There was a time when I would have point-blank refused to let pages from my fanzines see the light of day for a second time, as looking back on my efforts has routinely induced a muscle-wearying degree of wincing embarrassment. But it’s the distant past now and I offer what will be an ongoing selection in the spirit of cultural archivism and with lately-found affectionate amusement at my eighteen year old self.
So this was the cover of my first fanzine, published in the autumn of 1986. Bear in mind it was printed on a shade of yellow considerably brighter than the curd of the titular pie.
An Ivor Cutler song supplied the line ‘I’m happy and I’ll punch the man who says I’m not!’ John Peel would have been playing lots of Ivor around that time and I would have been listening most evenings to John.
That’s Cathal Coughlan of Microdisney in the top-right hand corner, showing that already there was a battle for my soul going on between the forces of throwaway pop and the serious, literate, built to last stuff.