Saturday, March 18, 2006

Colsoy Youth #1, January 1988

Cosloy Youth was a Houston-based zine that rather than run away from their derivativeness from Gerard's Conflict zine, they embraced it, using Mr. Cosloy's putdown of his imitators as their mission statement and proudly displaying it on their masthead (below). This issue has a massive Sonic Youth interview but since it available over at the Sonic Youth website, I'm just going to put up a page or two so you can see what it looked like (see the badly-scanned pictures basically).

Most important from these zines, I think, are the show reports - so, barring any complaint from Ray and Rob, I'm reprinting those three pages which include a Butthole Surfers report, a Sonic Youth review, Lazy Cowgirls and Divine Horsemen, to name a few.

Masthead with quote from Daddy Cosloy

Three pages from the Sonic Youth Interview - read the whole thing here

Live Review

Monday, March 06, 2006

Big Yeah fanzine number 7 (April 1987)

The Big Yeah was published by Mike Greenlees and Michelle Thomas. Mike was the drummer for Tar in the '90s. They had a few records on Touch and Go. He sent me some of their early 7"'s and at the time I thought they were boss - I'll try and dig them up sometime for Vinyl Mine. Michelle was his girlfriend and she wrote way original reviews. My fave is when she said she wished the singer of Rifle Sport was a piece of lint so she could fling it off her clothes and listen to the band for the rest of her life.

As you can see, Big Yeah scored a cover from Dan Clowes - this was before he did Ghost World and got all famous in the cult comics world. BY published in a half-size format and like most zines used very small type, shrunken via the xerox machine and often hard to read. This made what would normally be a 14 page fanzine into a 28 page 'zine. But you needed one of those little jeweler's eyepieces to read it.

This issue had an interview with The Outnumbered (who?), tons of record reviews, fanzine reviews and most importantly a post-European tour interview with Big Black where they talk about the tour, playing with Killing Joke, how Simon Bonney was a sorry excuse for a roadie, the Headache EP and hint that they are breaking up. Oh yeah, the working title for Songs About Fucking was Scooter Trash. Anyway, it was great enuf for me to reprint below. 'joy...