This is the good stuff, this is music for girls…

Image from Lemonade fanzine

excerpt from the opening chapter of Lemonade,
a 1989 fanzine by Clare (SARAH 14)

It became clear pretty soon after we released our first single that many people had a problem with a label that not only had a girl’s name but was co-run by a woman. That was how the world was in 1987, though. Three years later, there were murmurs of change: the first Riot Grrrl fanzines and bands were appearing in the USA, and the movement would spread to the UK via groups such as Huggy Bear and Heavenly, who released Atta Girl and P.U.N.K. Girl on Sarah in 1993.

The following year, though, capitalising on the “new lad” movement, IPC launched Loaded, a magazine that took its title from a Primal Scream song and boasted that it was “for men who should know better”. When IPC was restructured, Loaded became part of “Ignite”, IPC’s “men’s media” division… as did NME… because music, real music, isn’t for girls…

We want to write something more substantial about all this at some point… but, in the meantime, there are press-cuttings and other related items below…