To make matters worse, the package with the tape had obviously been x-rayed at the customs in the Netherlands on its way to Rotterdam and thus the sound quality was a far cry from what we had expected.But even this experience couldn’t keep me from having a go at flexi freebies again, and so from hartbeat!

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#2 and #3 were of a different format (#3 additionally came in five differently coloured covers), I liked it but I never got a positive response. There’s been so many people being of support: Siegfried Kalus, Lindsay Hutton, Gecko Hunger, Steve Wright, Axel Keunecke, Mike Korbik, Philippe Korpar-Migrenne, Clarke Donovan…I don’t really remember how I managed all the work on the magazine – I was responsible for the whole logistics, 95% of the artwork (Uli, perhaps with the help of his gorgeous wife Sabine, graced his pieces with his own artwork, thankfully), about 70 per cent of the writing, the bookkeeping, the mailing, delivering, shipping – with a day job to do that did not suffer at any time. But I did manage, and I remember when my wife was pregnant with our second child I took 10 days off with our first-born in a coastal resort (Callantsoog) in the Netherlands in our Easter holidays, and when I had taken her to bed after spending the day at the beach, I did hartbeat!

magazine artwork until six in the morning and after two hours‘ sleep I ventured to the beach again with Annika.

33rpm flexi disc: MARYLAND COOKIES „Fakes“ / EDDIE & THE HOT RODS „Ties That Bind“ Ali Farka Toure, American Music Club, Elliott Sharp, Carbon, Blind Date with Drew Miller, Marc Jeffrey, Ron Kavana, Townes Van Zandt, Iain Matthews, Boiled In Lead, Young Gods, Mabuses, Chris Adams, Tar, #15: Dead Moon, Pavement, Spodee O’Dee, Richard Barone, Lost Patrol, Odolum, Ali Farka Toure, Blind Date with Carla Torgerson, The Walkabouts, Shoo-Shain Brothers, Long John Baldry, Two Lane Blacktop, Sekouba Bambino Diabaté, The Petals, Legendary Golden Vampires, , Crypt records, The Darkside, two dozen pages of 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s CD, LP and 7″ reviews, books, fanzines, etc.

33rpm vinyl EP: THE PETALS „Imagination’s Daughter“ / CREEF „So tell me“ // LEGENDARY GOLDEN VAMPIRES „Lones’m Town“ / LOST PATROL „Madness Is Mine“ The Smugglers, Phil Gammage, Music Maniac Records, Cliff Barnes & The Fear Of Winning, Nick Saloman, Martin Newell, two dozen pages of 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s CD, LP and 7″ reviews, books, fanzines, etc. „Stunning Whiff“, Plasticland, Voot Warning, about two dozen pages of 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s CD, LP and 7″ reviews, books, fanzines, etc., record label reviews 33rpm vinyl EP: SEX CLARK FIVE „Ballad of the Sex Clark Five“ / RICH ARITHMETIC „A Part Of Life“ / SEX CLARK FIVE „Long Island Railroad Massacre“ // ANOTHER FINE MESS „Dreamin'“ / HARRY HEINEN „Jede Menge Lösungen“, Sonny Vincent, Shotgun Rationale, The Aardvarks, Voot Warnings, The Green Ray, The Clique, Reducers, UP, Kim Salmon, 70s Punk compilations, Lazy Cowgirls, Blood On The Saddle, James Intveld, The Cosmic Gardeners, Ed Kuepper, .

#7 onwards there was a flexi with each issue, and from #15 onwards a vinyl 7″ EP.

#15 also marked the end of the Brother Word Processor era and the change to a personal computer, which, of course, resulted in a different artwork. In a blind date a musician is played (ten) songs but not told who the performers are.

The 1.000 copies of the flexi were delivered – no joking – by river barge to be picked up at Duisburg-Ruhrort.

They came without sleeves in a flimsy cardboard box with the silver paint obviously not dry when packed and thus smeared everywhere – and apparantly the barge had transported bulk goods and the sonopresse box had been stored underneath them all.

It was our first try to enclose an audio recording to illustrate the music we wrote about. C., had sent a tape of a live version of „A Long Way To Go“ to be converted into a flexi disc by us.

We mailed it to Sonopresse in Rotterdam to have a six inch flexi pressed (6″ because Gorilla Beat was A-5-sized).

It was a relieve to lay the burden down and finally be able to breathe again and go on holiday and not have a box full of artwork to be patched up in the car boot. 33rpm flexi disc: JASMINE LOVE BOMB „From Last Summer“ / THE INFIDELS „Final Solution“, Strongheart, Rifle Sport, Shoutless, Swamp Oaf, The Bags, Shake Appeal, The Shifters, The Trilobites, The Fluid, Timelapse, Napalm Beach, High Jinks, Great Big Kisses, The Wanna Bees, Galaxie 500, Girl Trouble, loads of 60s, 70s, and 80s CD, LP and 7″ reviews, books, fanzines, etc.