zondag 26 december 2010


In the early 80's a lot was happening outside of the bigger cities in the Netherlands. For example, Steenwijk had great festivals every two months or so and a LOT of bands started all over the country. There will be more on that in future blogs.
Alkmaar had a squat called Parkhof where many punks from that city found shelter and had a place to hang out and do stuff that could not be done elsewhere. Parkhof actually existed untill a few years ago when the city council decided to tear the place down. My friends Eef or Bill can probably tell you a more detailed story about it. Fact is that with the end of Parkhof, the Netherlands (and Alkmaar especially) lost one of it's longest going venues.
In 2005 I went to the annual 'Kerstival', a festival with a bunch of hardcore punkbands. This edition had the reunion of Zmiv and Zweetkutten. Zweetkutten stand for 'Sweaty Cunts' in Dutch and as you can guess that did frownmany eyebrows having that on a shirt or leather jacket back in the days.
Yhe reunion was fun to watch, although the line up was 75% original. Ditte (their singer) still had a voice like an animal and that is a good bridge to the demotape I have uploaded on the blog today.
Back in the eighties we started our tape label 'Er is Hoop' tapes and amongst the releases were three 'Holland Hardcore' compilations. Through tapes, fanzines and live concerts we contacted bands from all over the country and asked them to contribute to the tapes. We also wrote to de Zweetkutten and CKN, both from Alkmaar and both willingly contributed to the compilations. I remember when I first listened to de Zweetkutten, I could not believe they had a female singer, but when I saw them live a few weeks after that I was proven wrong. Musicwise it is raw hardcore punk with a hint of Motorhead (I think). Lyricwise it's in Dutch (except for a cover song) and the topics vary from being in prison to a cover of a Dutch kids program, to beer to nuclear power to celebrating beer (Ik wil Grolsch)to suicide and more. Punk as fuck indeed.
I am not sure if this was released as a demo tape, since I only had these songs on a dubbed copy of a copy. Some ex members might be able to shed some light on that.
If I get some more info, I will put it online

01 intro
02 geen geloof
03 verliefsd
04 opa was een beest
05 heleboel meisjes
06 now I wanna be a good girl (cover of 'now I wanna be a good boy' by the ramones)
07 ik wil grolsch
08 irene
09 kermis
10 patat dubbel met
11 het leven is kut
12 ome willem 1
13 ome willem 2
14 atoomgeweld
15 rot op uit mijn huis
16 verstand op nul
17 zelfmoord
18 oi oi oi
19 polen aan mijn zolen
20 naar de klote
21 motorhoofd (alt version of motörhead by motörhead)
22 fascist
23 wij zijn beesten


Zwaar Klote / Incest split tape

Venlo had quite a lively hardcorepunk scene for a few years. There was a venue that hosted many great bands (Bauplatz) later on a squat that did the same (VHC), a recording studio and some killer bands. The Martinusstraat always hosted many punks from all over the place, when we recorded our first ep , I remember members of Disorder staying there too as well as a bunch of other UK punks. We looked too 'American' for them hahahahahaha.
Zwaar Klote and Incest were two of them, both heavily influenced by the more faster version of hardcore and as you will hear, there is a strong Pandemonium guitar sound present on both recordings. Danny (guitar player for Pandemonium, plays drums in Zwaar Klote. I am pretty sure I have seen them live at least once, during one of the many concerts we played with Lärm down south. Zwaar Klote is not to be mistaken for the 90's band (and they might even still exist) from more or less the same area.
There's some interesting stuff to be found about the Venlo hardcorepunk scene, for example on Mat Aerts website Limbabwe Records . Some of the stuff is written in a bitter way, but that is the way things sometimes go I guess.
Lots of stuff from Venlo has been re-released in the meantime and there is more to come if I am correct. Noise and Distortion from Belgium will do a vinyl version of the Pandemonium demo tape (which can be found elsewhere on this blog)

01 Zwaar Klote - Pigs
02 Zwaar Klote - Mac Donalds
03 Zwaar Klote - Chemical Dead
04 Zwaar Klote - Fascist
05 Incest - Nazi
06 Incest - Censorship
07 Incest - No Time
08 Incest - DSD

Zwaar Klote / Incest split tape

dinsdag 7 december 2010

Arie Houtveen 21-04-1916 / / 08-12-2000

December 8th 2000 is the day my father died at the age of 84. That’s 10 years ago tomorrow. Time flies for sure.
Being the youngest kid of 8 (Yes I was born in a real catholic family) I recall my youth and adolescense as a nice time. Although my parents were pretty old compared to the ones of my friends, they were very liberal and gave me the oppurtunity to express and be myself. We even were allowed to practise at the shed of our house and looking back on that, I admire my parents for that. They really stood out of the majority of the often narrow minded inhabitants of the village I lived in. I could always return to a safe and warm house, that was different for a lot of my friends and therefor they loved to hang out at our place. Everyone was welcome.
My dad really liked to pull pranks and one day I came home and there he was sitting in the living room, dressed in my clothing, his hair died blue (temporary colours though!) and said he was going to replace me in the band. (he often shouted: ‘Fuck the cruise missiles!’ when people asked about the band I was in. He said that basically all of our lyrics were about that kind of stuff, what a guy....)

As a sound file this time, you’ll find the first ‘demo’ by Total Chaoz. That was the band we did after the Disturbers. In this band I switched to bass guitar and Berletta and Dorien took care of the vocals. Paul did some backing vocals and also the song ‘Sick of you’ (dedicated to our former bass player).
At this time we got in touch with a new wave of punks in Amersfoort. There were two other bands (Asperitys and the Puke) and we also started our tape label ‘Er is Hoop’ tapes. The first tape we did was a compilation with the three bands from Amersfoort.

Track list:
01-KZ Syndroom
02-Disco Jugend
03-AMZK (alle ME-ers zijn klootzakken)
04-Nothing for us
05-O Beatrix
06-Religie Waanzin
07-Sick of you
08-Olé lied