Ripped and Torn : Everything Then is Now
Twenty four years ago I was sitting in the kitchen of Puppy Mansions, Westbere Road, West Hampstead listening over and over again to very low fi bootleg cassette tapes of Adam and the Ants as they were circa 1978. The results of the intense listening experience were used on the back cover of Kill Your Pet Puppy 4 which came out in September 1981. We also used some 1978 era flyers/ adverts for the Ants.
The back cover and ads can be seen here down a few clicks on this blogzine.
KYPP was the child of Ripped and Torn. Ripped and Torn was started by Tony D. in Glasgow in October 1976 [ from memory so don't quote me] - up there / down here with Mark P.'s Sniffin Glue as first punk fanzine.
So anyhow I have been scanning in random pages from KYPP and the couple of R & Ts I have and looking for more found on an Adam and the Ants web site some more R & Ts + on another one the same or nearly song words we slaved over so many years ago.
Suddenly that which was long ago and far away, which was a few shaky memories and scraps of paper, broken magnetic tape- irrecoverable, unknown, forgotten.
http://www.antmusic.fsnet.co.uk/images_barbe.htm which includes Ripped and Torn interviews etc.
http://www.xs4all.nl/~antlady/lyrics/DirkWearsWhiteSox.html slightlydifferent version from KYPP 4 one.
http://www.eciad.ca/www/lib/study-slides/DHIS302Final2005.html - R and T cover in context of academic history of design.
Suddenly it is there on the screen- right here, right now. More than history, a new experience - I never saw any old/ back issues of Ripped and Torn from that era.
Ants to Crass
How the hell did that happen? Fuck it, will need to scan in a chunk o stuff to illustrate the confusion.
And the sequence should maybe go (...glam): Pistols : Ants : Crass : Psychic TV: acid house : (? ...)
Uno, due, tre, quattro ...Marinetti, Boccioni, Carra, Balla, Palazzeschi!Marinetti, Boccioni, Carra, Balla, Palazzeschi!Futurist Manifesto!Futurist Manifesto!War is the world's only hygieneEnergy and fearlessnessRacing car the beauteous beastHurl defiance at the starsFuturist Manifesto!Futurist Manifesto!Voices of animals... animals men!Voices of animals... animals men!(And the futurist theatre goes)Marinetti, Boccioni, Carra, Balla, Palazzeschi!Marinetti, Boccioni, Carra, Balla, Palazzeschi!Futurist Manifesto!Futurist Manifesto!Noises obtained by percussionMetal, wood on skin and boneVoices of animals and menLaugh and shout and scream and moanFuturist Manifesto!Futurist Manifesto!Voices of animals... animals men!Voices of animals... animals men!(And the futurist theatre goes)
The audience leave the theatre to go home. But there are no more homes to go to. No world left outside the theatre of the future.