Ha Ha Ha

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Ha Ha Ha was a New Zealand punk/post-punk dedicated zine initiated in 1983 in Hamilton by Andrew Schmidt and brother Alistair Schmidt. The magazine initially lasted for three issues of 100 copies each, and was distributed locally by Chelsea Records in Hamilton (first issue only), by Flying Nun Records elsewhere, or mail ordered from an address in Albert St, Hamilton (first issue, at least). The third issue, released in March 1984, was named Nebulous Reasons rather than Ha Ha Ha. Chelsea Records ceased distribution after receiving a bad review in the first issue. Also in the first issue were Hamilton's S.H.I.T. and Christchurch band The Bottletops. The magazine was revived by Andrew Schmidt and brother Stu Schmidt in 1989 (150 copies at $2). Issue 5 included an article on Hamilton music history post-punk.

Issue six was released in 1990, by which time Andrew Schmidt had left Hamilton for the University of Canterbury. The zine continued to be published occasionally based in Christchurch, with issue seven released in 1992, issue eight in 1998, and issue nine in 2000. Andrew Schmidt has produced the zines Mysterex and Social End Product, and has recently returned to Hamilton. Alister and Stu Schmidt were the founders of Crawlspace Records.

External Links[edit]

Andrew Schmidt blog with Ha Ha Ha history