masterbag

Masterbag (issue #15)

YEAR: 1982
CREATED BY: Ian Cranna and a host of others….
LOCATION: London
SIZE: A4

WHAT’S INSIDE….

I’m not sure if Masterbag (“the news magazine of the independent wholesalers”) counts as a fanzine but it was a welcome alternative to the mainstream music press at the time (along with magazines like ZigZag, Collusion and a few others).

I bought this issue mainly for the Birthday Party flexi disc (featuring an alternative version of “Dead Joe”) that came with it. Cover star Nick Cave and the rest of the band are also interviewed inside….

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Also of interest is a column by Mick Mercer of Panache fanzine….

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The singles reviewed are pretty unremarkable, with the notable exception of “Lev Bronstein” by The Redskins, which is described as “what The Clash might have sounded like if they hadn’t always been such a bunch of Londoners”….

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Nevertheless, there were plenty of excellent records around in the summer of 1982, as demonstrated by the lists of new and imminent releases and imports….

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Masterbag #15 also features Paul Roland, The Del-Byzanteens, Weekend, some song lyrics, lots of charts, a short piece about music biz/football connections, regional news (eg the Wessex Festival & Alternative World Cup was taking place in Bridgewater that month) and more….

It’s interesting to note that a completely different flexi disc was originally scheduled for inclusion with this issue - by Manchester band The Passage - and that the next issue’s flexi disc was by The Farmers Boys.

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my box of 1980s fanzines
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