Sunday, November 02, 2008

DIGGING UP THE PAST: Made at Lehigh University, Chainsaw fanzine

Chainsaw fanzine, #5

Punk rock-loving bloggers can always be counted on as archivists.

Chainsaw fanzine was DD's first and only stint as a pamphleteer. Made and duplicated at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA, in the early Eighties, you could get it by mail-order or at Play It Again Records on the south side of town. My ex-wife was its "editor and a half," as she has told me.

She also did all the art, including the covers, which always took a good deal of time and care. If there is credit to be handed out for them, it all goes to her.

Issue number five's cover was originally posted here.

"I don't know how many issues these guys put out, but the cover is badass," the poster writes.

Good for a T-shirt pattern, I think.

Hmmm, how many issues of Chainsaw were there? I no longer remember. Not many, though. The last issue had the symbol/decal for the band Chrome on its cover. So if someone has that, look for the number. However, sometimes we failed to put them on the issues. Oops!

DD no longer has any of these old things. They were stored in Pine Grove, Schuylkill County, and left behind when the move was made to California. When dementia took down bad ol' Mom, she threw them out.

It was never much trouble to sell through the runoffs of the fanzine. The biggest publishing job might have been as large as a couple hundred, max. A surprising number went out-of-state to record distributors in Maryland and California. Others were sold at the local record store.

Chainsaw led to Play It Again Records expanding its inventory to include indie vinyl. It had been a local chain of two stores, primarily dealing in used classic rock. I bought many records at PIA and interested the owner in taking Chainsaws at the counter. At some point I was also able to convince him that some people would probably buy the records reviewed in the fanzine. I put him in touch with one of our distributors and that started the store's sale of independently made vinyl, which naturally encompassed the punk rock scene in the States and overseas.

Issue 6, cover originally posted here.

The above was a conflict of interest: My noise band, Senseless Hate, for the cover illustration.

Senseless Hate 'Mechanical Death' cassette, 1982. About one hundred were made, all given away. Who would buy them?

Reviewed by Jeff Bale in Maximum Rock 'n' Roll


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Anonymous musicobsesion said...

it is really amazing that we can see vinyl records on our store selves now

1:20 AM  
Anonymous Joe said...

You don't have any of those Senseless Hate tapes left, do you? I remember listening to The Kid with no Head and laughing my ass off.

6:01 AM  
Blogger George Smith said...

Nope, all gone for decades.

7:22 AM  

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