they describe their effort - presumably on account of it being a mix of single/double sided printing on a variety of papers. If only they'd known, such quirks add oodles of appeal: taking this fanzine apart and sifting through its pages of varying weights and finishes has been yet another opportunity to admire the determination and verve of the DIY wonderkids. Other titles baring the D&J imprint include Defiant Pose and Not So Brave & elsewhere, Mick Slaughter cites FACK as an inspiration for his Obituary. FACK #5 is charmingly packed with: features on Frenzy Battalion, The Puritans (Pre-War), The Mob, Nausea, Nihilist Corps, factional violence, protest as a positive force, anarchy; poetry from Annie Anxiety; live reviews of Erazerhead/Flux of Pink Indians/Rubella Ballet, Crass/Poison Girls/Annie Anxiety, FOPI/6 Minute War/Waxwork Dummies/Sinyx/The Diableptics, FOPI/Zoundz, UK Decay/Wasted Youth (kind of); record reviews of PGs, 6MW, Killing Joke, Discharge, Muddy Waters/Howlin' Wolf; more news on the above + the eratics, Rondos and The Subhumans.
A4 scanned at 400 dpi

Saturday, 27 November 2010

New Crimes #4, 1980

Jah Ovjam, 1980
I missed this one earlier -another cracking New Crimes - 26 jam-packed angry pages. Articles about Rock Against Racism, The Stuff, The Get. Vinyl: Crass, New Order, Aztec Camera, Bow Wow Wow, Misty in Roots, Orange Juice, PIL, Poison Girls, Heaven 17, Young Marble Giants, Theatre of Hate, Discharge, The Fall, Blurt. Live: Wankers/Eratics/Synyx, Mix 86, Crass/Poison Girls/Annie Anxiety (Witham & Birmingham [with Flux of Pink Indians]). Vitriol Corner: Honey Bane, Today in Parliament. Fanzine roundup and crossword.
A4 scanned at 400 dpi

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

In The City #10, 1979

'The greatest blasphemy is the hideous use of Christ & the hideous use of God......I think the blasphemy that Boney M committed by sort of going up with their totally sexual, slimy filth, doing Mary's Boy Child - I mean that's real blasphemy'.
Penny Rimbaud, 1979

Pen aiming for some real villains there...hilarious. At any rate, this issue of In The City is another belter throughout. Excellent articles on Eddie & The Hot Rods, Culture, Gloria Mundi, Tubeway Army, and Crass (first in a series of articles culled from a lengthy interview - the rest will be posted here eventually - A. because the encounter is very searching, and B. the pages simply look fantastic). The usual Jawing, news, charts and a Dave Cresswell cartoon: the Sex Pistols Hoax. Live: The Undertones, and The Members. Vinyl reviews: Elvis Costello & The Attractions, Linval Thompson & Trinity, Menace, The Monochrome Set, The Wall, Wayne County, Resistance, Kim Fowley, Tubeway Army, Electric Eels, Eddie & The Hot Rods, The Jam, Magazine, Four Kings, Siouxsie & The Banshees, Fingerprintz, Fashion Music, Johnny Curious & The Strangers, Blast Furnace, ATV, Patrik Fitzgerald, Sham 69, Klark Kent, The Lines, File Under Pop, Spizz Oil, Chris Cross, The Only Ones, Duffo, The Revolutionaires, and The Skids.

A3 folded scanned at 400 dpi

Friday, 22 October 2010

We're From Bradford

Now then, at last here's the much threatened Bradford Mega Post - a partial round-up of fanzines associated with the Wool City - kicking off aptly enough with a huge treat - the full [ahem] run of Wool City Rocker - Bradford's first fanzine! Do not be alarmed by the legend - 'Rock Scene Magazine' - the venerability of WCR will become clear. WCR was an admirable venture espousing and actively facilitating the DIY ethic throughout its 14 issue run (winter '79-summer '81) - collectively an invaluable social document of the period. Nick Toczek and Kay Russell (Ulterior Motives) jointly edited issues 1&2 but thenceforth Nick was at the helm. I'll not attempt to list all Nick's work here - there's shed loads of it - though I will note that his pre-WCR activity included editorship of the poetry journal, The Little Word Machine - he's since gone on to publish a rake of poetry volumes for adults and children - My & My Poems, Hogs 'n' Dogs 'n' Slugs 'n' Bugs, Number Number Cut a Cucumber, and The Wreckage - that scratches the surface - track down his Selfish Men CD for an excellent selection of his poetry. Apart from Ulterior Motives Nick has been involved in many musical projects, both performing and promoting - not least the fabulous Britanarchist LP (new volume due out shortly). Nick remains something of a globetrotting workaholic - travelling far and wide to demonstrate his craft and facilitate workshops in far flung corners of the world. When resident in the City Nick can be heard on his BCB radio show, InTOCZEKated. At any rate, WCR was consistently excellent. Offering: fantastically comprehensive gig listings; insightful interviews and profiles; impartial reviews; and practical information about gigging/recording (Band Aid - prefiguring Geldof/Ure). Nick, in characteristically declamatory manner, ever championed and cajoled, jostled for and boasted about Bradford. As the lad said,

...and a big shout goes out to Johna, Nick & Troy - nice one lads.

Wool City Rocker #1, 1979
Band profiles: Vex, Violation, The Scene, Dedringer, Remainz, Press Release, Ulterior Motives, The Negatives, and Shaftdrive. Interviews: John Farquhar, Chris Groves, 'Blooze 'n' Rock' with Jed Turner. Venue Listing: The Royal Standard, The Metro (Golden Cockerel), The Palm Cove [mini The Fall review], and The Vaults Bar. Records/Tapes: Excel, The Scene, Agony Column, Shadowfax, The Negatives, and Ulterior Motives. Live: Samson, Mod Night with The Fixations and The Killermeters.
And not forgetting the delightful cartoons of stalwart Wool City Rocker Stan Engels.
Wool City Rocker #2, 1980
Profiles: Total Confusion, Radio 5, Silver Screen Girls, Shadowfax, and Planet. Brian Rushgrove's Rock'n' Roll page. Giraffes Over Bradford: Eaten Alive By Insects, and Mephisto Waltz. Records/Tapes: The Salford Jets, The Odds, The Akrylykz, and E.A.B.I.. Live: The Salford Jets, White Spirit, Vex/Remainz, and Ulterior Motives.
Nick's Nowtz + the inaugural WCRockword.
Wool City Rocker #3, 1980
Profiles: The Plates, Excel, Scum, Agony Column, Beats Working, Another Wrist Action, Hustler Street Band, and Trampus. Brian Rushgrove's Rock 'n' Roll page. Poetry in Motion featuring Wild Willi Becket, Geoffrey Colin Thornton, Barry Jepson, and Ian Alexander. Pennine Radio profiled. The Kids Are Alright- mod article. Records/Tapes: Excel, Press Release, Muggins Blight, and Scum. Live: Limelight, H St. Band, Shadowfax, and Japanese Soldiers.
Wool City Rocker #4, 1980
Profiles: Dance Chapter, Dawnwatcher, Coast to Coast, Cameras In Cars, The Quick, Silent Movie, The Oscillators, The Distributors, Little Brother, The Motivators, and Mysterious Footsteps. Garry Glitter Speaks. Brian Rushgrove's Rock 'n' Roll page. Records/Tapes: Press Release, Dance Chapter, Radio 5, One Adult, Vex, The Quick, The Distributors, The Oscillators, City Limit, and The Adicts. Live: The Clash, The Horace Barlow Band [Elvis Costello & The Attractions], Side Effect, and Witchfynde/Def Leppard.
Wool City Rocker #5, 1980
Profiles:The Switch, Muggins Blight, Knife Edge, Shake Appeal, The Expelaires, Nine Below Zero, The Elements, Harsh Words, and The Expozez. Paul from Coda responds to criticism of their rehearsal space. Band Aid with tips on recording, distribution, and venues. Records/Tapes: The Expelaires, The Vye, Dawnwatcher, The Beans, The Neat, The Switch, Knife Edge, The Elements, and Dance Chapter. Live: The Solos, Geneva, Mysterious Footsteps/The Idle Rich, and Dexy's Midnight Runners/The VIPs.
Nick's Nowts +WCRockword.
Wool City Rocker #6, 1980
Profiles: The Zipps, Middle 8, Terminal 3, Ada Wilson' Keep Dark, Stranger Than Fiction, Sabrejets, Geoff Jackson & The Huns, Toxic, The City Limits, and Side Effect. Letter from Another Pretty Face + a round-up of their 7"s. Band with tips on DIY discs, PA and transport hire. Records/Tapes: Girls At Our Best, Shake Appeal, Radio 5, Bad Manners, Silver Screen Girls, Rich Wilde, The Statics, Knife Edge, The City Limits, Soft Cell, Deep Freeze Mice, and the Hicks From The Sticks compilation. Live: Airkraft, Or Was He Pushed..., Spinoes, Cheap 'n' Nasty/Agony Column/The Statics, Dedringer, Vardis, Eric Bell, Diamond Head, Baby Tuckoo, Harsh Words, and The News.
Nick's Nowt +WCRockword.
Wool City Rocker #7, 1980
Profiles: Twisted Nerve, Treatment, The Subliminal Cut, Heaven Seventeen, and Slipped Discs. Great Rock 'n Roll Swindle reviewed. Looking at Lancs: The Notsensibles, The Flying Squad, Terminal Music, Local Heroes, and Sturgeon Row. Fanzine Reviews: The Cat Ate the Dogs Dinner, Revolt in Style and more. Records/Tapes: Cameras in Cars, The Zipps, The Oscillators, You, The Quick, Knife Edge, Dirty But Nice, The Toxics, Alwoodley Jets, The Art Of Solving Problems compilation, Ric Rac demo [The Switch, The City Limits, Dodgy Tactics, Bob & Baz, and The Cat. Live: Saxon, Mirror Boys, Girl/Broken Home, Sheila & The Poo-Flaps/God & The Demi-Gods, Glossy Mags, Lucky Strike, and The Mo-Dettes.
Nick's Nowtz + WCRockword.
Wool City Rocker #8, 1980
Profiles: Violation, Rockabilly Rebs, Peter Gabriel, Cuba, Lucky Strike, The Fabulous Poodles, Warlord, and Heaven 17. Gawpin at Lancs. The Bradford Rock 'n' Roll Exhibition. Fanzine reviews including Gargoyle and Nosey Neighbours Supplement, Vague, A Bit of Culture, and Protest and Survive. Record/Tapes: Cuba, Agony Column, Limelight, Ocean, Mirror Boys, Mysterious Footsteps, Middle 8, Dedringer, Slaughter & The Dogs, The Cheaters, Instant Automatons, The Hitmen, Cigarettes, B Movies, Kose-A-Bii, and Tuxedo Moon. Live: The Guests, Glossy Mags, Proposition 31, EMF, The Expozez, The Killermeters, The Vibrators, Loch Lomond Festival [SLF, The Tourists, The Jam, Wild, Horses, Krokus, Lindisfarne, Ian Gillan, Saxon, and Wishbone Ash.
Wool City Rocker #9, 1980
Profiles: The Distributors, Lou Reed, A New Opera, Surfin' Dave, Nosferatu V, and Blush. New Model Army (formerly Hustler Street Band) versus The Palm Cove court case. Fanzine reviews including Apathy, Getting Nowhere Fast, Pulled Up, and Strange Sounds. Records/Tapes: Beat Pumps, The Distributors, Mekons, The Exploited, Rhythm Clicks, The Hitmakers, The Freeze, Type, Contacts, Back Stage Pass compilation [Slaughter & The Dogs, Cyanide, Manufactured Romance, The Exploited, and SLF], Bouquet of Steel compilation [Artery, B-Troop, Comsat Angels, Vendino Pact, Disease, Flying Alphonso Brothers, The Negatives, Scarborough Antelopes, and Repulsive Alien], Rockabilly Rebs, Heaven 17, Muggins Blight, Force Nine, Twisted Nerve, Nylo Klinik, Still Earth, Peter Mayhem, Hideaways, and Their Crimes Committed. Live: Gregory Isaacs & The Roots Radics Band, The Gimmicks/The Neat, Knife Edge, Chinatown, Swakara, Reading Festval.
Band Aid + WCRockword.
Wool City Rocker #10, 1980
First Birthday Issue!
Profiles: Handmade Goddesses, Speed, The Freeze, Private Dicks, The Amazing Whips, The Wide Boys, Shake Appeal, Dale Hargreaves Flamingos, and U2. Fanzine reviews including Apathy, Jamming, and Vague. Posers Corner with Nine Below Zero, D. Hargreaves, and The Whips. Interview with Tim Finn, and Limelight. Record/Tapes: Nine Below Zero, Prag Vec, Split Enz, Myofist, Methodishca Tunes, Wide Boys, Ruby Turner Band, Vex, Seven Year Itch, The Sofa, Rough Justice, Knife Edge, and Alan Whittle. Live: UB40/Afrikastar. Books: The Clash, Before and After; The Jam, Modern World by Numbers. WCR's first year accounts laid bare.
Nick's Nowtz + Band Aid.
Wool City Rocker #11, 1981
Coming soon.
Wool City Rocker #12, 1981
Profile: London Boys, Heresy, Mistress, The Donkeys, Pyramid, and Artery. Jazz Violence from Sheffield: Vice Versa, and Clock DVA. Printstint fanzine reviews including Shiny Calipers, NMX, Beaten to the Punch, Ludd's Mill, Alternative Sounds, and Autopsia. Records/Tapes: Cool to Snog, Lovers Insain, The Return of Johann Muggins, Rockabilly Rebs, The Donkeys, The Horrble Nurds, Pere Ubu, Harry Kakadulu, Minatures, Limelight, Policeman With a Loaf Bread, Little Brother, Vendino Pact, Cameras in Cars, Theatre of Hate, Blurt, Acrobats of Desire, The Membranes, Artery, Mandy Morton, Vic Goddard Subway Sect, Vincent Units, Ed Sirrs, and Delta 5. Live: Bow Wow Wow, Dire Straits, The Police, Elvis Costello Xmas Party [Squeeze, Rockpile, Madness, The Selector, EC, and UB40], Echo & The Bunnymen, Ian Dury & The Blockheads, Basement 5, The Cheaters, Chevy, Bingley CND Benefit5 [Faculty & The Shamanists, Seething Wells, Eaten Alive By Insects, and Vex]. Flexi disc featuring Something's Wrong, and Heaven 17.

Wool City Rocker #13, 1981
Profiles: Blurt, The Squares, and Rhabstallion. Letter from Autopsia. Live: The Tetley/ EMI Supergroup Contest [Smart Ass, Knife Edge, and (winning entrant) The Gents], The Alex Harvey Band, The Thompson Twins, and The Moondogs/Split Rivits/Darts/TV21. Stan Engels' postcards. Incomplete...
Wool City Rocker #14, 1981
 Profiles: The Mess, Patrick Moore & The All Stars, Further Experiments, The Streetlight Blues Band, Spizz, Plastics, Wanthos, Crass, The Defectors, TV21, And The X-Port. Record/Tapes: Theatre of Hate. Spiderking, Eyeless In Gaza, The Teardrop Explodes, The Fall, Resistance, Pig Bag, Plastics, A Certain Ratio, Bill Nelson, Juke Box At Erics, Original Mirrors, The 101ers, Van Dellar & Hope Evans, Bone Idle, X-Port, Pre-Mntal Tension, Surfin' Dave & The Absent Legends, English Assassin, Autopsia, Eaten Alive By Insects, Cameras in Cars, Policeman With a Loaf Bread, S-T-R-E-T-C-H, The Donkeys, Nik Townend, Let's Go To War, Knife Edge, and Rockabilly Rebs. Live: Gillan/Dedringer, Weapon of Peace, Altered Images/Orange Juice/Sisters of Mercy, Tygers of Pang Tang,/ Magnum, Equivalent VIII/The Automatic Toys, The Squares, The Sheds, Ganf of 4, Pere Ubu, Delta 5, A Flock of Seagulls, Aswad,/Isrealites, and Bone Idle. Flexi disc featuring The Defectors, Blitzkreig Patrol, Nyam Nyam, The Vets, and Sons of The Pope.

Apathy #1, 1980
A wonderful little fanzine this, puerile, snotty and knowing. Mostly the work of Andy Ashton [Chronic, (Distort - here with Anti System's Phil Dean) & some], Andy Farrow [Living Dead + Far North Supremo...], Aky Nawaz [Violation, Southern Death Cult...Fundamental], with insightful/silly contributions from an assortment of Bradford punks. Issue 1 has the Apathy Manifesto - though only shortlived, the collective's efforts were both entertaining and inspiring. Profiles: Chronic, Violation, and Living Dead. Articles on sniffing glue and youth identity + Apathy playlist, Punx Corner + daft gags, in-jokes and risque humour. Chronic/Living Dead flexi.
Apathy #2, 1980
Profiles: Friction Agitators, Insane Images, and Policeman With A Loaf Of Bread. Commentary from Carl Reynolds and Boredom/Liberty. Apathy Top Ten. Live: Discharge [includes interview], The Damned/Exploited, Annie Anxiety/Poison Girls/Crass. + lots of silliness.
Apathy #3, 1980
The third and final Apathy was both a 'Bumper Christmas Edition' and the 'CND Issue'. Requiem profiled. Commentary on CND, Top of the Pops, and Religion [the Anarchist Who Came In From The Cold], and CND by Stiff Shit AKA '1in12 Gary' Cavanagh. Poetry from Liberty. The Continuing story of The Hanged. Article/Live/Interview: Killing Joke [interview], Adam & The Antz, and The Cure. Live: UK Subs, and Vagrants/Chronic/New Model Army/Violation @ Scamps.
Knee Deep in Shit #1, 1981
Knee Deep In Shit as the legend says was 'The Fanzine of The 1in12' club. Initiated by original 1in12 conspirators, Gary Cavanagh, Tony Grogan, Steve Leman, and Lisa & Lusca Zychowicz, KDIS featured articles and contributions from the club's members. Issue 1 has Punk's Not Dead, profiling Violation, Chronic, The Southern Death Cult, Living Dead, Rot-in-Flesh, Friction Agitators, and The Insane. Commentary on religion from Requiem's [and some] Jont. Aricles on social rights, and rioting. Reviews: The Associates, Rip Rig & Panic, Grandmaster Flash, Au Pairs, Positive Noise, Jah Wobble/Jaki Liebzeit/Holgar Czukay, and The Cause/Mike Parkinson. Poetry from Jack Art Movement, and Joolz + collage, slogans, jokes and crossword.
Knee deep in Shit #2, 1981

Requiem profiled. Commentary on rioting and unrest. Reviews: The Southern Death Cult/Edible Marquetry, 96 Tears, The Associates, Elecric Guitars, Die Krupps, New Order, From Brussels With Love, Another View, Look, Loss of Head, and Dead at the Controls. Poetry from Michael Parkinson, Martin McGarrigle, and Seething Wells. + Cartoons and hefty plug for Molotov Comics.
Knee Deep in Shit #3, 4, & 6, 1981

Observations from Jack Art Movement. 1in12 Celebrity ofthe Month. Diary of a Paranoid. The Politics of Food. Wild Willi Beckett's, Rock Against Groceries. A requiem for Sid Vicious. Article looking at the Kronstadt Uprising. Reviews: Seldom Red, Requiem/The Abhorred.

KDIS#3, 4 &6
Mental Block, 1981
One of Ian Astbury's fanzines - in collaboration with Zog. Featuring a report from the 24 October '81 CND Rally in London. Aky's party - a dig at apathetic punks. Reviews: The Insane/Friction Agitators/Rot-in-Flesh @ the 1in12, Madness, U2/Comsat Angels, The Southern Death Cult/Edible Marquetry, and Bow Wow Wow. + collage, cartoons and commentary on punk and war.
What Culture, 1982
Another Ian Astbury fanzine - here collaborating with Si. Heavy North American Indian vibe with articles on Yellow Thunder Camp, and Ghost Dance + instructions for cobbling together your very own DIY Ghost Dance shirt. Article on Killing Joke/Brilliant - hilarious cartoon depiction of globetrotting Jaz by Youth. Fun in the Falklands. + Plugs for The Southern Death Cult dates including Manchester Band on the Wall, and The Embassy Windermere.
Molotov Comics #1, 1981

Ranters Ahoy! The Brainchild of Seething Wells (RIP), in collaboration with the good folk at Airies Ents, Molotov Comics featured the cream of West Yorkshire Ranting scene: Swells, Wild Willi Beckett (RIP), Little Brother, Gauis, and Julz (Joolz). Cartoons from Jon Langford and Julienne Denby (Joolz). Fabulous stuff!

Ari Up 1962-2010

R.I.P. Ari

Friday, 16 July 2010

Sniffin' Glue And Other Rock 'N' Roll Habits #12, 1977

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

Friday, 9 July 2010

Intensive Care #2, 1981

IC: Do you regret that interview in Back Issue

COLIN: Yeah it was absolutely shit I'M not blaming the people who did it, the interview was 8 months old & things change so much in 8 months & some of the things I said were completely untrue & I have done the interview again with proper true answer. We patched it up with Crass but they were a bit upset about it & so was i.
Colin Latter, 1981

Hahaa, Colsk 'the backpeddling' Latter. Still, I'm pleased they 'patched it up' - Flux & Crass embarked upon a seminal collaboration - delivering a staggering salvo in Neu Smell and Strive to Survive. IC#2 features a great 5 page interview with UK Decay + a 4+ page encounter with the Milkmen. There's the Crass riposte to 6MW + decent pieces on Girls At Our Best and Charge. 7"S - 6MW, The Cravats, Dead Kennedys, Methodishca Tune, Girls At Our Best, Wah Heat, Demon, Grace, Discharge; News on Crass, Another Pretty Face, Poison Girls, Delta 5, The Fall, 4AD, Fresh Records, Clay Records (3 quarter page) + a piece in opposition to British membership of NATO. Excellent stuff throughout.
The Nicky & The Dots comp is on hold - next up as kind of punctuation mark I'll be giving away a Sniffin' Glue. Just thought I'd prepare you for having your head done in by another fiendish challenge.
'A4 scanned at 400 dpi

Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Intensive Care #1, 1980

I Know it's untrendy to be a London based fanzine, but we don't give a fuck about what's trendy and what's not trendy. This is our second edition of a fanzine last time we were called Music Works but now we don't like that name and so we've changed it to Intensive Care as you will have noticed by looking at the front cover.
Kevin, 1980
So, Intensive Care is Kevin and Cram's second foray into fanzine production and a nice one it is too. Where the likes of R&T opted to cram every inch of page space with info/image, IC goes for the sparse look, and again I reckon it works well with some great use of graphics. Issue #1 includes the most extensive interview with 6 Minute War I've ever seen. Undoubtedly a fine band were 6MW - there's no denying their dedication to the DIY ethic. Yet, whilst reasonable in parts, overall their attacks on Crass were just tiresome - I don't think I've read an interview with 6MW in which they don't stick in the boot. At any rate, Kevin and Cram were careful enough to offer Crass the opportunity to respond to the criticism - which they do in IC#2 - so that'll be the next up. Issue #1 also has a piece on TV as brainwashing, IC charts + 7"s - Athletico Spizz 80, Delta 5, Freeze, Crass/Poison Girls.
A4 scanned at 400 dpi

Saturday, 3 July 2010

Ripped & Torn #15, 1978

Tony old son,
why don't you come up to the NME and laugh in our faces?
Why don't you come up and make the snide pathetic insults to our faces? Then me & you can go out the back and you can keep laughing out there. This is an open invitation, okay?
Come up here whenever you're ready, I'm waiting for ya.
Tony Parsons, 1978
Another bona fide classic here. There's plenty of info about R&T and its creator, Tony Drayton, on the web - not least the fine Kill Your Pet Puppy website, structured around Tony's equally fine second fanzine of the same name. So I'll not bother with the usual gobbets here. Again, I've a good few of these to upload, and again they'll be making random appearances.
Issue #15 has Wayne County, Sham 69 take a token kicking, the Viletones, Tony D. on the Motorcycle Sluts and an appraisal of 60's psych' (Standells, Sonics, Electric Prunes etc). Full page Antz advert (ditto Bernie Torme Band). Reviews: 7"s - Adam & The Antz, Patrick Fitzgerald, Rocky Sharpe & The Replays, Spizz Oil, Big in Japan, Sex Pistols, ATV, The Shangrilas, Kraftwerk, prag Vec, The Outcasts, Vermillion, Psychotic Pineapple, Chris Spedding, X Ray Spex, Kleenex, Menace; LPs - The Clash, Siouxsie & The Banshees, X Ray Spex, The Jam, Johnny Thunders, Penetration; Live - UK Subs, Cygnus/Idols/Puritans, Logic Band + charts, letters (includng Mick Mercer [Panache] - - see above for Tony Parsons' intemperate missive) + PIL feature in the super R&T poster. Excellent stuff throughout.
A3 folded scanned at 400 dpi

Wednesday, 23 June 2010

In The City #13, 1980

ITC: Is it still such a crime to "ask a lady her age"?
Vi: "Well, I think it's great that you've asked me and if I tell you - well I mean, I can say right now that I'm 43...." Vi stops and thinks: "....Is it 43 or 44?"
Vi Subversa, 1980
It's high time we had an In The City. I've got a fair few of these to post and I'll do them occasionally. Definitely one of the more attractive fanzines was ITC - the Poison Girls' pages in here are superb looking - some nice use of colour. But it's the written content that really made it - loads of credit to Peter Gilbert and Francis Drake. Given his ubiquity at the time this surprisingly is the first fanzine posted on EE to feature Adam Ant on the cover. Issue #13 also has: LPs - Crass (full page), Augustus Pablo, Creation Rockers Vols. 1-6 (VA), Rebel Music (VA), Punishment of Luxury, Talking Heads, Earcom 2 Comp', Cabaret Voltaire, The Carpettes, Poison Girls, Avon Calling (Bristol Comp), This Heat, The Slits, The Damned; Poetry - review of Annie Anxiety's, Eyes Of The Blind; Letters (incl 1 from Steve Ignorant in response to a query about Crass' advocacy of anarchy); Live - The Adverts/Cowboys International/Cuddly Toys, The Ruts/The Pack; ITC charts + 1 page The Ramones competition results article.

Here's the cover of ITC #1, which I don't have - 50 copies of it were produced in 1977 by a 13 year old Peter Gilbert on the school copier. A rare item.

A3 folded folded - glossy jacket - scanned at 400 dpi