Once again, eight pages long, and continued to be laid out in a more traditional magazine format.
El Nuevo Wavo is officially introduced to the public in a short biography by publisher Steve Hurlburt, and the Mr. Wavo (as the New York Times would call him) describes how he (barely) survived a show by The Plasmatics. This lengthy article occupies the bulk of Volume 5.
Douglass DeLoach provides a preview of the 1981 Atlanta Free Jazz Festival.
Allen Rabinowitz profiles Squeeze.
David T. Lindsay finds new ways to offend people with his take on Death and Taxis. The article is preceded by the publisher's Mea Culpa.
J. E. Sumrell writes the column about recent non-domestic releases in Offshore.
Rounding out the issue are critical reviews of new releases - reviewers include Sumrell, Hurlburt, DeLoach, Paul Evans, and Anthony DeCurtis.
And of course the advertisers are helping foot the bill once again!