Monday, October 6, 2008

Fanzine Spotlight: Good & Plenty



It's time again for another Fanzine Spotlight and this time around the spotlight shines on a fanzine called Good & Plenty. Good & Plenty came out of the Chicago area, Zion Illinois to be exact and was done by a guy named Gabe Rodriguez, with some help from a few friends that seemed to come and go.

The first issue of Good & Plenty that ever ended up in my mailbox was issue 3, which was released in September of 1989. That particular issue contained interviews with: Gorilla Biscuits, Insted, Brotherhood, Bold and Judge, so you can see it packed quite a wallop with one hell of a lineup. Along with those interviews came pages upon pages of cool artwork, good photos and some of the best ads of the day. Layout wise issue 3 was fairly standard for the time, but it was the the content in whole that helped make G&P stand out.

Issue 4 of Good & Plenty was released in January of 1990 and had interviews with: Refuse, Even Score, Inner Strength, Up Front and 7 Seconds. What was starting to become very apparent with G&P was the quality of photos that popped up in issue 4. Where as issue 3 was more or less photos taken at local shows by the editor or his friends, issue 4 we started seeing great photos of some of the best bands taken all over the country by what appeared to be some serious photographers. Interviews and show reviews still had a place in issue 4, but photo page after photo page was what really dominated the zine. There were definitely some stand out photos of Gorilla Biscuits, Youth Of Today, Judge, Beyond, Bold, Bad Brains, Insted, No For An Answer, Turning Point and Release among many, many more.



Issue 5 was released in May of 1990 and had interviews with: Carry Nation, Vision, Turning Point, Billingsgate and Say No More. The first noticeable change from the earlier issues to issue 5 was the nice glossy, two color, card stock cover and back. Again, cool interviews and good photos to go along with those interviews, but the spread after spread of great random band photos stole the show. It was obvious that Gabe had a good thing going with photographers from all over the country and even into Europe. Sick Cali photos of Against The Wall, Carry Nation, Something To Say, Judge, Outspoken, Pushed Aside, End To End, Freewill, Inside Out and Insted just to name a few. So many memorable photos in general as well. GB in Europe with Civ wearing the PX longsleeve, Integrity with a young and shaved up Tony Brummel up front singing along, Judge "Where It Went" video shoot show pics from City Gardens, Project X in Clevo, Verbal Assault at the Living Room in Rhode Island... I could go on and on.

Issue 6 of Good & Plenty was released in the winter of 1990 into 1991 and had interviews with: Quicksand, Integrity, Sacred Reich and a mock Chain Of Strength interview calling them "Chain Gang". Apparently Gabe, the editor had some sort of bad dealing with Ryan from Chain regarding an ad, so he decided to pull some sort of fake tabloid style interview. Kinda stupid if you ask me, this sort of thing didn't seem to be necessary, but that's neither here nor there. Back to the zine... issue 6 started showing signs of some legitimately nice and interesting layouts. The Integrity interview specifically was pretty impressive for the time. Lots of cool Integ photos, nice use of various record artwork for backgrounds and the interview its self was pretty damn riveting for the time. For me, this was one of the first Integrity interviews that really started to push their legendary reputation. Again, aside from the interviews, tons of great photos. A few particularly impressive shots of early "Screaming For Change" era Uniform Choice, that I've never seen before or since. Issue 6, like issue 5, had the glossy card stock, 2 color cover and ended up being the last issue of Good & Plenty that I'd ever see.



When I think of Good & Plenty, of course the stand out element was all those incredible photos, but something else that I give it credit for is bridging the gap between the late 80's to early 90's hardcore scene. When most of the great fanzines of the late 80's had folded, Good & Plenty was a symbol of what was left. You had coverage of all those classic bands of the late 80's, but you also had coverage of all the newer surging bands entering the 1990's. On one page you might be introduced to Billingsgate or Quicksand and then the next you're seeing mind blowing Gorilla Biscuits and Youth Of Today photos. Most definitely a classic in its own right. -Tim DCXX


13 comments:

D. Sine said...

Good and Plenty was good zine and Gabe was a good guy. I traded many zines and photos with him back then. Nice tribute to a good zine.

Jon said...

One of my favorite zines, I just filled out my collection a bit last week on Ebay. I have issue 7 in addition to yours Tim. Never seen issue #1 or 2, anyone wanna sell me a copy?

Larry said...

One of my fav zines of all time. Always looked forward to a new issue, love all the photos and it was cool to see the zine progress in quality. (ie photos, paper stock, more professional etc)

Still have all my copies which I guess is only 4, 5, 6 and 7.

ERIC SXE said...

Great zine. I just sold a bunch to Jon! LOL Gabe was always cool to me and I even have a couple pix in his zines.

I remember when I first got into the scene back in 89, Gabe hooked me up with a tape of a bunch of killer 7"s like GB, Turning Point, Brotherhood and a few others. That was way cool of him. I've never forgotten that.

chad said...

I used to penpal with gabe back in the days when i did Frontside 'zine... we used to trade 'zines, flyers, pics, etc. he was always a super cool dude.. i think there might even be a couple pics i took in an issue.

still have all my issues and i still have my teal G&P t-shirt!

J-Double said...

Chain totally deserved what they got. they straight up ripped off a LOT of people, myself included. great band but shitty ethics. furthering that Chain story, they were supposed to play a show at Club Blitz w/Addiction & that show would have been the show they got jumped at but luckily for them they never showed because of a "snow storm" or something.

G&P is still one of my all time fave zines to this day. there was also Good & Plenty the band. remember seeing them with Billingsgate in Zion. don't think they ever recorded anything & they played mostly (all?) covers live.

have been trying to get Gabe's photo collection for years now,ahahah!

shanedanger said...

I loved G&P! I still have all my copies!
Gabe was the nicest dude and really helped me feel involved in HC after I moved to a new state (CA), didn't know the scene, and the internet didn't exist.

I wonder what he is currently up to?

j-double said...

last i heard of Gabe was that he was managing the band Local H, who initially included another G&P staffer (forget his name).

sean said...

Good & Plenty was my favorite zine, no question. It just had style.

sexy said...

情趣用品,情趣,情色,成人,A片,自拍,情趣用品,情趣,色情,成人影片,色情影片,免費A片,情趣用品,情趣,成人網站,A片下載,日本AV,做愛,情趣用品,情趣,美女交友,A片,辣妹視訊,情色視訊,情趣用品,情趣,色情聊天室,聊天室,AV,成人電影,A片,情趣用品,情趣用品,情趣,情趣

情色,A片,AIO,AV,日本AV,色情A片,AV女優,A漫,免費A片,A片下載,情色A片,哈啦聊天室,UT聊天室,聊天室,豆豆聊天室,色情聊天室,尋夢園聊天室,080視訊聊天室,080聊天室,080苗栗人聊天室,免費視訊聊天,上班族聊天室,080中部人聊天室,視訊聊天室,視訊聊天,成人聊天室,一夜情聊天室,辣妹視訊,情色視訊,成人,成人影片,成人光碟,成人影城,自拍

情趣用品,A片,AIO,AV,AV女優,A漫,免費A片,日本AV,寄情築園小遊戲,情色貼圖,色情小說,情色文學,色情,色情遊戲,一葉情貼圖片區,色情網站,色情影片,微風成人, 嘟嘟成人網,成人,成人貼圖,18成人,成人影城,成人圖片,成人影片,UT聊天室,聊天室,豆豆聊天室,尋夢園聊天室,080聊天室,080苗栗人聊天室,080視訊聊天室,視訊聊天室

情趣用品,A片,aio,av,av女優,a漫,免費a片,aio交友愛情館,a片免費看,a片下載,本土自拍,自拍,愛情公寓,情色,情色貼圖,色情小說,情色文學,色情,寄情築園小遊戲,色情遊戲,嘟嘟情人色網,一葉情貼圖片區,色情影片,情色網,色情網站,微風成人,嘟嘟成人網,成人,18成人,成人影城,成人圖片,成人貼圖,成人圖片區,成人小說,成人電影

情趣用品,情趣用品,情趣,情趣,情趣用品,情趣用品,情趣,情趣,情趣用品,情趣用品,情趣,情趣,情趣用品,情趣用品,情趣用品,情趣用品,情趣用品.情趣,情趣,情趣,情趣,視訊聊天室

麻將,台灣彩卷,六合彩開獎號碼,運動彩卷,六合彩,遊戲,線上遊戲,cs online,搓麻將,矽谷麻將,明星三缺一, 橘子町,麻將大悶鍋,台客麻將,公博,game,,中華職棒,麗的線上小遊戲,國士無雙麻將,麻將館,賭博遊戲,威力彩,威力彩開獎號碼,龍龍運動網,史萊姆,史萊姆好玩遊戲,史萊姆第一個家,史萊姆好玩遊戲區,樂透彩開獎號碼,遊戲天堂,天堂,好玩遊戲,遊戲基地,無料遊戲王,好玩遊戲區,麻將遊戲,好玩遊戲區,小遊戲,電玩快打

情趣用品,情趣,A片,AIO,AV,AV女優,A漫,免費A片,情色,情色貼圖,色情小說,情色文學,色情,寄情竹園小遊戲,色情遊戲,AIO交友愛情館,色情影片,情趣內衣,情趣睡衣,性感睡衣,情趣商品,微風成人,嘟嘟成人網,成人,18成人,成人影城,成人圖片,成人貼圖,成人圖片區,UT聊天室,聊天室,豆豆聊天室 ,哈啦聊天室,尋夢園聊天室,聊天室尋夢園,080苗栗人聊天室,080聊天室,視訊交友網,視訊

. said...

Used to see Gabe at tons of shows back in the late 80's and early 90's. Would love to see more of his photos...

Chuck Booth

Gabriel said...

This is truly incredible... Just browsing my old zine online, and came across this... Thanks for the kind words...

Unpacking my old stuff, I ran across some nice stuff from the G&P days...
drop me a line if you like...
Localgabe@gmail.com
Gabe

Sildenafil Citrate said...

I remember reading Good & Plenty when I was in school. I lived in Chicago and that magazine was a blast.