Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Zine Review: Bubblegum Slut

Posted By on Tue, Feb 9, 2010 at 4:00 PM

The UK's Bubblegum Slut fanzine is the premiere publication dedicated to sleaze rock and its various glam offshoots. Editor Alison B. was cool enough to send a copy via Royal Airmail so we could take a look at it, and it's damn fine.

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Sleaze rock is the domain of folks in tight pants, big hair, and a strong yearning for the glory days of L.A.'s Sunset Strip. Appropriately, the cover of this 35th issues of Bubblegum Slut is adorned with the image of a heart-shaped lollipop, and a furry sticker is attached, making this the first tactile-friendly 'zine I've yet to see.

The interior is filled with pictures of men with hair that would drive Farrah Fawcett wild (were she still alive) crammed into pants that the very image of causes my genitals to ache, and more studs and makeup than I thought possible. It seems that every artist in this 'zine falls in line with something said by Jussi of the 69 Eyes:

"When I was a kid dark gothic rock meant Lords of the New Church and The Misfits," comments Jussi. "That's what you listen to when you get drunk and go out partying, but it's still very dark, and now that's my point of view when I look at us being a dark Gothic band."

Every interview is far more in-depth than what you'd expect from a fanzine. Really, aside from how this publication is put together (the photocopy, cut-and-paste, fold-and-staple aesthetic), the interviews with Buckcherry and the 69 Eyes are as well-researched and insightful as anything in a regular magazine like Rolling Stone, but on subjects your "regular" magazines won't touch. It also has the traditional book and CD reviews, as well as some clever and amusing features on tribute bands (I particularly like the scales used to rank them, such as "Chance of Offending") and Sunset Strip groupie Sable Starr.

Oh, and it comes with a free CD, filled with bands of whom I've never heard. It's currently stuck in my car's stereo, which sucks, because it means I can't tell you who does this fantastic cock-rock cover of Blondie's "Atomic." Really -- you might pay £4 shipped for every issue, but you've got a week's worth of entertainment.

If you have a zine you'd like featured, e-mail me at nick.spacek@pitch.com.

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