FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT
HBM FANZINE - ANSWERED BY THE EDITOR, CLIVE MONSTER.
SO WHEN AND WHY DID 'HERE BE
MONSTERS' START ?!?
Christmas 1992 my then good friend and work mate Mark gave me
a handful of Fanzines as a 'present' !! On reading 'em I thought
I could do better AND it appeared I could blag aloada free CDs
and Vinyl in the process !! And so that's what happened
..Mark is still my good mate (and
also writes for HBM under the name of Mark Monster !!) and the rest is
IN THE EARLY DAYS 'HBM' SEEMED
TO HAVE A STRONG BIAS TO AMERICAN BANDS AND SOUNDS
Yeah totally !! I was heavily into Grunge and the so- called 'Seattle
Scene' and at the time the UK's music sucked big time. Add the fact that
American bands and labels proved generous with their promos whilst their
UK counterparts didn't wanna know (re-arrange the words Stone, Blood,
Out Of !!) and it's easy to see why HBM developed that stance !!
PLUS FOR THE FIRST FEW ISSUES
HBM WAS PROUDLY DECLARED 'INTERVIEW FREE' !! WHY WAS THIS !?!? WERE
YOU A WUSS AND AFRAID TO FACE PEOPLE ?!?!
Basically YES !! The thought of meeting a Band or 'Rock Star'
I admired and asking stoopid question made my legs go funny and
caused other neurological problems
.!! (Not to mention the
funny smell !!)
SO HOW DID YOU GET OVER THAT
YOU BIG JESSIE !?! WHO WAS THE FIRST ONE
The first one was Henry Rollins of all people !! I was sorta coerced
into it by a PR Company who'd set up a Fanzine Press Conference - so
at least it was safety in numbers for me !! Just being there and meeting
him was a buzz and it gave me the confidence to try for more on my own.
The Supersuckers were next - they were a blast and I was hooked !!
HOW MANY COPIES OF AN ISSUE
DO YOU SELL ON AVERAGE
Depends who's asking !!! To people in the business (bands, PR/Label
bods and girlies I want to impress), Hundreds, if not Thousands
!! To Tax Inspectors and others I might owe money to, barely
a Hundred !! It's somewhere between the two - go figure
BUT EVEN IF IT'S A COUPLE HUNDRED
PER ISSUE YOU MUST BE RAKING IT IN
I Wish !! No
..I've never sat down and worked it out but
with productions costs, extras like 'phone bills and the killer
that is Post and Packing (like getting a Zine to the U.S. is
well over a Pound !!) - when you produce a Zine you basically
take a vow of poverty !
BUT YOU GET CDs FOR FREE AND
CAN PROPERLY BLAG YOUR WAY ONTO ANY BANDS GUESTLIST AT SHOWS,
Yes, true - you've got me there
..guilty as charged but I've got
to have SOME perks !?!? I can't expect or ask for EVERY single release
I fancy though. Some labels (read many large ones, surprise, surprise
!!) are positively difficult to contact and twist arms so it's a skill
in itself you have to learn
IF A BAND, LABEL BOD OR PROMO
PERSON WANTS A RELEASE REVIEWED IN 'HBM', WHAT SHOULD THEY DO ?
Send it along to the address listed under 'CONTACT' and it will
be fairly and honestly reviewed. Fact: - Good music gets good
write-ups, bad music gets slated ! Warning: - Bland grey rubbish
is IGNORED ! Bribes ARE blindly accepted but if the music's bad
enough we'll gladly spend the cash, use the drugs and/or sleep
with whoever's on offer and STILL give your release a kickin'
!! Common Sense, innit
BUT IF YOU'RE SO HARD, HOW COME
MOST-TIMES YOU CENSOR THE 'F' WORD THUS - 'F**K' !?!?
Listen - I love to see the worlds most famous Anglo- Saxon expletive
in it's full uncensored glory just like any other f**ker, but I have
Two young daughters running about the house all day and I'd like them
to enjoy their innocence for as long as possible - so Daddy's 'work'
is self-censored for this reason. It's a personal choice unaffected by
my peers or outside influences - in other words my stance truly is 'Punk
Rock' !! Geddit !?!?
YEP - OK
ALL FOR NOW