Sunday, 1 January 2012

Allied Propaganda #5, 1981

I think the world is totally fucked up at the moment because there's a distribution problem. There's too much wealth and too much power placed in one solitary area
Paul Weller

Well no change in that respect then, excepting that the divide between the haves and have nots has grown starker - I see no reason to anticipate any change in 2012 - cheery sod aren't I...Anyway, here's a prompt start to the new year with issue 5 of Mick and Ray's excellent Allied Propaganda. Great interviews with The Comsat Angels, The Jam (P. Weller), Modern English, The Cravats, Au Pairs, and Parting Shots; vinyl reviews of Killing Joke, Ski Patrol, The Damned, PIL, The Fall, The Clash, Orange Juice, Delta 5, Blue Orchids, They Must Be Russians, and Josef K; live reviews of The Comsat Angels, Pauline Murray & The Invisible Girls, and Patrik Fitzgerald; news on Killing Joke, The Cravats, Young Marble Giants, and The Raincoats; a decent fanzine round-up; letters; charts + Mick and Ray's playlists. Elsewhere we have Mick on crowd control / nerve gas - quite pertinent today really given the government's green light for the police to use tougher measures in the wake of the recent UK riots - yes, including live rounds - - a word or 2 on fanzine writers turning freelance for more faceless publications and Ray has a quick look at racism on the terraces + some helpful hints about getting gigs and finding booking agents. A right smasher of a fanzine.

Happy New Year
To all ee readers and followers. I'm looking to get a bit smarter in 2012 with more regular posting. Before this month is out I will deliver the poetry special I've had planned for yonks. There'll be a rake of fun competitions and some other nifty treats I have up me sleeve.
May the light of a thousand suns cobble your path through 2012


Chris said...

Thanks for this one Si.....great review of the black album by the damned in there....went watching the 35th anniversary tour before christmas....doing the 1st lp and the black album back to back....missed viv albertine though,was a great night ! hard to believe its been 30 years since the black album came out ! Look forward to what youve got coming up for the blog this year ! Thanks again.....Chris

Si said...

Hey Chris, it's lovely to hear from you lad. When I hear things like, 'it's been 30 years since the black album came out', my head just swims - it seems ludicrous doesn't it? Truth is it's longer than that since was at a Damned gig - Love Song was in the charts last time I saw 'em!!! Though I did see Naz Nomad and the Nightmares a couple of times in the late 80s. I still listen to the albums though - mostly Machine Gun Etiquette.

Anyway Chris, glad you're still enjoying these fanzines - and for certain I'll be posting much more regularly in 2012.

All the best

Chris said...

Only ever saw Naz Nomad the once.....with Hawkwind at an all dayer in London around 1987 ish in Finsbury Park....very good what i can remember of it ! remember Lemmy coming on for the encore with Hawkwind though....fantastic ! The Naz Nomad LP is a great LP.....still gets played occasionally.....just been re-issued on devils dukebox as well ! thanks again....Chris

Si said...

Hahaa - nice one Chris, I was at that do too - wasn't it Acid Daze or something? To be honest I can only vaguely remember the bands - on the journey down from Bradford a certain Bob produced a bottle of ripple wine and things we're messy thereafter;)Very enjoyable.


Chris said...

That was the one Si....still got the poster for it somewhere....great day ! Went down there (Finsbury Park) a few times for the all dayers....good times ! Chris