THE FEBRUARY 1979 PUBLISHED MONTHLY BETWEEN ISSUES OF "THE PIG PAPER" 25 UJOI5p e: HG NEWSLETTER P UBLISHER : GARY PIG ( 70 COTTON DRIVE. MISSISSAUGA ONTARIO. CANADA. L5G IZ9 • 'imtimmupna The Diodes, who came to life two years ago in the basement of the Ontario College Of Art in Toronto, played their Farewell (To Canada) concert in that same cellar on the night of January 26. Two weeks prior to this swan-song, Epic Records Of Canada, who signed the quartet to an exclusive recording con- tract in August 1977 and released their two singles and album, dropped The Diodes because, according to the com- pany's director of artistic development (?) Joe Owens, "The band has not lived up to its potential in terms of the market we'd originally envisioned for it in this country". Those on The Diodes' side of the fence insist that Epic was totally inept at promoting and marketing Diodes discs, and the poor sales which resul- ted were Epic's fault, not the band's. The Diodes also claim that their latest release, last summer's "Tired Of Waking Up Tired" single, received favourable critical and sales reaction in both England and California. Nevertheless, Epic recently scotched a proposed American West Coast tour which could have nicely capitalized on "Tired Of"'s success there because, again according to Owens, CBS Records Of America, Epic's parent company, did not deem The Diodes * album suitable for Stateside release. However, the band are, despite break -up rumors Diodes insiders report are being generated solely to help clear the band from its contracts with Epic and their Canadian management firm Franklin House, currently preparing to relocate in London, determined not to let their British acclaim pass unex- ploited. Negotiations are now underway between the quartet and CBS of England who may possibly issue in the U.K. the second Diodes LP, completed many months ago but also judged by Epic to be unsuitable for North American release. Cruelly left high and dry in the Diodes Vs. Epic conflict is the band's long-time champion and publicist Ralph "Bomp-de-Bomb" Alfonso., who told PIG last week, "My last name is spelled A-L-p-H-O-N-S-O. Please make a note of it and spell it right in the future. In case you've been wondering why I haven't been too co-operative, that's why. If you can't even spell my name 1 : Ilit -. • :•' Sag >* • v •• .jIIII l^iw^to 1 WOMB'S AWAY! right, it's obvious you can't do a lot of other things right either. I don't like the nasty things you print about me, especially since they're not true and you get it second-hand from Steven "Mr. Gossip" Davey. In the future, practice good journalism and check things out before printing dumb things. Just because THE PIG PAPER'S a fanzine is no excuse. And what's even harder to| believe is you're writing me letters saying what a great guy I ami Fuck Off! I've been putting out fanzines since 1970. I don't have to prove anything anymore. You still got to prove your credibility". THE MUSIC DIED 20 YEARS ASO MASON CITY, IOWA FEB. 3 1959 (AP) - Three rock'n'roll singers whose records and appearances have stirred millions of teen agers were killed early today in a plane crash near here. The four-place chartered craft carrying the trio and their pilot crashed within minutes after taking off in light snow from the Mason City airport. The victims were Buddy Holly, 22 years old, of Lubbock, Texas; Ritchie Valens, 17, of Los Angeles; J. P. (Big Bopper) Richardson 24, of Beaumont, Texas; and Roger Peterson, 21, of nearby Clear Lake, Iowa, the pilot. The troupe with which the singers had app- eared had played before about 1,100 teen- agers and their parents at the surf ball- room in Clear Lake last night. The Beach- craft Bonanza, chartered from the Dwyer Flying Service here , was to take the three singers to Fargo, North Dakota in advance of the troupe's engagement there tonight. The others went by chartered bus. AT LAST What began several years ago as P.J IMPORTS, a mild-mannered record dist- ribution business based in the Toronto suburb of Mississauga (coincidentally , also the Home Of PIG) has today very much expanded, and given birth to a proud off-shoot: BOMB RECORDS, one of Canada's newest and grooviest rock'n' roll factories. This tough little up-start label , mockingly named in tribute to its in- spiration, Stiff, is the brainchild of exiled Englishman Flying Phil Lubman. Its dual purpose since its inception eight short months ago has been not only to release domestically recordings previously available in Canada only as P.J. imports, but record the wealth of predominately Toronto newave talent that has yet to be recognized (let alone distributed) worldwide. Bomb's first two releases dating back to Summer 1978 are examples of this something old/something new pol- icy: The albums are Bomb #104.5: "SHAPES OF THINGS", a collection of vintage selections by THE YARDBIRDS available previously on the English label Charly, and the debut release by fellow Bri tains-in-exile "THE BATTERED WIVES". Both LPs were enthusiastically received here in Canada, and the Wives record is now grabbing international :«3 raves. Last fall saw long-time Canadian ex-Wacker and ex-Dude BOB SEGARINI be- come Bomb's second local signing, and his titilizing "GOTTA HAVE POP" album resulted. And when Toronto's prized new wave venue The Horseshoe Tavern held its punk-studded goodbye bash last Dec- ember, Bomb was there recording the preceedings . This month , THE EVERGLADES , THE SECRETS, THE MODS, CARDBOARD BRAINS, THE UGLY, DRASTIC MEASURES, and THE SCENICS will be featured on the audio document of that farewell, to be entit- led, after the concert itself, "THE LAST POGO" . Also due in the coming weeks from Bomb, according to their under-assistant promo man (and ex-DJ: see PIG PAPER #8) Dave Daddy Cool Booth, is a 45 by TRUE CONFESSIONS, in which former members of The Curse croon The Shangri-La 's immoral "Give Him A Great Big Kiss", a limited- edition "SEGARINI ON THE RADIO" album, and from the re-issue department, a half dozen LPs of European progressive rock and, in the first fruits of Bomb's merger with Greg Shaw's Bomp label, "THE BEST OF BOMP" album, with cuts by a clump of acts featuring IGGY POP, 20/20, and the luvly FLAMIN GROOVIES. "Basically, we're still building a catalog", explains Booth. "And I can assure you that lots of rock's coming" Better Late Than Never seems to be the style regarding TEENAGE HEAD, the Hamilton, Ontario quartet who have con- sistently fallen behind their newave contenders during the past two years. Recording being no exception; but at last, Frankie, Gord, Steve and Nick are about to bless us with their long- awaited debut LP. The album, to be titled (after much discussion) "Teenage Head" , has a mid- February release date on Epic Records Of Canada, according to the band's mentor Paul "Kash" Kobak of Teen Agency fame. It will contain ten selections, all T. Head- authored, including their Summer '78 near-hit single "Picture My Face" b/w "Tearin Me Apart" plus such time-tested stage faves as "Top Down" and "Lucy Potatoe". Kobak, who prayfully does not forsee a Diodes Relationship between his four- some and Epic, hopes to secure British release for both "Teenage Head" and the single which will be issued in its wake (most likely a cover of the Beach Boys classic "Be True To Your School") . And then what? Kash quickly snapped "A British tour by June or July. Then riches and fame" . Better late than never PI GOSSIPlGOSSIPlGOSSIPIGOSSIPIGQSSlPIGQ^S g = Feb-Mru-finds Canada's kadtm, headline hunterSj-the CO BfiTTEfiEO WIVES, -foiled oath of a choice $pof & CO © 2 a, CO © 2 8 2 icon four . \rlPeRKiNS. The Mves' were all set to hit the road atop Elvis The C's cmf-fails, cam tbw. brand new drummist (last year's skin-healer CLEME ANbERSQN beoathe an ex- BfWjye because he "ooftedupcurfh telnoa dart- board' fa), and 1 test uue'nof forger-the ■first and foremost. Battered Percussion isf- CQLIN THE FVX; stilt hom in Enofand selling shoes to the stars sbuth of-fhe bonder-' reaardiess Q& / T#E,SECRETS&£fr<Wl -fo fate uJfHi buddy mN AYKRoyp^ota, 've "Saturday Nfqht Live" appearance?) a ndJiBPnotS ruma-h booli-mnselves agWEJAM?) THE COPS^ orhmaf.Qmadian RUNAWAYS > faded, to reunite ps WE com mly 2?, isrWft ..?.. Tororrb&other -femme -fhta/es.THE&-&lRLS (the BEATLES to The Curse's fa LUNG, STUN ESb are readuina for a re-emerqerxe on a 33%'RPMdisc between Bowiru honeymoons um their beausTUE DEPp Bo%s. Veierst) PiGPAPER, ' CO 32"» 1 m a g CO CO o 2 CO -R Leffer-To-The-Edt-for ujriters PRPiST/c MEASURES about to become the House Band at Toronto's IcrfesHto-ttie Uoords ofKASH KOBAtO'^Q club" Phase. Two? Would you believe ex- CAP front-man B>A6i ASTERQtfr is Jblrywopd- bound?.* ... i« neither* • ••*<?: Tatso hope therms absolutely NqTruth to -foe rumgrsthat -three other ey- CAJ>S are curferrHu refbrrpinq a^EAST attics Remember NAZI DV^ujhwps,X mean STEVE LECKIE? Well, his NEW V/LETONES r (sotne people Never qive Up!) are busy playtm the Teen Aqency cfrbufr VILET0NEJ5 (alias THE SECRETS) sfFfl pendina for should I say Still Bullshit?)... . .Pave mvesJsiMP&sAucER beqin shootchq-frntr rlrsf semi-jecrturt- letmh -flick "'Here Cbm&Tte Cyborqs" m the steel mills ofrfnetr . hopefavn,ffelbhinT> suburb of tjo:m)tton,dnl l s morrfy — The movie's theme CO Saucer !s second sir CO FORGOTTEN RE~BL _ O McLaren's Wife's Shop Last Summer" HOUSTON, pe~ \en ptactnq-fhe re-ftTlnqJOflN CLEESE as drummisT-.THE Si 'pEBEZ's saon-to-'Be-fbrqot : kn EP due mornentaril • ^"oly Nostalgia l)THE St- are. col g lOu Tfrey say ft sounds like^CHoly NosfalqlaQTHE S&K \ ptSTOLS .... *spenkMQ of nostahia^jfHE CLASH io perform in Toronto's El Mocambc atlKsard that beforel)..... VI0PE5 "si. o p "PAULROBINSQN 7 Crash'n'Born P/0PB5 ty,BQzktoj]ether. As you. ... STEVEN VMW'spostrpisms career isjjgw^duul one^fis ujel(_ [tuns on/i/ a mcrrter^ortime-****-* vi next.monT and remember'' AH. you stars outthere Sjwdin Y<?j>r Views, <*pd Scews!' PtSSHEET Numero 10' B uji I a 91 ^firsr'uei^oTkarchy Wr don't want -jo h$i Hojn< \ke - n uife as muck tvrjhator&i (pst What seude-o famous «8« Wi Pa rt II UpDate Of PIG PAPER «9's Listings! WANNA GET TO KNOW YA BETTER/STARLIGHT/I WANT !*Nov.77..EP. .BOB SEGARINI YOU TO STAY/I'M NOT YOUR FOOL. . (PS) . .ASM AM-452| PICTURE MY FACE/ Jun. 78. .45.. TEENAGE HEAD TEARIN ME APART. .(PS) Epic E4-8273I Aug. 78.. LP. .BATTERED WIVES. .BATTERED WIVES.. (PS) Bomb 70281 Sep. 78.. EP.. THE VILETONES . . .LOOK BACK IN ANGER. . (PS) Razor REP-OOOlJ WHEN THE LIGHTS ARE OUT/ Oct. 78.. 45. .BOB SEGARINI DRESSED IN THE DARK Bomb B-5015J STRANDED IN THE LANEWAY/ Oct. 78.. 45. .THE UGLY TO HAVE SOME FUN. . (PS) Explosion ER-lOlj Oct. 7 8.. 45. .BATTERED WIVES .. UGANDA STOMP /GIDDY .. (PS) Bomb B-50161 Nov. 78. .LP. .BOB SEGARINI GOTTA HAVE POP. .(PS) Bomb 70271 NOV. 78. .45. .THE MODS STEP OUT TONIGHT/YOU USE ME . . (PS) . .Mods MOD-00l| JNB: Item preceeded by * is no. longer available. Titles followed by (PS) •Indicate they were originally issued in picture sleeve. COMMENTS: Everyone [is putting out records in Toronto (note the mini-Xmas Rush '78 chronicled in| [the list above!); subsequently, the novelty (and most often quality) is dim- linishing in general. Toronto's most visible acts have been picked up by the IWeCan'tlgnoreltMuchLonger major labels (well, their Canadian subsiduaries) , land what results is watered-down mush on the whole. The Ugly's surprisingly [scorching 45 is the sole item of the above which captures the vibrancy and I fun of "home-made" rock'n'roll. No Toronto newave recordings have been off- icially released outside of Canada, though negotiations are now underway [which should release in Britain the forthcoming Diodes and Teenage Head LPs. [The top independent Toronto labels (the late Dishes' Regular label and, of icourse, PIG Records) have set up quite effective worldwide self -distribution I [schemes nonetheless, and are at the moment negotiating for foreign licensing] |deals. ON THE BOARDS: Albums by The B-Girls as well as the aforementioned PDiodes and Teenage Head LPs; Singles on their way from Simply Saucer, The Forgotten Rebels, and True Confessions. Demo-tapes are under construction Bright now by The Loved Ones and The Verbs (who, coincidentally , will join 1 forces at Toronto's longest-lasting newave lounge The Beverley Tavern on June 2 8, 29, and 3 for PIG's gala "Brian Jones Has Been Dead For Ten Years" punkstravaganza. Will Mick or Keith dare to show up?) m PIGALLERY NOSTALGIA fROM CAllfORHH WHIMS yg/emelr-rcari r ock scribe is relocating in our veru oum citu soons) ^ g S60DldlSS0DldlS$O9ldl§S0DldlSSO9idlSS0 ^ PIG PEN! PIGUIDE FEBRUARY >7 9 AT THE CLUBS : THE EDGE fchurch & Gerrard, Toronto) 1st - Nash The Slash 2 - 5 - Rough Trade 6 & 7 - The Only Ones 8th - ERW 9 & 10 - Ralph McTell 11th - BB Gabor & Instaband 12 - 14 - Dead Fingers Talk 15 - 17 - Richard Lloyd Group 19 & 20 - Chelsea coming: Ultravox, Police, John Cale THE BEVERLEY (240 Queen St .W. , Toronto) All I keep getting when I call the Bev's booking agent is a dumb pre- recorded message; no info. However, I presume the usuals (Everglades and/or Biffs and the other art-rockers) will be playing here in February. For specifics, call The Beverley your- selves at 598-2434 THE CHEETAH CLUB has gone bankrupt. Plans to have Bomb Records buy it and re-open the club as THE BOMB BAY were foiled due to lack of cash. THE TURNING POINT (Bloor St.W. , Toronto) Whatever happened to Johnny Garbagecan? ON THE ROAD: AVAILABLE FROM PIG SALES: TEENAGE HEAD - Cedar Lounge (London, Ont. ) 7th-10th Duffy's (Hamilton) 12th-14th BlackHawk (Richmond Hill) 15th-17th Rose & Thistle (Dundas) 23rd & 24th THE MODS - Dexter' s (Welland) 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Duffy's (Hamilton) 15th-17th with THE FORGOTTEN REBELS Cedar Lounge ( London, Ont. ) THE SECRETS are also touring in Feb. THE ROTTER'S (Ottawa) 1st, 2nd, 3rd - The Existers 8th, 9th, 10th - Cardboard Brains 16th & 17th - Johnny & The G-Rays !to Announce Your Event In PIGSHEET #10-B,send fo by FEBRUARY 20 f 79 45s and EPs @S2 post inc •SIMPLY SAUCER "She's A Dog" b/w "Change My Mind" ♦TITS "Daddy Is My Pusher" b/w "Glad Elvis Is Dead" ♦MOLLESTERS "Plastic" b/w "I Am" (Keef hates it!) ♦GOD'S HEART ATTACK "Aint No Hooker" b/w "A Doll" ♦FILTH "Don't Hide Your Hate" b/w "Sex" and "Nothing For Me" (EPI) ♦HELMETTES "Don't Care What People Say" b/w"*s2" Fanzines @$1 postage inc. ♦FLIPSIDE Los Angeles' PIG Paper. #'s 9,10.11 (a calender!) and 12 ♦BIG STAR Of Buffalo, NY. #'s 2,3 (Where's Bernie) ♦NEW YORK ROCKER #12 (on sale coz I owe 'em $12) ♦THE PIG PAPER There's Lots More Where This Came From: #'s 3,5,6,8, 9, and 10 going fast! A REMINDER THAT PIG WILL DISTRIBUTE YOUR PRODUCT AS LONG AS WE DON'T LOSE TOO MUCH ON THE DEAL. ************************* For Copies Of All The So Wonderful Canadian Newave Records And Magazines, try ♦RECORD PEDDLER(115 Queen St. E, Toronto) and NEW ROSE (367 Queen E, Tor on to) a************************ IF YOU WANT TO WRITE FOR PIG, YOUR DEADLINES ARE: ♦February 20 1979 for PIGSHEET #10-B ♦March 20 1979 for PIG PAPER #11 (Theme: BRIAN JONES HAS BEEN DEAD FOR TEN YEARS) AND IF YOU'D LIKE TO SUB- SCRIBE TO THE PIG PAPER: ♦A $10 Cheque made payable to PIG PRODUCTIONS gets you a year's worth of PIG PAPER, PIGSHEET, and even PIG RECORDS, plus Back Issues and lots more non sense. Look: Records are getting too expensive. Buy THE PIG PAPER and play old Monkees albums. f MM WRONIO mam -"WBB-n S3.BB ERAHOOPtHIHE! rhtOtoH * 4>BUKM PMEOHEtRTStlMS 1 5 DUNCAN ST. fCEAC BUILDING) BEHIND ROYAL ALEX THEATRE From deep within the fabled PIG Archives, we've unearthed this relic from the Spring of '77: back when safety pins were still in (cheeks and noses mostly) and Glen Matlock was still a Pistol. It's the flyer which was pasted all over Toronto in the dead of night advertising that the basement of the Ontario Liberal Party headquarters had mysteriously (and briefly) become Canada's CBGBs : the aptly-christened Crash 'n' Burn club. For its grand kick-off bill, the C&B imported The Nerves from the sunny south (who just happened to be in the neighbourhood - but, alas, where are they now?) and, fresh from the local art college. The Original Diodes (from L. to R. : John Korvette, now in Johnny's G-Rays; John Catto, before he discovered hair bleach; Paul Robinson, still pretending to be in Ian And The Zodiacs; Ian Mackay, before he learned bass; and John Hamilton, before he joined The Secrets). Ahh, those were the days, right? Remember how we danced all summer? Unfortunately, with fall came the eviction notice and, well, there hasn't been a bonafide Toronto punk club since. Tough tooshie , isn't it?