THE NIGHT MIA WENT AWAY

By Courtney Jerk

In the summer of 1993, at a time when Seattle was the focus of the music world, Mia Zapata was fronting the up-and-coming punk band The Gits. Fiery, passionate, and outspoken, Mia was pegged a rising star by many people. She was known locally, unknown nationally, and in the gritty underground world that she inhabited, she was already a star.

But like so many others before her, Mia Zapata’s life was tragically cut short before she could realize her full potential. On July 7, 1993, Mia’s body was discovered by a streetwalker on a dead end street in the Central Area of Seattle. Continue reading

THE TRIFFIDS: WRONG TURN ON AN UNMARKED STRETCH

By Greg Brooker

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You’re lucky if, during your lifetime, you see or hear a band that really changes the way you see things, or through which you can measure phases of your life. Having grown up in Perth during the 1980s (between the ocean to the west, farm lands and desert to the east), I got to see some really great local (or of local origin) bands. Of these, the band most likely to inspire some of the warmest and saddest thoughts is the Triffids.

I was first exposed to the Triffids through a friend at High School. His older brother had a friend who was in the band and used to see them all the time. Once I heard some of their first releases (the Treeless Plain and the Raining Pleasure Mini-LPs), I was hooked. This was the start of a longterm interest in non-mainstream music. Continue reading

THE SCIENTISTS: SONGS THAT KIM SALMON TAUGHT US

By Greg Brooker

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Before beginning what can only be a fairly inadequate summary of musical genius, I must preface with the disclaimer: “Too much to say, too little time to say it in” (and all apologies to Willy Wonker). Kim Salmon is an Australian musical legend, and he should be to the rest of the world. From humble beginnings in Perth, here is a man who has made and continues to make uncompromising music, has been at the forefront of independent music in Australia for decades, created musical trends (remember ‘grunge?’), and boldly continues to release music that he wants without fear of a fickle population. It’s 1976 when punk arrives in Perth. The Cheap Nasties, Kim Salmons’ group fueled on The New York Dolls, The Stooges, and Jonathon Richmond &The Modern Lovers records are the first punk act in Perth, soon to be joined by other like minded groups such as the Dave Faulkner’s Victims. Perth, and Australian music will never be the same. Continue reading

THE FEELIES: GROWING UP “FEELIE”

By Jon Clayton

Growing up in Haledon, New Jersey, I was pretty oblivious to the fact that my dad was in a band that The Village Voice had called “The Best in New York” just a few years before I was born. I was too busy with your typical childhood activities: baseball, Atari, finding cocaine in front of my house (real classy place, Haledon was). I just assumed everyone’s dad played in a band. Had I known better, I could have ended up like Ozzy’s kid: hanging out with the Hilton sisters, signing really bad metal bands to my own record label, getting hooked on OxyContin. But enough about me and my regrets. The Feelies had a pretty interesting history, complete with your typical band problems (new members) and your not-so-typical activities (only playing on holidays). Continue reading