Athens wasn’t the only city in Greece that moved forward the Greek underground scene.
In 1985, a fanzine saw the light of day.
It was titled “Rollin Under” and it was published by a small record store in the center of
The name of the record store was “Rollin Under” too.
Babis Argyriou who tried his best to bring the fanzine on a high level status, initialy started
with xerox copied b/w issues written with a typewriter, that would promote the tape releases of his record store.
As “Rollin Under”, the store, became also the basis of a record label named “Lazy Dog“,
this fanzine was the best way to give informations about the releases of the label and even more.
This might have been the first Greek music fanzine, I am not sure about that.
I think the rest of the zines came all after that.
Issue by issue, it became an official publication with a circulation in most parts of Greece,
covering issues about the american h/c punk scene and later on, almost anything about the underground.
It stoped being active by the early 90’s.
The following is a funny story:
The rumor has it that the Athenian indie record labels sent a shovel, as a gift, to the editors of “Rollin’ Under”
fanzine cause they were giving very bad reviews to their releases… (A joke, meaning that “Rollin Under” was “burying” the Athenian releases …)
The second tentacle of the record shop, the alternative record “Lazy Dog”, kept on releasing
albums for a few more years.
The label was either releasing matterial from Greek bands or was licensed to re-release
foreign bands for the Greek market.
Releases of Lazy Dog Records:
Γκούλαγκ – Είσοδος Κινδύνου (LP) 1987
Ορα Μηδέν – Μόνα Λίζα (7″) 1989
Γκούλαγκ – Στην Αυλή Των Θεαμάτων (LP, Album) 1990
Ziggy Was – Here (LP, Album) 1994
Γκούλαγκ – Η Άλλη Πλευρά (7″, Single) 1994
Middle Fingers – Middle Fingers (7″, Single) 1994
Εκτός Ελέγχου – Εκτός Ελέγχου (LP, Album) 1994
Patrik Fitzgerald Group – Pillow Tension (CD) 1995
Bokomolech – Xero (LP) 1995
Ziggy Was – Two Turns To One (Vinyl, MiniAlbum, S/S) 1995
Ροδάμα – Κάτω Απ’ Το Δέρμα (LP) 1995
Raining Pleasure – Memory Comes Back (LP) 1996
Γκούλαγκ – Πάτα Γερά (LP, Album) 1996
Lost Bodies – Ζωή (CD, Album) 1997
Τα Ρόδα Της Ερήμου – Ταξίδι Σα Ψέμα (LP) 1997
Raining Pleasure -Nostalgia (LP) 1998
Πράκτορες Του Χάους – Τρανσατλάντικα (CD) 1999
Various – In Dog We Trust (CD, Comp) Deep Freeze Mice – The Saw A Ranch House Burning Last Night (LP, Ltd) 1995
The Astronauts – It’s All Done By Mirrors (CD, Album) 1995
17 Pygmies – Jedda By The Sea (CD) 1995
The Astronauts – Peter Pan Hits The Suburbs (CD, Album) 1994
I also have to mention here, Costas Apostolidis, the partner of Babis Argyriou.
Apostolidis was the guitar player of the h/c punk band Goulag who were formed in 1985.
The band released their first album, “Isodos Kindinou“, in 1987 and went off to tour Germany, Norway and Italy.
“Rollin Under” this tour by an extensive article tha you can read here (its in Greek).
part1, part2, part3, part4 and part5.
The German label, Wreck Age Records, released their single “Big Talk” in 1989 right before their second European tour.
The tour covered Yugoslavia, Austria, Germany, Holland, Belgium and Italy.
In 1990 they released their second album, “Stin Avli ton Theamaton” and during December the made a mini tour in Germany.
By the same year, one more 7″ was released through the German label Weed Productions as a compilation
titled “16 guys against the rest of the world vol. 1” featuring also bands from USA, Germany and Switzerland.
On February 1994 they released the 7″ single “I alli plevra” and during 1995 they were featured in the German
compilation “Lacmayer’s Island“.
In 1996, Lazy Dog released their album “Pata Gera” finding the group with a different line up and more heavy metal elements.
For more about the band press here .
During the early 2000, Lazy Dog stoped releasing albums too, so only the record store is still there today.
As it is obvious, this record shop became the main center of the underground scene in the city of Thessaloniki, helping
the bands release their music and also passing around news about the underground.
Some of the bands would be signed later to major labels, such as, The Lost Bodies and Raining Pleasure from the city of Athens and Patras respectively.
“Rollin’ Under”, the fanzine transformed into MIC and can be found today here .