Issue #4 of Crud was published today. Although delicately put together and featuring an Alien Sex Fiend interview, #3 was lost in the post, and in them days we didn’t have computers to back things up, so when the originals went missing that was the whole issue up the swanny.
With a print run of 500 copies, we spent the day folding the six A4 sheets in half, making it a 24 page fanzine – with no staples! Couldn’t afford a stapler!
The front pic was drawn by old school mate Jon Zep, and those of you in ‘the know’ will recognise it as being similar to the Subhumans ‘Rats’ EP sleeve (without the vomit!).
The zine featured an interview with The Scraps, a French thrash band (when I say thrash, I mean FUCKING A+ THRASH!!), who turned up in the UK on a badly organised tour. They played Colwyn Bay and Rhyl and ended up staying at The House of Crud (my 2 bedroomed flat) for a week. They had no money and I earned £70 a week working at the local Amusement Arcade, so those 6 or 7 days were a test of character!
Fanzines were your main source of being in touch with the Underground scene. You could read sanitised interviews and reviews in Sounds and NME, but it was in zines you got to read about real stuff. I was always conscious of trying to avoid trudging down the well trodden paths of reviewing the same anarcho bands that appeared in EVERY OTHER fanzine. Although I did concede defeat one or two times.
The release of this issue was delayed by a couple of months due to the picture below. I went to collect the finished articles from my local printer and his assistant wouldn’t look at me. He eventually came out with the original, told me he didn’t want to be associated with such filth and threw it at me and threw me out of his shoppe… (He was obviously a Siouxsie fan!)..
My printer after this was a church going friend of the family..!!
Engine were a bikers band from the Wirral. What they thought of this group of punks who often turned up at their shows I don’t know… But they were top class entertainment… Why ask Oi Polloi about the Proletarian State when you can interview Engine on the subject of eating dog poo…? Ha ha….
With the back page it became tradition to do a collage… Still do them today, but pasted to my fridge! Inspired by Winston Smith (who is that excellent artist associated with Dead Kennedys – check out the booklet that comes with ‘Plastic Surgery Disasters’ album)…
There was always a risk of cutting out pics of people in the local papers and pasting ‘Prick’ on their foreheads.. Ha ha…