Parts of this overview are taken from the "Early Irish Fanzines" article that appeared in Loserdom #13. See the loserdom site for more details. Please see the help section for fanzines I'm looking for.
|Raw Power||Up Yours!||Almost Grown||Something Else||Devoid Media|
|It's Your World||Wimp Wonder Comic||Neu Carnage||Ms.Marvel||New Clear Threat|
|Alternative Ulster||Orange Vomit||9 To 5||Vox||Poptones|
|Buddy||Almost Art||Black & White||To Pence Worth||Private World|
|Shock Treatment||Insane Society||Cabaret||Europe At A Glance||Sweet Sensations|
|Too Late||Skanar||Up Against It|
|Mental Energy||Whose Life Is It Anyway|
Fanzine based in Kilkenny. Just two issues were published, circa 1982-83, by Feargal McEvoy. No connection to the band of the same name (?).
Dublin fanzine, issue 1 including: Kissed Air, Montage, Microdisney, Na-psalm Sunday, Casablanca Moon, Dublin Youth Theatre.
HeatLaunched: May 1977
Issues: 9 (including one triple issue)
Black & WhiteLaunched: November 1979
Heat and Black & White were published by Pete Price and Jude Carr. From Loserdom #13:
Edited by Barbara Fitzgerald (now with RTE). Issue 11 features Zerox Irish Fanzine Directory charting names and dates of the releases of Irish fanzines up to that time.
Neu Carnage was started in 1978 by Gerry Molyneaux while still at school. He later
worked for a bank.
Other contributors were Gerry Siggins and Paul McCarroll, both now journalists, and
Paul 'Speedy' O'Meara (RIP).
issue had Skrewdriver and Ruefrex on the cover. 50 copies were printed approx.
This was up to 200 by the last issue. Some issues were also pretty thick, circa 100 pages.
Copies rarely turn up now and none are available for the original source.
They interviewed many well known (and lesser known) US and UK punk bands,
including New York's The Stimulators (who played the Project Arts in 1979-80),
X (LA), Dicks, GBH, the mighty Discharge, Effigies, etc, as well as bands from all over
the world (Europe, Scandavia, Australia, South America).
The picture above (from ebay) is of Issue 9 (from 1980?) which included Big Self,
the Banshees, Crisis, UK Decay, XS Discharge, Neus, and a feature on Oi bands.
Neu Carnage also released some tapes including the Vermin Package compilation (1982).
Gerry provided scene reports for MRR in 1984.
According to MRR#25 (1984) the zine was about to release a cassette EP called "Barbed Wire Noise" featuring Capital Scum [Belgium], Vortex [Belgium], Warriors of the Last Days [Columbia],Toxic Waste and Catholic Guilt. This plan changed to a vinyl EP with artwork supplied by Pushead, 250 copies to be pressed. It was never issued due to lack of funds. Carlton was the sole remaining pressing plant in Ireland at that time and they wouldn't accept orders for less than 500, except at vast expense. A 2nd EP "Violent Anthems" was also planned, featuring Bald Aggression ("Somethings Wrong"), Nazgul [NZ] ("Good Demons Drink Smirnoff"), So Much Hate [Norway] ("Think Before We Act") and WCHC [Spain] ("Guerra Mundial"). War Risk 3 [Belgium] are mentioned by MRR but didn't make the final track listing.
Neu Carnage was instrumental in getting Catholic Guilt on the Tour de Farce compilations on Empty Records circa 1987-88, so it was a long-lived fanzine. More details appreciated.
Anarcho-punk fanzine put out by P.A. of Paranoid Visions. About 5-6 issues were issued between 1981-85 in small runs, under 50 copies. Deko got involved from about the third issue as he had access to a photocopier. They split the workload, about 15-20 pages each, filled with lyrics and images.
Raw Power was produced by Steve Rapid of the Radiators from Space. It lasted two issues, the second issue (in June 1977) containing the first ever interview with Derry band the Undertones.
Dave Clifford's excellent fanzine ran for 15 issues [I'm looking for issues 1, 12 and 13.]
Niall McGuirk's fanzine.
Acclaimed punk documentary made in Northern Ireland in 1978-79 by John T.Davis.
The film was set to debut at the Cork Film Festival in 1979 but was banned at
the last minute. This ludicrous decision is indicative of the public hysteria
surrounding anything associated with punk rock at that time. Davis travelled to
Cork anyway and the film had its debut at the campus of UCC. A crowd of over
1000 turned up to see the film and sets by Rudi and the Outcasts. The film was
then re-instated in the festival programme. I finally saw it around 1984 thanks
to the film society in Trinity.
See here for Brian Young's recollection of the film.
The film has yet to be released officially on DVD. A bootleg edition (above) exists but it excludes all appearances by the Undertones. This was probably taken from a Channel 4 UK television broadcast which removed this material at the request of the band (replaced by ???) Bootleg, downloadable versions of the original film are findable online.
Davis shot two other NI punk related films:
"Protex Hurrah" and "Self Conscious Over You" (Outcasts).
See the relevant band pages for more details.
A portrait of Good Vibrations supremo Terri Hooley. I haven't seen it but it's reputedly a little one-sided. Not commerically available.
Produced and directed by David Heffernan, who was responsible for pretty much all decent
rock music coverage on RTE in the 1970s & 1980s via Aspects of Rock and Sight & Sound (?)
among others. Unfortunately this 3-part documentary series wastes far too much screen time
genuflecting at the usual suspects, interrupts proceedings far too often for the exceedingly
long-winded Niall Stokes to state the bleeding obvious, and chooses it's subjects based on a
criteria of pop success (especially, in typical small country syndrome fashion, success abroad)
rather than musical innovation. Even so it includes some fascinating fragments from the 77-83
era. Will RTE ever release a multi-disc box set of everything the producers left out? Of course not!
From a Whisper to a Scream was released on DVD in 2001 and more recently re-released as "Out of Ireland - From A Whisper To A Scream."
Shows like SBB Ina Shui (1976-83) and The Late Late Show regularly
had live or mimed performances. Everyone remembers the Prunes on the
Radharc (I think) did one episode about the effects of music on teenagers; the opening sequence was footage of Rory Gallagher playing "Messing With The Kid" at the National Stadium. It also included a section on punk in the North, including clips of the Outcasts... and one punk talking about his pain threshold. Is this all my imagination or did anyone else see this?
If you're waiting for RTE to make a DVD of this material YOU CAN FORGET IT. RTE's idea of raiding the archive is something like Reverb -- snippets of footage with some irritating American (Des Bishop) providing 'humorous' voiceovers, plus lots of current day comedians and other talking heads talking over the footage in ironic tones, telling us how great (or awful) the bands were, in a misguided attempt to make it relevant to todays kids or somesuch, rather than letting us watch the footage for ourselves.