dinsdag 20 september 2011


In a previous post I've uploaded the Jetset / Bloedbad split tape. Both bands deliver some really good solid fast hardcorepunk on that gem and today I decided to upload a 4way split lp, featuring Jetset, Bloedbad, Massagraf and Barbies Boyfriend. It is a self released lp. All 4 bands were part of the Rood Wit Zwart (red, white black) collective.
Where Jetset and Bloedbad are taking care of the faster spectrum, Massagraf (Massgrave) and Barbies Boyfriend deliver the more experimental part of punk, dare I call it New Wave??
Members of Jetset, Bloedbad, Massagraf and Vacuum formed the 'all star' band Massacubadset for a short while.
This lp is pretty hard to find, I have no idea how many were pressed. It is worth tracking down for sure.
Not too many details in this post, I've showed my eternal love for Jetset and Bloedbad in the previous one.

maandag 12 september 2011


Rotterdam had the Red Rock collective: Rondos, Rode Wig, Sovjets and Tandstickörshocks. One of the very first gigs I went to together with Paul and Olav, was Tandstickörshocks, the Ex, Lullabies and one more band performing live in Utrecht. I think it was at a venue called Rasa. At that time punks liked all genres in punk and so people danced to the minimal music of Tandstickörshocks (as far as possible ofcourse). I remember the bandmembers trying to look mean, with their shaved heads and uniforms, but they did not came across that way at all. I honestly can't remember if I liked them or not, I know I enjoyed the Lullabies a lot.

During summertime it was possible to get a card called 'Tienertoer'. The card allowed you to travel by train all over the country for a week for something like 40 guilders. We travelled to the bigger cities to check out record stores and punk related stores (I recall travelling to The Hague because we knew Creepers were on sale there, when we got to the shoe store they only had smaller sizes left....). One of the trips took us to Rotterdam and we went to the 'Raketbasis'. That was the house where all members of the Red Rock collective lived, bands rehearsed and where they printed their zine called 'Raket'. When we arrived at the house, no one dared to ring the doorbell, simply because we did not know what to expect hahahaha. Punks from the countryside eh?
The door was opened by this student looking guy and I recognized him from the Tandstickörshocks gig in Utrecht, he was the singer. After buying some pins, a few records and zines, we left the house. No one in there even remotely looked punk! Damn, that was a shock indeed.
Only the Rondos and the Tandstickörshocks released vinyl, too bad the other bands did not. In the attached file you'll find the Tandstickörshocks ep and a couple of live song by them. Besides the ep, they have some songs on the 'Rotterdam Collection' compilation lp.

Years and years later there was a documentary about one of the band members: Pinkel. I tried to find that movie on the internet, but could not find it. If you search for 'Pinkel' on youtube, you'll find two short films starring him in a bar in Rotterdam.......


zondag 11 september 2011


The Nitwitz were one of the second wave punkbands in the Netherlands. They started around 1979 and released two really good ep's (self titled, the worst of the nitwitz) a killer live set on the nitwitz/götterflies split lp and then a rather dissapointing 12" called 'Scorched Earth Policy'. They also recorded a couple of songs for the famous 'Als je haar maar goed zit #1' lp. Those recordings were a lot more polished than their previous ones and at time I liked my punk raw and unpolished, just like I still do.
I think I have seen them live two or three times. One time in a garage in the Bijlmer (same gig as I saw the Bizkids)and probably once or twice more in Amsterdam.
They were playing very close to my house at one point, in Hoevelaken. Hoevelaken had it's own youthcentre at that time (as many cities and towns did) and somehow they invited the Nitwitz and Götterflies to play there. This was when they just released their 'The worst of...' ep.
Money was not always around and I had two options: Go and see the bands live or buy the ep. I choose to buy the record. At that time I had a small side job, taking milksamples at various farms, so another reason probably was I had to get up at 5 on the saturdaymorning.
Anyways, the youthcentre called 'Kazemat' was in the basement of the local music hall (I think it was a atomic shelter actually, maybe Theun knows that for sure?). On the same night André Hazes was performing upstairs. Google his name and listen to some mp3's and maybe you can get an idea of the crowd that came down to see him. White thrash indeed and that combined with the farmer mentality of a lot of them was a nasty combination with the punks that came to see the bands in the basement. When one of them was playing with a buckknife, this was the sign for the upsairs visitors to attack the people downstairs. It became a night full of violence and if I am correct some people were hospitalized as well. So much for punk in Hoevelaken.
Years later we played their ourselves. And ofcourse there was another event upstairs: The Havenzangers played the same evening and yes, they attracted the same crowd as André Hazes did. Part of that crowd found out there was a hardcore gig downstairs and wanted to kick some punk asses. I can't really remember much but I do remember we locked ourselves inside the office and remained safe that way.
Back to the Nitwitz, not too long after they released their 12", the band broke up. Their singer Erik formed a band called 'Outrageous' and the other members formed BGK, who became the first Dutch hardcore band to tour the USA. Tony (the original bassplayer) reformed the Nitwitz years and years later and moved to guitar in that line up.
The recordings in the file are from the 100th gig anniversary, it contains songs off their records as well as a few unreleased ones.
Hopefully there will be a Nitwitz discography some day. The first two ep's and live side will do Tony :-)

Nitwitz 100th gig