BLACK MARKET #7
Thick as fuck, San Diego, ‘87
Comics and rare art by Mad Marc Rude and a bunch of no names, photos and interviews with a wide array of bads: Bad Brains, New Order, Husker Du, BGK, Jello and Bad Religion. Includes a board game for a centrefold.
This one is HEAVY.
Hardcore / skateboarding fanzine from Philadelphia, 1981. 16 pages.
Insane early US hardcore / skating content, primarily photos. Reviews of the Buff Hall show (SSD / Minor Threat), Meat Puppets and Bad Brains concerts, Descendents, Rat Music records. Just a weird piece of US hardcore history.
RIPPER #7 (SF, 1982)
Interviews with The Fix, Bad Brains, Fartz, Effigies & Crucifix
Pretty exceptional spread of early US hardcore bands in this issue of Ripper. Great taste and well executed, and though incredibly inconsistent, one of the better early hardcore fanzines in terms of the depth of content.
From CRUCIFIX interview:
WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO LISTEN TO?
Jim: I don’t really like any kind of music, I don’t buy records.
Sothira: What we play is totally different from what I listen to and what Matt listens to. He listens to Black Sabbath. I listen to mostly Joy Division, they’re my favourite band, and I listen to Bauhaus.
Matt: It probably comes out in his lyrics, not in the music. Cuz the music is more like GBH and Discharge.
Sothira: We like playing like the new bands coming out of England. We buy their records. Sick Pleasure was one of our influences too. But besides that, the lyrics influence is mostly Joy Division.
NO IDEA #5
Punk and hardcore fanzine with coverage on CAPITOL PUNISHMENT, THE FLAMING LIPS, SCREAM, BAD BRAINS, MOTLEY SHIX, GOVERNMENT ISSUE, SHORT DOGS GROW and SNFU.
This is worth it for the incredible BAD BRAINS interview.
Q: Why do you call yourselves BAD BRAINS?
HR: Well see, we wanted something that would represent the state of the world and the state of this particular society we live in and at the same time we wanted to keep in the realm of our first name MIND POWER. I&I were sitting around with Darryl one day, and I was showing Darryl should be some kind of dealing with the mind still, or the brain, but it’s got to be “bad”. And then he said: “Bad brains”… I&I said “you know the Ramones have a song called ‘the Bad Brains’”… We just feel that (it) represents the state of affairs in the United States. This whole country got bad brains (laughs).