As always in the first days of the new year we publish a list of the most read – or at least most clicked – articles on datacide (online) during the previous year:
1. Keith Robinson Desert Storm 06/08/68-18/09/16 Obituary by Marc Hekate, which will appear in print in the upcoming Datacide Sixteen. This got a huge spike after being shared many times on social media.
2. You’re Too Young to Remember the Eighties – Dancing in a Different Time by DJ Controlled Weirdness. This nice and now classic piece on the 80′s dance underground in London is from Datacide Ten, published in 2008 and was the most read article for the previous three years! And in 2014 it also has become the most read piece on this site, overtaking the Coil Interview from 1986, which was still the third most read piece in 2016:
3. COIL – Interview from 1986 plus Introduction. Classic interview with John Balance – originally published in the Zine “turn to crime” (Vision 2). Vision was of course the predecessor of Praxis/Datacide. Reprinted in Datacide Nine (2006/2014)
4. What the Fuck? – Operation Spanner by Jo Burzynska – always in this chart since 2011, this is the oldest Datacide article here – from Datacide Two, 1997, now reprinted in our book EVERYTHING ELSE IS EVEN MORE RIDICULOUS.
5. Anti-Semitism from Beyond the Grave – Muslimgauze’s Jihad by Christoph Fringeli. Getting read more and more – and predictably STILL getting the usual flak from fanboys and apologists… Originally from Datacide Nine (2006/2014)
6. Dope Smuggling, LSD Manufacture, Organised Crime & the Law in 1960s London by Stewart Home from Datacide Eleven, based on his talk at the 2008 datacide conference in Berlin, and in each top 10 since then… Originally published in Datacide Eleven (2011).
7. François Genoud – The life of a Swiss banker and fascist anti-Imperialist by CF, originally published in Datacide Ten. Up from number 20 last year.
8. The most read article from Datacide Fourteen in 2015 is John Eden’s account of the Hackney police’s “community relations”: “They Hate Us, We Hate Them” – Resisting Police Corruption and Violence in Hackney in the 1980s and 1990s. Last year’s number 8 is getting a growing readership.
8. From Subculture to Hegemony: Transversal Strategies of the New Right in Neofolk and Martial Industrial by Christoph Fringeli from Datacide Eleven (2011). This was the most read article in 2011, number 5 in 2012, number 3 in 2013 and 5 in 2014 as well as this year.
9. The Brain of Ulrike Meinhof by CF is another text with a a steady readership, both previous years at number 8, in 2014 it dropped out of the “top 10” only to re-appear again this year. Originally from Datacide Nine.
11. Wreckers of Civilisation: The Story of COUM Transmissions & Throbbing Gristle by Simon Ford (Book Review by Stewart Home from Datacide Six).
12. Revolt of the Ravers – The Movement against the Criminal Justice Act in Britain 1993-95 by Neil Transponine about the struggles against the Criminal Justice Bill and subsequent 1994 Criminal Justice and Public Order Act from Datacide Thirteen.
13. Spiral Tribe interview with Mark Harrison from issue Thirteen by Neil Transpontine, also from issue 13. Essential for those interested in the history of the 23 tribe and free party culture! Last year’s number 12.
14. Last Survivors or First Mutants? – Notes on Surplus Population by Howard Slater – from Datacide 14.
15. Shaking The Foundations: Reggae soundsystem meets ‘Big Ben British values’ downtown – one of the articles that appeared in Datacide (this one in issue Eleven, 2011) dealing with the reggae soundsystem culture and its history, by John Eden.
16. Fluxus and DIY Concerts by new Datacide contributor Guoda Diržyte from datacide 14.
17. Also by John Eden is this interview: The Dog’s Bollocks – Vagina Dentata Organ and The Valls Brothers which gives great insight into some of the more interesting industrial culture.
18. For the second time in this list is a short article about the text “Der Waldgang” by the writer Ernst Jünger, originally published as an appendix to “From Subculture to Hegemony” (see number 8 in this list) in Datacide Eleven.
19. Datacide 15 News: Neo-Nazis, the National Socialist Underground and the State – a news update on the Neo-Nazi terrorist group Nationalsozialistischer Untergrund (NSU) and its connection to the German state security agency Verfassungsschutz from Datacide Fifteen.
As a year ago we post a top 20 list rather than just a top 10 as in previous years. Hopefully it will be encouraging to dig deeper into the wealth of articles on the site – nearly 500 are up now and more will follow soon!