SMURFPUNX was a collective of people from the Gent/Aalst region (Belgium) that organised concerts for (inter)national HardCore punk bands in the 1980s and early 1990s. Most of these gigs took place in the alternative cultural centre ‘NETWERK’ in Aalst but regularly also in other places in Belgium.

Some of the people involved were also in bands (‘Repulsives’, ‘Hate Crew’); and did a zine, ran a distribution, organised tours or made tapes.

This blog is aimed at reconstructing the collective’s history, collecting material and just remembering ‘those good old days’. Anyone who was involved, came to concerts or participated (not just bands) is invited to send in contributions (photos, flyers, music-files, videos, etc.) but especially written material.

Not just nostalgia but also a critical looking back… Hoping to hear about how anyone looks back at all this. How it (possibly) influenced people’s lives, attitudes and thoughts. From personal stories/anecdotes to ideological essays, and everything in between. I’m especially counting on the other Smurfpunx, visitors, bands, zinesters, promoters, drivers, etc. for help.

It’s been difficult to find all the people, that I met and was in touch with, back. There was no www back then and most of the people were only known with their first name or nick-name. So I’ld appreciate it if anyone can get me in touch or provide email-addresses of the (people in the) bands that played and/or others involved: have a look at the concert-list and the ‘wanted’-page…

Thanx in advance. Looking forward to read you all!

Brob (‘Repulsives’, ‘Yuppies Death’, Tilt! fanzine & mailorder)

Also have a look here: Brob’s Tilt! fanzine


Don’t just read the posts in chronological order.  Check back regularly. Every now and then older posts might be amended with new/additional bits of info…


  1. Thanks to this collective I had the honour to play with great bands such as Ripcord and Toxic Reasons! Also seeing great acts in ‘Netwerk’ was a priviledge. Thanks!
    Dirk / Koyaanisqatsi + Ear Damage + Kloaka + Blood Curse

    Comment by Dirk — 08/25/2009 @ 17:46

  2. Greets from Brussels
    Stef [JH ‘De Finkel’ Jette (RIP) + ‘Zig Zag’ zine]

    Comment by stef — 09/29/2009 @ 22:13

  3. Great idea!!! Indeed: where’s the time!? Making and exchanging fanzines, soaping stamps, massively sending out flyers!
    Greetings and keep well,
    Johan (‘Snotgurk’ zine)

    Comment by Johan — 12/17/2009 @ 23:04

  4. Your blog is so good! Congratulations.
    Our blog only post completed 80s punk albums to download…
    Cheers from Brasil, up the punx!
    Blog Kids of the 80’s

    Comment by Blog Kids of the 80's — 05/14/2010 @ 08:05

  5. Greetings to Brob! Any friends and bands we met or corresponded with over the years are wellcome to get in touch.
    Sons of Ishmael (

    Comment by Sons of Ishmael — 09/02/2010 @ 17:12

  6. Hey Brob! How are you? it’s Freddy who did Wardance recs back in NYC, 20 (gulp!) years ago…

    Comment by FreddyAlva — 10/11/2010 @ 17:33

  7. Hey Brob! Greetings from Finland! If I remember well we were in contact back in the days (87-88 or something?). It’s been really interesting to read this blog… Take care!

    Comment by Risto Eronen — 10/23/2010 @ 22:19

  8. Oi, very cool to be able to read it all back. The punk-scene was quite big in Belgium, and what a choice of punk-bands in those days. I still pick the odd punk-gig every now and then… Punks not dead!!!

    Comment by Dirk Verkain — 11/21/2010 @ 17:23

  9. Great blog! Thanx Brob & all at Smurfpunx.

    Comment by Manu Cambier — 09/27/2011 @ 20:46

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