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NOTHING DOING, Issue #1 from Spring 1994. It wasn’t a music fanzine per se – in fact it wasn’t one at all. It was published out of San Francisco by Brandan Kearney, who was doing time in Caroliner, The Steeple Snakes, Faxed Head, the Heavenly Ten Stems, The Three Doctors Band and the Totem Pole of Losers. He ran a label called Nuf Sed that put much of this out.

He was even in one good band – a great one, in fact – called World of Pooh, the only band on the list not given to high concept, low return….and the only one in which real meant-to-be-enjoyed songs were written and played. He shared vocal and guitar duties in that band with Barbara Manning, and I hope you know about her. (If not, there’s a terrific discography to mine).

Anyway, Kearney had a pretty unique and wacked vision of the world, informed by weird religious tracts, thrift store records, conspiracy theories and extreme and ahead-of-its-time notions of anti-comedy. NOTHING DOING was the result of that, and it’s definitely worth a read in my house every 5 years or so.

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