June Issue 1977
Cover: John Denney of the Weirdos
(Still) Bitchin', Ravin' and Rantin'!
By Claude Bessy
by permission of Philomena Bessy]
Los Angeles...! I am surprised that the real
new wave bands scattered here and there haven't
moved to more attractive locations (NY, Seattle,
Boston, Toronto, anywhere!) where experiments
are a part of the scene and boogie is not the
only sound you can listen to on Saturday nights.
And this is supposed to be the recording capital
of the world! But even this city may wake up
soon. There are new music concerts coming up,
some of the British contigents may visit our
lazy shores, and I have decided not to pack
my suitcase 'til September. Let us wait and
see what the summer will bring.
of status quo, we didn't know we'd be running
head-on into it so soon. You see, it appears
it's just not done to advertise in new publications.
Especially if them publications insist on standing
by what they say and refuse to wink at mediocrity.
How naïve of us! But there are exceptions, companies
who have kept a little sense of adventure, people
who can perceive what's going on a little better
than their computerized colleagues, and some
plain crazies who will try anything new. Hence
number dos, thanks to all involved (and please
remember that when you see a few words of thanks
in these pages, they represent genuine gratefulness
on our part and not the usual pat on the back
SLASH #2 is old news! SLASH #3, 4, 5 are coming, and
can anyone predict what we'll be drolling about by
issue #12? We're about to bring you so much excitement
I don't see how you can stand it! Don't let anyone
tell you everthing will soon be back to normal, by
which they mean boring and depressing. Those days
are over, and there soon will be alternatives to the
general lameness of the scene. Who cares about the
raised eyebrows and the disapproving shrugs from the
reactionary elements that have been controlling parts
of the field. The new music is bursting out, and contracts
or no contracts, record deals or no record deals,
acceptance or no acceptance, it WILL be played and
heard and no matter what, we will be there, and so
will you. Welcome to SLASH, the paper that doesn't
no for an answer!
a few words of advice before we let you dive into
the local and international punkdom extravaganza (okay,
"new wave" for your purists): if you have just
inherited, drop us a word and a check and make sure
your receive the next 12 issues. Then trade in all
those creaky albums you'll never play again for some
NEW sounds. Who knows, boredom might even disappear!"