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.
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.
Plays With Marionettes, The Triffids, Zee Tunes, Tiny Town, The Particles, The Church “and much more than you bargained for!” (which includes The Celibate Rifles, The Clean, Sneaky Feelings and whatnot.)
It’s DV #6 – The Moodists, Bring Phillip, The Frontier Scouts, even more Go-Betweens and the adventures of Dwight Planxty and the Deaf Squirrels. It’s all here.
We have to skip DV#4 as I don’t have it. See the DV Page for the others I’m looking for.
#5 is the subtitled The Curse Of the Go-Betweens with a feature interview, an article on The Curse, live reviews (The Birthday Party, Corpse Grinders, The Scientists), a crossword and comics.
We’re back for more with Distant Violins #3, the self-proclaimed “absolutely fab issue” with Hunters & Collectors, MEO 245, David Chesworth, the second part of the articles on The Birthday Party (“part II and still not over”) and The Fall, more reviews. There’s also “not much else”. Enjoy.
For the first time ever, as far as I know, TOYTOWN is making David Nichols’ fanzine Distant Violins available in PDF form, free to download.
Apart from a super cover illustration #2 features articles on the red Crayola’s Epic Soundtracks, Plays With Marionettes, People With Chairs Up Their Noses (now that’s a band name) and interviews with The Birthday Party and The Fall. Also reviews, comics and whatnot.
Starting with the first edition I own Distant Violins #2 (August 1982) [pdf file]