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THE FEBRUARY 1979 



PUBLISHED MONTHLY BETWEEN 
ISSUES OF "THE PIG PAPER" 



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NEWSLETTER 

P UBLISHER : GARY PIG ( 

70 COTTON DRIVE. MISSISSAUGA 
ONTARIO. CANADA. L5G IZ9 



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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 




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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 



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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 



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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 
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Never qive Up!) are busy playtm the Teen Aqency cfrbufr 

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I say Still Bullshit?)... . .Pave mvesJsiMP&sAucER 
beqin shootchq-frntr rlrsf semi-jecrturt- letmh -flick 
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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?) 



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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. 



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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?