Junk was a series of fanzines thrown together from 1992 to 1994 by a bunch of over-educated, under-employed, disilusioned and bored slackers. We were the so-called Generation X looking for a clear path ahead where everything seemed pointless and boring. This was a time when music was finally decent after a decade of 80s garbage; a time when new art was plentiful and the term 'grunge' extended beyong music to a lifestyle choice. Junk was started by Nick Klauwers and Alfredo Bloy while they were both bored shitless in England. Soon others - some of them even talented - joined in the fun. Junk was a messy, insulting semi-regular newsletter of sorts aimed at keeping them and their friends around the world amused, if only for a few minutes. A private joke drawn on a napkin. Among the scribbles and bad poetry there is a flavour which tastes totally 90s. Widespread internet use was just a couple of years away. And to cut and paste still involved scissors and Pritt stick.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Jim Carroll

Jim Carroll - Basketball Diaries - Junk Equation

Jim Carroll wrote The Basketball Diaries the story about growing up with drugs and sex and about learning to survive on the streets of New York--once again in print. An urban classic of coming of age.which in the 90s was made into a film starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Henry Miller

Before the Beats but after the so-called Lost Generation was Henry Miller. His novel set in Paris, Tropic of Cancer was something unlike I had ever read before when - I think - Nick lent it to me.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

David Lynch

David Lynch - Junk Equation
David Lynch

Too many films which we dug had cult director and Twin Peaks maestro David Lynch in common, so I decided to feature the man behind the lens himself.
It started with the superbly weird Eraserheasd (1977)- a film I never managed to sit through - to the excellent yet mainstream Elephant Man (1980) and Dune (1984).

Friday, August 24, 2012

Velvet Underground

Lou Reed & Nico '65

Bret Easton Ellis

Junk Equation

First time we heard of Bret Easton Ellis was when we looked for the novel the movie Less Than Zero was based on. Then Nick came back one day when he was living in Brixton with American Psycho, and blew us away.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Charles Bukowski

Charles Bukowski - Junk Equation
Charles Bukowski - Junk Equation
Bukowski's 'Women' and 'Notes of a Dirty Old Man' worth a read for those who like it told as it is. He is a drunk, ugly old womaniser (well he died in 94) which has plenty to say about everything.

"That's the problem with drinking, I thought, as I poured myself a drink. If something bad happens you drink in an attempt to forget; if something good happens you drink in order to celebrate; and if nothing happens you drink to make something happen.”
― Charles Bukowski, Women 

Friday, August 17, 2012


Jack Kerouac - Junk Equation
Jack Kerouac
Perhaps the most famous of the Beats, Jack Kerouac, inspired us as he did so manygenerations before us with his free livin' get out there and live life ethos.


William Burroughs - Junk Equation
Beat Generation author William Burroughs (pictured) wrote the novel Junky, from where Nick and I got the name for Junk. The idea being you'd hate it but would be addicted.

Pablo Honey

Radiohead - Pablo Honey - Junk Equation

Leon poster

Leon movie poster - Junk Equation

OK this didn't influence us at all, but was a cool movie nevertheless.

Alice in Chains



Slacker film

In 1991 Richard Linklater's film 'Slacker' was realeased. With Coupland's Generation X book these were the two works which were said to represent my generation, the generation schooled in the 80s and unemployed, unmotivated and uninspired in the 90s. As a film, I didn't think much about it, but like I said, it was a sign of the times, so needs a mention, if nothing else because it gave birth to the term later used to describe us: Slacker.

Generation X

Douglas Coupland - Generation X - Junk Equation
Generation X is Douglas Coupland's acclaimed salute to the generation born in the late 1950s and 1960s--a generation known vaguely up to then as "twentysomething."

20s breakdown

Soundgarden/Pearl Jam poster

Soundgarden - Pearl Jame - Junk Equation

Rat At Rat R poster1990

Rat at Rat r - Nirvana - Junk Equation
Check out the support band for Rat at Rat R (one of Mike's bands)

Ektro says...

"Killer reissue NYC NOISE classic 1985!"

"Noise-rock quartet Rat at Rat R was formed in 1981 by guitarist Victor Poison-TĂȘte. Originally hailing from Philadelphia, the band soon relocated to New York City's Lower East Side and became one of the highlights of the NYC noise-rock scene. With Sonic Youth, Live Skull and Swans among their contemporaries, the music of Rat at Rat R can best be described as no wave guitar-oriented noise music."


Pearl Jam - Mudhoney - Junk Equationmudhoney biography

By Mark Deming

Nirvana may have been the band that put an entire generation in flannel, and Pearl Jam and Soundgarden both sold a lot more records, but Mudhoney was truly the band who made the '90s grunge rock movement possible.
Mudhoney was the first real success story for Sub Pop Records; their indie-scene success laid the groundwork for the movement that would (briefly) make Seattle, WA, the new capital of the rock & roll universe; and they took the sweat-soaked and beer-fueled mixture of heavy metal muscle, punk attitude, and garage rock primitivism that would become known as "grunge" to the hipster audience for the first time, who would in turn sell it to a mass audience ready for something new.

If easily offended, visit the disney website instead