Misery was a stridently anarchist punker-than-punk zine out of
Columbia MO. The staff was
obviously into Hüsker Dü in a big way, and still under the spell of
27 Jan 1983 show at the VFW Hall in Kansas City.
This issue, which went to press 08 Mar 1983,
is riddled with Hüsker references. In addition to the interview
below, there is a review of the
aforementioned KC show, and
album reviews of both Land Speed Record and Everything
Husker Du were interviewed before
the show at V.F.W. in KC 1/27/83
by the maggot,K-9,and Toddo.H.D. is
Misery: What are you trying to accomplish?
Bob: Trying to get people to think generally.Were
not into any politics.Were not into anarchy.Were
not into capitalism,communism.Not into somebody
else's thing,somebody else's set of rules.We just
generally write songs about things that have hap-
pened to us and that could easily happen to other
people or visions or images and we just try to put
them across the way we do.
Misery: What's been happening in Minneapolis?
Bob: It's been real good.There's alot of new bands
in the last year.We put out two compilation cass-
etes of Minn. bands that sold out,did real well.
There's a couple of clubs that book hardcore new
music regularly.There's parties where other bands
can play at.
Misery: What do you think of MDC?
Bob: Real good musically,don't like their politics,
Misery: Your into individuals having ideas for
Bob: Yes.Once you start aligning yourself with a
group where you get this communist train of thought
there is still people dictatng how the boats gonna
flow.If you get into your own thing and figure out
what you want to do with your own life,you know,
whether you wanna work a shitty job or whether you
wanna go to college and get a real good job.You
should do what you feel best at.If you wanna get your
hair spiked out and walk around and harass people
you gotta except the responsibility or lack of it.
Misery: What do you think of the Nuclear buildup?
Bob: Obviously I don't like it.I have trouble fig-
uring out what exactly to do about it.In the 60s it
used to be real popular not to buy products that were
made by multi-national corporations who were support-
ing the nuclear stockup:Honeywell,Dupont,most of the
motor oil companies.You can do that.I feel real help-
less about it.I feel like voting isnt gonna change it.
Protesting does'nt really change it much.
Misery: There's alot of personal convictions behind
your songs.What kind of thing do you feel is most
important to you?
Bob: Me,and what I think and just trying to tell
other people.Were all in to be individuals.
Misery: What other Midwest dates have you done?
Bob: Tulsa,Dallas,Norman,Des Moines,Madison,Mil-
Misery: What kind of response did you get?
Bob: Real good.Alot of those places it was the
first time they've actually had a hardcore band
play.Alot of times were the first band in town
Misery: You guys should play in Columbia.
Greg: We are planning on it.*
Misery: Are small clubs more fullfilling for you?
Grant: We fill 'em fuller!
Bob: I don't like playing outdoors like Eastern
Front.It sucks,its like grass and trees and dust
Misery: How long have you guys been together?
Bob: 4 years.We stayed in Minneapolis for two years
just getting our shit together,working real hard on
our songs and stuff.We never really thought about
playing out until we got a record out and things
started happening for us.
Misery: How did you get on the New Alliance label?
Bob: That was sort of strange,we were gonna put it
ourselves but we didn't have the money so we called
up SST to see if they wanted to do it and they sid
yes we wanna put it out but we dont have any money
right now,why dont you try New Alliance.
Misery: When I called SST you guys were recording
Bob: Yes for the third album.It should be out in
Misery: Whats it gonna be called?
Bob: Metal Circus.
Misery: Is that gonna be a full 33rpm LP?
Bob: Yes 30 minutes.
(Talk about how Jello never sings about himself.Grant
likes "Lynch the Landlord".)
Bob: Is that enough?
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