are excerpts from the seminal Sheffield fanzine, Gunrubber - Sheffield's
answer to London's Sniffing Glue. The fanzine ran for one year throughout
1977 and was the brainchild of Paul Bower and Adi Newton. The fanzine
stopped at the end of '77 as both of them started their own bands
- Paul Bower (2.3) and Adi Newton (Clock DVA). However other budding
journalists continued to publish fanzines, some of whom also went
on to form bands with varying degrees of success.
If you are interested in getting hold of a copy of the Gunrubbers
or you have any information about the fanzines below please email us
1977 paul bower (2.3), adi newton (clockdva)
1977 stephen singleton (vice versa / abc)
martin lacey (they must be russians)
martin fry (vice versa / abc), adi newton (clockdva)
russell senior (pulp)
- 1982 Gary Birchall/Pat Mackle
- written by paul bower from 2.3 and adi newton from clock dva from
jan-dec 1977. reproduced with kind permission of paul bower
1- january 1977
FLOWS THE DON Gunrubber 1
happening in Sheffield, That's what I am asking?
have heard of new ideas coming from London, Manchester and even
Evesham (where?). In London a band like The Gorillas or Eater
play a couple of gigs at some hip club and WHAM NME give them
full page coverage.
Play loud and spit on the audience in Chelsea and all you're likely
to get is a condescending mention in the 'Star', and yet under
the surface things aren't quite as bleak as they seem.
VOLTAIRE' are a Sheffield group based around synthesiser /new
wave music. However they really defy categorisation. All you can
say is they involve elements of humour, electronics, film and
theatre. What's more they are a good bunch of artists. Cabaret
Voltaire have only played a few times, but they have been around
for nearly two years. They used ideas that the Pistols/ Punk clan
made famous. Needless to say when they played Sheffield polytechnic
the students or the management didn't like what they saw. Anyway
Cabaret Voltaire are still moving and I'm sure by the next time
we see them they will have changed their act completely. So keep
your eyes peeled for Cabaret Voltaire.
band, which have split up, but were great fun and lots of laughs
were a bizarre theatrical band called Musical Vomit. These boys
seemed specialised in unturned, loud, raucous music. They played
at the University Drama Studio in 1975, where they started the
show by the lead singer vomiting on top of a 20ft. high scaffolding,
then launched into their first number 'Vomit down the Toilet'
The only other two songs I can remember were a song about masturbation
called 'Self abuse' and one called 'I was a teenage necrophiliac'.
These boys took the piss out of everybody (Hawkwind, Quo etc.)
Their moment of 'Glory' was when they played on a bill at Bath
Arts festival eith Aleberto Y Lost Trios Paranoias. They were
booed of stage and showered in abuse and beer cans by the be-denimed
audience. It is said that they may be back with a new even more
there must be enough people and new wave bands in Sheffield to
join together to hire a hall for a night of music and excitement.
Who knows the 'Daisy'?
might start hiring real bands instead of those imitations, who
have ruined more Saturday nights than I can remember. So if you
have got a band or are interested in contacting other people with
new ideas contact me at The Gunrubber.
CLOCKS (Paul Bower)
2 - february 1977
Interview with Cabaret Voltaire by Paul Bower alias Ronny Clocks
note arrived through our letterbox on Friday which read:
17/2/77 My Place
This is what we need! Hope you get a venue for the bands. Please,
please an article on Cabaret Voltaire in your next ish. We love
Luv Sally and friends
Sally and friends, I really wished you put your address in so
we could have sent you a letter, but anyway here is an article
I met Malcolm (guitar and vocals) and Richard (clarinet, bass
and sax) by accident in the subway last Saturday.
Malcolm arrived late so Richard and I waited around and talked
for a while.
You look pretty shattered.
Yeah. We really goy pissed last night. We went to a pub in Baslow
very strong cider, after 2 pints you don't know what you are doing.
Sounds good. How many did you have?
RICH: Four or five I think.
arrived later with wonderfully bloodshot eyes that matched his
open necked shirt exactly. He wore sporting grey pleated flannels
and a pair of superb snakeskin shoes. His shirt was a red Hawaiian
thing, which he wore with the collar turned up. Over this he wore
an ex USAF suede surfer. The whole effect was set off stylishly
by his gold-rimmed glasses, which he perched on the end of his
nose. After saying Hello Malcolm's first words were:
I could do with a drink. Where shall we go?
suggested we go to the Old Brewery Tap where we continued to talk
three pints of bitter.
Nice pint. This place reminds me of an undertakers.
MALC: Yeah. All pine panelling and tiles, but not a bad place
for lurking in.
ME: How's the group going? Any news?
MALC: Well yeah, Chris has just bought a new synthesiser and a
new rhythm unit
so we don't need a drummer. Mainly we have been rehearsing a lot
and making tapes.
ME: Don't you ever fancy getting a real drummer and doing live
gigs every week?
RICH: Well yeah and no. You see, most drummers we've ever used
have been thick
as tarmac and really boring. They drag the whole thing down and
they usually fancy themselves as Carl Palmer. You know - drum
solos and that kind of rubbish.
MALC: Yeah. They can never keep a steady beat. They usually end
up sounding like
an elephant falling downstairs. You never have trouble with a
ME: How about more live concerts though?
MALC: Last time we played a concert was four weeks ago in Bury.
ME: How did it go?
MALC: (chuckles) Pretty good, I suppose. It was lots of fun, you
see it was at a large
comprehensive school and so we caused a bit of a stir. I don't
think the teachers
RICH: Yeah. The teachers looked very worried, but the kids seemed
to have enjoyed it.
They'd never seen anything like it. It was different.
ME: Did you make any money out of it?
MALC: You are joking. The creeps managed to avoid paying us. We
couldn't even pay the
bloke that drove us over there any petrol money. We have always
been let down
by people. But then again, we are not in it for money, that will
ME: Don't you ever think it would be a good idea to get a group
of new wave bands
together to hire halls and play, splitting the costs and profits?
You know a new
RICH: Yeah I suppose in theory that would be a good idea. But
events have made me
MALC: Rich is right. It sounds good in theory, if everybody is
honest. Yeah. We were
involved with a new music co-op before and that ended up with
them nicking our
ideas, films and some of our tapes. Besides which, they were a
real set of
ME: What do you think of the PUNKS?
RICH: Good. I bought the Ramones album as soon as it came out.
It gets most of my
playing time. Any change is good news. We saw the Damned in Leeds
and they were great. I was very impressed. They have improved
a lot since the first
time I saw them in London. When we saw the Pistols at the Black
Swan last year
we nearly got into a fight with them, but only as far as a spitting
ME: What did you think of their act?
RICH: There was a lot of raw energy and Rotten is a good performer,
but I don't think
much of the rest of the band. Yeah I enjoyed them a lot, but really
is The Sex Pistols.
ME: What do you think Malcolm?
MALC: I like the punks a lot. The only band I haven't seen yet
is The Stranglers. I like
their ideas. It's fresh and exciting. But I'm not sure. Their
ability is way behind
talked for another hour or so and gradually got more drunk. I
like Cabaret Voltaire a lot. They sound good, they're different,
and what's more, they look good. I mean they are really sharp
all the time. I think looking good and being good is as important
as the noise that comes out of the amps. After all, you don't
talk about going to hear a band; you talk about going to see a
band. On that score, Cabaret Voltaire should do well. I left Malcolm
and Richard at about half past three. I was pissed and went home
to sleep it off.
3 - march 1977
- april 1977
5 - june 1977
6 - july 1977
7 - december 1977