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Issue 1
About roots. This was our first attempt and at the time, Dan K. and I were just 5 years old...er since we made a human brain out of black modeling clay and it won an award. After being separated in Grade 5 for cut n' paste mischief, we return to those same gluey traditions half decade later. Dan knew Eric because they used to make paraffin candles in cardboard milk cartons and empty soda bottles at Stella Maris. In the days of Soviet flags and Melisa – she lit gasoline in the fountain on Main St. Geneseo and got sent up to juvi for it, how cool is a girl like that? Our only prior collaboration doing distributable ska media was about ten copies of a mixtape July '95, plus a short-lived GKW mailing list newsletter.

About people. We chose this name because it sounded musical and means "the common people" in ancient Greek. It's pretty funny if you say it repeatedly. Ska too is music for and by people, the average man in the street. Jav's then-girlfriend Mara and Dan came up with it 17 JUN 94 on the way to a J.S. Hall instore at Mt. Hope Record Archive – you may recall this as the same day of the O.J. Simpson white Bronco chase. We're lazy and never sat down to get it out until 18 months later. A humble debut featuring circumstance behind its creation, text about origins, our local Mobil Kodak Park influence, reflective ramblings, 3 measly reviews of releases (one per editor), punk n' ska desert island picks, much random contribution from friends. Personal writing foreshadows seeing objects like legos + autos differently, plus a Mr. Softee murderation illustration copied off the timesheet binder. Dirty solicitors.

Centerfold is a big depth interview with the ubiquitous D. Foster MacAllister, conducted over coffee & cheeseburgers at Peppermill Restaraunt 1/9/96. He talks about life in Maine while the Chi-Lites' "Have You Seen Her" is on Muzak. Later learn this place was a mobbed-up hangout called The Chessmen in the early 1970s. Cover guy drawn by Geoff (M.I.A. since 6/93). Logotype by Danny K, tinfoil junk by Jav.

Who'd imagine a project woulda gone on for so long and develop as much; if you've seen this compared to later ones you know what I mean. In years since we've certainly grown into a spot on the ever-expansive, always on, super ultra culturally pervasive essential must-have interweb.

Do you like to read a television screen?

Alpha Boys
It's been a little while – absolute beginners, class of '83
October '93
An evening in 1994...

It was fifteen minutes until 9. The sounds of the Deltones rattled from my stereo. I was mildly disturbed when the phone rang, but it was a phone call that would soon change my life. Deeply involved with a three page report on the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, I reluctantly got up to answer this ghastly clangor. I picked up the phone and was pleasantly surprised to hear the voice of my good friend John.

I was disappointed at first when I found out his only reason for calling was to recite Miggedys' lyrics ("I feel the need, the need to know..."), but soon found myself joining in the merry sing-along. Soon our conversation took a turn, and many other turns to boot. We talked about music, TV, aardvarks, the disturbance in Haiti, past felony charges received on early dismissal days in fifth grade, the images and symbolism used by J.D. Salinger in the Catcher in the Rye to express the loss of innocence through the passage to adulthood. But mostly we just talked about work.

Through four years at working at a church rectory, Jav's favorite pastime was the office photocopy machine. But the past few months we've realized that we're not using this machine to its fullest potential. We realized that this machine could be used for BIGGER and BETTER expeditions. Here is the result of our thoughts.

(by D. Kress. Originally appeared Hoi Polloi! #1, page 1, January 1996)

The set up.
Eighties reggae was Eddy Grant's Electric Avenue and UB40 for all we knew. Early 90s, Pete's dad bought multiple vintage Brady-era station wagons. In good shape yes, but working tapedeck no so the oldies station was tuned. Before online networks went household, Steady E brought Gangster Fun to the Boogie Bar in Oct '93; Bosstone fans would collapse the floor there 2 weeks later. Bad Brains came back. Chipper gave Dan an old Madness hits collection. The next year we really dug BIM, Primus, Megatherium, Oyer's new Falling Down project with Miggedy demo and soundboard tapes. For whatever reason (Mara, 7/20/94) I had 500 sheets neon orange paper, but only used 30 – the rest collected dust. Yolk. Eric and Moe T did poster design – these often read "THE MUSIC IS SKA" and few had clue one. In yucky ka ka man fashion, Dan drew up a rude stick figure logo. Johnny Was responsible for dayglo paper doll cutouts which littered the stage during Orange Halls. Peter too was into ska, punk and metal. Record Time stocked us with titles (when not walking to House of Guitars). Habitually sent letters with SASEs to bands we liked on samplers to find out more – no email addresses yet, let alone domians. Soul Coughing sampled Toots & the Maytals. Jumbalya Jim became Grounds Keeper Willy. Gals Panic played the Bug Jar once, but we were just underage; "I think we need helicopters." Tennis legend and terrace fashion icon Fred Perry passes February 2, aged 85. A freed Nelson Mandela gets juxtaposed against Trent Reznor in the senior yearbook collage.

"Cartoons, saxophones and jazz drumming do not mix with rock n' roll" – Kurt Cobain

Bone in Rochester
It's St. Patrick's Day 1995. NYC's Toasters roll to town in support of Dub 56, we meet the guitarist – he sold us music from cardboard boxes; Ronnie Kray died that same day. In May, Pittsford's ska band deliver their own CD (An Informal Gathering later distributed by Moon SKA NYC) on Rochester's own Saxon Studios-based Jargon label and release it same weekend w/ dual trombones as support for Mighty Bosstones at R.I.T. Ritter Arena.

By June they were interviewed in local music paper Backflash! and July brought a young demo-tape era Skavoovie from Boston. Hatch show print? Albany crunch-ska Can't Say w/Veins debut at Milestones Jul 1. We just had to see Clueless opening night, cause someone heard the Bosstones were to cameo in it. Prez Clinton's daughter Chelsea was attending ska shows now. The Busters' Live In Montreux is recorded but we won't hear it for another year. August 4 was the first of 2 annual packed Miggedys shows at the Powderhorn Lodge – GK Willy opened.

Title 10-117 of the New York Administrative Code bans the sale of aerosol spraypaint cans to persons under 18.

JULY 16 1995
University Goes Ska
In September we all went off to our respective colleges. Traded Ryan Walter a prized VGS Rasta Mi Huevos 7" featuring a Beatles cover for a ride back to the dorms. Cover of Rolling Stone #716 is Alicia Silverstone with a big story on Rancid. October saw Jav shake hands with indie pioneer Ian Mackaye himself [Minor Threat/ Dischord / Fugazi]. October 3: Mr. Simpson is acquitted with Tragic Kingdom barely in CMJ rotation (It will move 10 million + units/ certified diamond; Pete had California Skaquake, but hadn’t committed its tracklist to memory to a point where we could recognize this as a band on side 2.) Three weeks later, Neil Strauss wrote an article about the booming NYC ska scene in the NY Times Living Arts section. Tabloid Jenny Jones Show features racist gangs vs. rival SHARP skins donning flights with ska patches. 11/17: Abalienation - Too Hectic - Toasters - Murphy's Law all played, and afterward Coolie gives Eli Nunéz his soaked shirt per request, why we may never know. 11/18: Rancid on SNL #393 chilly weather and we probably went to Mobil milkbar. In exchange for breaking Jav's yo-yo, Dicky Barrett let him sing a bit of "Devil's Night Out" at UR Palestra 3rd December – find out years afterward a bootleg exists of its audio and is a very good laugh. Next up was Bim at East L.A. w/ Rich (now attending SU) and over our winter recess we started seriously pasting the 'zine.

Staunch fans of Music to Bowl By, we are shocked to hear that era Let's Go Bowling guitar vocalist David Molina died suddenly in Fresno, CA 12/27/95.

Shortcut through an Eastview music store and happen upon some mall-circuit unknowns doing autographs. Because there was no line whatsoever, get a signed poster for Ms. Anastasia purely for joke's sake. "The Backstreet Boys" are new kids on the block all over again.

"I didn
17 JUN 94: "Go home stupid boy, nobody cares" – J.S. Hall
Play something phat!
I missed the whole Weezer/ Radiohead phenomena. Autumn the noise was from two opposing samplers – Generic Skaca versus Club Ska '67 – Sir Lord Comic you are the greatest. The girl next door in dorm loaned us her own 60's ska compilation CD, the green and purple More Intensified 1963-67. Kelly from upper Appalachia! The college of musical knowledge. In fact, our West Indian cleaning lady Susie would holler "Ya ain't got no reggay taday?" at the door in its rare absence. Soon dubbed her a mixtape of all Studio One stuff because we could. It was copasetic, like the Stranger Cole tune which bears her name.

Johnny had a college radio show on AM 750 that semester. Dan did one at his MCC. Eric too hosted one at Canisius in Buffalo. Holy free CDs! What could happen next?

It seems not so much like we chose hodge-podge fanzine culture as it chose us. HP1 got completed late January after an epic hike down into the snowy Genesee gorge for ice cave exploration. Twenty-two miles long and fairly deep, it's touted as the "Grand Canyon of the East." No one ever thought about murder there, at least not until 1988. As much as we'd like to credit Evan Dorkin's 1993 comic Where have all the Ska 'zines Gone? for inspiration, some favorites were Adventures of Stickman #3 (Buffalo), Punk Life #16, Dishwasher #12, Stargreen #3 & 5, Tighten Up #15, 737 #3, Moon Skazette #12, E. Atkinson's Skaville Times – a newsprint broadsheet outta Boulder CO. Glenn Morrison SkaOi! #2 Aug 95. Local lit arts of the Refrigerator. And who could forget that one off ultra-limited Miggedy promo fanzine spring 1995 containing a Slash interview?

NUMBER CRUNCH 5 leaves = 20 pages half-sized. Initial press run ?? Made copies at church office Dan was still employed at. Probly anywhere between 50 and 80 but there's no real telling without having kept track. Thanks go to Sue Mearns, whose salt-sprayed minivan and Culver Rd. home office helped in assembling pasteups. We used old school Chartpak rubdown letters for mechanicals & tape covers – Bookman Swash actually. I'm impressed to use a Macintosh and output WYSIWYG type in Clarisworks.

HP1 never went too much past our close friends until #2 was completed, when we could barely scrape up postage for a tiny mailing of both. A first class stamp costs 32 cents. It wasn't even a true xerox, but big ups to that ancient Pitney Bowes revving at 296.

Rochester NY is headquarters of Eastman Kodak Company and Xerox Corporation

java cows
Ach. There's nary a creature alive
who can outrun a greased Scotsman.
LEST WE FORGET A slow but steady
teenage mutant ninja Lester escapes!

First discussed as 11x17" format, the digest-size HP sits perfectly atop your standard toilet tank.

GOLLY! Union 1221

"Everybody's talking about their hometown scenes
And hurting people's feelings in their magazines
You want to know what it all means?
It's nothing."
– Song #1 (Fugazi, 1989)