Friday, May 30, 2008

Nation of Ulysses!

This is simply a documentation of the Nation Of Ulysses' zine, Ulysses Speaks. It was released in the early nineties and was available by writing the band. I'll post various issues as I have the time. I'm currently missing issue #01 and #06.

The members of the band included: Ian Svenonius (vocals), Steve Kroner (occasional guitar), Tim Green (guitar), Steve Gamboa (bass) and James Canty (drums).

The band members have gone on to other things, including but not limited to the following list:

Cupid Car Club
The Make-Up (Again)
Weird War/Scene Creamers
French Toast

I'm not going to speak much about the zines themselves. They are what they are. Take them for what they are worth - and nothing more.

Personally, I believe it was all meant as a overbearing erudite joke - not to be taken literally, but rather as a means of opening up communication.



As I've started to post some of the later issues, I've had to make a decision as to their presentation. There are a few issues that are multiple pages, and as such, are not as easily read in a linear manner. I've decided to leave them as scanned to facilitate the ease of reproduction (print-photocopy-disseminate!) instead of cutting the documents apart to make them appear on the site in the order in which they should be read. That being said, think of the images as scanned pages of paper that are meant to be folded in half and put together - hopefully this is clear just by looking at them.

Also, with the increase in visitors to this site, I'm hoping someone out there may have the missing issues so that I can complete this project. I don't know the total issues made, but currently I have 2,3,4,5,7,8.

Thanks, and please leave comments! Also, visit my other site, grapeJuiceplus, for a couple of NOU tracks.

UPDATE 2: Damnit...the institution is dragging me down...I've used up "100%" of my alloted flicker uploads...might have to wait until next month to post the rest. Grrr...

UPDATE 3: The world is MY oyster! Bask in the glory of my glow! I have finally gotten off of my lazy no good rear and posted the last two issues in my possession.

Enjoy the visual accompaniement to the SoundTrack to Revolution!


Blogger heath said...

this is a great idea! cheers.

9:11 PM  
Anonymous John/Jane said...

Joke? No no no! Not a joke!
Humorous and absurd, yes- but not a "joke"! "Fuck big T-shirts!" and being against long hair seemed genuine, except for being slightly exaggerated. BUT of course, it's all about perception and we of course are not enemies.
I would like to say, though, thank you for creating this wonderful archive. I have several of the issues and had always hoped to find a way to share them with everyone, seeing as how E-bay was the only place available, and Ulysses Speaks! must be free.

When I read that you were missing a few I was excited to see if I could lend a hand (holding an issue), but unfortunately I am missing the same ones as you (and a few more).

I have a strong urge to ramble on about all of my theories and thoughts on Ulysses and the zines but it's probably not the right place for that. Besides, it's better to let each person participate in their own puzzle solving experience, and allow them to dig as deep as they feel necessary.
(I will say, though... "NOUSPTDA" stands for "Nation of Ullyses' Secret Plan to Destroy America.)

Alright, I'm through. Thank you guanoboy for your galactic contribution. Keep on running from the Motherfuckerland.

(I have a few videos, anyone can email if they are SERIOUSLY interested).

1:46 PM  
Blogger guanoboy said...

Joke was probably too strong of a word...I meant it in the kindest sense.

Seriously, I mean that it was a joke in the form of presentation, the language used, as you mentioned, in the humorous sense. Much of their ideology was good, but their were portions that I had a hard time taking too seriously (the violence).

The logo at the top of the page actually came from some correspondence I had with the band. The only thing written on the actual letter was "Well kill cops then." That, in my opinion, could not be taken seriously, and as such, only weakened the foundation of the "good" portions of what ever else was presented.

So enough about me.

Thanks for dropping by, and yes, I would have a serious interest in those videos! I've posted some music videos/punk videos on my other site in the past and would love to see what you have, especially if you're interested in my posting them.

4:15 PM  
Anonymous dnice said...

the nation of ulysses is dead! long live the nation of ulysses!
thnx for posting this stuff... nostalgic as it may be.

3:17 PM  
Blogger *DEAD* said...

This is great. Thanks for taking the time to share this awesome bit of music history. I thought I would never see these.

3:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is terrific! Could you put up issues 7 and 8. Thanks! Keep it up!

4:00 PM  
Anonymous Tim said...

Any luck with 7 and or 8?

Thanks in advance

10:35 AM  
Blogger guanoboy said...

Hot Damn!

Okay, I'll get this done.

10:38 AM  
Anonymous MIKE POLNASEK said...

so siked about filling some holes in my collection right now... in fact i think i can return the favor...
here is a download link to #6... the orientation in the center panels are different so i just cropped it to be easy to read... I NEED #1 TOO!

7:43 AM  

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