This was the magazine of the famous Dutch punk venue Kaasee, in Rotterdam.
This second issue, released in February 1980 featured drawings and an article on the new Kaasee building, an interview with 'Charley', the 'zanger' of the U.K. Subs, Punk in Leiden, the Club's 'Program' for March, Zero Zero, Punishment of Luxury, Tedje en de Flikkers, Pulp, Art in Revolution, Brommerz, Public Animlas, VOPO's; Nasmaak, Workmates, a Poison Girls & Crass gig review, The Raincoats, Vomitrays, Boogies & Boobs Scrunch. The back cover had a full page live photo of Crass.
Number 2 features a hand written three and a bit page interview with Charlie, which probably took place around the time that the Subs supported the Ramones on their European tour during February 1980. The first date of which was on 11/2/1980 at the Paradiso, in Amsterdam.
The below translation of this interview was kindly supplied by Candy at 'Absolutely English' Language school at Sherborne in Warwickshire, UK - December 2008.
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- Above: Voices Fanzine Front Cover
- Above: First page of the 'Charley' interview!
- Above: Second page of the 'Charley' interview!
- Above: Third page of the 'Charley' interview!
- Above: Fourth and final page of the 'Charley' interview!
- Above: Picture of the Kaasee Punk Venue from the Voices fanzine
Translation of the above Charlie Harper interview:
Question 1: How do you find playing in little clubs? Do you think it’s fun?
CH: Yes, we are happy to play here, it’s outstanding. We feel at home here.
Question 2: What exactly do you mean by “subversives” in your name?
CH: It’s not – so to speak – heavily political, it’s more subversive music. It is accessible music. Anyone can go and sit and write such songs. It’s simple music for people in the street – it’s not “fashionable” music. It is subversive against big business, big record companies.
Question 3: Some people think that your music has just come from punk. What are your musical plans?
CH: Our music has no origins. It develops naturally. For example, the new single in England – Warhead - has some reggae influence. We generally do as we please. We have no pre-arranged ideas of what we do. The numbers just come as we write. We have nothing to do with fashion and such. We try to improve life and living by what we do.
Question 4: Do you think that the lyrics are an important aspect of your music?
CH: I write most of the lyrics now. I don’t believe that the lyrics have an important message – in that respect they are not important. They are usually personal experiences.
Question 5: Here in the Netherlands the groups play together on the same equipment and play in the same rehearsal space. What do you think of such an idea?
CH: I think it’s a good thing. We allow support groups to always sit in on our soundchecks. to listen and also use our equipment, such as yesterday evening for example. Myself - I have a small PA which other bands can always use. With our set up it can be bad because we always have to play on it ourselves. As far as rehearsal time goes, we never rehearse. The sound check before the performance is our rehearsal. We tried, for example, to play a number that I wrote a few years ago, but that we had not yet learnt to play. We tried it several times during the sound check. Maybe we will know it well in a couple of weeks.
Question 6: What do you think of the RAR movement [Rock against Racism - Ed] and have you ever played at a RAR concert in England?
CH: Yes we have played at RAR concerts in England, but not any more. It’s not because we don’t want to, but more because it would be boycotted by the RAR and the anti Nazi league! A bad example but they don’t want us because people out of our audience once wore Destroy T-shirts with swastikas, and because there was one skinhead. Now they think we are fascists.
Question7: What do you think of the recent turn around/development in English politics?
CH: [This answer proved difficult to translate, partly due to the handwriting - Ed] I think that it is really necessary and I think also that it will happen. They are all things that matter – that have happened. But you can’t do anything about such things. It takes time and things must surely change. A lot more must happen, but I think it will still…