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Friday, August 18, 2006

Blur Zine - Number 1, page 32

(Note: if you stumble across this accidentially, please start at the bottom, waaay down below.)

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Drawings by Kristi. Thanks for checking this out...comment liberally if you want to! Blur #2 will be posted a a few days, give or take a few days...

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I shoulda put dates with the cities...I had that info.

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Ah yes, the end of the interview - and the ish! I had a small problem spelling "subterranean" back in the day.

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Conversation starts to pick up...

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Sid Grid busting out the Soft Cell! I think it was sarcastic...I think...

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Good line by Mark about "Bad Brain." Wow, some disparaging remarks about Thumbs, with a two-line whiteout during the commentary! (I honestly can't remember what was said.) (sure, sure.-Ed.) I remember the interview was going nowhere when Lippy - chunky red head British lad - walked in.

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Good job by Mark keeping the RR's on task. $250 seems like a lot compared to other bands in the mid-late 80s that would get ripped off by other venues...

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Here's some good stuff. I wonder if said Jeff Greenberg would ever find this?

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Random discussion...

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Red Rockers interview, continued from page 7. Note my standing up for KJHK!

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This is classic. In retrospect, I've should've charged more than 75c for stuff like this! April 10, 1982--the first time I saw a serious slam pit in Lawrence! I talked to HR while he was sitting in the drivers' seat of the van--it was backed up inside the OTWH entrance, where the Bottleneck entrance is now. The band was staying in town, and I gave HR my phone number, but he never called the next day...

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Get Smart was (along with the Embarrassment) the premier "alternative" band in Kansas. As you've already seen, they were the centerfold for this ish, and typically drew 500-600 locally. Over the next year and a half, they moved to Chicago and slagged Lawrence in "Provisions," a zine out of Tulsa, OK. You'll see this progress thru the ensuing pages of BLUR.

(I forgot they covered "Nausea," the X song!)

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Yes! Here's the meat of this and every other issue of BLUR - the live reviews section. I loved this review. I completely slagged (the 80's term for "dis") Start, although their lead singer, Shawn Kelly, was (and is) a friend of mine. I wish I did more live reviews...

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Ah yes, the first BLUR centerfold!

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Wow, I forgot all about "Mask!" I sold that record to Exile some twenty years ago, I guess.

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More Joy Division obsessions. Trust me, it may not seem like it, but I never had Ian Curtis wallpaper.

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Sid Gridley shows off his musical expertise in his Stranglers review. Sid, er, Mark, was bassplayer in a number of bands, including the "Ones" who featured future Grammy-nominated rock star Chuck Mead on guitar.

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"...sit on your thumbs..." - obviously a dig at many Lawrencians who, back then, thought the best band in Lawrence was the largely mediocre band "Thumbs." I crack me up!

Can I get off the Joy Division tip already??!!

Gridley comes in to save the day. In the 1981 Lawrence High yearbook, he's listed as "Sid Gridley."

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More Factory obsessions - ACR and Joy Division mentioned in a Flipper review! "Album Generic Flipper" was one of the first few records that eventually cured my of my Anglophilia. I still think the "Pete Shelley-meets-Jello" description is spot-on!

I subconsciously created page-turner suspense with the last line on this page!....

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The Factory obsession in full tilt. I even mention Ian Curtis in a Fall review!

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The Shell Shock 7" is another long-lost disc that now sells for about $50-70 on ebay. I think I loaned it out and never got it back. I don't know.

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Ah yes, the first sign of my "Factory" obsession. A carryover from reading too much of TKA's "Offense" fanzine.

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For those of you whom the name "Mark Gridley" might ring a bell, he is the younger brother of Lawrence resident and historian Karl Gridley (who wrote the text for the John Brown plaque at the Free State Brewery, among other things.) Mark and I traveled to the Virginia Inn on 6th Street for this interview. The Red Rockers stayed in town for a couple days after their gig, and went to the Bad Brains gig the next night.

I promise - in future issues there are fewer typos and less haphazard layouts!

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That last paragraph made me laugh out loud when I re-read it yesterday. Man, I was really hard on Laurie Anderson. I wish I had that flexi now - I bet it'd fetch at least $50 on ebay!

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Ah yes, Raz, aka Mark Rasmussen, kickin' it up. I forgot, "lomehounds" was his favorite descriptive term for idiots - must be an East Coast thing. The paranthetic "-Ed." comments was a style lifted from the Offense fanzine--as was the handwriting and review formats.

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Notatum: the address no longer works. This was my parents' PO Box (keep in mind in April 82, I was still a senior in high school!) and they kept that box open until 1990. Although BLUR quit publishing in 1983, I received records, zines, and promo materials up until the PO Box was closed out in 1990.

Notice the "kalendar" with out-of-sync dates. I guess I gave more importance to certain shows back then. Although I KNOW I went to the XTC show, I cannot recall any part of it, for the life of me.

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"Progressive/regressive music scene"--HAHA!!....I learned a lot from other zines of the time that were quite responsive to readers, and I planned to keep that tradition going. Problem was, I hardly got any letters worthy or printing. Most of 'em were "How's things going in the cornfields??"

Over the ten-issue life of BLUR, I probably made about two thousand or so dollars, but spent more than that, easily in production and priniting costs.

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Here's the inside cover:

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Yep, I was an asshole from the get-go. This page is proof. The eagle at the bottom of the page represented, to me, freedom of MY press, and was a leftover visage of my childhood coin-collecting days. I think it's nice I got in shouts for Bill Rich, Dave Stuckey, and Kenny Fulk in the first issue, page two! I wanted the zine to come out every three weeks--and held on to that schedule as far as issue 2, which came out May 8, 1982. But that's later.

This is the Blur You Don't Know...

Hello y'all, and thanks for checking out my Blur-Zine-Blog, where I scan pages from my original zine--BLUR, which ran from April 1982 to November of 1982, with a final issue released in 1997.

Starting now, I will post scans of every page of every issue. Commentary will appear below each scan. Hope it all turns out okay.

Disclaimers: I stand behind everything I wrote back in 1982 or 1983; keep in mind though that I may have changed or altered my opinions since then.

Also, most all addresses printed on these pages probably don't work anymore.

Here we go...here's the front cover to Blur Fanzine Number 1, April 17, 1982.

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I wanted Joe to create artwork that would fit the front cover "right side up." He did not oblige; since no-one else did any artwork for the cover, I went with Joe's submission. 75 cents--an outrageous cover price, but I was shocked when I gave 20 to Exile Records, and a week later 17 of them sold! First issue "print" run: aprx. 75 copies.