Fighting the Power Since 1994
150 pages, many in full colour
Limited edition 16 track CD
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Initially set up as cut and paste homage to the early acerbic genius
of the Manic Street Preachers, R*E*P*E*A*T Fanzine has grown from a
messy, noisy, irreverent, childish, rebellious baby into a messy, noisy,
irreverent, childish, rebellious adult. And who'd want it any other
Described by the press as an underground 'indie Tution', R*E*P*E*A*T
has expanded from its humble fanzine beginnings to encompass a record
label, gigs promotions and an enormous website, as well as, more recently,
a DIY recording studio.
This book seeks to preserve some of R*E*P*E*A*T's earliest glories
from the oblivion which is the usual unjustified destination of so much
beautifully creative ephemera. It features scans of original gluey fanzine
pages (several created by some of the kids its editor has taught), gig
posters, photos (some never seen before), CD and record sleeves, rants
and reviews, all from before the website was created and made everything
a lot more accessible. So while more recent pieces and pictures are
included in here, no apologies are made for concentrating on the early
And no apologies are made for the lack of a proper ending. R*E*P*E*A*T
is an ongoing interactive musical, political and cultural struggle of
love and petrol, and this book is not intended as an exit...
This book was compiled by Richard Rose and designed
by Phil Rose Esq
Thanks to all the contributors, past, present and future you
make R*E*P*E*A*T what it is (a contradictory mess of highlighter and
pritt stick, zeroes and ones) - apologies if we've still not credited
What's the point of looking back
When all you see is more and more junk?
Be part of the future www.repeatfanzine.co.uk, firstname.lastname@example.org,
find us on Facebook and myspace
R*E*P*E*A*T, PO Box 438, Cambridge, CB4 1FX
Greasing the Palms... People say nice things about
The fact that we've got like 25 fanzines and 50 unofficial websites
and all the rest of it, does give you a gratifying smile because those
people aren't just dedicated to the band, they're dedicated to the whole
lifestyle, the literary aspects, the film aspects, the whole package
really. It's not just liking the music... I wouldnt be chatting
to you if I didnt respect R*E*P*E*A*T... I admire anyone whos
hung in there that long and its nice that theres still enthusiasm
Nicky Wire, Manic Street Preachers
The early Manic Street Preachers ignited an explosion of DIY culture
among their following which expressed itself particularly vividly the
form of fanzines, and nobody has done more to keep that flame of inspiration
burning than R*E*P*E*A*T. The questioning, dissenting spirit crackles
off the page.
Simon Price, Music Journalist, author of 'Everything: A Book About
the Manic Street Preachers' and curator of 'Stay Beautiful' Club
The R*E*P*E*A*T* Book blasts its Manic Street Preachers inspired vision
of fifteen glitter-eyed years of culture, alienation, boredom and despair
through these pages like a young James Dean Bradfield crunching through
Motown Junk. Yet, far from the mascara'd nihilism that inspired its
beginnings, what emerges from Richard Rose's dustbin of living history
is a record of a DIY music scene that encouraged and nurtured belief,
belligerence and badge collections - the ink won't come off on your
hands anymore, but fifteen years after R*E*P*E*A*T*'s first manic rant
was pritt-sticked to the page, this raw record remains no surface all
Greg McDonald, The Dawn Parade
A love pirate sez...
When it comes to street preaching, manic or otherwise, I sometimes I
feel that The Times seems to be about other times, The Observer doesnt
observe, The Independent isnt and The Telegraph sure aint
no jungle telegraph. But thats what social networking is for I
suppose. Lets invent cheap solar powered batteries and we can keep it.
For now though, there are great broader sheets to read. May R*E*P*E*A*T
stay laced with IQ, attitude and extra punk. Its an antidote
to the sucky stale conformity enslaved to finance, trend making and
celebrity that the mainstream sleep walks through, and a welcome part
of the press. Its wry mix of pros, prose and pose make it the
perfectly portable gig travel literature. I like its accessibility,
too. Still personal enough for passionately intense new energy to get
a look in, but a big enough network for so much more to come from that.
Like punk happened.
Caffy St Luce, Love Pirate of Rocklands http://www.wix.com/artfulmtb/rocklands
One time MSP etc PR at Hall Or Nothing
Well, the Manics supported me once - I've got the poster - and by Christ
they were good. And covered in stencils, and full of attitude (they
shouted 'FUCK OFF' at me during my set, and then - rather letting themselves
down - denied they'd done it afterwards!) They still are good, though
maybe a bit corporate these days, but the flame they lit in the heart
of one expat Swansea fan from Cambridge still burns as brightly as ever.
Yes, the spirit of those early independent iconoclastic days is well
and truly kept alive by Rosey and his 'Repeat' creation. It's the true
DIY punk fanzine spirit, and from one DIY punk to another, I salute
Attila the Stockbroker, Punk Performance Poet and Musician
More of these letters and posters here
What's on the CD?
Freeboy Patrick's Got Me Down (1996)
Our first ever release, on a split 7' single with hand stamped labels
free with R*E*P*E*A*T #6, played by Radio 1 and reviewed nationally,
making this record label lark seem far too easy.
The Saffs Pamela Anderson (1999)
The anthem for a generation of 1990s Cambridge Glitter Punks, the song
that established R*E*P*E*A*T in the minds of the music loving kids of
Alcopop - Last of the Secret Agents (1999)
Formed in a music therapy session, Alcopop had it all - Huge choruses,
Melody Maker interviews, Radio One plays, a Steve Lamacq single of the
week, rock star behaviour and wonky keyboards, as encapsulated in this
Bond Theme that never was.
Foxy Ramone vs the Cottenham Kids I'm A Believer (2001)
Featuring Rosey R*E*P*E*A*T, this version (which appeared on the rarely
equalled 'Histon' compilation) is better than the one on Shrek. Allegedly.
Pala featuring Makif Aka Quillis Cat-Like Creatures (2000)
Treading a previously untapped line between arena-conquering bombast
and lo-fi poise, Pala added Makif Aka Quillis' inspirational rap to
their sublime indie to make this track unique for its time.
Miss Black America Don't Speak My Mind (Original 2001
Long term allies MBA instantly understood what R*E*P*E*A*T was all about;
they got Radio One sessions, NME rave reviews, John Peel Festive 50
entries (entirely without cheating!) and signed to a bigger label. Their
Adrenaline Junkie Class A Mentalist ep was our first recording to sell
out before it was released, a feat yet to be R*E*P*E*A*Ted. This track
(later re-recorded for the Integrity Records album) appeared on the
very rare Dental Records split single with the similarly fantastic Antihero.
The Hammers -When You Go Away (2001)
This track got the band a slot playing live on Blue Peter in front of
6 million people, still R*E*P*E*A*T's only terrestrial TV appearance.
It may embarrass them a bit now but when they recorded it, aged 11,
they played themselves to sleep with it.
The Virgin Suicides Elizabeth Royal (2002 single version)
The teen punk band that had the Cambridge Scenesters seething, - still
big sellers on I tunes today, this track appeared on the Republican
Red 'Fuck the Jubilee' single.
The Dawn Parade Good Luck Olivia (live John Peel session
from Maida Vale, 2003)
Part Richey Manic, part Bruce Springsteen, this incredible recording
(from the 'Best Of' compilation) shows why the Dawn Parade were always
a band close to (the hole in) our hearts.
Attila The Stockbroker's Barnstormer Baghdad Ska (2004)
Attila has been a long term inspiration and friend of R*E*P*E*A*T, so
we were delighted to be able to release a this anti war track by him
on lovely white vinyl, shared with the equally outspoken Bomb Factory.
Cosycosy Drive Drive (2004)
Fantastic girl-boy shouty punk-pop released on a lovely translucent
purple double sided split vinyl, shared with the equally fantastic Chris
Autons Snakes (2006)
Epitomises the R*E*P*E*A*T ethos if we like it we will release
it. We did both.
The Hope Confessions of a Whore (2008)
The Hope walked it like they talked it a lean, mean, sleazy onslaught
of noise, energy, melody, anger and attitude taking aim at apathy and
acquiescence. No wonder R*E*P*E*A*T was fond of misquoting Orwell -
if there's any hope, it lies with The Hope.
Johnny Panic The Rebel (2008)
Our first ever vinyl picture disc shows why Johnny Panic deserve to
be the biggest band in the world.
The Resistance Stevie Nicks (2008)
A trashy piece of cut'n'paste pop genius. Just like R*E*P*E*A*T. Pressing
plant problems means this was never properly released, so here it is
Feedback Bad Habit (2010)
Rehearsed and recorded in the R*E*P*E*A*T's Big Badger Music Shack,
Feedback were a young band taught by Rosey from Junior School age.