Eccentric Sleeve Notes (ESN) was a fanzine published in Newcastle Upon Tyne from 1981 to 1984. Original issues can be viewed by clicking on the covers below. Recent interviews and archive images are on the right hand menu (scroll to end to join Mailing List). Read about the two unscholarly 15 year olds who launched the mag click. SIMON McKAY

 LATEST UPDATE: ESN RELEASE SAID LIQUIDATOR CD details

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NEWCASTLE IN THE 1980s: locations, alternative clubs, people and bands click
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NEON interview Don'tEatBricks
MONOCONICS interview click 
ESN weekly radio show 'Post Punk Britain' Sat & Sun: details & playlists
PODCAST of previous shows
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THE PITCH for recent interviews click   

JUKEBOX lots of songs you can hear right now, click on ghetto blaster playlist
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The Pitch - Viv Albertine Interview click here

Viv Albertine is best known as Slits guitarist from 1976 to 1982. When they split, she abandoned music until 2008 when she re-learnt her instrument and started to write new songs. The interview includes Viv's modest return to the stage in front of "a fisherman and a lady in a bobble hat leaning on the bar hiccupping" and what she recently learned about the special appeal of the photo on 'Cut' LP to teenage boys.

The Pitch - Dave Ruffy Interview click here

Dave Ruffy's 'CV' reads like a 'who's who' of left field pop over the past 30 years. His drum credits include the Ruts, Prefab Sprout, Aztec Camera, Waterboys, Sinead O'Connor and Kirsty MacColl. Dave describes. The article gives special attention to the Ruts and a candid recollection of Malcolm Owen's demise but Dave's gig... selling second hand records in a shop in Cannon Street.

The Pitch - Julien Temple Interview click here

Julien Temple is a hugely talented film-maker, who at the time of this interview had just made 'Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten', his third major punk documentary. Julien offers very considered but honest responses. He describes how, in 1976, it was easier to work with the Sex Pistols than the Clash because Joe was intent on hiding his middle class background but 'it takes one to know one' and he couldn't hide it from the rather well spoken Julien.

The Pitch - Gang of Four Interview click here

The Gang of Four made a name for themselves in the post punk scene of 1979 with their funky beats and edgy cutting guitar sound. They were name checked as an influence by a lot of their contemporaries in the 80s such as U2, REM and INXS and more recently they have found favour again with the likes of Franz Ferdinand, Futureheads and Bloc Party. When the band reformed in 2005, I interviewed the group's guitarist, Andy Gill who recollects the recording of the great LP, 'Entertainment', and the long running rivalry between him and drummer, Hugo, which erupted in a 'drum off' in a Japanese video games arcade.

The Pitch - Don Letts Interview click here

Don Letts was close to the Clash, the Slits and John Lydon during times when they were practically under siege. The punk movement inspired him to pick up a super 8 camera and reinvent himself as film maker. In 1976, he was DJ at the Roxy club during its original 100 day run where he played reggae and brought in his mates to work behind the bar where they used their skills to make spliffs to sell to the punks. We talk about this and his films, including his 1978 debut 'Punk Rock Movie', the Grammy winning Clash documentary 'Westway to The World' and 'Punk:Attitude' that disputed the idea that punk began and ended in the late 70s.

The Pitch - The ESN Writers click here
Read about the unscholarly 15 year old "lads" who launched the original ESN fanzine.

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