Limited Conspiracy BC (issue #4)

YEAR: 1984
CREATED BY: Richard Watson
LOCATION: Linwood
SIZE: A4

WHAT’S INSIDE….

This one looks a bit shabby but there’s an interview with John Peel so who gives a fuck….

An interview with John Peel

An interview with John Peel

An interview with John Peel

Other interviewees include Kirk Brandon (in his Spear Of Destiny phase), Glasgow band H2O (who had a couple of minor hit singles in 1983) and local luminary Elliot Davis of the Precious Organisation (best known for being Wet Wet Wet’s first manager).

Richard also offers some practical help and advice to new bands, with articles about licensing in the UK and recording studios in Scotland.

He went to see Bucks Fizz at the Glasgow Apollo on the 11th of May 1984 and describes them as "the worst group I have ever seen" (well what did he expect?), as well as reviewing gigs by Paul Weller’s pop starlet Tracie and some local bands - Our Garden, Young Things Go West and Moroccan Coco. He also reviews some new releases, including demo tapes by local bands The Visas and Finding Faust.

Apart from that there’s a Glasgow gig guide for July 1984, a few highly subjective charts and lots random stuff that includes this bit about the beauty of fanzines….

Fanzines rule OK!!!

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Wool City Rocker (issue #6)

YEAR: 1980
CREATED BY: Nick Toczek and various contributors
LOCATION: Bradford
SIZE: A4

WHAT’S INSIDE….

As well as churning out multiple issues of Wool City Rocker and promoting gigs in and around Bradford, Nick Toczek was also the singer in a band called Ulterior Motives and did a lot of solo performances as a ranting poet back in the 1980s. In more recent years he’s become a best-selling writer, most notably of poetry for children.

Wool City Rocker was always packed with info about bands, records, tapes and gigs and tried to cover the independent music scene in West Yorkshire as comprehensively as it possibly could, as well as carrying loads of ads for local events, record shops, venues, recording studios etc. Issue #6 was the second to include a “Band Aid” section, offering practical help and advice to new bands….

Band Aid

One of the albums reviewed is a compilation called “Hicks From The Sticks” (also featured in the first issue of Death Or Glory fanzine) which was the brainchild of music journalist Nigel Burnham. It contains one track each by sixteen bands from the north of England and was later reissued under the title “Future Shock”. The review is accompanied by an article about two of the bands that appear on the album: Ada Wilson’s Keeping Dark and Stranger Than Fiction (both from Wakefield)….

Album reviews....

Two Wakefield bands....

Among the tapes reviewed is a seemingly untitled selection of five early tracks by Soft Cell, some of which subsequently appeared on their first few singles. It’s probably worth a fortune now….

Soft Cell

The zine is also full of wacky cartoons like this one….

It was bad enough when they gobbed on bnads....

There’s also a letter from the manager of Another Pretty Face - one of the bands that Mike Scott was in prior to achieving commercial success with The Waterboys (also featured at length in issue 4 of Rough Justice fanzine)….

Another Pretty Face

The back cover features an almost unbelievably comprehensive West Yorkshire gig guide for May 1980….

West Yorkshire gig guide

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Happy birthday Pete Shelley (born on 17th April 1955)….

(photo from Kids Stuff fanzine 1978)

U2 - Boy Girl (from Black & White fanzine, issue #2, 1980)

U2 - Out Of Control (from Black & White fanzine, issue #2, 1980)

Black & White (issue #2)

YEAR: 1980
CREATED BY: Pete Price and Steve Rapid
LOCATION: Dublin
SIZE: A4

WHAT’S INSIDE….

The highlight of this excellent Irish fanzine is a six page history of the wonderful Swell Maps (a band who were already post-punk before punk had actually happened), written in a typically eccentric manner by band member Nikki Sudden….

How Trumpeter Twiggs Distinguished Himself

How Trumpeter Twiggs Distinguished Himself

How Trumpeter Twiggs Distinguished Himself

How Trumpeter Twiggs Distinguished Himself

How Trumpeter Twiggs Distinguished Himself

How Trumpeter Twiggs Distinguished Himself

There’s plenty of other varied content, including features on long-forgotten bands like DC Nien and Modern Heirs, four pages about the execrable tv series “Dallas”, some thoughts about the nature of art, a couple of early pictures of U2, lots of Better Badges advertising, some brief reviews of various singles and albums - plus a very nice “xerox and staples” section….

Xerox and Staples

Xerox and Staples

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ON THIS DAY 34 YEARS AGO….

Joy Division @ Derby Hall, Bury 8/4/1980

This was the infamous gig that took place the day after Ian Curtis had taken an overdose of phenobarbitone and been rushed to hospital to have his stomach pumped. Nevertheless the rest of the group decided not to cancel the gig, but to play a combined set with support band Section 25 and to use Alan Hempstall of Crispy Ambulance and Simon Topping of A Certain Ratio as vocalists. In the event Curtis also turned up after being discharged from hospital, and appeared on stage for about 10 minutes (although he had written a suicide note he was not considered to be suicidal by the psychiatrist who interviewed him during his overnight stay). The gig turned into a riot after the bands had finished playing, when one of a group of skinheads threw a beer mug at the stage and either Rob Gretton or Terry Mason dived into the crowd….

This is how “Mike from rural Lincolnshire” reviewed the gig for Manchester’s City Fun fanzine:

….”everything got pretty confusing. I’ll try and explain. A Certain Ratio’s lead voice came on and sang a song with section 25, then somebody who I didn’t recognize came on and did a song with section 25, next came Joy Division without Ian Curtis. Section 25 stayed on and we got a ten minute song with 2 bassists, 2 drummers, keyboards and a guitarist along with 4 alternating singers. Then everyone but Stephen Morris, Peter Hook and Bernard Dicken left the stage and we get 4 Joy Division songs with Dicken singing. The only one I recognized was ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’. Then Ian Curtis appeared to sing 3 songs, somebody told me that he was ill, but nobody bothered to tell us. Finally the ten piece band came on and gave us another long song which was also very good. Then some stupid bastard threw a glass over the stage as the bands were going off, it shattered a lamp and landed on a large roadie who went beserk and leapt into the crowd after the offender. Chaos broke out and I fucked off”….

Cool (issue #2)

YEAR: 1980
CREATED BY: Alan TW
LOCATION: Kenton
SIZE: A4

WHAT’S INSIDE….

This very readable zine features three pages of independent and bootleg tape reviews (with brief mentions of some vinyl too) and interviews with The Fall, Amsterdam 5 and local band Exhibit A (who released an EP called “No Elephants This Side of Watford Gap”) mixed up with articles about head transplants and instant guitar heroism, various cartoons, some abusive correspondence, a competition to win Steve Treatment’s first single, random pics from Captain Scarlet and Star Trek and a Better Badges advertising supplement….

Exhibit A

Head transplants....

Tapes Info

Throbbing Gristle

The Living Dead

Captain Scarlet and Captain Blue

An interview with The Fall

An interview with The Fall

An interview with The Fall

Instant guitar heroism

Better Badges advertising

A vested interest in the human race....

I said I hated ironing and look what happened....

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Siouxsie and the Banshees (from Mental Children fanzine, issue #2, 1980)

Mental Children (issue #2)

YEAR: 1980
CREATED BY: ?
LOCATION: London
SIZE: A4

WHAT’S INSIDE….

I’m not sure who was responsible for this particular Better Badges production but the content is generally very good indeed.

The zine starts off with a review of the film "Rude Boy" which hit UK cinemas in March 1980. It’s not the greatest film in the world but it does capture the mood of the time as well as featuring some awesome live performances by The Clash….

Rude Boy

Rude Boy

The anonymous author also reviews some great albums by Young Marble Giants, The Slits, The Pop Group and The Fall, and - like many fanzine writers during the 1980s - clearly felt the need to let the world know how much he or she hated the fuck out of Margaret Thatcher….

Albums

Albums

Singles reviewed include the excellent “Treason” by The Teardrop Explodes, “Man Next Door” by The Slits and "Warm Girls/Getting Nowhere Fast" by Girls At Our Best!….

Singles

There’s an interview with Siouxsie Sioux and Steve Severin, which was done shortly after the release of “Happy House” - their first single since the acrimonious departure of John McKay and Kenny Morris from the Banshees. It’s preceded by a review of the single and a summary of the band’s career to date - and it dovetails nicely with the interview they did for issue 13 of Panache fanzine….

Happy House

An interview with Siouxsie Sioux and Steven Severin of the Banshees

An interview with Siouxsie Sioux and Steven Severin of the Banshees

An interview with Siouxsie Sioux and Steven Severin of the Banshees

Also featured are the somewhat over-hyped Mo-Dettes, a cartoon called Klingelte The Clown, some surreal party conversations, a seriously nasty drawing of the Queen and Margaret Thatcher doing stuff to each other and a few random statements like: "Did you know that 2/3 of Americans can’t understand the plot of Charlie’s Angels? And that’s the country of fat-bellied beefburger yankee bastards who are going to blow us up one day"….

There’s some shameless self-promotion on the back cover which also neatly rips off “The Great Rock ‘N’ Roll Swindle”….

Lesson 2

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