was a fanzine published by Chris Phinney from December 1982 to January 1985 and was the root from which the Harsh Reality Music cassette label grew.
In the beginning the emphasis in Malice was on coverage of Hardcore Punk.
Over time Phinney and his cohorts included more and more reportage of homemade music cassettes of experimental music. By the time of the ninth issue, in January 1985, Malice had almost completely transitioned to cassette culture.
I have scanned and uploaded all nine issues of Malice to the HalTapes website.
In this first part of my introduction to Malice Fanzine
you will get a sneak peek at the first five issues.
Click on the zine covers below to go to pages
where you can view the complete zine issues.
Below each zine cover I have pasted clippings of my favorite parts.
I hope that this will serve as a good introduction to Malice,
and I urge you to check out the full zine issues themselves
because there are lots of historic news and info items, and lots more interviews and reviews than I found it desirable to mention here.
This is just my taste in things, not necessarily yours.
You might, for example, enjoy all of the top-notch comix and coverage of Hardcore Punk!
This introduction to Malice is part of the ongoing effort
by Chris Phinney, Jerry Kranitz and I
to document Phinney's essential 1980s cassette label, Harsh Reality Music.
Visit the Harsh Reality Music Home Page
Visit the Malice Fanzine Home Page
Malice Fanzine #1 December 1982
In the first issue of Malice you will find:
— a report on Alex Douglass's C.L.E.M. (Contact List of Electronic Music)
— Record Reviews of Bill Nelson, Crass, Virgin Prunes, Faith & Void, Factrix-Cazazza, Meat Puppets, Fad Gadget, and lots of Hardcore records
— Live Reviews of Bad Brains, The Method Actors, and Mission of Burma
— Classic early 1980s COMIX
24 pages including the cover
Malice Fanzine #2 early 1983
In the second issue of Malice you will find a 4-page post-mortem report on Throbbing Gristle; PiL, U.K. Subs, Iggy Pop, and Residents live reviews; reviews of records by The Damned, Angry Samoans, more; articles on Virgin Prunes and SPK, plus classic ads and Comix; plus scene reports & news.
28 pages, including cover
Malice Fanzine #3 1983
Malice Fanzine #3 included articles on Crass, Chrome, and Cabaret Voltaire; record reviews of James White & The Blacks, Christian Death, Minutemen, Dead Kennedys, Jah Wobble; tons of classic Comix, and News & Info.
24 pages, including cover
Malice Fanzine #4 1983
Malice Fanzine #4 was 24 pages, including the cover. Loaded with record and live reviews of The Misfits, Birthday Party, T.G., The Vibrators, The Stranglers, Maurizio Bianchi, Duet Emmo, Bauhaus, Cab Vol, Southern Death Cult, Psychedelic Furs, New Order; plus high-contrast ads and more classic 80s comix.
Malice Fanzine #5 1984
Malice Fanzine #5 was 24 pages, including cover, and is loaded with live and record reviews of New Order, Wall Of Voodoo, Circle Jerks, Pylon, Panther Burns, Toxic Reasons; an interview with G.G. Allin; article on Italian industrial cassette band LXSS. Malice #5 is notable for its reviews of indie DIY underground cassettes and records. From here on out we will see more and more coverage of the cassette scene, such as Rising From The Red Sand and L.A. Mantra.