Trouser Press Thursdays – October 1979

So we got David Bowie for October.

Not totally spooky, but certainly spookier than say….Elvis Costello?

I have one big complaint about this issue:

Who in the fuck was their artist? Both this cover and the artwork for the Bowie article is fucking TERRRRRRRIBLE.

Now I get it – not everyone can be Jack Davis (or even Dave Berg), but Jesus (of cool) Christ – that drawing of the non-Ziggy Bowie makes him look like he should be on the Planet of the Apes.

But other than that, it was an ok issue. Nothing too exciting. They’ve made some staffing changes starting with the last issue and they’ve moved more people around for this one. And now we’re on the road to the big record crash of 1980, so more of that will be coming. It’s even affected the Free Subscriber Record Thunderdome for this month.

Also, this issue has been the yellow-ist issue I’ve read (so far). I bought this collection from someone I don’t know, therefore I don’t really know the history of it, other then it was sent to me from New York City (get a rope!). I do know that whomever originally owned this collection (or assembled this collection) was not a subscriber because none of the covers have a mailing label and the later issues (1983) don’t have the flexidiscs (which were only for subscriber issues). Maybe the original owner didn’t have this issue and then bought it off someone who smoked or didn’t take care of it? I know that vintage paper yellows, but none of the other issues have been too bad, so we’ll see.

Anyways, will the October 1979 issue be a trick or a treat? Let’s find out…..

And we have Led Zeppelin for the inside front cover advert this month. We have one more year left of John Bonham, so lets enjoy him while we still can.

Really? Wazmo was able to get signed?

“Dear God, thank you so much for making the author of this vile and ridiculous letter a legitimate Karen. You know I need all the help I can get with writing these jokes. It’s so nice when they can write themselves. Keep up the good work!” – D.

“Dear D, I don’t think even I can help you with your jokes.” – God.

At least he wrote me back.

So now you’re stuck getting the shit they have left in the warehouse. I would snap up either the Deep Purple or the Godley and Creme before they’re gone.


I’m sorry, but I’ve always thought that You Can Tune a Piano, But You Can’t Tuna Fish was the lamest album title. It’s a funny little play on words, but not for an album. At least Hi-Infidelity is a little less cheesy and sounds like an actual album title.

Also no album sales……

First Mickey Rooney and then Bill Cosby? Poor girl.

His name is John Otway and I don’t even understand the play on words they’re trying for here. Is it supposed to be pig latin? Who knows?

Do I have to?

They gave this album a pretty good review, but it’s not on Spotify and I can’t find it on YouTube, so I guess the world will never know.

I told you! At least they remembered to draw his nipple.

Once again, if you’d like to read the entire article (or any of these articles), you can find this issue at

Like they couldn’t get the artist for this one to draw Bowie?

Did someone hit him over the head with a rhythm stick and take all of his money?

I wonder why she went from Ann to Annie? Usually it’s the other way around.

I want to guess Mark Mothersbaugh, but I feel like it’s too obvious of an answer.

Who do you think it is?

And we end this issue with Ralph Records on the inside back cover and the other Records on the actual back cover.

I just wish Trouser Press was a little more forward thinking with their October issue. Maybe an interview with The Cramps? An article about the Residents? Just something a little more fun and Halloween-ish.

As I write this, it’s 100 degrees outside, so certainly not October weather, although here in California it very well could be. Will the November 1979 issue of Trouser Press bring us the cool and crispness of the Fall (not the band)?

Or maybe it will be The Fall (the band)?

Either way, I’m sure it’ll probably be a turkey of an issue!

See you next week and see you next month!

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