vrijdag 19 augustus 2011


Every city must have had one of those recordshops....... A shop that did not seem to have too much to offer when you walked by. Amersfoort had one of those shops too and I remember passing it on the way to something. I went inside to have a look and discovered a small section of punk singles. That section turned out te be a small goldmine, because I found most of the X Ray Spex singles, some UK Subs ones and a single by a band I had never heard of, called Mollesters. I bought it because the cover looked really punk. I am talking about 1978-1979 by the way. I purchased the records over a period of a couple of months because I was 14-15 at that time and did not have that much pocket money.
The Mollesters record is an instant classic, very basic 3 chord punk with snotty vocals. There's not too much I can tell you about this band and that is why I asked one of the members to write something about it himself. I will publish that as soon as I get it. Years later I found another copy of this record, but that got stolen by one of the visitors I have hosted over the years.
In the enclosed file, you'll find the single as well as 18 tracks that were recorded during a practise if I am correct, but maybe Pierre can enlighten us?
The photo was taken from their myspace, which has some unreleased tracks as well as live pictures.

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Neo Pogo's (and others)


In the middle of the bible belt of the Netherlands and a small city close to Arnhem.
On a friday night somewhere in the eighties, Paul and I went there by train. Our friends Dorien, Berletta and Patrick went by car. I clearly remember that, because for Paul and myself the night ended quite abruptly. More about that later.
At that time, bands were trying to play faster and faster and the majority of the punks liked it that way. If you did not play fast, they were not interested and hated you. Simple as that.
The Neo Pogo's were one of the faster bands at that time and had a very raw and distorted sound. We had already seen them a couple of times before and they were loved by all the punks into the faster style.
They were one of the bands who played at that gig in Ede and we decided to go there. I can't recall which other bands played, maybe Neuroot or another band from Arnhem, because there were loads op punks and skinheads from Arnhem there.
For some reason, the Neo Pogo's decided to play all of their songs in a really slow version that night. At first it seemed like a funny joke, but pretty soon the crowd got fed up and started to throw things at the band. If that wasn't enough, the venue was being vandalized too. Their set was cut short and Paul and myself went outside.
We were approached by some skinheads and punks who asked us where we were from. When we replied: 'Amersfoort' they threw beer in our face and obviously were out for a fight. I think we said something among the lines of: 'That's a waste of your beer' and tried to ignore them. Luckily our other friends showed up in their car, so all of a sudden there were 7 of us instead of just us 2. The skins backed off (for the time being) and we were thankful for our friends to arrive. We talked about the Neo Pogo's being more or less kicked off the stage and then things became more violent around and in the venue.
Paul and I decided to leave, but we were really scared the skins (and their nazi punk friends) would notice that. So we sneaked away and started to run as soon as we could. We were terrified when a punk on a motorbike followed us and stopped us. He just wanted directions to the venue......phew. Lateron we were told the night ended really violent and I think it was the last gig ever at that bar.
Back to the Neo Pogo's, they were from Rotterdam and their only recorded output is some tracks on the 7,50 compilation lp (with Lullabies, Nixe, Rapers, Bizon Kids and Zero Zero). At that time they were maybe the most raw band from the Netherlands. Amongst their tracks on this compilation are some really killer songs, but I have the feeling that some of the songs might be written right before the recordings.
One of the other times we went to see the Neo Pogo's was when Noxious (from Utrecht) organised the infamous 'Strength thru Noxious' festival at the NV Huys in Utrecht. Another night ending in skinhead violence when a fight broke out between skins from Rotterdam and punks from Utrecht. We were scared shitless and left as fast as we could.
During their set on the Rotterdam New Pop Punk Stage a massive fight between the punks an skins broke out. The singer was pleading for unity between punks and skins but no one listened. I remember the skins getting their asses kicked pretty bad.
I have no idea what happened to the members of the band. I remember reading something on a forum some time ago. Mr. Bootsman met the singer of Neo Pogo's by accident.
If someone has more information, please share.
In the link you'll find the complete compilation lp. It also features some outstanding Nixe tracks, good Rapers recordings and a really bad coverversion of Abba's SOS done by the Bizon Kids.

zeven vijftig compilation lp

dinsdag 16 augustus 2011

Tos N.

Yes, the blog is back. Sorry for the hiatus.

In one of the Gospelfuckers (he's on the left in the above picture) posts, I must have mentioned Tos. He joined them on guitar in the later line up and turned out to be one of the best Dutch guitarplayers. When he joined Funeral Oration, they made their best lp to date: Communion. His manic guitarplaying is all over the place, hectic as shit but yet melodic. Simply unmatched.
One of his later bands, Beaver did a reunion a while back during Roadburn festival. The room they played in was packed and they did not lose any power at all.
Tos plays with Sunn 0))) ever now and then too these days and for the rest of his time he fixes amps and is the nice guy he always has been.

The band he formed after Funeral Oration was called God. A 3piece that maybe was the prelude to what people later called grunge. They did two albums, the first one was ok, the second one has not even been on my record player.
Live.....well that is another story. A Massive powerhouse, even though it was just them 3. They also did a radio session for VPRO radio and in my opinion, it is the best recordings they ever did. Michael, the bassplayer also played bass in Agent Orange (according to the anonymous comment).
(Tos emailed me today about the second lp. He shares my feelings about that release.)
Not real old Dutch punk, but more of an hommage to Tos N.
6 tracks in total, enjoy!

GOD live @ VPRO Radio