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Kingdom Come (Fife's first Music Fanzine)

This page of KinemaGigz.com is respectfully dedicated to the memory of the late great Johnny Waller.

Fife's first ever music fanzine / punkzine, Kingdom Come was owned, edited and largely written by the late, great Johnny Waller, ably assisted by a few friends and other contributors including: Sandy Fenwick, JJ, Gordon, TV, Richard, Linus Straite (AKA Stuart Adamson of The Skids), Dennis W Jubb, Ronnie Gurr, Walter Sandra Short, Shona Street, Michael Scott, Alistair J Morrison, Martin Bundy, Bernard, Lorna Munro, Dave Case, Peter J Mitchell, Nick A & Simon Pannell and probably some others I've missed.

Johnny was a music enthusiast whose interest inspired him to begin writing about the burgeoning punk / new wave music scene locally in Dunfermline and beyond from the fans' point of view and so Kingdom Come was born using a typewriter, scissors, paste, Leteraset, pen, paper and photocopier.

He also became manager to an Edinburgh band 'Visitors' & owner of a short-lived independent record label 'Deep Cuts' also in Edinburgh (two 7" discs were released on Deep Cuts - 'Visitors': Electric Heat EP and 'The Fakes': Production - both in 1979).

He was also author of 'Sweet Dreams: The Definitive Biography of Eurythmics' (1985) and frequent contributor to the weekly pages of our professional UK music press such as Sounds, New Musical Express, Record Mirror & Zig Zag.  Relocating to London he co-founded Fire Records and also ran a photo agency there. A family man, he was tragically killed in a bicycle accident in Islington, London on October 8th 1996 aged only 40.

A talented footballer and though owner of a fearsome temper, Johnny was a gentleman and championed many Scottish bands during the punk/new wave era and was a much respected professional music journalist who is sorely missed even today and I was privileged to have known him for a short time when he assisted Trax with the recording of their single at Cargo in Rochdale, even driving the van as few of us were old enough to do so!

Issue one of Kingdom Come was published on September 29th 1977 and was available to purchase (for the princely sum of £0.15 per copy) in a variety of outlets, often record shops. There were at least seventeen issues published until sometime late 1979). By this time the cover price had risen to a heady £0.20 and demands on Johnny's time were becoming too great to continue with it.

Some of the copies displayed here are scanned from my own collection of originals, while others are from acquired photocopies. They have been subjected to varying degrees of (hopefully sensitive) digital 'cleansing' which I hope will enhance their legibility without removing too much of their patina.

I have it on good authority that a copy of issue 14 resides in the British Library in London, while several originals have changed hands for prices in excess of £120!

The collection has built issue by issue (as I found the copy,  the time for the scanning / processing & publication) however my collection is not yet complete without the last ever issue No17! If you would like to contribute or loan an original or copy of No.17 to complete the set, I would be most grateful. Please contact me here.

For an overview, flick through the pages below at the existing size with the vertical strip at the edge of the page or click the image to read in full screen mode.
 

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Kingdom Come - Issue 01 - 29th September 1977

Welcome / News of The Clash Coming to Dunfermline! / Boomtown Rats Gig, Interview & Album Review / Elvis is Dead! / David Essex TV Show / Local Record Retailers Review / Singles Review / The Stiff Story / Rock Against Racism Review / Stranglers - No More Heroes Review / Back Page Notes etc

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Kingdom Come - Issue 02 - 14th October 1977

Radio Forth Ultravox Interview / Stiff Gig Review Apollo / Skids Rehearsal & Chat / Skids & Rezillos Pix / etc

 

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Kingdom Come - Issue 03 - 28th October 1977

The Stranglers / The Only Ones / Singles Review / Album Review / Gigs Reviews / The Clash at The Kinema Ballroom / Drones Advert / Fanzines Reviews

 

My thanks to Dave O'Dell for this copy

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Kingdom Come - Issue 04 - 25th November 1977

Tom Robinson Band / The Tubes gig review / The Adverts gig review / Magazine gig review / Dunfermline Scene / Clash & Skids Kinema gig review  / Buzzcocks & Skids gig review / Graham Parker gig review / Clash gig review Manchester / Singles review / The Freeze / Dunfermline gig cancelled.

 

My thanks to Dave O'Dell for this copy

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Kingdom Come - Issue 05 - 16th December 1977 - Special Bumper Issue!

Editorial (From the Pulpit) / Boomtown Rats debut album review & interview  / Adverts interview / Gig review - Sham 69 & The Negatives & The Slugs / Slaughter & The Dogs article / Eddie & The Hot Rods Album Review - Life on the Line / Graham Parker & the Rumour Album Review - Stick to Me / The Damned Album Review - Music for Pleasure / The Ramones Album Review - Rocket to Russia / Miscellaneous Singles Review / End of year Easy Competition / Gig Review / Singles Review / Steve Jones Interview / Rezillos Advert / Poly Styrene Poster

 

My thanks to Dave O'Dell for this copy

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Kingdom Come - Issue 06 - 27th January 1978

The Valves / Ignatz / X-Ray Spex / Wild Man Fischer / Yachts / Wire - Pink Flag Review / ELO / Olivia Newton John Album / The Adverts / Straw Dogs / The Freeze / The Skids Interview Pt 1 / Singles Review / Rezillos family Tree / Contributor's Pick of 1977 Discs / Gig List (tough to read) / Words from JW / etc

 

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Kingdom Come - Issue 07 - 24th February 1978

Bland Pop / The Lowdown on Wire / The Delinquents Interview / New Hearts / Skids interview Pt 2 / Skids Charles EP Advert / No Dice / Ultravox Live at Clouds / Nick Lowe - Jesus of Cool Review / XTC - White Music review / XTC Live at The Health Centre Review / Yachts & Ignatz Live at Carnegie Hall review / Cuban Heels Downtown Advert / MX-80 Sound Hard Attack Review / Singles Review / Letters Page / Reader's Poll / Zoom Records Advert / Eddie and the Hot Rods Poster.

 

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Kingdom Come - Issue 08 - April 1978

The Damned Split / The Delinquents Live Review / Vibrators Live at Clouds Review / MX-80 Sound / Distorts Interview / Skids Live at Stewarts Melville Review / Scars & 999 Live at Clouds Review / Clive's Birthday Party Review / Exile Live Review / Fanzines / Wreckless Eric Live at Tiffanies Review / Drones Live Review / Competition / Album Reviews / Pauline from Penetration Pin-Up / Bethnal live at the Health Centre Review / Letters page / Cartoon

 

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Kingdom Come - Issue 09 - May 1978

Bethnal / Charybdis Live at The Belleville Hotel Live Review / Chancers / Cuban Heels & Paraffin Hearts & Scars & Channel 4 & The Delinquents at Carnegie Hall Live Review / X-Ray Spex Live review / Elvis Costello Live at Tiffanys Live Review / Radio Stars Live Review /  Cartoon / Patti Smith Live Review

 

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Kingdom Come - Issue 10 - June 1978

Singles Review / Contributor's Playlists / The Zones / Dylan / The Motors Live Review  / Peter Hamill Pt1 / Quick Spurts / Slade Live at Edinburgh University Review / The Only Ones Debut Album Review / Schoolgirl Bitch / Straits & Chancers at The Castleton Live Review / The Stranglers at the Apollo Live Review / The Rutles / Blue Oyster Cult / Letters / Johnny's? Hand!

 

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Kingdom Come - Issue 11 - July/August 1978

Skids & Monolug & Bad News Live in the Glen Gig Review / Peter Hamill Pt2 / Only Ones & Soft Boys at Tiffany's Live Review / The Boomtown Rats at The Apollo Live Review / Album Reviews - The Boomtown Rats & Bruce Springsteen & Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers & Thin Lizzy & Daryl Hall and John Oates & Devo / Ian Dury at the Odeon Live Review / Steel Pulse Live Review / Fast Products / The Bohemian Love-In at the Roundhouse Live Review / The Jolt & The Rezillos Album Reviews / Letters Page / Singles Review / Competition / Small Stuff / Sex Pistols Poster

 

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Kingdom Come - Issue 12 - September 1978

Stranglers / Album Reviews (Alternative TV & Blondie) / Siouxsie & the Banshees Live at Clouds Gig Review / Delinx Interview / The Deleted Article / The Dickies / Patti Smith Group at Odeon Edinburgh Live Review / Manchester Reigns / The Aaargh / Straits at Carnegie Annex Live Review / Singles Review with Bruce Watson & Sandy Fenwick / Exile Interview & Gig Review / 4 Days on the Road with The Clash / Letters Page / Skids - Contusion Lyrics

 

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Kingdom Come - Issue 13 - December 1978

Simple Minds / Poem / Recommended List / Ripped & Torn Album & Singles Charts / Impressions of London / Fashion / The Guity at The Cross Keys Dalkeith Live Review / Cyanide Interview / Competition / Sex, Sexism & Sexuatity / PiL Poster / Skids & Zones Live at The Kinema Gig Review / Strange Writing Live in Dalkeith Gig Review / Jam & Dickies & Patrik Fitzgerald in Newcastle Live Gig Review / Reader's Poll / Letters Page / Dickies Are Crap - A Revelation / The Clash in Sheffield Live Review / Fast Product / Televion's Over - Adverts Lyrics

 

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Kingdom Come - Issue 14 - January 1979

Johnny's Rant and the Launch of 'Deep Cuts' / Delinx & Straits News / Reader's Poll / Battle of the Bands / The Only Ones / The Undertones Live Review / John Cooper Clarke / Rezillos Picture Montage & Family Tree / Jim Kerr Interview / Letters Page / The Skids' Scared To Dance Review / Sandy's & Johnny's Disc Choices of 1978 / Fast Scars (how they recorded Horrorshow at Cargo in Rochdale) / Rab of the Scars Poster

A copy of this issue resides in the British Library (System number 015426039) in London! - Ghoulz.

 

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Kingdom Come - Issue 15 - March 1979

Editorial / Prize Crossword / Skids 'Scared to Dance' album & tour advert / Valves gig review / The Cubs gig review / Switch - an overview / Slow Motion Suicide (poem) / Johnny's playlist / The Deleted interview / The Prats / Kingdom Come post / Scars - Adult/ery and Horrorshow advert / The Fakes / Bruce's Record Shop advert / The Freeze - origins and interview / Swell Maps / The Fakes Poster.


My thanks to Simon at The Edinburgh Gig Archive for this copy

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Kingdom Come - Issue 16 - May 1979

Johnny's Rant / The Trax Interview / B,A,K,E. / New / The Valves Interview / Another Pretty Face at The Charities Cafe Live Review / Trax & Delinx & The Different at Rothes Arms Live Gig Review / Ezy Ryder Record Shop Advert / Simple Minds Interview / TV Art Article / Pix of Carpettes & TV Art / Letters / Advert & Pic of Visitors' Electric Heat EP.

 

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Kingdom Come - Issue 17 - August/September 1979

Carpettes / TV Art / Metropak / Cubs / Belsen Horrors / Orange Juice / Mentol Errors / ?

AWAITING COPY - Do you have this one? Contact me here.

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