9/10 Phil Staff review, 26 October 2012
I’ve been a big fan of Savage Pencil (or Sav X) for years now. Ever since I clocked those early Blast First record sleeves I’ve been hooked! He’s done artwork for Sonic Youth, Big Black, The Fall, Sunn, Coil, Skullflower, Palace Brothers, Flying Saucer Attack, Rocket From The Crypt and Norman Records (check your postcards and gift vouchers, guys).
Here’s a fine collection of his comic strips which were have appeared in The Wire over the last however many years. There’s over 100 culled from The Wire in this 272 page book complete with extensive notes which will shed some light on some of those ‘toons. In the book you get musical guest stars from the likes Steve Reich, Moondog, Mark E Smith, Sonic Youth, Robert Wyatt, Suicide, Kraftwerk, Crass, Lou Reed, Jandek, Throbbing Gristle, Sleep and lots more. It’s dark, funny and wrong and a great read you can just pick up for a bit while you’re having a crap (it’s about the only place I read things on paper these days).
So my bitesize sentence would be: ‘Underground culture satirised with a dark sense of humour and some wonky drawings.’
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