Rat: What do you think of Mark P now he's sold out?
Me: I've only met him once he seemed OK, but I don't see why a mag with 10 sides and 5 adverts should cost 30p. I think it's a crap mag.
Rat Scabies and Ronnie Clock (Paul Bower)
I've alluded in recent posts to the kinship and camaraderie amongst fanzine writers but clearly, it wasn't always the case - there was of course occasional bouts of bitchiness. It's to be expected I suppose, particularly where opinionated gobshites are concerned and I guess most fanzine writers had their narky moments. Anyway, here's an early one for you - Sheffield's Gun Rubber was the handiwork of Paul Bower, guitarist/vocalist of 2.3, and Adi Newton of Clock DVA. Gun Rubber ran to 7 issues between January and December '77. See here for an excellent and extensive appraisal of this fine fanzine - and I'll spare you my gobbets. Issue 5 has Interviews with The Ramones, The Damned/Rat Scabies; Live reviews of Split Enz, The Adverts, Blondie, and The Drones; Loudmouth (editorial) has a brief fanzine round-up; there's news on Manchester, Generation X; Art Zero in Amsterdam; Lenny Bruce + some excellent letters (especially Anon's diatribe about why Sex Pistols oughtn't return to Sheffield). A tad sparse looking in parts but the witty writing and insightful interviews more than make up for that. Grab it now!
A4 scanned at 600 dpi