Spring 2012
Vive Le Rock is so popular these
days that they are bringing out bi
monthly issues, instead of the tried
and tested seasonal ones, which I still
find really hard to pick up on high
street magazine stands. Either they're
selling out fast or the store ain't
ordering 'em in? So not sure if this
ramped up production will last, but
here’s to more issues of this slick
glossy and professionally presented
‘Rock n Roll, Punk, New Wave mag.
Whatever its critic's like me moan
about, it does its mainstream coverage
of punk pretty good. Although looking
at this issues front cover lineup it’s
hard to spot a punk band amongst the
Jimmy Cliffs and Hank IIII's of this world
ha! Cover star's
Killing Joke are a
band who merge between quite a few
genres, but it was punk which first took
them to the cultish heights they now
frequent. Front man Jaz Coleman still
has the stare, not sure about the his
marbles or grasp on reality? But who
gives a fuck as long as
Killing Joke
rock, then if the change he predicts at
the end of the year materialises we
can all wave bye bye with the
soundtrack to oblivion? In this 10 page
biopsy of their legacy,
Killing Joke
the dark chord lords always bring
some paranoia to the table. They're a
band who only seem to turn up with yet
another new album of discontent in
‘MMXII’, which if I'm honest I ain't even
heard yet? Was neat to hear some
views from the other members of this
now original line-up, who recorded this
latest album. Ex-
Damned guitar
slinger the highly respected (in
circles) Brian James who
recently teamed up with Rat to blast
out the old ditties, has also just
released a new album of his own
compositions on acoustic and piano
with accordion accompaniments. It
don’t sound too damning or high
octane on paper, but it’s worth noting
in this interview he gives us the real
deal on how
the Damned classics
were created. We then head over to
Garry Lammin’s new outfit called
Bermondsey Joyriders
who look like
an ancient crew of Teds, but
apparently sound like a Who/
/MC5 hybrid. I like their attitude,
but who the hell’s gonna take serious a
bunch of old has beens who are
demanding change now? Coz no-one
was listening 30 years ago?
Talking of which, there’s a 6 page
interview/profile on
the Cockney
career who have a new movie
out soon called 'East End Babylon',
which is all about their lifestyle and
career in punk. Micky Geggus sums up
todays climate perfectly. But leaves us
with the eternal question of who's
gonna play Stinky in the film? The free
CD that comes with this issue is a 12
tracker from
the Rejects which
features rarities from 1980-2012. It’s
interesting to hear Stinky’s vocal which
now sounds quite tame and eloquent
but it don’t really suit
the Rejects of
old and you can see why these are
rarities/demo’s coz there ain’t nothing
to shout out about musically, apart
from the opening track ‘I love Being
Me’ and the live rendition of their best
moment ever ‘Bad Man’. As the
soundtrack to this mag drones on in
the background whatever you think of
cult psychobilly headers
Are Go
you have to take your hat off
to em, coz they still look dangerous,
mad and definitely demented.
Especially lead singer Spark Retard
who should be heralded for cult
outcast survivor after 30 years of rock
‘n’ roll exuberance and insanity. He still
lives the dream, smokes way too much
dope, but unlike say Charlie Harper, is
way more dangerous, unpredictable
and still has the look and growl to
excite a new generation. They’ve just
released a new
DAG album out on
People Like You records as we speak.
We then come back to normality and
get a 6 page update and historical look
back at
the Buzzcocks career. They
also have a new album out which is
comprised of 2012 re-recordings of
their classics. We then get 4 pages of
Blondiemania which features extracts
and pics from the new book ‘Blondie:
Parallel Lives’ which hit the shelves in
June. And finally a
Johnny Moped
interview as he whizzes (metaphorically
speaking) through his career in his
inevitable style. As always a little
something for everyone including Mr
Bowie, but those were the punk
£4.99 from...
Vive Le Rock
July 2012 (Photo Issue)
Can’t believe there’s another photo
issue so soon after the last one. What
was it?.... Like 2 years ago? The front
cover this issue ain’t half as impressive
or as iconic as the last one. In fact it
looks more like a bad take on the
Kings Road ‘77 punk look trans
morphed to the early 80’s from when it
was shot. In this issue they
"tried to dig
up some lesser known photographers
that documented early punk into the
alongside a whole new breed
of punk snappers rising from the dark
room, or should that now read
transmitting digital tenderness. They
do succeed in offering us ground
breaking and sometimes cringe worthy
photographic evidence of life on planet
punk in this broad sweep. It’s still
dominated by the older more impact
taking snappers, who lets face it, were
spoilt by having iconic subject matter
within their scope. But hey, punk rock
history is still being made today so we
are led to believe, just take a look at
Tim Armstrong's god awful beard! My
current faves this issue are
Don Pyle,
Chris Boarts Larsen and Irish
Ricky Adams, who is a great
new find for me.
Don captured the
Canadian punk scene from early
Viletones era in ‘77 right through to
now as he prepares to release a book
‘Trouble At The Camera Club’ which
includes lots of classic punk bands
who toured in or around the Toronto
area, and is a definite next on my ‘must
get’ book list. At long last we get a
much missed
Christine Boarts
interview, which was
noticeable by its absence last time.
Christine arose to prominence in ‘86
along with her highly recommended
Slug And Lettuce, which was
always a particular fave. She is
probably more well known for her
fanzine than her camera shots which
she lovingly combined into each issue
from the early age of 15. 15 hmmm
what a great age to be enveloped by
punk, it’s the same age I got into it, so
can empathize with her story on how
she was overtaken by the whole thing.
“dystopian landscapes” were very
much a part of her fanzine legacy,   
alongside the classic gig shoots, and
her earthy writing made her an all
round intrigue in the late 80’s punk
scene. Didn’t really know much or
anything about
Ricky Adams till I seen
his Belfast work and read his piece.
You really have to check out his online
gallery as
he captured some great  punk shots
from the not too distant past, along
with his fascinating portrayals of urban
landscapes and gregarious portraits.
He now photographs BMX riders to
earn a crust and has publications that
have sold out fast! The rest all had
their moments
Jeanne Hansen
captured the early 80's gritty San
Francisco punk scene.
Maria Da
Piedade Morals
is a portuguese lady
who moved to Rio De Janeiro when
she was a kid and between ‘82 through
‘84 booked shows, made flyer's and
took photos of this rarely captured
punk scene. And finally
who captured the essence
of the East Coast hardcore scene
between 87/88. All we are missing now
Jenny Lens, Ed Colver and Greg
maybe next time? There is
an indication these Photo Specials will
become a lot more frequent so who
knows? The columns this issue are
either excruciatingly bland, or
completely puerile or as in Al Quints
case regarding the best ever punk
intros, he had the audacity to include a
Slayer track arghhhh, instead of say
‘Pretty Vacant’ or ‘Peaches’ and makes
me squirm with anguish and question
his taste in punk. So thank fuck for
columnists like Felix Havoc who gives
us a neat rundown on
Slaughter And
The Dogs
and Cock Sparrer’s pub
rock crossover legacy or Sam
Lefebvre for the dry humour and
Graham Booth for the facts. Although I
did quite enjoy Mariam Bastani's space
filling haunted tale from the MRR
compound. The Ghost of Tim Yo still
rises! The reviews are hit or miss but
its always fun to check out the demo
reviews and of course the zine reviews
are more descriptive so you can make
up your own mind.
$4.00 from....
February 2012 *****
Hot on the heels of last summers
sizzling edition we surprisingly get
another issue put out by the hard
working Welly, an editor who simply
loves punk and finds the inspiration to
put out quality reads as well as 12 inch
vinyl (reviewed later). This issues slab
of wax features 20 tracks, mostly
exclusive and unreleased, boasting
such exotic sounds from creatures like
Night Birds, Arctic Flowers, Off
With Their Heads, Pettybone and
Burnt Cross.
It's beefed up inside the
zine with profiles of the artists that
come on the record complete with
lyrics to some of the tracks.
features interviews with the afore
mentioned New York hardcore outfit
the Night Birds, whose lyrics are
described as
"light hearted nihilism"
which amused me
no end. Portland's
(USA) very English sounding
sound nothing like Rubella
but feature a young Penelope
Houston sound-alike. We then recline
through the poppy sounding anarcho
of Finland's
1981. Londoners Hygiene
who are fronted by the side splitting
nom de plomb Nat King Dole, a chap
who deserves a feature all of his own
for the hilarious stage name.
Meanwhile the hard to pronounce
Ruidosa Immundicia offer up some
less attractive shouty, screamy
hardcore whose only redeeming
feature is a hot sweaty chick
if the pics
are anything to go by. They're a
strange breed because they're based
in Austria but sing in Spanish, work
that one out? Luckily for us the
interview is in English. And finally the
reformed metallic crust enigmas
Amebix give what seems like a rare
interview. Not really my thing at all
, but
found myself absorbed with their
documentary that's on you-tube which
gives us a great insight into their dark
world of punk squats, axes and acid.
We don't always dig the bands who
grace the insides of
Artcore, but the
presentation is always impeccable and
it pushes you in directions you wouldn't
normally explore. I have to thank
Artcore for turning me onto the work
of photographer
Ed Colver, whose
smashed in TV adorns the front of the
album in question.

Regular features include 3 pages of
record and zine reviews, but has a
bonus 4th page of record put downs
done craftily by two fictitious punk
hacks, that literally tears into all the
stuff the zine wants to slag off, which
will no doubt bring a smile to bands like
the Duel or the Destructors lol. The
outstanding Vaultage section profiles
another neat but recent
fanzine interview, we also get
the concluding history of the 2 part
German punk scene exploration. Last
but by no means least, there's an
interview with
Dirty Donny the
Canadian cartoonist whose quirky style
has earned him worldwide acclaim. So
something for everyone in this highly
recommended issue.

(£8.00 and £2.75 PPD. U.K.
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November 2012
First time I read a copy of this hyper
active, anarchic boisterous A4
publication outta darkest London. I
love its Chaotic, messy, cut 'n' paste till
I die attitude and with obvious
enthusiasm its edited by a gregarious
Swedish punk resident called Tony
Slobodanburger. From the editorial
this might be his last issue for a while
(lets hope not) coz it is amusing. I
prefer fanzines like this for the attitude
rather than the strictly professional
presentation zines, who have every
inch of layout in perfect perspective.
To tell you the truth I was expecting a
way more 'new rock' kinda vibe, but
this issue is a punk rock snotty
energetic feast and if it had speakers it
would hit you at full volume!!
More Noize # 9 features some old
cunt from
Stench waffling on about
their cult status and being big in a
Huddersfield attic once upon a time.
Great intro though. We then get some
wrist action from
the Wankys, who I
assumed were from Japan with a corny
name like that. But no they're from the
even more exotic location of Leicester.
In keeping within the Leicester city
limits we get amazingly even less
crudity from a band called
Fuk, which
was a slight let down as a band with a
name like that deserves some kinda
major attitude emanating from all
orifices, but what we get is a short but
concise dare I say it interview! Talking
of fast blasts, there's an even shorter
one with some cider guzzling geezer
Disorder called Taf. However
having read other interviews with the

deity in the past, it don't
surprise me one bit. At least he does
let it slip he got pissed rehearsing on
the queens jubilee. Quite liked the
hilarious article on the mysterious
punk tape compilations from the
90's, which were doing what the
By Death
franchise do now, but with
no charge obviously before Internet
technology took hold. And another
redeeming factor was it's conducted by
a certain Mick Hucknall, a closet
punker fer gawds sake tee hee.
There's a spotlight on Greek Crust and
how to search or admire from afar
those illusive first pressings by some of
the most hard to pronounce bands in
da punk universe
Token spiky Japanese punks called
The Bollocks (tee hee) explain in
their very best broken English why
Casualty's, Conflict
and Broken
have influenced their sound
and image. Some geezer called Phil
does the reviews along with Marko,
who are both pictured, which is brave
in this anonymous day and age, and
the reviews are all quite detailed too
for a zine that's utterly chaotic. But at
More Noize does love punk
more than most as they cover a wide
range of punk genres, although
Japanese punk or Japanese released
records seem to be the prevailing
factor. And last but by no means least
there's an amusing letters page which
actually sounds authentic. Tony
emailed me a picture of his
interview build which was neat to see
and brought back fond memories of
the Suffragette days when glue and
scissors were drawn at every given

My only gripe was the pics were a little
dark but that was a minor detail amidst
this much photostatic energy.

Limited back issues still available
email Tony at
+ AF Formats 2012 *****
An eagerly awaited latest issue of
Defiant Pose one of Britain's less
publicised fanzines, but definitely as
important as any of the best on offer in
this photostatic deprived age. This is
available in
A4 or A5 formats with
some slight deviations or additions to
both formats
, but both are virtually the
Defiant Pose may not be a
regular issue but when one does
appear its always brilliantly researched
and written, this one spotlights the
heyday of UK fanzinedom from 76-84
and this mammoth task is not by any
means conclusive, but Mr Clarke's
bloodhound detective work delves
deeper than
a gang of CSI on coke
and shames
most of any of the
publications I've already read so far in
35 years. It
features literally a pen and
ink stink bomb of crude one issue jobs
to the
Sniffin Glue blueprint and
beyond. The characters behind some
of these publications were just as
intriguing as the bands they nailed to
their photostatic mast, in fact this
collection focuses solely on the
fanzines themselves which makes for a
much more intensive read.
As the
editorial points out, these smudged
manifestos of rebellion had
"no editors,
no deadlines, no censorship, no rules"

which has always been a massive draw
my punk print. 1977 the year punk
broke seen a massive influx of rants
and screams from the isolation of
suburbia or the council tenements of
inner city life as
our musical landscape
exploded and hit hard and fast
amongst the nations youth via Punk
Rock. Featuring amongst this 31 page
spotlight we get fanzines scenes like
Manchester with an interview with
editor of the
hideously named Ghast
, meanwhile Sheffield had the
gloriously named
Gun Rubber which
looked and sounded like a porn mag
as they had scantily dressed lady's in
bondage adorning their covers
. Other
less championed scenes like
greet us with
Breakdown. As the punk fanzines
sprouted up from all corners of the
nation the pages of information are
peppered with covers and art from a
lot of the fanzines
beamed out for the
first time since publication and all in
glorious cut
'n' paste style which really
seemed to come into its own by '79.
Politics also became a more dominant
part of fanzine culture as the brilliant
Toxic Graffity and Situation
the London fanzine scene.
Bands like
Crass really did ignite a
more scary hornets nest of apocalyptic
diatribe, it wasn't just us the punks who
were the victims of the mainstream
straight society but the planet was at
risk of corruption, pollution and
ultimately annihilation.
We also get a neat insight into
terminals like
Better Badges which
became the
UK's main fanzine
distribution and printing hub along with
Rough Trade records which
distributed the stock around the
record shops. North of the border
Scotland was birthplace to the
Ripped and Torn in 1976
which was the next best known zine
Sniffin Glue. However it was left
to the
Next Big Thing edited by
Lindsay Hutton who explains
Scotland's fascination with all things
American and strangely how most
I met when living in Portland
seemed fascinated with all things
Scotland. Across the Irish sea Northern
Ireland is covered with big hitters
Alernative Ulster and Private World
whilst south of the border
Heat turns
up the temperature.  We also get a 10
page look at
Crass's effect on
fanzines and the
ir attitude, which is
possibly the biggest single bands
influence on fanzine culture since punk
first exploded, along with a brief look at
reggae fanzines which sometimes
crossed over into punk print.
It all
akes for a fulfilling experience in this
generous 80-page read.  

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