dinsdag 18 januari 2011


Happy Birthday Anneke!

Back in the 80's there was a LOT of tape trading going on, nationally and internationally. We discovered many new bands that way and got befriended with many people too. Niels de Wit was one avid tape trader and he introduced us to Indirekt, from Hoorn. I remember seeing Indirekt for the first time at the Buze in Steenwijk when they appeared at one of the many festivals there. I recall myself being fascinated by the sound of the bass guitar every time the bass player's foot hit the distortion pedal. I wanted that sound, but never managed to get it.
What made Indirekt really special was their singer. She stood out from all the punks and looked as she was a classical singer lost at a punk gig. Her voice was also very no punk, she actually sang and did not scream! I think she is only in the line up of the first ep (nieuw voor doven en slechthorenden) and then was replaced by Anneke. I am not sure if it is Marjolein or Anneke singing on this demo though....
Indirekt recorded 4 records: two ep's an lp and a split lp. All of them are featured on the 2xcd discography on Grand Theft Audio records from the USA. I recall the owner of that record company trying to sue me after the Holland Hardcore series were released on vinyl and he said he owned all of the 'rights' to all of the Indirekt songs and therefor he wanted me to destroy all the HHC lp's or take me to court. First off I am not responsible for the lp's and secondy I tould him he could suck a part of my body that I would enjoy but he probably wouldn't. Never heard from again.
Lärm and Indirekt played a handfull of gigs together and we are even on their lp (the loudmouths shouting for the song 'Klitten' at the end of the record.
Anyways, this episode is for Anneke, happy birthday and many happy returns! x Jos

01 religie
02 hart en vaatziekten
03 eo
04 psychosecomplex
05 toekomst
06 shell helpt
07 recht & orde
08 zwart-wit
09 wie beslist
10 jan soldaat/haagse bluf

INDIREKT 1984 demo


I already uploaded some video footage by Kotx, an old punk band from Rotterdam. André (from Hilversum) left a comment that he had more recordings by Kotx and here they are, 18 tracks in total.So thanks to André I am able to share them with you.
I only saw them live once, during Rotterdam New Pop, a free festival in, you guessed it... Rotterdam. We went there a couple of times and saw The Ramones, Undertones, Bad Manners, The Cure, Specials and more that I can't remember.
One of the editions had a special punk stage, Kotx played there as well as J Dops Band, Debiele Eenheid and the Neo Pogo's plus maybe more bands.
We only knew Neo Pogo's from the Utreg compilation lp and loved them for the raw and distorted sound they had. Hardcore Punk? I think so!
Back in the early eighties the skinhead movement became bigger and bigger and despite the fact that not all skins were nazis, most of them were full on assholes. So at this edition of New Pop the skins were there too, welcoming all punks that left the subway station with loads of sneering and, if the punks were smaller than them, intimidation and threatening. I mentioned this in the other post on Kotx I think.
Ofcourse it ended in a fight lateron, punks versus skins versus punks, it was a weird situation and a prelude of what was yet to happen at a lot of punk gigs where nazi skins would fuck shit up badly. You might guess I have never been a big Oi! fan and when two nazi skins killed two guys in the Netherlands (one of them being Kerwin Duinmeyer) it was just the final nail in the coffin.
Back to Kotx, the song in this file vary from upbeat obnoxious punk to more new wavey kind of stuff. The quality is pretty good and I am wondering if this was a demo or meant to be released on vinyl. Who knows? No tracklist either, except for the song 'before you go' that was also featured on the Rotterdam Spunk compilation lp. It also seems to be various recordings sessions, but maybe that's just my bad hearing?