"I used to believe everything I read, but thats all changed cos now I'm STEPPING OUT" The Fall, 1978.
Sept 82- shockingly poor printing c/o the gestetener at walker communty centre features: 16 A5 pages on our own (B.R) and best friends(R.C) band, news on the music collective,'problem page' etc. thrown together in no time.
Stepping Out 1
Oct 82 - even worse print job than issue one, features a couple more bands from music collective - Jet Set Danse and Illegal Sane , review of a trip to see Crass in
scotland, 'eating meat is sick' centrespread, and er.. thats about it - another shortie.
Stepping out 2
Dec 82 - moved on up to A4 size and 22 pages now - local band interview with Mannequin and the Natives and local standup poet Nod, coverage is mostly falling out of the punk bracket musically at least, the attitude however was in abundance, plenty of articles, rants and poetry and an interview with the Damned, check out the cartoon Capt Sensible drew for us!
Stepping Out 3
Early 83 - 32 pages, still using the duplicator , this one at benwell resource centre, home of many northeast zines, you had to burn the page image onto a carbon sheet, the ventialtion was poor in the printroom and you would usually emerge with some kind of toxic high haha. anyway - this issue sees us casting the net somewhat, there were a few friends helping out by now with different tastes which is reflected here. local band ints with the Abductors and Suspicions Confirmed, and more Nod. northern anarcho bands Alternative Heretix BC and The System. Sex Gang Children, Durutti Column and an exclusive with Alexei Sayle! Malcom Mclaren interview too - no shit! we were hob-nobbing around the set of 'the tube' by this time haha. Hunt Sabbing report , Greenham Common. New Years Eve 1982, while many other teenagers were out getting smashed and getting lucky , what were we doing - devizing the 'tuck charts' !
Stepping Out 4
Summer 83 - 32 pages, proper printing, various colours. Final issue and finest moment. 'Jefferson Moonflower' (not his real name) was fully co-ordinating the zine by now, he'd somehow got a loan/ grant so we could step up our game, 600 copies! when it all fell apart we had the bank chasing our debt up for years, anyway - some ambitious multicolour layouts and reductions still means you cant quite read all of it - despite that it is still crammed full! locals interviewed: Freak Elecric, Illegal Sane and the editors of Viz Comic, w/ exclusive artwork they gave us! We went to school with them and they were still signing on at this point! also actual down south anarcho band The Mob, Nico (from Velvet underground!), and Akimbo along with zillions of articles, poems, drawings and STUFF.
Stepping Out 5
Looking back the zine might not (musically at least) fit into what people may define as a punk zine (such as Have a Good Laugh, Still Dying, Testament of Reality etc.) Like we give a fuck! haha