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.
For a sample of Perth music of 1986, here's MP3s of The Attic Tapes, Cherrytop's 1986 cassette compilation. Includes that photo of the Red Parrot, by me.
Other early music journalism by me: some stuff in X-Press (as David Gerard or Mark J. Smith), Juke (same) and I forget if RAM actually printed anything by me (though I did pitch them). Also for No-Name/Seed (VUT student paper) in 1995-1996. All this is lost — but if anyone has dusty clippings collections, please do send 'em my way!
- #1 (December 1985) — Interviews: Arcane Delights, Holy Rollers, Lighthouse Keepers, Easter Records (written by Kim). Live: Nick Cave, Holy Rollers, Los Lobos, Lighthouse Keepers. Not bloody bad for a first effort, if I say so myself.
- #2 (February 1986) — Interviews: Jim Fisher, Stems, GangGajang, Indirekt, Marigolds, Comedy of Errors, Doug Thomas/Greasy Pop/Spikes, The Perfect Travelling Companion. Live: Homecoming, United Rock (Statues In Motion, Arcane Delights, Open Wound, Caught In The Act, Mutants Of Desire, Lick The Lizard, Femme Fatale), Kryptonics, Pride and Punishment, Marigolds, Hoodoo Gurus, Bamboos, Violent Femmes, assorted Sydney bands.
- #3 (April 1986) — Interviews: Go-Betweens, Swamp Monsters, King Pig, Kryptonics, Bamboos, Violent Femmes, Triffids, Ze Vooden Box. Live: Love Pump, Kryptonics, Marigolds, Swamp Monsters, Bamboos, Kno Matter, King Pig, What Katie Did, Go-Betweens, Rabbit's Wedding, Nico and the Faction, Holy Rollers.
- #4 (July–August 1986) — Interviews: Rabbit's Wedding, Marigolds, Greenhouse Effect, Holy Rollers, Fallen Angels (later Palisades), Hunters & Collectors, Love Pump, Stems, Steve Kilbey/Church. Family tree: Stems/Go-Starts/Bamboos/Kryptonics. Live Original Music Awards, Johnnys, Bamboos, Saints, Marigolds, Rabbit's Wedding, Creepers, Hunters & Collectors, Stems, Fallen Angels, Seven Dead Astronauts, Kim Williams, Catherine Wheels (Charlotte's Web), Holy Rollers, Saints, Kno Matter, Jeff Lowe, The Watermelon Boy, Errol Tout, Greg Dear, Kryptonics, Waltons, Homecoming, Greenhouse Effect, King Pig, Swamp Monsters, Arcane Delights, Jackals, the Moment.
- #5 (late 1986) — Interviews: Paul Kelly (just before fame), Martha's Vineyard, Flamin' Groovies, Died Pretty, John Needham/Citadel Records, Errol H. Tout, Blue Ruin, A Company Of Angels, Waltons, Gravybillies. Live: Go-Betweens, Martha's Vineyard, Waltons, Gravybillies, Cramps, Kno Matter, Died Pretty, Kansas City Killers, John Cale, Holy Rollers, Summer Suns, Charlotte's Web, Homecoming, Bamboos, And An A, Errol H. Tout, Kryptonics, Greenhouse Effect, Memento Mori, Blue Ruin, Lubricated Goat, Rabbit's Wedding, Femme Fatale, Lick The Lizard, Mutants Of Desire, Steve Tallis Unit, The Moment, But I Love You Loves, Heretic Asylum, Long Tall Pitchforks, Emerald Ice, Los Mescaleros, Swamp Monsters, Marigolds, Comedy of Errors, King Pig. PDF of the whole thing (20MB) courtesy Nick Potter.
- #6 (March 1987) — Psychotic Turnbuckles, David Nichols, Deadly Hume, Die Monster Die, Headonist, Jackals, Kryptonics, And An A, Homecoming, The Fate, Painters & Dockers, Kim Williams, Huxton Creepers. Family tree: Scientists/Victims/Hoodoo Gurus (Salmon/Faulkner/Baker). Live: Garry Meadows Syndrome, James Baker Experience, Greg Dear, Watermelon Boy, Homecoming, Bamboos, The Moment, Stolen Picassos, Swamp Monsters, Greenhouse Effect, Kryptonics, Freuds, Holy Rollers, Charlotte's Web, Scarlet, Stems, Johnnys, Die Monster Die, Perfect Strangers (yes, really), And An A, Blue, Pontiac Conspiracy, Bacen Assegai, A Company Of Angels, Never Never, Kno Matter, Screaming Blue Messiahs. Scan courtesy Aaron Curran.
- #7 (October 1987) — Kansas City Killers, Freuds, Rabbit's Wedding, Sunset Strip, Greg Dear, New Order, Stu Spasm/Lubricated Goat, Lime Spiders, Pontiac Conspiracy, Diddywah Hoodaddys, Triffids (Garry Meadows Syndrome), White Cross, Nigel Harford/Stray Tapes, Caterwaul. Live: Lime Spiders, Remains, Scarlet, Pilgrims, Bacen Assegai?, Kansas City Killers, Kryptonics, Beautiful Losers, Marigolds, Freuds, Lincolns, Stolen Picassos, Reels, Rapture, Box The Jesuit, Die Monster Die, Warumpi Band, Damned, I Hear An Army, New Order, And An A, BlueJackals, Painters & Dockers, Palisades, Kno Matter, Freuds, King Pig, Star Club, Paul Kelly, Hoodoo Gurus, Cockroaches, Creepers, Chad's Tree, Charlotte's Web, Circle of Confusion, Bamboos, Pilgrims, Newsbreak, Errol H. Tout, Rockets, Love Pump, Passionfruit Club, Martha's Vineyard, Rabbit's Wedding, Scientists. PDF of the whole thing (25.7MB), courtesy Nick Potter.
- #8 — never existed. Robert Brokenmouth's bits ended up in Effigy #1.
- #9 (Summer 1988–1989) — Interviews: Mick Harvey, The Honeys. Family trees: White Cross, Triffids. Live: Exploding White Mice, Waltons, Marigolds, And An A, Bed Of Roses, Caretakers, Charlotte's Web, Crazy Jane & the Bishops, Cremator, my 21st, Holy Rollers, Jesus and Mary Chain, New Tradition, Kryptonics, A Month Of Sundays, Neptunes, Screaming Tribesmen, Seventh Seal, Sunnyboys, Miscreants. PDF of the whole thing (50.5MB) courtesy Nick Potter.
- #10 (Autumn 1989) — Interviews: Kryptonics, Summer Suns, A Month Of Sundays, Neptunes, Kim Salmon (Scientists, Surrealists, Beasts of Bourbon and solo), Sunday's Child, Rainyard, Mick Harvey, Widdershins, Waterfront Records, Hunters & Collectors (early days), Purple Hearts, Peter Hartley. Family tree: Marigolds/Neptunes, Love Pump/Waltons. Live: Marigolds, Black-Eyed Susans, The Fat, Beasts of Bourbon, Hessian Sax, Fungus Brains, Sonic Youth, Screaming Believers, Henry Rollins Band, Honeys, Rainyard, Month Of Sundays, Joe Christmas (Healers). PDF of the whole thing (8.9MB) courtesy Nick Potter.
- #11 (Summer–Autumn 1990) — Interviews: Celibate Rifles, Ed Kuepper, Rabbit's Wedding, Black-Eyed Susans,Martha's Vineyard, Greg Dear and the Beautiful Losers, This Is Serious Mum. Live: Rabbit's Wedding, Triffids, He Dark Age, Errol H. Tout, Neil Young and the Lost Dogs, Caretakers, Childlike Primitives, The Fish John West Reject, Fur Versions, Healers, Kryptonics, Rainyard, Kim Salmon, Thrombus, Summer Suns, X, Raindogs, Beasts Of Bourbon, King Pig. PDF of the whole thing (16.4MB) courtesy Nick Potter.
- #11½ (Summer 1990–1991) — Several pages of news items on every Perth indie band I could think of from 1990. Zine reviews. Why live musicians need to join APRA. PDF of the whole thing (1.6MB) courtesy Nick Potter.
- #12 (Feb–Mar 1991) —
Interviews: Crabstick, Chevelles, Charlotte's Web, Someloves. Live: Ed Kuepper and Mark Dawson, Dave Graney and Dave Last, Black-Eyed Susans, Björn Again, Black Velvet, Not Drowning Waving, The Fish John West Reject, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.
PDF of the whole thing (6.7MB) courtesy Nick Potter.
- #13 (Apr–May 1991) — Interviews: Healers, Greasy Pop Records, The Clean. Family tree: "Rickenbacker's Revenge," all the guitar bands that claim to sound nothing like the Triffids or Stems. Live: Kylie Minogue, Wild Pumpkins At Midnight, Rob Clarkson, Blue Jesus, Dazey Chayne, Beekeepers, Body Motors, Five Alive, A Month Of Sundays, Greg Dear's Butterfly Collection, Errol H. Tout, Killjoys, A Band Named Sue, Orange, Dave Mason and Paul Johnson, The Plague, Violinda, Ratcat. PDF of the whole thing (3.3MB) courtesy Nick Potter.
- #14 (June–July 1991) — Interviews:
Bastards, A Terminal
Posture. Live: Kanda Bongo Man, Malombo, Tall Tales And
Hummingbirds, The Pursuit Of Happiness, The Church, A Month Of Sundays,
The Brautigans. Records: Breaknecks, Phil Bennett, New Salem
Hunters, Devil Dogs, Liquor Giants, Moving Targets, The Original Sins,
Red Planet Rocketts, True West, Pray TV, Roger McGuinn, A Terminal
Posture, Jack Frost, Jello Biafra, Lard.
- #15 (Aug–Sep 1991) — Interviews: Healers, Plunderers. Family tree: "The Jagged Edge" (1985–1991 hardcore and punk). Live: Celibate Rifles, Water Diviners, Errol H. Tout, Bob's Love Child, Dixie Outlaws, Mars Bastards, Rob Snarski, Waltons, Healers, The Aints, The Fish John West Reject, Falling Joys, Fur Versions. PDF of the whole thing (2.9MB) courtesy Nick Potter.
- #16 (Oct–Nov 1991) — Interviews: Ollie Olsen/Third Eye, The Jackson Code.
PDF of the whole thing (1.2MB) courtesy Nick Potter.
- #16½ (November 1991) — West Australian Rock Music Industry Awards day-after report (originally a letter to Robert Brokenmouth). PDF of the whole thing (290KB) courtesy Nick Potter.
- #17 (Summer 1991–92) — Interviews: Severed Heads, Scarecrow Tiggy. Live: Hunkpapas, Wash, Yummy Fur, Kryptonics, Evan Dando, Pink Fluffy Bunnies, Pool Floatation Device, The Brautigans, Wash, Manic Pizza, West Australian Rock Music Industry Awards. Courtesy Adrian Butcher.
- #18 (Autumn 1992) — Interviews: David McComb, Lurid (Wash), Summer Suns, Third Eye, Rainyard. Live: Sugardaddies, Rust, Mapatassee Raiders, Bats, Goblin Mix, Jean Paul Sartre Experience, The Strange, Chris Knox, Able Tasmans, Henry Rollins, Storytime, Calhoons, Out and Dreaming, Brautigans, A Terminal Posture, Cerements, Cinema Prague, Botticelli's Angel, Prawns With Horns, Total Jesus, Mars Bastards, Bob's Love Child, The Glummens, Killjoys.
- #18½ (Summer/Autumn 1993) —
- #18¾ (Spring 1993) — single sheet ramble as part of split one-sheet with Louise Dickinson from Lemon; never came out, previously unpublished.
- #19 (1992–1994) — leftovers, published here for the first time. Interviews: Ampersands, Dave Graney, Dirty Three, Mardi Picasso, Mustang!, Reichardt (a local prankster), Sonic Youth (1989). Live: 1992 (Perth), Australian Roadfool (my Melbourne and Sydney tour diary, December 1993–January 1994), 1993-94 (Perth, Sydney, Melbourne), reviews (cyberculture as it was at the time, books, records, zines). And Perth news from late 1994.
Vortex was a magaziney fanzine thing put out by Radio 6NR Late Nite, edited by Anna Zanella. There were six issues, from late 1986 until late 1987. Issues four and six included a flexidisc. Scanned by Brad Lambert.
- #1 (Nov 1986) — Errol H. Tout, Severed Heads, Died Pretty, Jonathan Richman (1983), assorted reviews and think pieces.
- #2 (Dec 1986–Jan 1987) — Stems, I Hear An Army, Rabbits Wedding, Watermelon Boy, Marigolds, Kryptonites, Do Re Mi, The Smiths (1983), a thinkpiece on guitarists and a pile of record and live reviews. And the 6NR Late Nite review of 1986, plus the 1986 UltraNative Chart.
- #3 (Mar 1987) — Triffids, Ed Kuepper, Greg Dear, Kno Matter, White Cross, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, Paul Weller (1983), live and record reviews.
- #4 (May–June 1987) — Palisades, Scientists, The Cult, Sparklers, Reels, New Order, Matt Johnson/The The, Errol H. Tout, The Clash (1982), live and record reviews.
- #5 (August 1987) — Durutti Column, A Certain Ratio, Go-Betweens, Stolen Picassos, Gay Marvins, Martha's Vineyard, Weddings Parties Anything, Chad's Tree, Concrete Blonde, local art gallery Beach Gallery, a history of LSD, live and record reviews.
- #6 (Dec 1987–Jan 1988) — Kryptonics, Kim Salmon, Stems, Stolen Picassos, Errol H. Tout, Bacen Asagai, Cremator, Scarlets, Die Monster Die, And An A, 10,000 Maniacs, White Cross, The Cult, the drug Ecstasy, live and record reviews. And the 1987 UltraNative Chart.
B-Side was the zine for Australian indie rock in the '80s. Brad Lambert asked Simon Lonergan and Caroline Birkett about putting these up, got the okay, and is going through the scanning. Coming before the end of time ...
- #4½ (June–July 1984) — Celibate Rifles, True West, J.F.K. and the Cuban Crisis, Clinton Walker on The Next Thing. Live: Huxton Creepers, Saints, Died Pretty. Records.
- #10 (April 1985) — James Baker Experience, Triffids, Lipstick Killers, Saints, Tactics, a New York garage psych roundup, live and record reviews, and Baboon Dooley.
- #11 (June 1985) — Greg (Tex) Perkins, The Shindiggers, Decline of the Reptiles, Eugene Chadbourne, 21 Faces, The Celibate Rifles, Harem Scarem; Melbourne rock'n'roll bands, American noise; reviews.
- #12 (1985) — Scientists, The Eastern Dark, The Stems, Deniz Tek, Behind The Magnolia Curtain, Mark Ferrie, Reactor Records; modern country; reviews.
- #13 (December 1985) — Deniz Tek, Ku Klux Frankenstein, Ed Kuepper/Laughing Clowns, Huxton Creepers, X, Happy Hate Me Nots cartoon, Beach Nuts, Louis Tillett, Itchy Rat; American noise; reviews.
- #14 (early 1986) — Wet Taxis, Porcelain Bus, Feedtime, Ups & Downs, Mick Harvey/Bad Seeds, John Kennedy's Love Gone Wrong; 1985 retrospective; reviews.
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. Particularly after The Harvey and FreakZine. Thankfully Inner City Sound is in print once more.
After an appeal in 2003 for scans, I secured copies of almost all issues in
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