In the 1990s there were no such things as ‘blogs’ yet. Or if they were, the people really interested in doing them were too poor to afford a PC. In the alternative music/culture scene (leftovers of punk and industrial, leather lovers and tattoo and piercing addicts) the ‘zine (shortened from ‘fanzine’) rose as a form of expression for new artists, photographers, writers and thinkers.
One of the Chicago queer scene ‘zines was called Babble, which then became Gag and was published out of the loft of Malone Sizelove. I fell in love with Malone the first time I saw and photographed him around 1992 on the shore of Lake Michigan. I started writing a column for his ‘zine under a pseudonym. Malone’s site and company doesn’t exist anymore, and Gag was sued out of existence just as Babble was (by some bar owners who didn’t like his slagging them off) and was re-named Gab (which I think was also sued) and Malone and I had a lover’s spat type of falling out so I stopped writing for them … no it wasn’t about him not fucking me – it was over something else. But we made up and are friends again years later.
I have decided to re-print my columns here for ‘posterity’ in case anyone is interested, and because they were just damned good fun to write and read.
I also wrote (using the same psuedonym of Fire Chick) a fun review of Madonna’s book ‘Sex’ for the winter 92/93 ‘zine Thing, which was published by Robert T Ford (RIP).
- Fire Chick reads Sex – Thing winter 92/93
- Suck My Clit By Fire Chick – Gag 5 Aug/Sept 92
- Suck My Clit By Fire Chick – Gag 6 Sept/Oct 92
- Suck My Clit By Fire Chick – Gag 7 Nov/Dec 92
- Suck My Clit By Fire Chick – Gag 8 Jan/Feb 93
- GB Jones Interview – Babble (circa 1992-93 exact date unknown)
Other contributors to Gag and Babble most issues included:Steve Lafreniere (writer, editor, arts scenester and eternal discoverer, then living in Chicago) Robert Coddington (Musician and video curator) Gabriel Gomez (videographer and Queer National) Hi-Fi Bangalore (original promotor of the Boom Boom Room deep house at Red Dog 1992-2003)