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New SAFETY PIN Punk Magazine Launched

New SAFETY PIN Punk Magazine Launched

Safety PinA brand new punk fanzine/magazine called SAFETY PIN has just launched its first edition.

Complete with a 7” EP of classic 77 punk by Stunt Kites, the magazine is an excellent read throughout and edition one features interviews with Glitter Trash, Arturo Bassick, Cock Sparrer, P.A.I.N., Mau Maus, Cyanide Pills and more.

A selection from the interviews has very kindly been offered to Punk Online as a taster and you can read these below.

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Glitter Trash (Jenna on impressions of Blackpool)

“There is a rumor that Gin flows from your spigots and public water fountains, is this true? It might explain all the fights I saw spilling out from the pubs into the streets when we visited last…just shows you cats have passion and dig drink. I dug your candid questions and openminded attitudes. Blackpool was a worn-out city, reminded me of a US roadside truck stop with greasy door handles and everything run down and broken plus hundreds of poorly maintained hotels filled with dysfunctional families on vacation. I can recall a man telling his wife and kids, almost like pointing out a tourist landmark, that ‘There’s a prostitute’ while I was walking from the Winter Gardens to my hotel room. I told them ‘Your pops still owe me 50 quid from the last go around’, which I didn’t even look back to see their response.”

“You guys also let the kids loose on the streets in August to run amok at all hours. Again, in Blackpool, I walked to that 24-hour McDonald’s to get some food at 3:30am after partying. When I was walking back to my hotel, some kids I figure to be around 9 or 10 years old came up behind me and asked if I was really from Detroit, which I had a ‘Detroit’ patch on my leather, and I said ‘yes’. Then the one kid says, ‘Are you in that festival?’ and I said, ‘Yeah, a band called Glitter Trash’ and I gave them some stickers and badges. Then one of the boys says, ‘Can I touch your baps?’ I said, ‘What the hell are baps?’ And the young girl with them said ‘He wants to touch your breasts’. I said, ‘Here is 10 quid…go back to McDonald’s and hang out and buy some food before you get in trouble,’ and the one kid says, ‘Can we have 20 quid’ so laughing I gave them the 10 quid and said ‘scram’ so they took the money and split…hilarious moment I’ll never forget.”

Cock Sparrer

Your style of punk was something of a trouble magnet back in the day. How badly did you suffer from that?

“We had our fair share of busted up gigs back in the day, some more violent than others. It wasn’t always a political thing. Sometimes it was just the locals objecting to this bunch of London punks coming to their town and giving it large. We spent many an evening getting stitched up in the local A&E after a lively gig in Lowestoft or Telford or somewhere. It got to a stage where we thought someone was going to get properly hurt. You could have a row and get away with it but go back six months later to play again and the local mob is now twice as many as before. And that’s not because you’ve suddenly become more popular. It was because this time they wanted to make sure you got a proper kicking. I remember after one particular gig where Steve had a shotgun pulled on him, we just looked at each other and decided to re-evaluate the situation.”

Arturo Bassick

“My one regret,” he says, “was that I didn’t play on the first Lurkers album.”

So why did you leave?

“To tell you the truth they put booze before anything else. So, we’d book a four hour rehearsal and spend three and a half hours in the pub. It was true punk spirit if you want to talk like that – ‘Oh fuck it, who cares, it’s just a row anyway’. But all the people around us were taking it seriously and they’re the ones who made money out of it. They wanted to ‘make it’. The Lurkers didn’t give a fuck about making it as long as they could have a drink. And I was writing a lot of different songs to what they were doing… I was a bit of an angry young man really, they were lads who didn’t give a fuck. I wrote Mass Media Believer (B side of Freak Show), that was the direction I was going in. They were more, story songs about girls and oddballs.”


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