I have 4 issues of this zine (edited by a couple living in London); not sure if they did more. According to the dates of some records reviewed the time-period must be 1983-84. Content-wise there’s interviews, scene-reports, reviews and some opinions. The people doing it (Dena & Keith) were very interested in worldwide punk [“Pretty much the first UK zine to concentrate solely on international hardcore and mainly on non-US HC to boot.”] It seems like they opened a small ‘record-shop’/stall (and mailorder) on Portobello Road [market on Saturdays in Notting Hill, London] called Spoilet Records. Don’t know how it went. [“A box of records on a miniscule table.”] I lost contact with them a long time ago. In an article in Maximum Rock’n’Roll I read: “I was swapping lots of great stuff […] with Keith Blakeman of Suicide? No! Murder zine, who was in ‘Suicide’ (the London band on the Beating The Meat LP, not the New York band). Keith […] married Dena of Femzine, who came over from Canada on the first ‘D.O.A.’ tour.”
We (me and 3 friends) were in London and at some gig they heard us speaking Spanish and started to ask things about the punk scene in Spain. If I remember well we agreed to meet up the next day and they brought several copies of their zine for us. We kept in touch for some time via letters, exchanging zines, tapes and info.
#1: Articles, interviews with ‘B.G.K.’, ‘Disorder’, ‘Upright Citizens’, scene-reports (Finland & NJ-NY). #2: ‘Black Flag’, ‘Wasted Talent’, ‘Die Toten Hosen’, ‘La Uvi’, ‘Vulpess’, ‘Squits’, ‘Headcleaners’, scene-reports (Spain, Canada). #3: ‘Lärm’, ‘Power Age’, ‘The Effigies’, ‘Pictish Blood’, ‘The Eu’s Arse’, scene-reports (Basque Country [Euskadi], Norway). #4: ‘D.O.A.’, ‘Scapegoats’, ‘Subversion’, ‘Svart Framtid’, ‘Zyklome-A’, scene-reports (Denmark, Germany, Yugoslavia).
‘Richard Hardcross’, formerly Brigada Criminal zine, Zarautz (Euskadi)
I still remember that London zine… I toured 4 weeks through the UK in 1984 and visited Keith and Dena. I know they were, at least Keith, a bunch of years older then me back then… Very kind and polite people.
Kalle Stietzel, ‘Scapegoats’ drummer, Kiel (Germany)
Often wonder what happened to Keith and Dena. I heard by ’85 they’d lost interest in hardcore and had gotten into 60s garage.
Charlie Mason, Dorchester/Bristol (UK)
‘Subversion’ was a band from Hasselt (Belgium) with scenester ‘Stel’ Steven R. (bass) and his mates ‘Witte’ (drums), ‘Vo’ guitar’ & ‘Unesco’ (vocals). They featured on the Second Time Around compilation-tape (on Dirk Michiels’ Punk Etc., 1983) and the Bollox To The Gonads – Here’s The Testicles compilation-LP (on Marcus Featherby’s label Pax recs, 1984). The tracks were re-released by an American label in 2008…