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Super Trouper Tapezine

Andy Savage's 'Super Trouper' was one of a number of tapezines Sav produced, along with others such as 'Melodic Scribble' and 'The Big Mouse' - all of which evolved out of printed 'zines.

Super Trouper No. 7

Reviews, with snatches of music and poetry, in this cassette review mag. - ST's first appearance on tape. A few plugs, and a pretty useful 60 mins.

- Paul Rance, Peace & Freedom, Vol. 6, No. 3, Autumn/Winter 1989

Super Trouper No. 8

Tape version of the mag, and another monster 90 mins of music and poetry, with reviews. Really entertaining stuff, incl. P&F Band, Nicole Campau. Also i/views & funny voices. If you ain't human you'll love.

- Paul Rance, Peace & Freedom, Vol. 7, No. 1, Spring 1991

Super Trouper No. 9

Andy & pussy churn out possibly the weirdest ST yet. VERY strange noises, music, poetry, amidst the reviews. Entertaining as usual, but marred by a seedy Lovely Ivor interview.

- Paul Rance, Peace & Freedom, Vol. 7, No. 3, Winter 1991/92

Super Trouper No.s 10 & 11/Bamboo

Super Trouper have recently turned out issues 10 & 11 of their fruit 'n' nut tape mag. "10" sees Trace from Dover as the accomplice of Andrew Savage. Shouted reviews and unusual dialects, and wide range in poetry and music. "11" has more nutters than usual, including the boss of FEH! Side 2 has nine Savage pieces, of which the best is a surprisingly moving piece, "What Is Freedom?" amidst the clowning. Also, very effective is "We Go to War". This album is called Bamboo.

- Paul Rance, Peace & Freedom, Vol. 9, No. 1, Summer 1993

Super Trouper No. 13/The Big Mouse 5

is a compilation tape/tape mag., er compilaton. The Big Mouse 5 is the best compilation yet from the Andy Savage Stable. Everyone a winner, with ultra-catchy "If I Love You" from Steve Andrews and "Paradise Island" from Stephen Maslen. Andy Savage drips with soul on "Robbers". Eccentric guest appearances from Andy Robson and the batty Mike Johnson on Super Trouper, amidst the reviews and poems, and an impressive send-up of football songs from Andy Savage. But amidst the madmess comes the sane voice of insanity when Andy Sav, quits halfway through reading a poem in Italian, and a beautifully sweet-sounding minah bird duets with Stephen Maslen on a poem. The minah bird is the star of this tape - and knows it. Even Lovely Ivor made me laugh, and someone smashes their guitar on a track called "In a Temper". The most wonderfully eccentric tape ever from TT.

- Paul Rance, Peace & Freedom, Vol. 10, No. 1, Summer 1994

Super Trouper No. 14/The Last Ever Melodic Scribble

Steve Andrews and Stephen Maslen pop up again here, with quality melodic songs. "Superhero" and "Winds of Change". Tristan Lewis displays his haunting vocal wares, and Mike Johnson his hauntingly sad pipistrelle poem. Sounds from The Third State also. Melodic Scribble has much weirdness - Mike Johnson, Steve Andrews, Lovely Ivor, Naggernunk, and Andy Savage. Punchy music from Sonic Energy Authority and Steve Sneyd. Environmental poetry from Stephen Maslen, John Harrison, and Dave Cunliffe. Frog rights from Steve Andrews, and sad cat poem from Andy Savage. With this issue comes Dead Trendy by The Ghost of Ethelred Skudge Naggernunk. If only this was Lovely Ivor's obituary special... Stuff to crack the stiffest of upper lips. Dead funny, but an eco message creeps in here and there, on tigers, for instance. Andy Savage is the funniest guy in the small press. One of the most entertaining things I've ever read, full of epic last lines.

- Paul Rance, Peace & Freedom, Vol. 10, No. 1, Summer 1994

Super Trouper No. 16/Maggots In Their Eyes

A split tape, with the horror compilation on the other side. There's weird noise in the shape of 'Squidlings' from Flemish Lemming and equal strangeness from Leigh Smith and the ever-groovy Mike Johnson. Creepiness comes in the shape of 'Black Lodge' by Conspiracy, and an evocative poem by Steve Sneyd. ST has some music of its own. Humorous songs about sultanas and chocolate cake, and some tape-fiddling by Stormclouds with their 'Psychotronic'. There's also a rather desperate plug for Burnley fanzine, 'Marlon's Gloves'.

- Paul Rance, Peace & Freedom, Vol. 12, No. 1, Summer 1997

Super Trouper No. 17/Right Side Of Town

ST has more poetry than usual, including a hilarious turn by David Bateman, and in the music stakes - Sonic Energy Authority do a World Cup spoof. Andy's stuff is less jolly this time - the dole and death and longing for past times among the subject matter.

- Paul Rance, Peace & Freedom, Vol. 12, No. 1, Summer 1997

Super Trouper No. 18/The Space Dentists

Really strange Donald Duckish intro. to ST from Leigh Smith, and Darren Lewis does his Alan Whicker impersonation, talking to people on the streets of London. Mike Johnson's "Extinction Is Forever" is a lovely little Moody Blues meets Pink Floyd number. Dr. Who nicks a copy of Super Trouper later on, and future rock gods, General Winter, close ST 18 down with their jangly, harmonic, overdubbed guitar sound. "The Space Dentists has a hilariously surrealistic feel, none more so than with the catchy, danceable "(We are the) Space Dentists", which is first to roll. Some interesting lyrics, too, i.e. "Coldness cleans my face" from "Sparkling World of Ice". "Asteroid Birds" has some appealing high-pitched noises, and "It rarely snows on Mercury" is a meaty rocker, and shows off Andy's new bass sound to good effect. "Astro-Notes" is more old-style synth. There's four bonus tracks, including a remarkably convincing Lovely Ivor impersonation on "Sheep". Haven't seen a dentist for nearly 25 years. This tape scared me to death.

- Paul Rance, Peace & Freedom, Vol. 12, No. 1, Summer 1997

Super Trouper No. 19

"19" is an old Christmas extravaganza, which fairly sparkles with weird sounds from Pandoras Lunchbox, Golden Delicious and Flemmish Lemming - like Lovely Ivor let loose in a music shop on speed. Speaking of whom, misery guts does his best to mar the tape with a dreadful shoelaces (attempted) poem. T.U.O.B. deliver a very catchy piece, Go Speed Racer sound like Velvet Underground, and Sonic Energy Authority's "Advert" is very sharp. Jupe Luoma has the outstanding poem here - sinister, moving and good delivery from the Finnish bard.

- Paul Rance, Peace & Freedom, Vol. 12, No. 1, Summer 1997

Super (Sonic) Trouper No. 20

"20" is a fanflippin'tastic musical fiesta with "Scarecorws" from Frank Peck stealing the show. An acoustic spiritual experience. Awesome. Adele Bray's profound poem "Green" is followed by Wreckage, with a weird, spine-tingling, haunting little number. The Prattly Dogs have a rocky joyride in a "Small Boat", and Steve Andrews comes up with some pro-mushroom magic behind "The Inner Door". The Invisible have a great "Feel" and end side 1. Side 2 features poetry by Simon C. Allison, read by Andy Savage, with some musical bits by Andy, too.

- Paul Rance, Peace & Freedom, Vol. 12, No. 1, Summer 1997

Super Trouper No. 22/The Big Mouse No. 6

"22" has a touch of Danespotting, the superb Magic Moments at Twilight Time sound spaced out, and again on TBM. There's poetry read by Sav, reviews by Sav, and some tosser (moi!) banging on about The Sex Pistols, and The Beatles. TBM has a track by Robin O'Brien & David Mitros called "Tree of Life", with some incredible vocal gymnastics - gorgeous. Simon Wrest's "Kims Cannonball" sounds like "Not to Touch the Earth" by The Doors! Oeleo carve out some catchy, typically American, power pop. And, of course, catchy footie songs from Andy Savage!

- Paul Rance, Peace & Freedom, Vol. 13, No. 1, Autumn 1998

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