Raunch Records

Photo: John Carlisle

Raunch Records first opened its doors in 1984 (perhaps fueled by a determination to counter the anti-punk, oppressive worldview George Orwell warned about). Over the last decade, the yuppies have seemingly said, “Jump,” to which Sugarhouse has said, “How high?” So Brad Collins and company couldn’t have picked a better time to re-launch—or, re-Raunch—at 1119 East 2100 South. Look no further for punk/hardcore CDs, vinyl, apparel and skateboards. No Top 40, no Entertainment Weekly subscription offers at checkout, and no phonies—that’s Raunch, “a fucked up place to get some shit.”

: Tell us about your first experience with SLUG Magazine.
Collins: We were lucky enough to be approached to do an ad, and then we ended up getting the back page for a while. JR was doing our layouts for all those ads, and they were really fun. Most of the ads didn’t talk about a new release or a shirt we were making or anything—it was more of a social statement or some kind of catchphrase that I liked. It got to be sort of an expression page for me.

: How have you seen the magazine change since then?
Collins: It’s shifted to more hardcore from college rock. And the skateboarding and snowboarding thing is obvious. There was nothing like that in the JR period. Gianni might have opened the door on that stuff a little bit when he was doing the editing, but Angela blew it open.

: What is one of the most memorable SLUG articles that you have read?
Collins: [laughs] I don’t read the magazine. I just look at the pictures man.

: What is your favorite SLUG cover?
Collins: I think I counted like four or five Henry Rollins covers, so he’s definitely the cover-child for the magazine. It’s always good to see him on there.\

SLUG: Tell us about the most memorable SLUG event that you’ve attended.
Collins: I thought that thing they did for the 18th anniversary was pretty special—The Stench playing with Iceburn and stuff. That was really cool. And I like the skateboard competition stuff, especially the last one where they took the train around and hit the secret spots. I thought that was a really cool idea.

: How has SLUG affected your life?
Collins: For me, the challenge was always the deadline. I was always scrambling to figure out my ad, so that was changing my life at the end of every fucking month. JR would say, “Did you get your ad done?” and I’d say, “Oh shit, it’s the 28th. I’ve got to figure this out!”

SLUG: Why do you think SLUG has continued to be relevant in Utah for the last 22 years?
Collins: In terms of what it’s done for the community—it’s definitely kept a thread on the community the whole time. I wasn’t here for 10 years, and when I came back, people felt like there was a certain amount of the community that came back in terms of communication and stuff. So, I think SLUG has always been there in that way, for the underground. It gets to a point where things are so disposable that it doesn’t matter if you do it or not, in a way. But in another way it’s indispensable. The enhancement in the community has always been there, whether or not Mike Brown is writing [laughs].

Photo: John Carlisle