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My scanning of SUPERDOPE fanzine, which I used to write and put out myself back in the 1990s, continues apace. I’ve already scanned the previous six issues, which were published 1991-1993, and you can download and read each of them here. Here’s the lone issue that came out in 1994, SUPERDOPE #7. It was a small digest-sized mag centered around two in-person interviews I did with the bands Doo Rag and Virginia Dare. The interviews are then followed by a few book reviews and then a whole mess of record reviews. 

Nineteen years later, it seems to read pretty well. I can’t say that I’ve spent a whole lot of time listening to either Doo Rag or Virginia Dare since then, but hey, that’s where my 26-yr-old head was in 1994, and I still like ‘em both. Around this time I was also “running” a small record label called WOMB; you can see on the back of this ‘zine the ad I made for the Monoshock 45 I put out. A few months after this came out, Anthony from Past It Records and I put out a Demolition Doll Rods 45 as well, and that was the end of Womb Records.

Turned out it was pretty much the end of Superdope fanzine, as well – at least for four years. In 1998, I came back and published one final issue of the magazine. Alas, it’s the only one I have any copies of anymore, and if you’re interested in it, this post provides some details on how to order it. #7, the one I’m posting here – well, I’m afraid you’ll have to scour the fanzine aftermarket. Or just download it here

DOWNLOAD Superdope #7 (1994)

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This fanzine, SUPERDOPE #8, is one that I put out in 1998, and one of which I still have multiple copies left. I’m selling if you’re buying.

It’s a digest-sized ‘zine with a long piece on my then-favorite 45rpm singles, each individually reviewed and explained. You can get a sense from the cover of what kind of music we’re talking about here. The magazine also has reviews of then-au courant rocknroll acts as well.

Only $3 to US residents ($4 Canada, $7 rest of world), via Paypal, to jayhinman(at)hotmail(dotcom). Make sure you provide your address to me there and I’ll wing one out to you right away.

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THE CHARALAMBIDES were  – and may very well remain, for all I know – a Houston-based band who continued well into the ‘00s after putting out a number of self-released tapes and records, as well as a much-hailed series of experimental psychedelic/folk LPs on Siltbreeze. I actually got to know the band’s Christina Carter via mail back when she was Christina-something-else, and working in a record store in Austin. She and her later-husband Tom Carter showed me a fantastic time in Houston once around 1994 or so when I was visiting on a business trip; taking me to an Indian restaurant, playing me records at their house and then drinking on the lawn at Rice University. Almost – almost – made me want to move to Houston, for about five minutes. 

For years my favorite thing by them has been this 5-minute accordion instrumental that was almost a throwaway near the end of a side on their “Historic 6th Ward” LP from 1994. It’s called “Now The Day Is Over”. Let it lull you into a pleasant chin-on-hands stupor.

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Let’s revisit the awesome THINKING FELLERS UNION LOCAL 282, a band seemingly and unjustly lost to the 1990s and barely remarked-upon for the last decade and a half. At one point this San Francisco quintet were one of the most inventive, loopy and dissonantly fun rock and roll bands around. 

This is “Sister Hell” from their first full-length album, “Tangle” from 1989. 

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The Mummies 1991 on Flickr.

One of my all-time favorite live music photos, and it was taken by super-photographer Nicole Penegor for my SUPERDOPE fanzine in 1991. The Mummies were playing live at the DNA Lounge, which was the first and last time I ever saw a show at that venue.

I hope I’m not bumming anyone’s high too much by declaring that I find this band to be extremely overrated and posthumously very uninteresting. Supercharger all the way, baby.