The first issue of Hairy Hi-fi was a lowly little thing, A5 size and photo-copied. It was meant to be a goofy sideline to the self-published comics I’d been doing and an outlet for my music enthusiasms. Back in the dying days of the Thatcher empire only yuppie boffins owned computers so most fanzines had that dated typewritten appearance left over from punk’s grubby pioneers. Motivated by a desire to be different (and with a nod to Lindsay Hutton’s Next Big Thing) Hairy Hi-fi had a deliberately handwritten / designed look with tons of gorgeous wackoid lettering and eyeball grilling illustrations. By issue 3 it had grown into an A4 offset printed beastie and was by then most definitely a team effort. Articles and interviews by the regular “staff” of myself, Marc Baines and Ed Pinsent and a host of other tortured contributors covered the gamut of the coolest pop culture, taking in legends like Moe Tucker, Richard Hell, Savage Pencil and Tav Falco but giving equal space to cogitations on the Addams Family, Trolls, psychedelic cartoonists and horror auteur William Castle. The final issue was number 5 and a half , a fold-out giveaway that included reports on Hairy Hi-fi’s New York visit and live “Schwing Ding”event at Glasgow art school. The other day I nearly choked on my Weetabix when I realised that happened 10 years ago! It seems a shame that lots of curious folk might’ve been too young or too un-hip to have ever owned an issue of the legendary Hairy Hi-fi, so, for a short time only, we present some choice selections from an archive that will be forever hairy.

- John Bagnall.

 

HAIRY HI-FI no.1

1988 20 A5 pages

WALKING SEEDS

JOHN TRUBEE & THE UGLY JANITORS OF AMERICA

BAM-CARUSO

YMA SUMAC

XEX GRAPHICS

Record, tape, book, comic and 'zine reviews and playlist.

 

HAIRY HI-FI no.2

1989 40 A5 pages

SALAD SPEECH interview

VIC MIZZY

BUTTHOLE SURFERS interview

TAV FALCO filmography

CHRIS REYNOLDS interview

PURPLE PEOPLE EATERS

Record, tape,book, comic, film and 'zine reviews.

 

HAIRY HI-FI no.3

1990 40 A4 pages

LAUGHING SOUPDISH interview

JOHN MILLER comics

MOE TUCKER interview

PSYCHEDELIC SOLUTION

TWINK interview part 1

MARK ROBINSON interview

ROMULAN RECORDS

PEE WEE HERMAN

B.A.L.L. on tour

Record, tape, book, comic and 'zine reviews, playlist and letters.


 

HAIRY HI-FI no.4

1991 44 A4pages

SACRED MIRACLE CAVE

LAVA LAMPS

WALKING SEEDS

KRAMER / SHIMMY DISC interview

TWINK interview part 2

SAVAGE PENCIL interview

EUGENE CHADBOURNE

CRISPIN GLOVER

BEVIS FROND

KENNETH ANGER

Record, tape, book, comic and 'zine reviews. letters and classified ads.

 

HAIRY HI-FI no.5

1992 48 A4 pages

GUMBALL interview

THE ARCHIES

THANES interview

TOM RUBNITZ

JAD FAIR interviews

MELODY DOG interview

RICHARD HELL interview

DIM STARS comic strip

STAR SPANGLED BANANA

Record, tape, book, comic, 'zine and live show reviews, playlist and letters.

HAIRY HI-FI no.5 and a half

1993 fold-out A3 sheet

SCHWING-DING comic strip

JONATHAN RICHMAN

JOHN MILLER comic strip

BOSS DISCS AND CRUDDY PAP reviewed the Hairy way

playlists

 

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