Happy One Year Anniversary
It’s hard to imagine, just one year ago, a few Salt Lakers, JR, Ziba and Jo Jo, decided they were going to make it happen. Raunch, The Speedway and now defunct Word, were the sole advertisers. A year later, we’d like to thank everyone who has contributed to this publication… negatively or positively. From Mike Carlson, to Hate X9, to My Sister Jane, just to name a few. SLUG has, if nothing else, given you a monthly calendar of shows. As the calendars progressed, they also grew, as is evident in the October issue calendars of The Speedway, The Word and The Bar and Grill. October was truly a historic month in the history of bitchin’ music in SLC. October was thanks to every single one of us including club owners, record store managers, cafes and coffee shops, radio DJs, to promoters, to the people who took the time out to review shows in this here publication, to every, loyal, paying fan, to every local band who played for the purpose of playing. You all know who you are, and your enthusiasm or apathy has enhanced and added in an individual way to Salt Lake’s underground.
Whether you, our readership, are Jewish, Christian, Pagan, Muslim, Buddhist, Agnostic, Atheist, or somewhere in between, we hope 1990 will make even more history than was made in ‘89. It’s hard to fathom a year more historical than the past one has been: the East German wall tumbling down and the possible reunification of Germany along with Hungary, Poland and Czechoslovakia all having explosive, simultaneous attempts at experimenting with freedom and democracy. At home, in the good old US of A, ‘89 has been historic in an almost anti-freedom of rights kind of way. With uncalled-for reviews of civil rights issues such as flag burning, abortion and mandatory drug testing, it’s time to become active about politics, no matter what side of the fence you sit on. If you sit on the fence, then you are part of the reason our rights are being taken away! The editorial staff at SLUG encourages all of you to get involved in politics and policy-making with the same passion you have shown for the music that has happened in SLC this past year. After all, it’s all part of the bigger picture. We wish the Chinese students, the students in Czechoslovakia, Hillel, Foster, anonymous AIDS victims and anyone close to you who has passed on, could have been with us to bring in the New Year. Have a safe-drinking, safe-sex holiday season.