Deadbeat zine issue 5. Nov. 2002. Punk ‘zine. Dead Kennedys, MC5, Death Becomes You- Free for orders of £20+
Deadbeat is published by Mike S. Clocking in at 40 pages, Deadbeat is a well-printed, amateurishly laid out, stereotypical punk zine. Mikes opening editorial on the foibles of punk fashion neglects the fact that British punk was fashionable from the start. His quick history of the Dead Kennedys is a fun rundown of the bands legal crises and Jello Biafras political ambitions. The MC5 piece is basically a track-by-track listening guide to “Kick Out the Jams,” accompanied by a discography. Theres also a brief piece on Teengenerate, an interview with Death Becomes You, and record reviews. Equal parts local fanzine, personal zine, and punk-rock history lesson, Deadbeat is a worthy effort deserving further development. While slightly naïve and self-analytical like so many young punk zines, Mikes attention to the past shows that hes trying to understand what formed the basis of the music he loves so much. I’d like to see more local scene commentary, however. Mikes quips about emo and skate parks made me grin.