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BLACK VELVET - issue #35
Ok, first of all; anyone who has managed to make 35 issues of a fanzine deserves some credit, if only for persistence and hard work.

Despite the cover's tag line ''Glam Punk Rock'' editor Shari is very much a rock fan, not a punk rocker. Readers who have had their photo taken with a band have a special section of the zine. SEBASTIAN BACH is interviewed about playing JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR on Broadway.

This is pretty far from your average angry punk rock fanzine, from the opening statement that TAKING BACK SUNDAY's CD is ''the fastest selling record ever put out by the label Victory'' to last page's ''HMV coming to Redditch'' listed as one of the ''Highs Of The Past 3 Months''. In between we get interviews with emo, softer nu-metal and/or pop bands, saying things like ''we started covering Beatles songs and playing in the talent shows''.

GOOD CHARLOTTE and SUM-41 get rave reviews. No punk band does. The whole thing is sort of MTV-alternative / baggy-trousers-and-key-chains / SPIN magazine / etc done like a zine. With a bit of Glam / boys-in-make-up thrown in for good measure. Well done, if you're into this kinda stuff. I'm not.

Shari seems honest and I'm sure she's really into all the bands covered, but the end result feels like a major label executive's idea of a fanzine. Maybe it's just that I don't like the bands interviewed, but it's all too nice and polite.

The highlight of it for me was one of the bands interviewed discussing a mate of mine, but the rest seemed focused on careers, fortune and fame. There's the constant references to MTV and Kerrang!, as if a band's greatness is measured only by the amount of CDs sold and how much airplay and magazine covers they generate.

Very nice and clean. Not very interesting. Definitely not punk.

BLACK VELVET #35
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