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From Sencer, Istanbul, Turkey Jan 15 1994

Posted: August 1, 2010 in 1994, Asia, Punk

Hello there!

Thanx for your nice letter & interests & sorry for the delay.

Here’s some flyers for you as an information…

That’s all for now.

Write back soon!

Take care,




To honor the renewal of the TLV-Antalya charter line after a much troubled summer that caused Israelis to write passionate talkbacks and spend mucho Euros on packaged deals to Greece, here’s a very short and impersonal letter from a Turkish punk-HC zine called Punx Fest. This is probably yet another result of the Book Your Own Fuckin’ Life/ Chain Letter thingy. I recall a classified ad of an all-girl Turkish band called The Spinners that some friends and I were obsessed about but we never had the chance to listen to them.

Short, impersonal and probably without continuation.

Off topic: before my present job I worked as a content editor and did freelance travel writing as well. As part of my job I browsed dozens of Turkish holiday resort websites. The English content in those websites is horrendous. Take Delphin Palace’s website, for example:

With a harmonious ambience Delphin Palace will provide you an excellent vacation and it consist of 8 floors, 2 king suite, 489 standart, 38 family, 6 handicaapped and 24 exclusive rooms, to improve your dreams.

Yes, to improve your dreams. And that’s just one random example. Anyway, judging from that brief letter, Sencer can make a decent career copy-editing those Google Translate texts.

Now back to punk.


Hello Heren!

Thanx for writing, it’s nice to know someone so far away like you shares the same interest in music like we do out here!

Tell you what, if you send me a copy of “Book your own Fuckin Life” (in w/c we are featured) Ill send you “Screams from the Underground” (A local compilation of Filipino bands from my country) in which we are also featured. & yes, RMD Records is ran by the Phil. Violators. It’s our own indie label. Lots of people write to me, saying they got my address thru that issue (Book your…) but I myself haven’t seen it, so pls. if you can send me a copy of it, it would be very much appretiated!


P.S. I think you’re the first letter (ever) I got coming from “Israel” (I didn’t know there’s an underground scene there)

PS. Can you send me a photo? (of you & your friends)


This is one of the first letters I received from abroad, following the copies of the chain letter I had sent and wrote about here. On the same day I also got one from Andy in Vancouver which I’d transcribe soon, I guess.

Perspective is a funny thing. I mean, what is more remote, random and obscure than Filipino punk? If you asked the guy from the Phillipine Violators  his answer would’ve probably been Israel. I only had one copy of BYOFL (bought 2, gave the other copy to Federico) and I probably didn’t send him a pic. I thought I was ugly and I was just starting making new friends then. There was a pic attached to his letter, but I haven’t found it. The stamp is really nice though – national costumes.