Party Fears

Party Fears was a Perth indie rock fanzine that ran from December 1985 to March 1993. It was the king of the scene, which says more about the scene than the zine. Award-winning, no less. I thought it would be nice to put copies up on the Web for posterior's sake*.

Press: 1994 interview in Woozy; something in the Telegraph-Mirror in late 1994, here's my answers to their questionnaire.

The issues of the zine were 1–7, 9–11, 11½, 12–16, 16½, 17, 18 and 18½. 8 didn't exist and 18¾ and 19 never did come out. (But see the fragments.)

What am I doing these days? Rocknerd! Not quite the same level of endeavour, but it keeps me off the streets.

I have vague dreams of scanning most of what's left of my Australian fanzine collection. If you have such a collection, there's no reason you couldn't do that too. I'll even put 'em up. I think the world needs B-Side. Thankfully Inner City Sound is in print once more.

After an appeal in 2003 for scans, I secured copies of almost all issues in 2004. Special thanks to: Jo Hoetmer (who also let me use her scanner), Helen Ardente (my mother, who paid my airfare to Perth) and Shirley Gerard (my mother, who kept the old copies). And Nick Potter, who decided I was being a slackarse and so sent me scans he'd done, including the long-lost #16½ (w00t!), Aaron Curran (#6) and Adrian Butcher (#17).

(Most annoying thing: #11½–18 were done on computer. Thinking there would be no use for the files ever again, I erased them as I went. Three years later, I discovered the World Wide Web. Bugger.)

David Gerard.

* © Kim Williams