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Oh great, another supercool, funky lifestyle magazine that I should read and try to emulate to, that's all I need. In the wake of the '90s lifestyle magazine superstar Dazed and Confused, came Sleazenation (as well as the rather superior Big and Richardson), yet another edition that us groovy young things should have on our table tops. I wasn't convinced when I first saw this at the newsagents, I think it was the neo-gothic typeface that put me off, but after a few recommendations I thought I'd give it a go. The layout of the magazine doesn't really break any new ground, its in the same vein as The Face, Sky etc., but it does cover slightly more varied subject matter than the fore mentioned; I don't know that many lifestyle magazines that have articles on arm wrestling or gardeners. There are some good art and music articles for those who want to stay ahead of the crowd, and yet I think Dazed and Confused are slightly more on the ball. The fashion sections leave quite a lot to be desired; Photography strives to equal the Rankin effect (Dazed and Confused's main photographer), and the models seem to have been randomly picked off the streets (maybe that's a good thing). What is most interesting about this magazine is the paper quality, which is like those pads of cheap recycled stuff you used to paint on at primary school. Also the use of typeface - I know I originally said it put me off, but it grows on you. I have to add that I once bought a copy with a free cd attached (Scratch The Itch), and that was absolutely supreme.
Appallingly-written, cynical, boring waste of paper. Filled with the relentless drivel of such post-modern 'luminaries' as Stewart Home, Sleazenation proves that our worst suspicions of what it means to be young and leave the house occaisionally are true. From nonsightful valentines of notoriety-hungry morons to zine-style 'my pet obssession' blethering, Sleazenation is the only magazine that could possibly inspire you to join a religious order so as to prevent ever becoming someone who considers themself some sort of pop-culture authority because they own a french dance record.
This is probably the magazine that combines art, clubbing, fashion and writing the best compared to similar mags. They seem to be more cutting edge and more genuine than other mags. I like reading it and iI often check out music, movies etc. that sleaszenation recommends, and i have been pleased so far. I don't like the style of photography in the magazine as well as I like other magazines, but I do get some nice ideas and inspiration from it. It's definite strongest point is its writing, it's good, it's honest and it's interesting. The subjects they choose to write about also appeal to me.