90-12-22 (Netwerk) H.D.Q. – Pullermann – The Abs

Filed under: Netwerk, Aalst — Tags: , , , , , — smurfpunx @ 17:23

With the ‘Soulfinder’ album just out, my mate Frank Babel got ‘H.D.Q.’ to tour (again with the Welsh ‘The Abs’). He always did a great job and with his printing-skills, the poster turned out really great. But then he told me he was gonna stop booking tours. I guess he was fed up of having to keep fighting the commercial agencies. He wasn’t the first to give up: “It’s no fun anymore. There’s too much shit to put up with. I get depressive after a night of phoning around.”, he wrote me. “There are just so few people being honest in this concert-scene, who care about everything, specially about the bands. The situation is getting perverted, there’s lots of agencies booking tours a half year in advance, so us smaller ones get no chance to get a good tour together.”

This was another great show! Not so much people attended but very good bands and an excellent atmosphere. It became a tendency: the bigger crowds only turned up for the ‘big’ bands. We got the very dedicated people. The rest went to death-metal bands or commercial shows organised by agencies.

At that time, people were asking us why the starting-time of the concerts got later… 6 or 7 p.m. wasn’t actually thát late compared to when gigs in other European countries started. Ours had to end around 10 p.m. to avoid complaints about the ‘noise’; and that was time enough to catch the last train. Our schedule was usually tight and the break between 2 bands short. We had been doing afternoon-shows for years but people began to stay away, turn-outs diminished. The younger part of our public preferred the matinees but others didn’t… Those wanting to come in the afternoon were the first to stay away (band not known enough, entrance-fee too high, distance too long,…). We had to make a compromise. Gigs elsewhere started at 8-10 p.m. Furthermore: in case of a matinee, touring bands have to get out of bed very early (to drive a long way) to get here in time. I’ve toured myself; believe me: in other countries one mostly hits the sack after 3-4 a.m. It’s not that pleasant to get up at 8-9 p.m. to drive 300-400 km…

This was turned out to be the last real Smurfpunx-concert at Netwerk…

‘H.D.Q.’ had already seduced us with their melodic HC and ‘The Abs’ with their tuneful punk-rock charmed us likewise, when they were over the year before. (Netwerk, Aalst, 1 oct 89 (Lethal Gospel & Verbal Assault)) So there wasn’t a lot of persuasiveness needed to convince us to set up another show. Few people knew that ‘H.D.Q.’ actually stands for ‘Hung, Drawn and Quartered’. They were often described as influenced by the likes of ‘Descendents’ and ‘Dag Nasty’. Some brits claimed that they sounded “too” American. What the hell, what is ‘American’ anyway. I certainly liked their tuneful but political HC a lot… In the band at that time were Richard ‘Dickie’ Hammond.(guitar) and Dave ‘Golly’ Golledge (vocals). Who did the rhythm-section at that time? Bassist Rob Bewick had already left the band in the summer of 89… He was replaced by Terence ‘Terry’ Phipps, who had been in ‘Generic’.

‘The Abs’ were from Newport in Wales and they played catchy punk-rock. The band consisted of the brothers Barrie ‘Baz’/‘Boggs’ (guitar & vocals) and John (a.k.a. ‘The Rev’, ‘The Reverend’, ‘Rev John D’; drums.) Oldfield. The album Nail It Down (Blasting Youth recs ’90) was out so I guess the others were ‘Dingo’ Richie Glover (bass; replaced ‘Fatty Ashtray’ Jon Simpson) &  ‘B. Funnunyon’ Bryn Jones (guitar). ‘Baz’ & ‘The Rev’ would later form ‘Doctor Bison’ with Dickie Hammond.

The Abs on tour 1990‘The Abs’ on tour 1990 (pic courtsey of Terence Phipps)

We also invited ‘Pullermann’ over for the 2nd time in less than a year [see: Netwerk, Aalst, 31 mar 90 (Subterranean Kids)] because they were such a great band and nice people…


‘H.D.Q.’ were ‘Golly’ (vocals), ‘Dickie’ (guitar), Terry [‘Turbo’ Phipps] (bass) and ‘Dicka’ [‘Damage’; Alan Nixon] (drums)… ‘The Abs’ were ‘Baz’ (vocals), ‘The Reverend’ (drums), ‘Dingo’ (bass) and Bryn [Jones; also second vocalist] (guitar). We were friends from doing a gig with them in ‘88 in Birmingham. We just stayed in touch…

Dickie Hammond

Another Netwerk show with the same 150 people that, just like me, went to almost every show to hang out. I remember ‘Pullermann’ had 2 singles by then which had some really catchy tunes and the show was good. I really liked ‘H.D.Q.’ and ‘The Abs’ but I just can’t remember seeing them on this show, I know they played but I have no memory of it whatsoever. But I still like their early records to this day, both solid UK bands that worked hard and toured a lot and are now sadly forgotten.

Jeroen Lauwers


De Kiët

De Kiët (which means something like ‘the shack’ in the dialect of Aalst) was a bit of a dingy metal pub (at a certain timepoint ran by aunty Taeleman -Veerle-, sister of ‘Rough Justice’s singer Koen) with a stage where bands could play. Since the HC/punk-scene crossed over with the metal-scene quite a bit those days, it happened that HC/punx hung out there. Certainly when hardcore bands were invited… I recall bands like ‘Hate Crew’, ‘Heibel’, ‘Ear Damage’ playing there; probably ‘Cyclone’, ‘X-Creta’, ‘Violent Mosquitos’, ‘Rough Justice’ aswell… And ‘Cólera’!

Local metal-lovers (Nathalie G. 2nd from R)

87-xx-xx Cólera (Kiët) (-)‘Cólera’ (photo courtesy of Veerle Taeleman)

87-xx-xx Colera @ de Kiët (met Kassie)the crowd during ‘Cólera’s gig with ‘Kassie’ crowdsurfing

Some pictures of ‘Heibel’ by Nathalie Guyot

(singer here is Peter Daniëls, so it must’ve been after the summer of ’87):

Peter & Pé on a break

Peter, Erwin & Pé in action

Erwin dreaming of playing the bass for ‘Excel’ – Erwin, Peter, Jo & Pé (where was Steven?)

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