Distant Violins #1 (July 1982)

An early Christmas gift to end this complex year – the very first edition of Distant Violins (Winter 1982). Featuring The Moodists, The Go-Betweens, Altered Images, Bryce Perrin, Systematics, a meticulously proofread crossword, comics and more. All at the friends’ price of free. Thanks to Darren Vandenburg for the scan. Enjoy.

Distant Violins 1

Distant Violins #4 (Feb-March 1983)

DV 4 has been sourced – thanks to DV fan Darren Vandenburg – and it’s a goodie too – with pieces on The Reels, The Fall and (the late) Patrick Gibson. Also included is David’s reply from Countdown about the ‘progressive’ band, The Go-Betweens.

Distant Violins 4

Distant Violins #9 (1984)

Well it’s been a long time between posts, welcome to the internet. Here’s a goodie, #9 with Psuedo Echo, once-a-Reel Karen Ansell, The Great Unwashed and nothing else mentioned on the cover (but inside, spoiler alert, The Triffids and reviews).

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Everything’s Roses

Related to the Distant Violins publishing empire was this great non-music zine from 1984 called Everything’s Roses – a collaborative work from David Nichols and Megan Edwards. The letters page is killer. Side issue, I also have the original of the cover illustration hanging on my study wall. Nice.

Everything’s downloading Roses

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Distant Violins #8 (1983)

Here we are again, this time with Distant Violins #8. the one “everyone’s talking about”, and no wonder as it comes with a special bonus Tinytown flexi disc.

Articles include interviews with Tiny Town, Zeee Toons and The Triffids, a bunch of reviews (Pel Mel, John Cooper Clarke, Painters and Dockers, Psuedo Echo and The Reels’ superb Pitt Street Farmers mini-lp). There’s also some nice memories of Gaumont Books and Exposure Records via the ads.

Distant Violins #8

Tiny Town Flexi (mp3 files)
Back To The Bow
Big Fish