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