We’ve all bought magazines with ‘free’ CDs.
Sometimes for the mag, other times for the disc, occasionally for the challenge of removing the latter from the former without destroying the cover… but what about a magazine with an LP attached? Or is it an LP hidden in a magazine?
First published in Germany in October 1983, Debut was successful enough to justify an English version, which duly appeared the following year. Sadly, it did not prove to be the music/publishing megahit the originators might have hoped for; Debut lasted only ten issues.
I stumbled across the debut Debut in a second-hand shop somewhere and was curious enough to grab it, despite the Thompson Twins being on the cover. A selection of recent releases and a bunch of articles looked promising. That Icelandic funk-fusion band Mezzoforte* appeared on paper and on the vinyl sealed the deal. This was a band that both Ms Connection and I enjoyed. Win-Win!
It really is a proper magazine, with over sixty pages of stories, interviews, reviews (albums, of course, but also films and video releases) sprinkled with advertisements relevant to the well-heeled 80s hipster. There’s even a travel segment.
Quite a few of the bands I’ve never heard of—The Tunes? Kudos?—while most of those I recognised were of no particular interest. Never a big fan of Wang Chung.
But one interview stood out.
Looking (and sounding) like the punchline to a dirty joke, the former seven stone weakling (I’m quoting here) formed a heavy metal outfit to combine the sounds of Judas Priest and the theatrical splendour of Alice Cooper (I’m quoting again) and, at the time of Debut #1 going to press, had just released the single “Let the blood run red” (I know it sounds like pure Spinal Tap, but really, I am not making this up).
So thank you Jon ‘Miki’ Thor for brightening our days with your over-muscled torso and sword-wielding side-kick. Who knew you would be the hidden inspiration for Toni Basil’s hit single?**
Oh Miki you’re so fine
You’re so fine you blow my mind
You really wouldn’t read about it (except in Debut).
Enjoy this utterly compelling video, touted as one of the worst ever made. Turns out his middle name is anger, not Miki. Oh well.
** Unbelievably, Mezzoforte are still around and touring, as revealed at their website.
* OK, I did make that bit up.