Unbelievably Bad - Issues 15 and 16
There’s always something to recommend Unbelievably Bad even if their tastes extend to the extreme end of the cultural scale (black metal, splatter movies, hardcore) compared to your average, probably older, I-94 Bar reader.
There’s not much in the ranting of Cannibal Corpse’s ex-frontman Chris Barnes or the chick from the so pretentious Circle Pit to trouble me, but on the other hand a lengthy chat with Ian Cunningham from Birdman fans The Chosen Few is alway going to be a worthy read. Issue 16 is a cracker with the other stand-out an interview with Ian “Bobsy” Millar, the last surviving link to Lobby Loyde and the Coloured Balls. It’s also timely with the “When Sharpies Ruled” compilation recently dropping.
The other gem in the crown is a long interview with Mad Macka, of The Onyas, The Egos and more lately the Cosmic Psychos. Macka is one of Oz music’s more interesting if unassuming characters with a law degree and a string of other interests outside of punk rock.
The folks at UB know that presentation is an important part of the zine package and they have some of the best illustrators around in Glenno and Rick Chesshire.
Remiss of me not to review Issue 15 earlier in the year but that oversight’s easily fixed. It’s down to personal taste but this one was a touch underwhelming for me with the choice of interview subjects mostly neither here nor there.
The exception was the chat with HITS, all of whom managed to take part. It alone is worth the price of admission. A shout-out too for the interaction with the intense and hyper self-critical Shogun, frontman for Royal Headache. You think YOU have issues? There would be plenty of you who’d be up to read the interview with Buzz from The Melvins too, so don’t hesitate in tracking down your copy.