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Precursor to a blog, the Eighties' underground music fans read news via 'zine'



In the Eighties, the fanzine " "zine" for short " was the forum of choice for motivated young minds and agitated cranks to rant about music in Oklahoma.


One could find the publications at the hipper record stores " self-published, often-Xeroxed manifestos often ornamented with anarchy symbols, band logos and maybe a vintage call to arms like "No Future"; their pages crammed with record reviews and interviews with young bands, all shamelessly opinionated and endlessly fascinating.


Norman had the zines Blatch, Dry Heave and Wretched Vomit; Stillwater had Third Rail; Tulsa had Unzine; and Bartlesville had Smegma and Bad Meat.


In the very early Eighties, Norman's Kirk Fillmore launched two short-lived but memorable zines: Voxx and Facade. As amazing as it seems now, these shoestring-budget pubs managed to land interviews with big stars of the day, including Laurie Anderson, Stray Cats and U2.



Of all these publications, Bad Meat was perhaps the most unique. A strange little publication, its post-ironic humor made much use of ultra-conservative religious tracts, hopelessly clich

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