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'THE FINAL CURTAIN CALL!!!'
Last update October 11th 2009
|This Months Playlist
CRISIS - 'No Town Hall' 45
THE NOTSENSIBLES - 'Im In Love With Margaret Thatcher' 45
THE DAMNED - 'Smash It Up' 45
THE DICKIES - 'Dawn Of The Dickies' LP
SNAZZY BOYS - S/T LP
This Months Punk In Print
EVERLONG #10 2008
MAXIMUMROCKNROLL #312 MAY 2009
NETWORK OF FRIENDS 2008
MAXIMUMROCKNROLL #313 JULY 2009
MAXIMUMROCKNROLL #314 JULY 2009
RIOT ON YOUR OWN #34
Born July 27th 2001, conceived 1977.
A Cult Status Production © 2009
|A DECADE OF DECAY
"Regrets Ive had a few but then again too few to mention"...
From the very beginning in the summer of 2001 when I made my first tentative steps from paper photocopied zine to the internet I can still taste the excitement and adventure undertaking a new form of exploration of expression. Like with writing your very first fanzine that hungry step into rantsville armed with just a typewriter, glue, scissors and an abundence of abuse was all you needed or wanted to express your views on punk. And by rights I could still be in that photostatic enclave with the few soul survivors of angst if my cheap photocopying place hadn't sunddenly gone bump. So after brief but more frequent visits to the Library to see what all these new internet punk sites were all about, I gotta say I was amazed at the colour, the technique and the amount of information you could resource in one sitting. It seemed to me webzines could unravel hundreds of pages of info if they really wanted to. No boundaries, no postage, no PC distros to please. Basically just relentless 24/7 rage on a page. Also the leap into colour was way too seductive for my primary indulgences to resist. Colour was without doubt my biggest attraction to the internet after years
of black 'n' white communication. I was longing to do a colour magazine
but knew that was a venture way out my means. And of course the web
also offered a tap into a global audience. I knew the readership of 200 the
Suffragette was reaching every 3 months could be doubled even
quadrupled on the net. Never really envisiging in my wildest dreams the
175,900 plus visitors who've visited the site since (and with no advertising
too). So it has to be said I'd caught a new bug!
I have to say Ian at Control zine (no longer online) was also an inspiration
to delve further. He had built one of the first decent UK fanzine sites online
and like his print jobs was done with a touch of suss. I remember thinking
there was room for the Suffragette to make a mess online given enough
trial and error. Especially after checking out the numerous US punk sites
on offer realising there wasn't anything like a snot rag of the suffragette
to speak of. And that nieche had to be filled! Getting my first PC was my
next move after hijacking my brothersmuch to his annoyance. It was hard being on the dole with no seriousincome to indulge in such a venture. Thank gawd for retail catalogues and the odd shift on the shovel.
It took me a while to find somewhere to house all my spiel, but find it I did at easy peazy sitebuilders like Fortune City which was to begin a decade of love/hate relationships with FREE website builders like Homestead and finally Geocities. I was too lazy to learn the intricacys of HTML and couldn't afford to buy webspace, so I opted for the cheapo versions which give me sufficient room to flex my artistic vision and verbal diarrhoea. However banner ads become the bane of the next decade. And soon realised the Suffragette logo and name was now out of date having spotted loads of Suffragette sites online dealing with the history of womens rights not sordid little punk zines. So a new unique moniker was called for, something a little more expressive of the attitude I was carrying around with me. As I was constantly on the prowl learning new website techniques with my new toy. I come across some lyrics I wrote for my old band Torcha Shed who had split up in '99. In one song called 'Gabriel's Hounds' there was a line "we are your Nihilism On The Prowl" which jumped out at me. It felt right it had the vibe of what this zine was all about, so much so I called an EP after it and even had a tattoo of it on my arm, how sad is that?
So Nihilism On The Prowl was born! As the formative
webzine years rolled on and got to learn a few tricks of the
trade I realised I'd need more webspace than the paltry 20mb
the freebies were offering. This is when I stumbled across the
idea of linking various autonomous sections of sites to a main
portal giving me the extra room I was eating up at an alarming rate. And I could now actually source a lot of the dusty punk history I had accumulated over the past 30 years and house it online. As I prowled vast expances of the worldwide web it still seemed a daunting prospect. In those days there was only a few hundred punk sites. No myspace, no blogs, no youtube, very different from the now million plus punk sites catering for all walks of punk life. But it was a great voyage of discovery in all its grotesque forms.
Which brings us smack up to date. Geocities owned by Yahoo who were one of the biggest FREE domain sites out there and outlived quite a few along the way, have announced changes. When Rupert Murdoch bought Yahoo about 5 years ago maybe it was a warning sign FREEBIES wouldn't be around for too much longer and with the global recession chewing up small companys all over the planet. Geocities did eventually become a victim of cutbacks by it's larger parent company who were now demanding money for the service. You might think why doesn't he pay the tight git? Well I could afford it now I'm working but I always thought why pay when you can create and build your own site with enough imagination for FREE.
This site shuts on October 26th 2009.
Nihilism On The Prowl was never after your money or your praise, although it was neat getting voted in Record Collector magazine in May 2006 as the second best UK punk site amongst all those high tech professional contenders. I've had some great contributors and collaborators over the years, been invited to a few gigs, partys and spent time on quite a few settees. Met some great people as well as a few rip offs, cunts and even a couple of weirdos. I got married and divorced via this website, visited the US, secured two record deals, pissed a few people off and have been threatened with cyber violence. Discovered some great bands and had some hilarious fun all through various links to the site. So its been an interesting ride.
However, its certainly not the end of my angst and obsession to find the new Sex Pistols it signals a new beginning. I only recently learned how to do File transfers and HTML to a degree. I can now make my own pages (only took me ten years to learn), but still lol.
While Im still kicking and breathing I'm sworn to bring you a wagon load of attitude and a dose of reality, along side some fucking honest but brutal views on punk.
So if you still wanna read more here's to the next decade with PUNK ROCKER!
Peter Don't Care
FINAL EDITORIAL ...(11/10/09)
REVIEWS - (FANZINES) GABRIELS HOUNDS SIT IN JUDGEMENT...(14/9/09)
REVIEWS - (GIGS) CHOCKING SUSAN IN BIRMINGHAM...27/8/09
REVIEWS - (GIGS) $HAME ACADEMY IN BELFAST...13/8/09
REVIEWS - (GIGS) DON LETTS IN BELFAST...14/7/09