The Face: September 1981, issue #17


Format: magazine

Country: UK

Year: 1981

Price paid: 80 cents

Purchased at: The Record Archive, Rochester NY


The Face, if I may over-simplify, is a magazine of style with a concentration (at least in these early issues) on music (75%), fashion (25%), and the various stories of interest to the early 80’s British hipster.

In this exciting issue-


  • The Human League
  • Cabaret Voltaire
  • Jah Wobble
  • Soft Sell
  • The Skids
  • Fad Gadget
  • Black Uhuru
  • Ian Dury
  • OK Jive
  • Vivien Goldman
  • Sly and Robbie



  • Beat fashion
  • Tattoos: The Mark of the Outsider
  • The Zoot Suit: A Historical Perspective



Advert for BOY boutique, letting patrons know that they carried Vivian Westwood’s ‘Seditionaries’ line of clothing…

Hot topics

  • New Psychedelia and beyond
  • Zine reviews
  • Preppy Power
  • The rise of the music video on tape
  • The Berlin Wall (article by Julie Burchill)
  • New York (article by Robert Elms)




There was an unwritten rule in 80’s music mags that you had to hate 99% of everything you review. Just to prove how cool you are. That being said, this was far from Debbie’s best work…

  • Debbie Harry- Koo Koo
  • Pretenders- Pretenders II
  • Wire- Document and Eyewitness
  • New Age Steppers- Action Battlefield
  • Escape From New York (film)
  • The Cannonball Run (film)
  • City of Women (film)



  • Centerfold of a demure Siousxise by Joe Lyons
  • Kraftwerk by Anton Corbijn






Bonus crossword (click to enlarge) if you’re really into obscure early 80’s pop culture trivia…

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