Monday, October 18, 2010
SUPERDOPE #4 - SUMMER 1992
A few thoughts about this one:
• The contributors this time were Doug Pearson - a local pal who, to this day, is front & center at every single rocknroll show I go to, leading me to believe that for every show I attend (which is one every 6-8 weeks, maybe?) he's holding court at twenty - and Tom Lax, then as now the proprietor of SILTBREEZE records. I wrote the rest. I knew of Lax as a writer first, before he started the label. His stuff was funny, deeply knowledgeable and intensely aware of every sub-movement and sub-sub-movement in every forgotten crawlspace of underground rock, in every nook & cranny of the globe. When he still writes for his Siltblog, which is unfortunately infrequently, it's essential reading. I thought it was a “pretty big coup” that he felt Superdope good enough to lend his name to.
• Though THE BRAINBOMBS interview was the first attention they ever really got in the US or elsewhere (I had been blown away by that “Jack The Ripper Lover” single), I’m not all that happy that I furthered their legacy, such that it is. I’ve come to see this hate/kill/blood music as stunted children’s music. It’s something that underdeveloped twentysomethings appreciate, but like Freddy Kreuger and Che Guevara, also something that is easy,and relatively painless, to “age out of”. When the otherwise right-on Z-GUN magazine, put out by intelligent thirtysomethings/fortysomethings who should have known better, did a frothing, multiple-contributor “Brainbombs tribute” in a recent issue, it struck me as totally preposterous. Smart people, with highly-developed BS detectors, praising a band who sings about mutilation, child rape and torture, like it was somehow bold, daring and shocking. What’s shocking is that anyone could be intellectually stunted enough to still get a thrill off these mental pygmies. Mea culpa. I made a mistake giving these guys any press beyond a record review or two, despite the musical thud of their early 45s.
• 1992 was obviously a very good vintage for raw and exciting underground rock. Looking at the then-new records we covered in this one – Night Kings, Claw Hammer, Sun City Girls, Cheater Slicks, Thinking Fellers, Venom P. Stinger – I’d have to mark this particular year as my “peak” for intense music & record adulation. The stuff we covered was better than in previous issues, and the records we praised are more lasting (“The Woggles” - wha? - notwithstanding).
I’ll be back in a few with the final four issues we published, right here at this URL.
Download SUPERDOPE #4 (this is a big PDF file)
Previous issues you can download and print:
SUPERDOPE #1 – Spring 1991
SUPERDOPE #2 – Summer 1991
SUPERDOPE #3 – Spring 1992