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 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
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
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
Saturday, August 18, 2012
|Charles Bukowski - Junk Equation|
"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
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.
|Check out the support band for Rat at Rat R (one of Mike's bands)|
"Killer reissue NYC NOISE classic 1985!"
"Noise-rock quartet Rat at Rat R was formed in 1981 by guitarist Victor Poison-Tête. 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."
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.