Tim Hinely: In Praise of Fuckin’ Record Reviews Tumblr Site

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Relive the glory days of analog-and-paper fanzines, yo.

By Tim “45 Adapter” Hinely

Those of us who are a bit, uh, long in the tooth remember the pre-internet age. You wanted to read about some of your favorite underground bands, but they weren’t being covered in Rolling Stone or Spin. Where on earth did you turn back in those days? Well, to fanzines, other known as zines.

They came in all shapes and sizes from half-sized photocopied ones (sometimes handwritten) to near glossy things (Forced Exposure was the king of the hill back then). Most mom and pop record shops sold them and Tower Records always had a healthy selection as well (my favorite was NYC’s own zine store, See Hear. Miss that place). Well, for those of us who still pore over our tattered zine collections, there’s a new tumblr dedicated to reliving the past. Well, sort of. It’s called FUCKIN’ RECORD REVIEWS (the name itself taken from the previously mentioned Forced Exposure and it is subtitled: “Daily affirmations from a time before this”) and its creator, who wishes to remain anonymous, has been posting old covers and inside pages (mostly reviews) of these creations of yesteryear.

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It’s been around a few months and so far he they have covered the likes of Rollerderby (Lisa Carver’s former cultural gem), Disaster (published by none other than Bill “Smog” Callahan), Eighteen Wheeler (by writer/director/radio host Tom Scharpling), Conflict (penned by Matador Records own Gerard Cosloy), Siltbreeze (by Tom Lax who started the record label as the zine was winding down) and too many others. Most of these folks were intelligent, funny and sharp as that razor blade that you nicked yourself with this morning (they could also be downright mean at times).

While the appeal might be nostalgic for those of us who where there, there’s still a lot of fun (and plenty of information) to found on the site.

Head right on over here:  www.fuckinrecordreviews.tumblr.com

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