Paradise 6 - The New Order Fanzine; Limited Edition cover detail
Initial letter to Hooky dated 28 March 1989 with handwritten reply
Letter from Hooky c. 1989 Pt 1
Letter from Hooky c. 1989 Pt 2
Letter from Hooky c. 1991
Paradise - The New Order Fanzine, 1989-1999
12 issues, 8 in folded A5 format and 4 in A4. 1200 units sold nationally and internationally per issue.
Two fans, David Smith & Oliver Cain, decided to start a fanzine to cater for a new era of fans brought into the fold by the release of True Faith. Other fanzines seemed to cater for fans more in tune with Joy Division and the pre Low-life material.
Support came from Peter Hook who provided information and kept in touch, writing letters regularly throughout the life of the fanzine. Promotional photos were kindly made available by Factory Communications Ltd in Didsbury. A local graphic designer and mutual friend, Jonathon Scott, provided artwork and typography.
The look of the fanzine was deemed as important as the content. Issue 3 was published with a regular long sleeve and a limited clear sleeve with a run of 50. An exclusive colour sleeve was designed for issue 6 with a limited run of 100. The standard sleeve was white with a dotted collage effect using a portrait of Ian Curtis.
The fanzine regularly featured readers letters and numerous fans provided gig reviews, news and personal photos.
In December 1990 David was interviewed by Sounds magazine for a feature called 'The New Order Files'. It identified the difference between the fans of Joy Division and New Order.
The advent of the internet age meant that there was no longer a demand for the printed word. Information, photos and media were now available at the click of a button.
Cerysmatic Factory contacted Peter Hook in 2011 to see what he recalled of Paradise and he said "What do I remember? Very little but I was an amenable chap then wasn't I? Before I got old and grumpy ha ha! What do I remember of the fanzine? It was very flattering indeed! Remember hating it when my picture wasn't on the front ha ha!".
Published in March 1989
Written by David Smith & Oliver Cain.
Includes: Live reviews of G-Mex '88 and NEC '89 live concerts, Technique lyrics, Discography, and much more.
Published in July 1989
Written by David Smith and Oliver Cain. Sleeve designed by Jonathon Scott.
Includes: The Drawback - a history of Joy Division part1, Aberdeen radio interview with Peter Hook from March 1989, G-Mex aftershow, Glasgow SEC '89 gig review, Florida '89 gig reviews, Vinyl bootleg reviews and much more.
Published in November 1989.
Written by David Smith & Oliver Cain. Sleeve by Jonathon Scott. Limited Edition sleeve of 50 copies.
Includes: MTV 'Spotlight' 1989, History of Joy Division - 'The Drawback', 1989 US Tour review, Reading festival review, Readers Poll and much more.
Published in July 1990
Written by David Smith and Oliver Cain. Artwork by J. Scott and sleeve layout by David & Oliver.
Issue IV featured Electronic, the fate of the Hacienda, the New Factory, Tony Wilson / Keith Allen / Peter Hook on Granada TV in June 1990, the continued history of New Order in 'Paradox', Revenge, World in Motion and much more.
Published in January 1990
Written by David Smith. Sleeve typography by Jonathon Scott. Sleeve designed by David Smith and Oliver Cain.
Includes: Paradise invades Sounds, 'Rock On' Radio 1 interview from 1983, Paradox - part 2 of the New Order history, Peter Saville - 'An Appreciation', Revenge gig review - Manchester International - November 1990, Picadilly radio interview from March 1989 and much more.
Published in April 1991
Written by David Smith & Oliver Cain, sleeve artwork by Jonathon Scott. In standard sleeve and Limited Edition sleeve of 100 copies
Includes: The story of World In Motion, the continued history of New Order in 'Paradox', Peter Saville 'Appreciated' - part 2, The tasteful guide to T-shirts & more, Piccadilly Radio Interview, Electronic & much more.
Published in July/August 1991
Written by David Smith, sleeve artwork by Jonathon Scott.
Includes: 1987 Radio 1 interview, the continued history of New Order in 'Paradox', the 'Impact and Influence' of New Order, backstage photos, Electronic LP review, Cities In The Park review and much more.
Published in March 1992
Written by David Smith. Sleeve designed by David Smith, typography by Jonathon Scott
Includes: The Other Two interview - 'Hit The North' Radio 5 1991, Ian Curtis - 'A Paradise Memory', Morris & Gilbert 'Appreciated', the continued history of New Order in 'Paradox', Revenge - Gun World Porn review, Revenge gig review and much more.
Special thanks to David Smith for the illustrated history of Paradise.