February 2008
Bought this earlier this year for a
whopping £5.99 which is a lot even
for these specials, but you do get
your moneys worth in this big glossy
148 pager on the late 70's New Wave
era. Featuring archive interviews
from Sounds, and a 12 page New
Wave photo gallery with some great
shots including
the Rezillos and
X-Ray Spex
. New Wave was often a
blurred crossover with the original
punk scene and featured a lot of
bands closely associated with punk
the Stranglers and Generation
bands who made a dent
commercially. However a lot of bands
who were defined as 'New Wave'
were way too safe and tame to be
involved in punk. Outfits like
and XTC are heavily profiled
and seemed to be moving towards a
different angle. And
Joe Jackson
who despite penning some rather
catchy tunes was a complete bore for
me in those days. I always thought
Boomtown Rats were a great
singles band but they were obvious
bandwagon jumpers. Whilst the
had a darker vibe. We get full
round ups and autopsy's on all the
major names including
Devo, the
and the Cars. The bug eyed
monster himself
Elvis Costello takes
a prime spot in this 30th anniversary
special and you have to acknowledge
he did crack America a long time
before any of the UK punks even got
a sniff, although he was a smug little
Ian Dury typified New Wave
and also gets some well deserved
exposure while America is
represented by cover star
Who is the only real new wave band
to feature a woman in any great
depth. It seems to be a boys only
club but looking back New Wave was
populated by ugly looking dorky
blokes making quirky pop songs
which seemed to capture the publics
imagination. We do however get a
neat Blondie tour diary which
features a great shot of Debbie Harry
being a domestic goddess as she
irons her stage wear aboard her '77
tour bus.
The Jam show the most
attitude of this bunch with some great
live shots and a cocky interview with
Paul Weller from June 1979 where he
modestly states...
."as far as I'm
concerned, if its one of my songs
its a classic"
. 20 new wave albums
get scrutinised in case you wanted to
delve further alongside a section
featuring some of the one hit
the Vapors? Al
in all this is a very good source of
information and insight into a long
lost era.
Spring 2008
Local band the Troubles front the
cover of
"yet another regular issue
of the usual guff, with lots of
reviews, crappy quiz, articles on
stuff and even a couple of
(editors words not
mine). And I couldn't agree more.
That really is how we like our Riot On
Your Own... opportunist as fuck and
totally unplanned. There's a big
profile on Psychobilly this issue which
is lacking for all you snot rockets out
therew in some departments, but I
can appreciate the draw...they must
have the best looking birds this side
of a goff convention. There's also a
Western Star Records interview
which releases strictly
rockabilly/psychobilly bands. So you
will get lost in a sea of quiffs and
drapes before you could mutter the
immortal words "Fatty Fenech!". As
usual theres an array of reviews
which span Punk, Oi! and even NEW
WAVE, remember t
he Photos?
Talking of imagery, the centre spread
features a two page ad for the
recently released
Violent Fuckwits
CD 'Beyond Redemption' that
features Billy boy live on stage
strangling a masked groupie. A sight
which is very effective visually
indeed. Don't think
the Stranglers
could've done it much better. The
other interview is with Spaniards
who blast out some
sorta punk/folk crossover, but stress
they sound like neither? There's a
profile on Blair Peach (the lost
grandfather of Tony and Peaches
Geldof, whoops sorry wrong
tangent!), Clarence Baker and the
Rock Against Racism movement, that
sprung up in the UK during the late
70's to combat the far right. I always
seen this post punk affiliation as the
spark that lit the embers of the first
signs of political correctness within
the punk movement. This was the
eve of political punk when
were still supporting the
UK Subs in
Acton. But its a good historical
document on what was happening
amidst SPG terror, the National Front
and the middle class lefty liberals.
None of whom give a flying fuck for
the kids on the street in reality, but
punk was for most extremists a
sneaky way of zoning in on the youth.
On a less serious note, theres a
funny picture of Bills dog called Sid
who looks a right nasty piece of work.
Our editor plans to take Sid dog
fighting within the punk scene. So
anyone with a scrammel who fancies
their chances against Sid apply
within. The back page has got an
hilarious shot of Dan the drumming
slag from notable outfits such as
Runnin Riot, 100 drunken Nights
and about every other punk band
from Belfast draped in his best Pat
Butcher drag, the resemblance is
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July 2008
Good cover shot of Deko from
Paranoid Visions greets us
as another punky blast of rough 'n'
ready innuendo, wit and down right
nepotism resonates from the
photocopied pages of
ROYO. Hold on
a minute, Dublin Jackeens on the
cover of a Belfast zine!? Surely that
can't be right? But editor Bill and the
rest of the NI punk scene show how
far the outstretched sticky tentacles of
punk can dismiss once upon a time
rivalry's when it took politicians
decades to resolve. Anyway fuck all
that political dogs bollocks. Inside Bill
the editor takes a few chunky bites
Big Cheese, the en vogue glossy
UK "punk" magazine (reviewed
elsewhere on this page). His bone of
contention being they compared
On Your Own's
layout to
"something vomited up by a 4 year
(tee hee). However all was not
lost for Bill's band
the Violent
, managed to get a glowing
review in the same issue. Resulting in
the venomous editorial immediately
taking a U-turn which had me in
stitches. Arturo Bassick from
makes another zine
appearance and seems to be chasing
Charlie Harpers
"most interviewed
punk vet in zinedom"
There's a New Wave retrospective
plus live reviews featuring the snotty
Restarts ands cover stars Paranoid
. Lots more pics in this issue
with a massive centre spread collage
of big Colin's (
Runnin Riot) 40th
birthday bash! Complete with a bare
backed whipping from a scantily clad
stripper. There was also a front-line
report of trouble on the streets of
Belfast involving punks and "spides"
(Chavs to me and you), and how the
local press misrepresented the whole
situation by turning a scuffle into a
fully fledged riot! As always a van load
of reviews gets vomited into the gutter
including CD's, Books, DVDs and
vinyl, including
the Ruts, Eater, Joy
and some old has beens
You want real life get this!
Issue 31 is out as we speak...
review coming!
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February 2008
I always buy these "Punk Rock
Special" mags when I spot one at WH
Smiths coz I'm a cunt, and I'm nearly
always disappointed! Its a mainstream
100 page monthly glossy, but seems
to be confused in its coverage?
Verging on New Metal, Indie, Psycho
and Rock with brief forays into the
underground punk scene when you
least expect em! Being as this is the
first time I've read a copy of
(hate that name), I gotta say
the layouts are fantastic! This is how
a glossy punk mag should look, but
what it has in visuals it fails miserably
to deliver in taste. I do admire their
effort to cover most bases and it
makes a nice change from the USUAL
grimy black 'n' white photocopied print
publications, but musically their idea
of punk is a million miles away.
However the photography is
exceptional but wasted totally when
your confronted by yet another bland
looking bunch of dorks, with new
tattoos and nondescript slogans on
their uniform of jeans and t-shirts. So
it innevitably becomes a joke. Is this
really what punk rock looks like in this
day and age? The front cover stars
the Gallows, who are are no
exception to the rule. They're a band
in vogue, but if the truth is told they
ain't half as good as 'in crowd' say.
The singers got a wank vocal and
from the attitude they might fool some
middle class school kids or Brett
Gerewitz, but they don't fool me! As
we dodge the footwear adverts and
even more gormless looking ponces,
you can spot interesting stuff amidst
the sheen. Like sleeve design artist
Dan Mumford or Dee Snyder from
Twisted Sister, who admits to stealing
the "No Future" riff off
the Pistols
'God Save The Queen'
on their 80's
hit record
'Were Not Gonna Take It'.
The bird outta
Horrorpops brings in
a brief bit of eye candy glamour to the
proceedings, but the actual punk
coverage was watered down and
scarily male! They do include an
hilariously frank interview with the
Dropkick Murphy's, whose singer Al
Barr nearly chinned Shane McGowan,
along side the still defiant
Anti Flag,
plus small snippets on kiddie punks
Outl4w and the Rabble. The 25
hardcore anthems rundown included
UK Subs 'Endangered Species'
(guffaw) and the
4 Skins fer fux sake!
Finishing with a biopsy on
career. Its all rounded off by an array
of reviews that you need a metal
detector to alert you to anything
resembling punk. Oh and my copy
didnt come with a CD either! Worth
buying for 'Punk Specials' only.
£3.55 from
June 2008
Can't believe it but this is the first
review of
Maximumrocknroll on this
site! And no I aint been avoiding it
just can;t find a regular UK distro?
Truth is I bought this at the
Birmingham Punks Picnic last summer
MRR had reviewed the Stench
album. I would've bought more but
the snotty stall seller was not gonna
get ANY more of my money for being
such a superior tart! Gotta say not a
lot has changed with
MRR since the
days when I used to pick up an
infrequent copy over the last two
decades, due to availability in the UK.
Its still got the same kinda intense
layout where giant chunks of print are
featured more so than pics. And the
ink still rubs off on yer fingers. The
totally punk adverts are still DIY and
comptemporary as I suspect are all
the bands. Seems weird to see the
highly recommended
FINALLY flying the flag for UK
punksters in the Americas, while local
(Walsall) outfit the long gone
are in the monthly Anarcho look back
section, both good reads. Shocked to
see Al Quint of
Suburban Voice
fanzine joining the long list of
columnists. Maybe the
MRR is the old
zinesters graveyard? At least his
punk trainspotting qualities serves
him well as he concentrates on the
music in between domestics. Unlike
most of the other annoying
columnists who send us to sleep with
their PC puritanism and or American
hippy punk values,all except vet
columnist Bruce Roehrs who does Al
Quint but on a smaller scale. There's
a good Fly cartoon about her life in
punk and getting involved with drugs
and subsequently staying clean. The
'news' section is anarchistic by
nature, so I wonder what they will
make of the new Black President?
The scene reports are always good
fun, even if its just to read about far
off places your never gonna visit but
ammusing to hear of their take on
punk. For the curious this time its
Pennsylvania and Alabama. The
international array of bands featured
shows the punk scene is expanding
or is it contracting as the US bands
are thin on the ground this issue? For
the full roll call we have Portland's
Red Dons, Japans Kola, Argentina's
Los Violadores, Australia's Strait
Jacket Nation,
New Zealands
Tentacles Of Destruction,
Spectres, San Diego's
Underground Railroad To
, Dean Dirge, St Louis
Head On Collision, and Fort Myers
fanzine writer of the intriguingly titled
Seven Inches To Freedom. I much
Razorcakes more tactile
layout to
MRR's cheap thin bog
paper but for Americas longest
running punk fanzine you gotta
admire its staying power for staying
exactly how its readers want it!
$4.00 from
January 2008
Another 28 page edition of our
favourite North East fanzine, that
"controversy and profanity
guaranteed or your money back"
And although its not quite as
offensive as we'd like here at Nihilism
On The Prowl, you never feel ripped
off reading this zine. And lets face it,
prizing a refund outta slippery Trev
Hagl is as difficult as turning on the
gas in the Ukraine.
kicks off with Part 2 of the
Toxic Ephex interview which
finally gets concluded as we learn
they were big Bernard Manning fans.
More 80's remnants seem to have
ressurged into life with
the Fiend
from the North East, who are
apparently thrashy
Exploited /
in sound. In print they
seem like nice polite boys. On the
other hand grumpy
999 offer another
short one with singer Nick Cash
getting all annoyed coz Trev slagged
their 'Face To Face' album off lol.
Geezer book author and one time
Stench roadie (guffaw) ex Codsall
lad Bernard O'Mahoney, gives us a
no holds barred brief on his career as
a doorman/gangster/female
correspondent and now cult crime
writer. Scoop of this issue, or should
that read Scouse, was actor Ricky
Tomlinson from the Royal Family TV
series. He would've been worth
interviewing if he named names of the
Prima Donna's he's worked with,
fucking slag! Back to music and
from Vancouver bring
us a sorta
Jam/Briefs kinda vibe to
Negative Reactions usual Skin
preferences. Finally the TDA groupie
Vic Goddard of
Subway Sect infamy
continues the Nick Cash style of short
but concise answers. However the
must read review section seems to be
shrinking and space fillers like
Farmers TV and Trev Watch are only
propped up by the cutting edge Chav
Central, which is as depressing as a
night out in Gaza or should that read
with Gazza. So something for
Editor Trev celebrates 25 years
putting zines out with a chunky 25
year celebration for issue #11 which
is out now review coming soon!
Contact Trev
c/o Rosehill, 20 New Front St,
Tanfield Lea, Stanley, Co Durham,
July 2008
They ain't coming out so fast these
days, but this Leeds bastion of
Anarcho animal rights and left-wing
politics zine is celebrating 20 years of
defiance and prickly attitude. Despite
some career lows (really shoddy
presentation in the past)
Bald Cactus
still has all the hallmarks of a
gratuitous read. Even down to the
political dogma I very much cringe at,
but can't help reading just coz I don't
wanna miss anything. Bitter and
twisted don't half make the happy go
lucky zinesters around today seem so
irrelevant. This zine should be a
benchmark of festering dissatisfaction
amongst the punk scene, and if it
eradicated the PC punk points and just
concentrated on the music more
without the grim hard done by cold and
aloof attitude we'd all be reading the
fucker! Still only 50p and still resisting
in defiance, but the enemies and the
battles its fighting these days seem
way more marginalised and paranoid
compared with the real threat! This 'ish
kicks off with the boring (musically)

Inner Terrestrials
who get probed on
paganism, HITS and TV. No mention of
dieting at all? The white middle class
punk (yeah you heard right) of
With Fire,
tell us all about life in posh
Harrogate and local gang the Panel
Beaters (snigger), who are the
suburban equivalent of Circle One in a
well to do neighbourhood.
from Southampton are a
more smelly outfit and have some
great music, so its a pity they're spoilt
by a one dimensional Steve Ignorant
wanna be on vocals. Highlight of this
issue must the Dick Lucas interview,
not because his every word is gospel
but because its nice to read he's still a
fuckin hippy! Talking of incense, we
also get an interesting statement from
Pete Wright, bass player in
who along with the much publicised
Penny Rimbaud and Steve Ignorant
points of view, makes for an alternative
insight on
Crass. The columns are
worth your perusal but you do get fed
up of reading issue after issue about
blokes banged up in prison whether
unjustified or not. The better columns
include 'ethically consuming', 'hooked
on fags' and 'I love coppers'. The
reviews are always good for picking up
on newer bands as the shittier ones do
get reprimanded but anarcho is
anarcho, so not much joy for the meat
eaters, same goes with the zines. But
lets face it most zines today are not
gonna change yr point of view like they
did years ago, but some can inform if
you wanna a real insight. Oh and how
come we ain't got no Yorkshire tea
bags as the FREE anniversary gift
instead of those cheap fuckers you get
in tesco?
50p plus SAE from
August 2008
The Uk's only mainstream glossy punk
mag ponders the question... 'Punks
Not Dead or is it?' And with an array of
punky individuals and bands listed on
the cover I just had to buy it to see if
they really did answer the penultimate
question (more of later). There's
something for everyone in this issue,
with an enjoyable Sub Pop record
label feature to get you in the mood.
Thought John Robb's 'Punk n
Disorderly' column was a waste of
space they should employ Andy
Cactus or Tom Freefall for aN honest
insight. There's a Billy Idol and Tim
Armstrong profile just to keep things in
perspective, and a sexy
Civet piece
who are a younger version of
in case you didn't already
know. Surprising to see a
snippet appearing which shows that
Big Cheese did their homework this
issue, along side
the Drongos and
the Stella induced
Sick on the bus.
They do a big feature on CD cover
The Rabble (reviewed soon)
who are a young punk trio from New
Zealand who unfortunately come
saddled with a
Rancid meets the
Dropkick Murphy's
tag, which upon
further investigation is totally wrong.
Alkaline Trio, Weezer and a host of
other poncy boy bands trying to be
tough got the lions share of the action,
but a weathered Micky Fitz of
complete with busted nose
gets cheesed whilst East Bay Ray tells
us how it all began. More profiles on
the impact of
Green Day ensue while
a piece on UK skate-core clowns
, whose singer must be up
there with Mark E Smith for dire dress
sense gets a reveal. The actual front
cover debate on punks demise run for
all of two pages lol. With only Charlie
Harper representing the original
breed, but senility lays waste to his
answers. There's no Wattie Buckan
who coined the phrase (Punks Not
Dead), no Penny Rimbaud who wrote
the song (Punk Is Dead) and no
zine-writers who are still penning the
epitaph. So it was left to a sussed Nick
13 from
Tiger Army and Stza Crack
Leftover Crack to supply the
best answers, the rest were lets just
say repetitive bollocks from kids
pretending to be punks who wouldn't
know a snot bucket from a coal
bucket. This 114 page magazine
rounds off with an intriguing
Anti Flag
interview on why Sony are fuelling
their anti establishment music...the
answer lies in the small print in case
you wondered. And finally the
Horrorpops bring up the
rear and what a rear Patricia has. The
vast review section it has to be said
were way more on the mark this time.
So best issue yet for me!
£3.55 from
Summer 2008
Fucking bumper 25 year anniversary
issue from the Stanley steak knife.
When Mr Hagl pushes the boat out he
certainly does it in style, with a little
help from his long suffering bird and
the parasitic minions he now hangs
out with. Was it really 1983 when he
first put finger to typewriter?... seems
a long fucking time ago! An age when
punk was just dipping from the crest of
its early 80's second wave and bands
Stench were appearing in Punk
Lives. An era when glassings and
Stanley blades were the scourge of
society and Positive Punk was the
latest in thing. By 83' Beki Bondage
started wearing dresses with
weightlifting studded belts on stage
and the price of a pint was the cost of
a Mars bar today. You could live on
the dole in relative luxury and read
about underground PUNK bands in
tatty zines like this by the hundreds.
Don't think Trev's attitude has
changed quite so much, although I
think outside pressure has moved him
towards a more political field as he is
now influenced not just by Carling but
by dare I say it a fucking conscience
however misguided! Some good
interviews are the highlight but kicks
off with a disappointing
4 Skins one
with Gary Hodges. It's a pity the minion
who interviewed him didn't have the
balls to ask Mr Hodges about his dark
past considering he gobs off about
fash bashin all over the net!
on the other hand is as
honest as the day is long, with Deek
answering everything that gets thrown
at him including naming names.
Of Bad Breath
(yeah me neither?)
were funny, while the right on lefty
liberal poet
Attilla The Stockbroker
reveals an acquaintance is doing life
for torture/porn, but emphatically
abhors any such practice himself (pull
the other one). Dublins
Riot 77 zine
editor gives us his train of thought and
sounds like another Dublin Jackeen
with lots to say but not much pedigree
to back it up, maybe I should see what
all the fuss is about? The rest were all
fillers with
Strawberry Blondes
Jonny Dongel (snigger)
the Murder Junkies whose
claim to fame was playing with
, so they must be a right poxed
up bunch of cunts! The Radgie pub
guide round the Toon was good, coz
I've been invited up for a drink and
now know where not to go if I want me
'boat race'' left intact. This along side
the informative record zine and book
reviews means
Negative Reaction is
still worth a few quid.
c/o Rosehill, 20 New Front St,
Tanfield Lea, Stanley, Co Durham,
September 2008
This mammoth 84 page rantaphon is
the 3rd issue of this home grown local
zine done on a very small scale and
only available to friends, contributors,
trades or people Tom Freefall likes.
So email him at the address below
and see if you pass the test
? Freefall
Drunk Punk
emphasises the whole
spirit of DIY punk literature. Meaning,
if a band or a mood or just something
totally off the cuff inspires you to write
and publish, then just fucking do it
maaan! The beast from Boningale
Tom has been doing this for the last
few years. What it lacks amongst the
cascade of print and little grey images
that litter the vast expanse of rant, it
more than makes up for in
entertaining spoofs and adventures in
backstreet boozers, at gigs or life in
general. The attention to detail could
come across as boring with some zine
writers bland style. But here I defy
anyone with a sensa yuma to not be
guffawing all over their pint or on the
shitter at regular intervals!
Drunk Punks
mode of attack is why
use an image when a line or two will
do. However it would be good if the
selected imagery that is used was a
little more better presented. Tom's
printer is pumping out magenta copies
which viewed in black 'n' white leaves
a lot to be desired in that fade to grey
visage kinda moment. But this zine is
one to be read, not fornicated over
and the crammed pages means space
is at a premium. Its very easy to read
with Comic Sans as the chosen
typeface, but you can get lost in the
sea of print with very little space to
herald new subjects and wave out the
old. So can be difficult to navigate
when you wanna refer back to a
section as its totally relentless. The
rants verge on the hilarious and
ridiculous, some cover topics you find
yerself agreeing with. Tom despite
coming from the 90's wave of punk
ain't no blinkered PC punk, he actually
tells it roughly how it is. Although his
musical taste covers all spectrum's
from '77 to now, he does opt for a
lotta crusty anarcho types which also
litter his compilation CD's. Talking of
which he has released 11 sampler
CD's of obscurity's and some long lost
classics on his compilations which are
worth getting just to hear bands like
the Midnight Creeps and Dog
in amongst your UK Subs,
Global Threats
and Poundaflesh's.
In fact I think the compilations inspired
this zine and they add a whole new
take on record trading in the 21st
century. You'll be reading this and
listening to the tracks for a long time
to come!