Chuck Berry Reviews Classic Punk Records In Unearthed Jet Lag Zine From 1980

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Steve Truesdell
St. Louis-based zine Jet Lag, cofounded by former RFT freelancer Steve Pick and John "The Mailman" Korst, was published from 1980 to 1991. Charmingly low-budget with offset typewriter print and xeroxed art, the legendary publication featured numerous show reviews, CD reviews and interviews with bands and artists of concern to St. Louis fans.

One such artist was the godfather of rock & roll himself, Chuck Berry, who had a lot of opinions about the new punk bands of the day.

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These reviews were recently (relatively speaking) unearthed via scanned copies of the zine by the website DangerousMinds.net, and the short, one-sentence reviews are fascinating to read today, especially when all of the context is considered (the Ramones review has got to be the best one). The zine scans can be found on page two, and they include an old interview with Berry as well.

The Sex Pistols' "God Save the Queen":

What's this guy so angry about anyway? Guitar work and progression is like mine. Good backbeat. Can't understand most of the vocals. If you're going to be mad at least let the people know what you're mad about.

The Clash's "Complete Control":

Sounds like the first one. The rhythm and chording work well together. Did this guy have a sore throat when he sang the vocals?

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The Ramones' "Sheena is a Punk Rocker":

A good little jump number. These guys remind me of myself when I first started, I only knew three chords too.

The Romantics' "What I Like About You":

Finally something you can dance to. Sounds a lot like the sixties with some of my riffs thrown in for good measure. You say this is new? I've heard this stuff plenty of times. I can't understand the big fuss.

Talking Heads' "Psycho Killer":

A funky little number, that's for sure. I like the bass a lot. Good mixture and a real good flow. The singer sounds like he has a bad case of stage fright.

Wire's "I Am the Fly" and Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures:

So this is the so-called new stuff. It's nothing I ain't heard before. It sounds like an old blues jam that BB and Muddy would carry on backstage at the old amphitheatre in Chicago. The instruments may be different but the experiment's the same.

Check out the original scans on page two.


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15 comments
Eerie Mcdowell
Eerie Mcdowell

Sean Chuck plays down the street from my new place a few times a year at blueberryhill... you'll have to visit we'll check him out

blakehavard
blakehavard

Come on..we are talking about Chuck Berry...the original. He can say whatever he wants. He invented punk rock and did a much better job than anyone has since.

Ask the Beatles..or the Stones.

blakehavard
blakehavard

Come on..we are talking about Chuck Berry...the original. He can say whatever he wants. He invented punk rock and did a much better job than anyone since.

Ask the Beatles..or the Stones.

blakehavard
blakehavard

Come on..we are talking about Chuck Berry...the original. He can say whatever he wants. He invented punk rock and did a much better job than anyone since.


blakehavard
blakehavard

Come on..we are talking about Chuck Berry...the original. He can say whatever he wants. He invented punk rock and did a much better job than anyone since.


diggly_doogler
diggly_doogler

There's not nearly enough about kidnapping and raping pre-teens or taking pictures of the female patrons of his restaurant having a good shit in these songs to interest Chuck Berry.

richard
richard

I miss good old Jet Lag, still have old copies in a box somewhere. There'd be no point in resurrecting it, just wouldn't be the same.

what other publication ever had masthead titles like "Pete Shelley Editor" (Bob C.) or "Lou Reed Correspondent" (Duwan D.)?

Neil Aimaro
Neil Aimaro

As A Punk Rocker I Have Four Words For Mr. Up Chuck. Fuck Off And Die.

Neil Aimaro
Neil Aimaro

In December 1959 Berry invited a fourteen-year-old Apache waitress Janice Escalanti to work as a hatcheck girl at his nightclub. Crossing the border he was soon arrested on a prostitution charge and received three years at the Indiana Federal Prison. When interviewed years later he said: “She was anything but innocent.”

Neil Aimaro
Neil Aimaro

Chuck Berry once opened a restaurant called The Southern Air in Missouri. According to a former waitress, Berry wired the women’s toilets with a video camera and recorded some two hundred unsuspecting patrons using it. Charges were dropped Because Berry bought his way out of trouble.

Devin C. Baker
Devin C. Baker

I'll go out on a limb and guess this is the only time Muddy Waters and BB King were ever referenced as touchstones for Wire and Joy Division

montemelnick
montemelnick

Learn all about the Ramones in the book;

 “ON THE ROAD WITH THE RAMONES”.Throughout the remarkable twenty-two-year career of the Ramones the seminal punk rock band, Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famers, Recording Academy Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winners and inductees into The Library of Congress' National Recording Registry, Monte A. Melnick saw it all. He was the band’s tour manager from their 1974 CBGB debut to their final show in 1996. Now, in this NEW UPDATED EDITION he tells his story. Full of insider perspectives and exclusive interviews and packed with over 250 personal color photos and images; this is a must-have for all fans of the Ramones.

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