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RIOT 77 #18
January 2016
*****
First time reading this Dublin based
fanzine or should I say magazine.
Whatever you wanna call it, its a
welcome addition to any mag/zine
reader who loves punk in all its
inglorious guises. Its glossy, slick,
black and white design is similar to
Artcore in its professional
presentation, but is geared to a more
broad based punk coverage which is
fantastic for us.
Riot 77 reminds me of
a less colourful
Vive Le Rock but
without the cruddy rock 'n' roll element
or arse licking reviews.
Riot 77's main
focus is of a punk/Oi!/street punk
disposition. But offers a wider range of
punk with the occasional ska punk
troupes included. Wasn't really
expecting such a good broad diverse
coverage and read. You'd be mistaken
to think it was US based fanzine as
there's a vast amount of US input by
well chosen collaborators/contributors
who keep the high end coverage to the
maximum. The interviews alone without
a doubt eclipse the rest of the zine, not
so much for its subject matter (which
are all worth your attention), but for the
way they probe without really showing
too much effort. This issue features
the New York hardcore of
Sheer
Terror
who I'd never heard of
previously? But their bruiser of a
singer the deadly Paul Bearer growls
out at us from the front cover and
immediately requires your patronage.
There are neat
Outcasts (with Greg
Cowan) and
Undertones (with John
O'Neill) interrogations that covers a lot
of the bands experiences, plus a great
Cheetah Chrome expose from his  
Dead Boys infamy. And unlike most
zines today they don't skimp on
reviews with a mass of records and
gigs taking the lions share. The gig
pics were very impressive and really
adds to the excitement of the review.
Was disappointed to see no other
fanzines get coverage as Cian the
editor seems to love getting his zine
reviewed in German Oi! mags,
so
maybe he should return the favour?
However
books, films and everything
else is included in infinite detail. I didn't
realise there was so many new punk
book publications prior to the 40th
anniversary, so it was good to learn
about a few I might pick up myself. The

reviews
are all done with exemplary
attention to detail, including page
images.
Riot 77 finishes off with a
massive 8 pages of record reviews that
seem mostly to hit the mark making
this zine a highly recommended read.
Comes in an A4 sized 52 page read.
Which will keep you entertained and
informed for quite a while.
A new issue is due out
Xmas 2016.
3.00 Euros
riot77magazine@hotmail.com
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CUBESVILLE #19
Summer 2016
*****
Here's another UK zine that's been
around since '87 and I'm not too proud
of the fact I neglected reading a copy
during the last 30 odd years, but hey
ho better late than never. My initial
neglect might've had somert to do with
the name, a bit studenty for me, but as
it turned out its a bright, light hearted
neat visual surprise to my meat eating
Neanderthal eyes. It trades in
'anarchy
absurdity and punk'
as a by line and in
that order
, is very good indeed. But
lets not forget Veganism, which was
surprisingly not shoved down our
throat unlike other zines from the same
wing. The print job is exceptional and
very enticing giving it a professional
layout with enough zanyism to DIY us
in. This issue centres on 'once upon a
time in the north' and it
's only missing
an Ernio Morricone soundtrack but the
t
otally Northern exposure on punk and
the surrounding area as its sucked dry
by London centric luminaries
is
hillarious
. As its a Manchester based
zine its no surprise its perplexed. So as
one of my favo
urite films Kess salutes
us from the cover,
I couldn't resist
buying it when
I copped an eyeful of its
pink cardboard cover
. Inside after a
tongue in cheek editorial dissing the
Northern powerhouse, we get
interviews with
Epic Problem who
openly admit to being a
Leatherface
wanna be band, which looses em in
itial
credibility tut tut. Blitz or
Leatherface? I know which one id
prefer! Apart from that, we get some
neat anecdotes on the New Mills punk
legacy from Mackie.
Billy Casper the
front cover star then lets rip on his anti
cloth cap Northern powerhouse and
slavery resistant debate. Next up its
playwright, cultural commentator and
ex
Chumbawamba Boff Whalley (is
that his real name?) who gives us a
satire on how to get rid of Northern
culture, which sounds too good to be
totally satire. We then get sole survivor
of
Gang Of Four Andy Gill who went
to watch a film instead of seeing
the
Pistols
on the 'Anarchy tour' tee hee,
but worst still he resides in London
shock horror!
Vitriolic Responce are
shouty discore from Manchester, who
tell us about being the only crust band
left in Rainy city. Meanwhile the cut out
and keep figurines are from the
ingeniously named
Jesus And His
judgmental Father
a Leeds 'queer
core' pop outfit.
Bolshy from the other
side of the pennines offer us a ska pop
punk perspective, with trombones and
sax plus lots of tinny guitars which only
works for me when they rip it up. Best
bit of this zine however was the
hilarious trans penine real ale trail,
which offered some neat pit stops
along the way. Plus a few to be given
amiss as our editors reel back in
horror at....
"fucking hell, the toilets
are literally full of massive blokes on
'roids' snorting coke".
Sheffield's Dry
Heaves offer us "snot rag hardcore
punk'
and sound way better than they
look. There's 8 pages of record, books
and zine reviews and to round off a
surreal
John Cooper Clarke and
Poly Styrene cartoon in a Doctor Who
 adventure. This zine made a neat
change from my usual reading matter
and looking forward to the next issue.
£1.25
One Way Ticket To Cubesville
VIVE LE ROCK #35
MAY 2016
*****
You had a choice of 4 or 5 different
covers for this
Vive Le Rock Damned
40th anniversary issue. I opted for the
original
Damned cover as thats my
favourite era of the band and by far
the best. Seems I'm not so biased after
all, as its the cover issue that sold out
first. But i doubt the 'Machine Gun
Etiquette' of
the Damned disciples
fraternity will agree. On a less visual
note we kick off with a
Dead Men
Walking
interview, which are one of
these numerous punk super groups
that i can't see the point of, let alone
going to see! It seems its the done
thing after the 'acoustic wave' for old
punks to join forces and along with that
other profile on
International
Swingers
which has other bored ex
punks jammin to audiences i think its a
bit of a cop out. There are more
exciting bands like
Hands Off Gretel
who would've been far more
interesting. However the update on

The Stiffs
was more like it. They were
great and are doing some reunion
dates and you can guarantee they'll
sound good too. There's a look back
at New York's
Television yawn.
Meanwhile Airdrie punks
Reaction are
more old punks doing it all again and
from what i hear they still have the
energy levels set high. The sexy
Mother Feather emanate outta
Brooklyn NY and are definitely worth a
look and are fresh. Meanwhile
Brummy's
Black Bombers offer us a
jaded looking second city
Stooges
take. Those looking back gigs or
events are scraping the barrel these
days with
Iggy Pops controversial TV
slot from '86 is this issues 'should've
been there' moment, but surely his
OGWT performance from '79 beats
that hands down! The 6 page

Discharge
interview was a good one
and it shows with the right singer they
can still
decontrol us to deal out some
of that deadly damage. Which leads us
to this issues highlight which is a 14
page
Damned career run through with
some great insights from all the
leading players and focuses especially
into their earlier career
, coz lets face it
after 1980 they ain't done nothing
musically exciting at all, but all the
goodies are included
here. There's a
neat
Vice Squad interview recalling
their early years and the splendid 'Last
Rockers' 45 which i still love hearing.
And a neat look back at the brilliant but
underrated
Destroy All Monsters
career. If that ain't all, theres 18 pages
of record and gig reviews ending with
shorts pieces with Bruce Foxton on his
new album and a good profile on Sam
Yaffa ex
Hanoic Rocks bass player.
Mainstream it maybe but its worth
checking out!

£4.99
Vive Le Rock