MOJO #176
July 2008 + CD
Bought this coz I'm a sad old Pistols
fan who still hopes they can somehow
reclaim some respect and intrigue
from their groundbreaking past and
sadly long overdue demise. Coming
out prior to yet another set of London
dates that were filmed (and later
turned up on the rather good
'England's Dreaming' DVD). This
candid 20 page roller coaster ride
made up of 4 individual interviews with
the Pistols themselves, is not as
gross as it would appear. Lydon's still
very much outspoken and can hit us
with some classic quotes, but alas he's
now not the sharp as a pin North
London Antichrist. And although
amusing instills his out of touch with
reality LA viewpoint upon us more so.
He even fancies writing a song for
troubled Britney Spears arrrgghh!!!!
I doubt very much that Lydon could
write a credible punk song for the
or PIL let alone anyone else
that would be considered legit these
days. Although apparently he's big in
the club scene under another alias?
You can tell Steve Jones is itching to
write a NEW
Sex Pistols album and
musically that could still be very
interesting with Cooky and Matlock
involved. However some hidden facts
emerge amongst the questions and
recorded output look back on their
career. Paul Cook admits he never
plays the '
The Great Rock N Roll
album while Glen Matlock
digs the
'Spunk' sessions for obvious
reasons and welcomes making a few
extra quid! The rest of the mag as far
as punk goes was zilch on the ground.
So maybe not worth the cover price of
£4.30 to most punks these days. But
you did get a FREE 16 track punk disc
on the cover featuring an interesting
16 track array of punk gems and the
odd rarity from the past.
October 2008
Great cover shot of the Restarts at
Rebellion festival in 2008 introduces
us to another edition of the scummiest
freebie this side of a MP's rent boy
tabl. Interesting editorial which spells
out the dark, deep hole of heavy drugs
in the punk scene and life in general.
A sad fact which can only stifle
creativity, entertainment and just plain
focus in Punk. Sid, Malcolm Owen,
Kurt Cobain...the list is endless. It also
turns you into a lecherous, thieving
cunt if the local drug lords are
anything to go by. On a more
optimistic note, there's a neat
profile, two low level although
could be new hope  interviews with
Axis Of Evil who feature
members of the now disbanded but
highly rated
Man Overboard. And
Dublin's teenager louts
Septic Pussy.
The highlight has the be the annual
Rebellion festival review which spans
around 12 pages and will have you
snickering in yr boots at some of the
observations. It also features a great
centre-spread collage of all the culprits
in action, although
SLF being the best
band made for more suspect views
never mind devices. And talking of
dodgy geezers there's an absolutely
riveting piece on some of Belfast's
legendary street fighters. Not a
playboy or promoter amongst em!
Blokes who knocked out Bulls and one
geezer who walked his pet Lions down
the streets of Belfast lol. You gotta
read it to believe it! We also get a
review of the big Drumacanoo Punks
Picnic, along with the usual wide array
of gigs, records, DVD's and zine
reviews. Still the best pound for pound
punk freebie in the UK today. Issue's
#32 and #33 are now on the streets!
Miss em at your peril!
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Winter 2008
Ain't read a copy of this Finnish
skinhead zine for a few years and it's
back with with the same meticulously
easy on the eye presentation along
with good layouts and neat desktop
presence. I gotta say though the
skinhead Oi! scene does not really
appeal to me so much these days. It's
all very much one dimensional with no
really great bands to come out of it
and make an impression, apart from
about 5 worldwide well known bands.
From Russian with no love we have
anti fascist skins rubbing shoulders
with New York hoodlums. It less
diverse and really takes a lot to get
into if your not a Skin. Front cover
features the stabbed to death Moscow
Trojan skin 27 year old Filatov who
got murdered last October (08). What
really dismays me is all these
skinheads fighting each other for poxy
political views. C'mon get a life it's just
not worth it. Music wise we get
Slovakian Oi'sters
Cenzura, The
who are Finnish piss heads,
New Jersey's
Broken Heroes, and
the Barons not to mistaken with the
cabaret band, although stranger
things have happened. There's a
profile on the Moscow Trojan skin
crew, some geezer called DJ Perry
Man a Tampere skinhead, a profile on
True Force Records and odd one out
Californian punk author Russ Lippitt
who had some novel views. A minor
tape label Dagger promotions, plus
some old UK skin newspaper cuttings
and a
Combat 84 piece. Which is
puzzling as the editorial stance seems
to veer towards the Sharp scene?
There's a massive record and zine
review section all Oi! incorporated
which could probably ostracise the
none skin readership.However gains
bonus points for including a free 22
CD disc where you can hear most of
the bands included inside.
For more information visit
MARCH 2008
This is the 3rd installment of Fear and
I have read in the past year.
And although its over 2 years outta
date the volume of impressive punk
Lothario's covered within its pages
gives unique zines like this the regal
kinda quality it deserves. This fanzine
don't need technical wizardry or artsy
layouts to work. The art is in the writing
and coverage, as vast swathes of
reviews and experiences keep your
head sunk into its A4 pages.
Fear And
don't need political verbal to
cause a stir either. Its a zine that is
solely punk rock based and great to
just escape within the music and vibe.
Talking of which, nice to see a decent
interview with LA's
Channel 3 in a
British zine. If you've not heard them
yet, check out their first two albums,
that are a couple of the best imports
released on the hit 'n' miss early 80's
No Future label.
Tomahawk are the
weak link in this issues line-up,
featuring ex members of
Lizard, Helmet
and the Melvins. But
are followed by first wave punk
Eater, whose interview
concentrates on the bands short live
reformation in 2008, where Andy Blade
(whose now a school teacher himself)
and Dee Generate once more
collaborated. I have to say this has
gotta be the first punk zine where your
likely to find a Prince gig review
nestled amongst
the Misfits and Toy
sightings lol! Andy the editor
bravely admits to being a fan for over
20 years tee hee. Canadians
Means No
are a gigging machine
since '79 and certainly look their age
amongst this veteran line-up of
interviewees, grimacing at the camera
Reg Holsworth style. However
on the cusp of that other
reunion with their stand in singer didn't
quite stand the test of time. The
interview stands out most,
because the interviewees are so out of
it. You will have to read it to find out,
but God and Liberace are strange bed
fellows. Cover stars
Johnny Moped
pictured in a field is by far the most
exploratory of our interviewees as
Fear And Loathing delve into the
weird bipolar world of different people
and characters that came in and out of
the Moped punk bubble. There's also
a really good
UK Subs interview with
Nicky Garrett and Charlie Harper that
covers most of the important ground
points. All this is set amongst an
endless review pile of gigs our author
relentlessly attends. Plus 7 pages of
record reviews that covers most of the
current crop of punk rock releases,
plus a few exceptions. And lastly the
back page features an image of

contributor Lance
Hahn, who had died a few months
previous to this issue hitting the street!
This 25th edition of Artcore kicks off
with a scathing editorial on bands and
individuals who let down Welly the
editor by not submitting answers in
time, and delayed its emergence!
Sadly no names mentioned? Why?
These sycophants should be outed,
just so we know and can say told ya
so. I can sympathise greatly with his
plight, but the blame shouldn't lay
solely at the feet of the Internet which
this zine does. Punk today is a totally
different ballgame, the attitude, the
style, the vibe, the connections are a
totally different culture, it ain't 1988 no
more. Welly begrudgingly admits its
possibly the converse trainers crowd of
spoilt, lazy people who populate the
more melodic sector of the hardcore
scene this zine bends over backwards
to promote, that are the main culprits.
He gets it right by stating bands don't
seem to need or want the free publicity
zines like
Artcore provide these days.
But these spoon fed parasites readily
expect a record, tour or publicity in
these celebrity hankering times. We
could write a book on the (f)Art of
celebrity but that's for another day.
Their loss our gain! Especially with
zines so well put together like this one.
Artcore would be sadly missed if
Welly's enthusiasm and trade in zine
production is snuffed out by apathy
and vanity. But the music is still there,
and that's all the inspiration he needs.
Even if its performed in less than
ground breaking formats these days.
I've always enjoyed tour diary's coz I'm
such a nosey cunt. This issue brings
us another (the 3rd)
Four Letter
tour of the USA, on a
mammoth 7 page spread. How many
independent punk bands from the
Valleys can say they toured the USA...
3 times? And the grim reality is back
home in Cardiff they could barely fill a
local night club on their own! Such is
the poles between punk and
mainstream tastes! You have to take
yer hat off to the geezer as he's as
passionate about his music as he is
about his art. Which gives this A4 zine
a distinct advantage over his
contemporaries. We need cheering up,
but the yawning politically right on uni
punk diatribe of Dan McKee ain't
gonna do it. However interview wise,
we get US tour mates the intriguingly
Off With Their Heads, who
are a little less impressive sound wise,
than their name suggests.
from Somerset features ex
members of
Ripchord. While Double
are more yanks from North
Artcore then provides a
neat 2 page photo selection from the
late 80's hardcore scene, but my fave
part of this zine (and almost everybody
else's) is the 'Vaultage' section. That
boasts a decadent
Nuns profile and
an interview with punk author Aimee
Cooper, who I suspect was a last
minute stop gap. We are then treated
to a
Ripchord profile nicked from Ian
Glaspers recent book 'Trapped Inside
A Scene'. And finally an interesting
look at Larry Livermore's Lookout label
which were pioneers in exposing the
likes of
Green Day and Operation
amongst others onto a worldwide
stage. The mammoth record reviews in
Artcore don't seem to be on the wain
like some zines. They are still viced
into short little chunks of print that the
editor and sidekick reign over with with
scary cynicism.
Artcore zine and book
reviews however are less crowded and
almost an afterthought, considering
Welly bemoans about no-one
reviewing his own now we
know why! It's also because he
probably sends his review copies out
to all the same spoilt, lazy people who
have been blanking him, oh my what a
vicious circle we move in.
Artcore #25
closes on an artistic point of view, with
the Dischord records sleeve designer
who is supposedly influential, but his
art is lets just say of a reserved taste.
Finally this anniversary issue comes
with a neat free 45 by
The Beef
(review up soon) recorded in
1985 that's comes wrapped up in a
magnificent glossy black 'n' white
poster fold out with in-depth band
biography and pics. Similar to
releases except from a Hardcore
perspective, which is worth the £5.00
cover price alone.
£5.00 PPD. U.K.
$11.00 PPD. WORLD