woensdag 11 augustus 2010
Holidays seemed to be the best time to upload a lot of stuff. Well, I did not do that because I did not feel like spending a lot of time inside this summer. So after a big break, here’s another blog.
In 1980/1981, Paul, Olav, Alex and myself travelled a lot to see punk bands play. Utrecht was a city that we visited often and sometimes more obscure places like Nunspeet and Ermelo. Amsterdam was a city that offered a lot of gigs for punk bands, international and national ones. Sometimes these gigs were organised in odd places and I remember a sunday afternoon when the 4 of us went to a part of Amsterdam called ‘De Bijlmer’. In this area of Amsterdam most of the inhabitants had their roots in Suriname and not many other people wanted to live there for either that reason or another. It was also considered a not so safe neighborhood, at least that’s what people from our area said. That particular sunday afternoon, there was a festival in a Parking Space underneath a small shopping mall if I am correct. The bands that I remember playing were The Ex, Nitwitz, World War Rockers and Bizkids. There were more bands playing but I forgot their names. The Ex just released their first ep as did The Nitwitz, so we knew those bands already. The World War Rockers were quite a raw band (listening to their recordings lateron I still wonder wether my ears were damaged at that time or not) and The Bizkids. The singer for the Nitwitz kept talking about disco fighting gangs in between the songs, so we were getting scared a bit, but nothin happened.
The Bizkids (note: not the Bizon Kidz!!) were one of the many band that were fronted by a female vocalist. They certainly fitted more in the melodic part of punk and were really enjoyable. There is not much information I can give you besides the fact that they contributed 2 songs to the Parkhof compilation lp and did a tv session for the VARA (labour television network).(I corrected this part, because the Bizkids drummer left a comment that it was a tv session, not a radio one)
In the file attached, you’ll find the two songs from that compilation as well as the radio session.
They are also featured on the dvd that was put out by Geurt, former drummer of The Ex. A small preview can be found on the following website: ALS JE HAAR MAAR GOED ZAT
I think the dvd itself is sold out.
01 OPB (Live @ Parkhof, Alkmaar)
02 VIPS (Live @ Parkhof, Alkmaar)
03 SECRET (Live @ VARA tv)
04 VIPS (Live @ VARA tv)
05 SOMETHING GOING ON (Live @ VARA tv)
06 ADVERTISE (Live @ VARA tv)
07 CAPTIVITY (Live @ VARA tv)
08 SHOOT (Live @ VARA tv)