86-09-07 (Nieuwe Madelon) Repulsives – Hate Crew (extra photos)

Filed under: NOT Netwerk (still Aalst) — Tags: , , , , — smurfpunx @ 16:21

see also 86-09-07 (Nieuwe Madelon) Toxic Reasons – K.G.B. – Ear Damage – Repulsives – Hate Crew

‘Hate Crew’: Kris Fiers (vocals), Guy Temmerman (bass), Bruno ‘Duco’ (guitar), Guido Duytschaever (guitar), Philippe ‘Mone’ Crombeen (drums)

‘Repulsives’: Dirk Pattyn (drums), ‘Brob’ (guitar), ‘Stinky’ (vocals/guitar), ‘Faan/Disorder’ (bass)

These photos are from the collection of ‘Phantom’ (R.I.P.) of the Charleroi Slam Crew:

86-09-07-hate-crew-guy-phantom86-09-07-hate-crew-kris-phantom86-09-07-hate-crew-krismone-phantom86-09-07-hate-crew-krismone-phantom‘Hate Crew’


The following pics are courtesy of Dirk Ceustermans:





Hageland Hardcore, Sharphill, 15 feb ’87

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15 feb ’87 (‘Parochiezaal’): Heresy (UK), Skeezicks (Ger), Sherwood (Fra), Cyclone (Bel), Repulsives (Bel)

There’s some more info about this on the introductionary page Hageland Hardcore concerts Scherpenheuvel

Photos by Dirk (bassplayer of ‘Dona Nobis Pacem’)


Kalv Piper (bass), John March (vocals) & Mitch Dickinson (guitar) [Bollie on the extreme left]

Kalv [with Fons, Markus, etc. behind him…]


Armin Hofmann (bass) & Sunny (vocals)

Read the ‘Repulsives’ story of that day and have a look at the pics…

‘Sherwood’ played a show at JH Kameleon in Eindhout the day before [87-02-13; 14th was in Sint-Truiden]; I invited them from Paris to play our local small youthclub with a bunch of local HC-bands [Wut (Ger), Capital Scum (Bel), C.P.D. (Bel)]. The next day we all went to the H.H. show and ‘Sherwood’ begged to play a short set. Promoter ‘de Witte’, allthough on tight schedule, was cool with that. Hence they’re not on the poster. ‘Sherwood’ got to play a few songs.

Kurt Horemans

extras always wellcome!…


Hageland Hardcore, Sharphill, 25 oct ’87


25 oct ’87 (‘Parochiezaal’): Capitol Punishment (USA), Repulsives (Bel) [about to split], Heibel (Bel), Creep Insanity (Bel), No Debt (Bel), Verbal Abuse (USA), L.W.S. (Ger) [didn’t show up]

There’s some more info about this on the introductionary page Hageland Hardcore concerts Scherpenheuvel


[Brob: My band ‘Repulsives’ were about to split up at that time – we continued as a 3-piece for a while – but didn’t play that day…]

From a local newspaper (autumn ’87)…

>>‘Capitol Punishment’ proves it in Scherpenheuvel *** Hardcore is also possible with humour<<

Despite major changes of the bill, more than 350 hardcore-amateurs had an exciting Sunday-afternoon at Scherpenheuvel’s parish-hall. Two foreign bands (‘L.W.S.’ and ‘Verbal Abuse’ didn’t show up but the Diepenbeek/Hasselt combo ‘Heibel’ and especially the intense as well as humorous ‘Capitol Punishment’ brought relief.

A diverse – actually particularly peaceful behaving – audience of punks; skinhead, hard-rockers and speedcore-fans experienced the concerts of ‘Creep Insanity’ (leaning towards speedmetal but technically imperfect) and ‘No Debt’ (sloppy punk) without a lot of enthusiasm.

After that ‘Heibel’ did succeed to ignite things. Their new singer, recruited after a British mini-tour where the former front-man wanted to be too much of a star (according to the rest of the band), couldn’t convince yet. But the razor-sharp double guitar-parts that form the foundation of the songs repeatedly turned out irresistible.

‘Capitol Punishment’ didn’t come across very strong at first but gradually grew to a more than decent level. Straightforward hardcore, poured into ultra-short and super-fast songs alternated with funny references to rock’n’roll (e.g. a cover of ‘Hanky Panky’), and even reggae and country&western during the encores, that were enforced after a hectic performance of ‘Surfin’ Bird’ – the way the Ramones do when they want to turn the venue upside down.

87-10-25 crowdshot Cap Punish>>‘Capitol Punishment’ set the parish-hall in Scherpenheuvel ablaze on Sunday<< [Brob: Duco covering for the storm…]

Gig-review in ‘W.O.M.’ #2 (’87; Belgian ‘Trash-Hardcore zine’):

Normally the bill would’ve been: ‘L.W.S.’, ‘Capitol Punishment’, ‘Repulsives’ & ‘Verbal Abuse’, but there were some changes because ‘Repulsives’ had just split and L.W.S.’ & ‘Verbal Abuse’ couldn’t make it for one reason or another. On to the gig now. As usual the parish-hall was rather packed. ‘Creep Insanity’ was the opening act and we did much better than in Aalst. The audience was watching attentively and we were also very satisfied ourselves. Then – rather unexpected for everyone – ‘No Debt’ took the stage (with a new bassist). I didn’t see them myself (we were doing an interview) but it would seem that they were worse than before. ‘Heibel’ came on stage to fire their set at the audience. They have a new singer now and sound a lot better too, I think. They played various old and new songs. After their perfomance the audience was all warmed up for the headliner of the afternoon: ‘Capitol Punishment’. I’d never heard or seen them before but what I heard was really very good. A drunk singer, a female bassist, a guitarist of over 30 and a good drummer made the concert even more interesting. ‘Capitol Punishment’ didn’t just stay with HC, there were also songs by ‘The Ramones’ as well as country. And the audience kept stagediving; at one timepoint the singer also got lost (probably staggered towards the bar). They played a few encores and the most striking was a reggae-tune that evolved into a HC-version and vice versa. Everyone was very satisfied and so were we. We returned home with great memories.


87-10-25 Capitol Punishment vox (by Mark Vael)‘Capitol Punishment’ vocalist Ralph Lotspeich (photo by Mark Vael)


Photos by Agna Van Rillaer, scans by Gunter Vaes

‘Capitol Punishment’ (guitarist Dale Stewart, bassist Joceylin Fedrau, drummer Mike Branum):

‘Heibel’ (Erwin, Peter, Jo, Pé):


And here are some of Serge Harvent’s vast collection… (Thanks!):

crowd-shots with Agna & Felix (1), Fons & Fitzjoy – the black and blond girl upfront are Kim De Schacht & Corinne Dhulster (2), Marbels (3; R.I.P.), Pik (4):

‘Heibel’ (Steven, Erwin, Peter, Jo, Pé):

‘Capitol Punishment’:

‘Creep Insanity’ (Bart ‘Bassie’ Van Haele – bass, Peter ‘Rabbit’ Ginneberge – drums, Peter ‘Trash’ De Zutter – guitar & vocals):


De Marbel closed down…

Filed under: Marbel, Tielt, NOT Smurfpunx — Tags: , , , , , , — smurfpunx @ 17:10

As indicated earlier before joining the Smurfpunx-collective but I was involved in a series of gigs organised in my hometown’s venue ‘De Marbel’ (my band ‘Repulsives’, and others, rehearsed there for a while). For an overview click on the category Marbel, Tielt or search Concerts * NOT Smurfpunx: some were done by ourselves (‘Repulsives’, ‘No Numbers’ and/or ‘Dirty Scums’), some I did together with Smurfpunx (before I actually joined them) and some in cooperation with Hageland Hardcore…

On May 31st 1987, the local band ‘Dirty Scums’ organised their 5th Anniversary Gig there. This turned out to be an eventful day… As you can read below it all ended with the authorities closing the place. The local bands didn’t have too much trouble securing an new rehearsal-space but we couldn’t organise any more gigs there. Luc ‘Zak’ Vannieuwenhuyse had always been very supportive/helpful and made things ‘easy’ for us. Of course we weren’t too pleased…

Nevertheless, in hindsight, one wonders how history would’ve evolved. Perhaps I wouldn’t have joined Smurfpunx, wouldn’t have started organising tours, etc.? Would Smurfpunx have become what it became? No-one will know…


Here’s my thoughts on the events shortly after that day and the resulting situation, that I published in my ‘zine Tilt! #3:

The whole thing caused a lot of commotion in the Belgian hardcore/punk scene and some other zines published about it aswell…

>>May 31st, we could again experience how lax and excessive the power of the police is. Many among you know very well what I’m talking about but for the reader who has witnessed it: I’ld like to let you know about what ruined such a nice day. It was the day that the ‘Dirty Scums’ celebrated their 5th anniversay. All was set up at De Marbel in Tielt, where ‘Full Time Drinkers’, ‘Vortex’, ‘Black Vampire’, ‘Crisis-C’, ‘W.C.F.’, ‘Dirty Scums’ and ‘Ear Damage’ played. When the concert started around 2 p.m. with ‘Full Time Drinkers’, there were already a few with some alcohol in their heads… But things didn’t stay that innocent. A guy named Clochard from Antwerp went outside for a breath of air, so we were told, and blind-drunk he hit for the street where he pounded a dent here and there in the parked cars. Two police-vans immediately drove up, Clochard was arrested in a violent manner. Many punks didn’t accept that and started pounding/beating into the or smashing empty beer-bottles against the windows. The took off rapidly. The concert went on. About 2 hours later, by 7 p.m., reinforcements showed up: all entrees of De Marbel were blocked. A general identity check-up was conducted, where a metre long truncheons were used against anyone deemed acting somewhat ‘troublesome’; these all got a knock. Those who weren’t able to present their ID, were forcefully taken by the arm and dragged towards the vans as if they were criminals. There was a real chaos in the venue and on the street, that was barricaded by 2 police-vans and 3 gendarmerie-trucks. Nobody was able to get in or out of the street, and those in the venue who didn’t want to show ID, were not allowed to get out. A few got ‘lucky’ and were arrested and held in the 2 vans – Eddy, Dirk Verkain (Extra Punk Special) and another guy from Charleroi; they got out after about an hour. These vans were from the gendarmerie of Tielt, and they seemed reasonable. In the other they shoved 6 people (Victor of ‘W.C.F.’, Kris, Pascal, a girl from Lille and a few others. These cops came from Roeselare; they were lax, hypocritical and very violent. One of the lads was hand-cuffed and hard-handedly pushed into the van, the boy screamed in pain, his hand-cuffs were way to tight. After severe pains he was dragged from the van to loosen his hand-cuffs but they twisted his arms until he almost fell to his knees, the 4 gendarmes seemed to find great pleasure in this. When we tried to approach the van, they were waving their truncheons at us. We were totally powerless: it’s hard to imagine how you feel like when they treat your friends in such an underhand way! This whole scene lasted over 4 hours. Some missed their last train and about 8 were taken away by the gendermarie. I’m still angry for what happened yesterday. I didn’t get a good night’s sleep.[…] Totally incomprehensible all of this but what can you do…<< [Durty Skum #19 (Kim Deschacht)]

>>Some find that speed-metal destroys punk because there are still many stereotypical (old-fashioned) heavy-metal-boys around. But there are certainly also stereotypical 77-punx (not all of course) who believe that punk is nothing more than getting drunk, blowing and following your dick. As long as they don’t bother anyone else in doing so, they have every right, but they don’t have a clue about what punk is about. One can also find machos, wanting to act tough and treat a woman solely as the sum of a cunt and 2 breasts, amongst punx. The very same that mostly lie on the floor, stoned & drunk, at an energetic concert. It seems as if a part of those 77-punx have turned into the new hippies, whose apathy they were supposed to rebel against. They’re the same who, year after year, walk around in their Sid Vicious & ‘Exploited’ T-shirt for lack of a personality. It’s exactly them, wearing that well-known ‘punks not dead’ T-shirt, who spoil the whole thing every time. Usually I tolerate them but now I’m extremely angry at them! Because it’s these – asking everyone for some spare changes (the 10-frank-punx), stealing from others at gigs and always making a lot of fuss, throwing cans and acting tough – who again succeeded to fuck up a whole concert. What could’ve been a fun party at De Marbel in Tielt; was spoiled by a small group of boozers. Everyone was the victim of that. Late in the afternoon a whole army of the gendarmerie burst into De Marbel in true Starsky&Hutch-style. All 80 to 100 people had to show her/his ID, one by one, and the whole street was blocked. The police had to show its muscles once again. But where were they when in Nijvel innocent people were slaughtered in a supermarket? Great opportunity to get a good reputation that was… But the truth has its rights too. What makes me even more furious, is that the provocation didn’t come from the cops this time, but from a few drunks who offered them the stick, that they had been looking for since a long time, to beat us. They had deemed it necessary to pester innocent passers-by and someone even thought it was funny to kick a few cars. If his friends had taken the trouble to calm him down a bit, then nothing would’ve happened. But only after quite some time someone gave him a knock to calm him down. By then it was too late because a few cops came to get him after a complaint was made. It could have stayed to this one person if his friends hadn’t attacked the vans, bombarding them with beer-glasses and kicking them full of dents. If you do something like that, you would have to have a good reason, for instance a squat being evicted – that’s about fundamental rights and not for some misguided solidarity with a quarrelsome boozer who had asked for it. But some just wanted to be macho. Well done, keep it up! Then you’ll have one place less to go see your favourite bands and you can get bored some more. Congratulations! I thought this kind of senile, old jerks were gradually dying out because there hadn’t been any fuss at alternative punk/hardcore-concerts for a long time. When there were troublemakers, they were thrown out by the audience itself, so that the police didn’t interfere. Unfortunately there still seems to be many of them around. Do we have to get bouncers like in a stupid disco!?. The modern speed-metal fans seem to have more principles than some 77-punx. So, please, stop that bullshit about speed-metal! If punk and speed-metal have to be kept seperated, it’s not just because speed-metal fans would destroy punk but because some 77-punx would better stay at home in their beds sleeping of their booze.<< [De Rattebeet #2 (Jan Claus)] [‘Ear Damage’ and ‘W.C.F’. didn’t get to play because the concert was ended.]

Of course the establishment thought all this served these “druggies”, “rebels”, etc. just right. Here’s what appeared in some of the local newspapers…

>>‘Punk pub closed’ – Sunday evening the Tielt police received a complaint about a punk damaging cars in the vicinity of café De Marbel. The gendarmerie of Ruiselede and Roeselare were called in as reinforcement to pick up the perpetrator from a group of about 40 punks. The drivers were able to indicate the person and he was put in a van for interrogation. Then the skirmishes started. Pints were thrown at the police-vans while some pounded and dented the vehicles. They retreated with the culprit, but not for long. Help was called in from Gent and a bit later some 15 gendarmes arrived at the scene. In the back of De Marbel there was a room with some 100 congeners. Everyone was subjected to an ID check-up while about 10 of them were detained. Around midnight, once the fury was over, some were released. Four punks had to stay overnight. Tuesday-morning the mayor of Tielt decided to close the pub for a year.<<

>>The inglorious end of café De Marbel – After the disturbances of Sunday evening the police of Tielt, ordered by mayor Vander Meulen, shut down the pub De Marbel for one year. Because of that the person running it, ends up without any livelihood and a group of youngsters looses its ‘mekka’. “Of course it’s a pit that we have to take away someone’s income”, mayor Vander Meulen tells our editorial office, “but what is for us of utmost importance, is that all goes well in Tielt and that the peace is not disturbed. For years residents have serious complaints about noise and certain forms of vandalism. After what happened Sunday evening, we thought ‘enough is enough’ and after consultation with the security-forces we decided to suspend the pub.” The fact that we’re using a rather rough brush and forbid entrance to the pub immediately for a whole year, is mostly inspired by similar interventions in pop- and rock-pubs in the surrounding communities such as Oostrozebeke and Roeselare. “Initially I didn’t think of suspending De Marbel for a whole year”, the mayor tells us, “but we were advised to do so by qualified authorities”. Moreover, the mayor added that this period is not so binding. After a possible negotiation it can be shortened if an agreement is reached. The mayor thought it was especially serious because the guy running the pub had shown no signs any goodwill. “He knew that his venue was disapproved by the fire-department and hence was prohibited, but he ignored all of that. Well, if one doesn’t want to listen, then we have to intervene.” Pub-owner Vannieuwenhuyse himself of course has a totally different view. He claims he hasn’t received an official notification of the fire-department about the fact that the venue was rejected. Furthermore he particularly regrets that his pub and his public became the victim of the irresponsible behaviour of a few ‘strangers’ who normally don’t have anything to do with De Marbel. These outsiders usually agree among themselves to ‘grace’ a certain concert and last Sunday they chose the one organised by the ‘Dirty Scums’ at De Marbel. “When the whole thing got out of hand, I closed my pub for a while myself, and when everything was over and my pub was open again, then came the showdown of the gendarmerie. They’re out to find me. I’ve learned to live with the fact that there’s a razzia from time to time but what has happened now, I find very serious. Agreed, things were loud sometimes but after repeated insistence of the neighbours I cut down the amount of rehearsals to reduce that nuisance to a minimum.” What he will do now, Vannieuwenhuyse doesn’t know yet. So far he hasn’t undertaken any steps towards the mayor or the security-forces. All posters have from the front-window to make place for one: the closing-order that the police put up. De Marbel, a name known far beyond the Tielt borders, is (temporarily ?) no longer.<<

Some pictures of the police-raid:

Brob: myself and Victor ‘W.C.F.’ were held for a while when I tried to negotiate letting him go (he didn’t have any ID on him)…

--- De Marbel closed (Rattebeet 2)Impression on what happened by Jan ‘Jangle Ratpoison’ Claus in his zine Rattebeet #2

Marbel einde (Durty Skum #19)Account on the hurly-burly by Kim De Schacht in her zine Durty Skum #19


87-05-02 (De Marbel) Negazione – Skeezicks – Cólera – Repulsives

Filed under: Marbel, Tielt, NOT Smurfpunx — Tags: , , , , , , — smurfpunx @ 20:06

One of the best gigs ever I set up in my hometown! My own band ‘Repulsives’ was at it’s zenith (with the recordings of a bunch of tracks – destined for a split-lp with Cólera on Hageland recs – later that month); and so was the Marbel-scene. Little did we know that the place was going to be closed down permanently by the end of that month, after a riot-squad cleared up the nearby streets (during an anniversary-gig of the ‘Dirty Scums’)…

Anyway, for that day I had managed one of favourite bands at that time to come over: ‘Negazione’ (with the help of Werner E., I think). We’d all been shouting along to the songs of ‘Tutti Pazzi’ & ‘Lo Spirito Continua’ and eagerly wanted to experience them live. Earlier that year ‘Repulsives’ had played with ‘Skeezicks’ (at a Hageland Hardcore concert) and since Armin & myself were corresponding/helping each other out, it was evident that these energetic Germans had to play aswell. The bill was completed with the (at that time) omnipresent [Netwerk, Aalst, 15 mar 87 (Cólera), Netwerk, Aalst, 17 apr 87 (Cólera), Concerts * NOT Smurfpunx] ‘Cólera’ (practically residents of Scherpenheuvel those days)…

I’ve floated through that day… I recall ‘Repulsives’ did an awesome set (with ‘Fascist Skins’ as a climax and several encores/covers); the other bands were of course equally if not even more appreciated; and a great time was had by all. It was truely a network of friends… A big contrast with the afternoon leading to the fall at the end of the month.

That afternoon I also made some preparations for an interview with the Italians (at that time: singer Guido ‘Zazzo’ Sassola, bassplayer Marco Mathieu, guitarist Roberto ‘Tax’ Farano and Fabrizio Fiegl on drums) for my ‘zine Tilt! And I hope that, before I die one of the remaining ‘Skeezicks’ (bassplayer Armin Hofmann & his bro Andy on drums, guitarists Carsten Bauer & Marc Helber, and singer Jürgen ‘Sunny’ Findlinger – R.I.P.) can let me know if there was actually a video shot of that concert… They’d also hung out at our rehearsal-space earlier the day because they came over early from Hasselt (where did they’d played the day before)…

As usual there were a people from everywhere visiting… The guys from the Charleroi fanzine (Deadly Fuckin’ Thrash Panzer), Laurent & Eric, were there (being big fans of ‘Repulsives’). They interviewed David Dutriaux of ‘Scraps’ there for their third issue…


I clearly remember my first visit at De Marbel. I was just about to become 16 and went to see kijken ‘Hate Crew’, ‘Heibel’ & ‘Lärm’ [87-03-08]. Unforgettable! I went over a few times later but this here was my last time there because shortly after the place got shut down. It was a top-bill. What a night… What a sweltering atmosphere, what an energy. That’s also what I realised the day after: around noon I got out of bed and noticed I had a black eye. Not that I’d gotten into a fight with anyone, I was/am ever so peaceable; no: apparently I had been participating in the moshpit too enthusiastically. That can happen. Especially being the little brat that I was… I remember the song Fascist Skins by ‘Repulsives’ ensured some commotion that night: a couple of skinheads couldn’t resist to start shouting …

Johan Maes

From an interview with ‘Skeezicks’ in the Belgian ‘zine ‘Total Chaos’ #1: >>What d’you think of the Belgian scene? Over the years, the Belgian scene has developed! A lot of gigs, nice people and last but not least great bands such as ‘Heibel’, ‘Repulsives’, etc. I’m looking forward to see more.<<


Hate Crew tour 1988

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This is a piece I wrote about the tour I did for/with ‘Hate Crew’ (see: Brob’s tours). It was intended for my zine Tilt! but somehow never made it to that… Some of them were mates/ members of the Smurfpunx-collctive so it was only obvious that I helped them out, ‘specially since my own band ‘Repulsives’ had split up. Duco had left the band just before the tour. Along for the ‘ride’, besides the band-members (Kris, Guy, Mone & Guido) and myself, were Smurfpunx Mokka & Snake and Mone’s girlfriend Caro…


Here’s the info-sheet that was written for the tour:

And here are some of the flyers of the tour:

88-07-09 Hate Crew (Hamburg)88-07-10 Hate Crew (Düsseldorf)88-07-15 Hate Crew (Bielefeld)88-07-16 Hate Crew (Frankfurt)88-07-14 Hate Crew (Nindorf)————————-

René Harx in WajlemacOur mate René Harx (from Eindhoven) visited the show in Hamburg


Hageland Hardcore concerts Scherpenheuvel

People keep asking about other fests from this era that were not organised by our Smurfpunx collective… So let’s try to incorporate some of them here then. Counting on anyone for help/contributions again!

Hageland Hardcore logo

For an overview: Concerts * NOT Smurfpunx

Some photoshoots:

Hageland Hardcore, Sharphill, 6 jun ’86

Hageland Hardcore, Sharphill, 5 oct ’86

Hageland Hardcore, Sharphill, 15 feb ’87

Hageland Hardcore, Sharphill, 6 jul ’87

Hageland Hardcore, Sharphill, 30 aug ’87

Hageland Hardcore, Sharphill, 13 sep ’87

Hageland Hardcore, Sharphill, 18 sep ’87

Hageland Hardcore, Sharphill, 4 oct ’87

Hageland Hardcore, Sharphill, 25 oct ’87

Hageland Hardcore, Sharphill, 1 nov ’87

Hageland Hardcore, Sharphill, 15 nov ’87

Hageland Hardcore, Sharphill, 22 nov ’87

A place where lots of hardcore concerts were happening was Scherpenheuvel, or ‘Sharphill’, as the guys from ‘Capital Scum’ would say (their hometown). Werner Excelmans of ‘Extreme Noise’ fanzine and Hageland Records was the main man behind all this… Collaboration was no idle words in these days. Werner ‘De Witte’ always arranged that bands could play elsewhere aswell and so I did gigs with him in my hometown, for Smurfpunx; and he booked them also in Antwerp, Leuven, etc.


I have a bunch of flyers of these concerts and also Moby, Pies ‘Capital Scum’ & Bert Petitjean provided me with some. If people have memories to share I can post them here…


The Hageland Hardcore ‘house-band’ – ‘Capital Scum’

Peter ‘Pies’ Laeremans, vocals – Paul ‘Larrie’ Laeremans, guitar – Jurgen ‘Jurgenowski’ Surinx (bass) – Sox (drums)

* pictured by Helge Schreiber:

to be continued…


Q104 concerts Leuven

People keep asking about other fests from this era that were not organised by our Smurfpunx collective… So let’s try to incorporate some of them here then. Counting on anyone for help/contributions again!

‘Q 104’

85-11-29: Heibel (Bel), Koyaanisqatsi (Bel), X-Creta, (Bel), Dirty Scums (Bel)

86-03-01: Disrupters (UK), Capital Scum (Bel), No Debt (Bel), Vortex (Bel), C.P.D. (Bel)

86-03-21: Varukers (UK), Sloth (USA), Dirty Scums (Bel)

86-04-12: Dirty Scums (Bel), No Numbers (Bel) [Capital Scum (Bel) on flyer]

86-04-18: Disorder (UK), Indirekt (Nl), Ear Damage (Bel), Pigs In Blue Glue (Bel) [‘Ear Damage’s first gig]

86-05-17: Repulsives (Bel), C.P.D. (Bel), Anguish (Bel), O.I.L.L. (Bel)

87-03-07: Disorder (UK), Dehumanization (Nl), C.P.D. (Bel)


Between 1980 and 1992 I’ve worked myself through a pretty impressive list off concerts in Belgium and sometimes abroad (especially London). The concerts by Smurfpunx in ‘Netwerk’ were among the best I can remember (along with those in Scherpenheuvel), really! Splendid venue, good sound-system, great bands, excellent organisation… A genuine relief after other concerts that got cancelled or hadn’t started yet at midnight because the speakers didn’t make a sound. That was supposed to be the charm of punk but one should not be surprised that, after a while, people no longer show up – a bit of quality is in order.

Somewhere in 1985 the famous ‘Stel’ and I found it a bit odd that no punk-concerts were taking place in a ‘metropolis’ like Leuven, while we believed there certainly was an audience for. That made us decide to try it ourselves in a cheap (but a bit too small) place, named ‘Q104’. First we did a concert with a few Belgian bands, sometime late 1985 or early 1986, I can’t remember exactly who, because at the following concerts there were always a few Belgian bands ‘supporting’. But I believe that certainly ‘The Dirty Scums’, ‘No Debt’, ‘Capital Scum’, ‘Ear Damage’, ‘Anguish’ and a bunch of other bands played at ‘Q104’; it’s up to those ‘celebrities’ to confirm that. [Brob: Well, without claiming to be a celebrity: my band ‘Repulsives’ played the ‘big’ and ‘far away’ city of Leuven a few times; there was a memorable gig where we had to be escorted out of ‘Q104’ by Felix and his friends because skins were threatening to ‘lynch’ us. We were nicely accommodated at Felix’s place who even gladly drove us home the next Sunday-morning…]

I know for sure that the first gig was a major godsend in terms of turn-out, about 200 men, we hadn’t really expected that. We even made a little bit of profit that we invested neatly in the next one. It’s not that hard actually: make sure to come up with cheap flyers and word-of-mouth advertising at other concerts that the venue and sound-system are OK, don’t pay the bands a fortune but something respectable, make sure that there is enough booze, put a few valiant guys at the entrance (genre ‘Kockie’, ‘De Lange’ or ‘Den Bosse’) to ensure that not everyone gets in for free, and everything will be OK. The only problem was that from the first concert on, we had problems with the cops because of the noise at night; although the concerts were always over before midnight and nothing was ever demolished, but the neighbours were shocked of course by the many ‘dangerous’ punks on their square.

In any case, after the success of the first gig I gladly wanted to try a second one with a British group. I think ‘Stel’ then pulled out somewhat (he didn’t like that kind of bands much) but a lot of people from Leuven (Dirk [Ceustermans], Ludo [Vannoppen], sorry that I do not remember all the names) were helping out. I had written and invited some 15 English bands: ‘Conflict’, ‘Flux of Pink Indians’, ‘Chaos UK’, ‘Violators’, ‘Addicts’,… that genre. I recall that I offered them all together 15.000 BeF (and free accommodation) to come from England; nowadays that seems incredibly little: € 375. Yet there were three bands mad enough to come over: first ‘Disrupters’, then ‘Varukers’, after that ‘Disorder’. Each time that was at ‘Q104’, with some Belgian bands supporting and each time about 200 people turned up. I had the impression that they just came down because there was a punk-fest in Leuven, not because they loved that specific band. I know that all bands were very pleased afterwards because the atmosphere was great (and Belgian beer strong). I think ‘Varukers’ and ‘Disorder’ also played in Antwerp one day after Leuven.

At this concert with ‘Disorder’ I had established contact but didn’t have much to do with the organising of the concert itself anymore. Afterwards I also completely stopped because a whole generation of young people from Leuven was full of enthusiasm to organise gigs themselves. With that my intention had actually become successful: I certainly didn’t wanna become a big organiser but just trigger something that then could stand on its own feet. In addition, ‘Q104’ no longer wanted us because of the problems with the cops. Frankly: at one point there were just too many concerts in Leuven, sometimes poorly organised or announced too late, so the turn-out dropped dramatically and quickly bled to death a bit. A familiar story, unfortunately.

I kept attending a lot of gigs and occasionally wrote something for fanzines, until I moved to Mexico City mid 1992. [Brob: Felix was a free-lance journalist for Belgian newspapers.] I went to a lot to punk-concerts there too; they were running some 15 years behind and it was all really still in its early stages: rather a bunch of zombies with all those glue-sniffers – but good bands and lots of atmosphere. In 1996 I moved to Lima (Peru), where I also attended quite a bunch of punk-gigs the first years: a little more professional and better than in Mexico, with great bands from Argentina coming over. Names that no-one here would have heard about.

Since 2004 I live back in Brussels but I do not go to concerts that often anymore because, to be honest, I can’t keep up with all these new names. I think one or two concerts per year, big bands like ‘Smashing Pumpkins’ or ‘Bad Brains’ (not really punk). But I keep listening  to punk at home, on my old East-German record-player – my old LP’s have survived, I will transfer them onto CD now. I really start to feel like grandpa punk (and an -unwanted- skinhead) nowadays.

To be honest, I’ve always loved listening to punk-music (and still am) but I was always interested in heaps of other things, like football, movies, foreign politics, journalism, NGO-work, travelling,… Because I never was in the punk-movement a 100%, I also never fully got out of it because I was tired of it. I still see myself listening to punk at the age of 85. [Brob: If I make it that long, I’ll join you!]

Felix De Witte

Felix! A legend! I still get sick thinking of the bottle of ‘Mandarine Napoleon’ we had at his place!!!…

The “LOT of people from Leuven” refers to the D.R.O.L. collective who helped out on the gigs and helped funding through the legendary D.R.O.L. parties ran down at the Q104. Here’s a few names: Chris, Gert ‘Gette’ Hambrouck, Murielle [Celis], Ludo, Bart [Willemsen]; gee my memory does not serve me well here…

A few more Belgian bands that made it to the ‘Q104’ were ‘Heibel’, ‘X-Creta’, ‘Koyaanisqatsi’ (I refuse to spell it like it was mis-spelled on the ‘Alle 24’ LP), ‘Pigs in Blue Glue’, etc. etc. The first 3 were on a same bill (in 1985) and it can be considered a legendary gig as these bands at that time played some sort of crossover punk/metal that was probably the first time it happened in Belgium.

Dirk C. (D.R.O.L. zine, ‘Koyaanisqatsi’, ‘Ear Damage’)

DROL hard at work'D.R.O.L. crew in action (pic courtesy of Dirk C.)

Q104 (DROL #10)Dirk in D.R.O.L. zine #10

Here are some pictures of ‘Anguish’ playing in Leuven, around June 1986. You will probably recognise some of the faces in the audience. The guy in the white shirt is, if I remember well, Chris, who had just started D.R.O.L. zine (in his cellar, together with his brother). That had a lot of potential. There was even talk of building a wind-mill… (one of the less risky ideas) but, as with many things, these were good initiatives but the know-how wasn’t present, and the kick-in-the ares was lacking. ‘Anguish’ and Dirk (at that time Heidi’s partner…who was still in ‘Koyaanisquatsi’ if I remember correctly) got together there on a regular basis. It was a lot more difficult to find info in these days…

Murielle (‘Anguish’ vocalist)

Crowd-shot (Leuven ’86) with a prominent Felix ‘in ecstasy’… surrounded by his ‘disciples’ Chris & Dirk D.R.O.L., Ludo (kindly donated by Murielle Celis)

86-06-xx Anguish crowd (met Felix)

pics taken 86-06, ‘t Stuk – Leuven (by ‘Gette’?)

86-06-xx Anguish trio met Ludo (Stuc Leuven) (by Gette q)‘Anguish’: Bart – Juul (on the shoulders of a giant – Ludo) – Kris

86-06-xx Anguish Steve' (Stuc Leuven)Steve (‘Anguish’)

86-06-xx Anguish trio (Stuc Leuven)Bart (‘Anguish’)

86-06-xx Anguish Mumu & Kris (Stuc Leuven)Murielle & Kris (‘Anguish’)

Ludo Vannoppen (by Dirk C)Ludo Vannoppen (pic courtesy of Dirk Ceustermans)


88-09-03 (Netwerk) Ripcord – Lethal Gospel – Political Asylum – Yuppies’Death

I remember this gig very well. That was my first ‘hardcore’ show. I was into German trashmetal at that point! A friend of mine told me that ‘Ripcord’ was ‘the thing’ so I went to check them out. They soundchecked for about 10 minutes and the big drummer looked tired without any ‘power’ (‘Defiance of Power’ ?!?). The bassplayer looked like a drunk crusty (a bit like the bassplayer on the ‘Scum’ album by ‘Napalm Death’). I was wondering how that band was going to kick some ass but as soon as they started, it was a fuckin’ blast! I became a fan instantaneously! There was a huge moshpit and people became crazy as they played ‘Furder’ (2 times, if I remember well). That was my first step in the ‘scene’. 2 years late I joined ‘Hiatus’…


‘All killer, no filler’ here…although 4 bands with different styles and appealing seperate crowds. Most important: all friends of us. ‘Ripcord’ on another short tour I helped out with. Same for ‘Lethal Gospel’ and ‘Political Asylum’. The surprise-act mentioned was ‘Yuppies’ Death’: after ‘Repulsives’ had split up (not long after our 2nd reincarnation as a trio), I started this with ‘Lompie’ (‘No Numbers’) on drums and Hans on bass (his first time in a band – he would later join such bands as ‘Rise Above’, ‘Nations On Fire’, ‘Blindfold’, ‘Liar’). Y.D. played a less punky brand of H.C. with rap-bits and funky parts à la R.H.C.P. We didn’t sound that brilliant then: I had been setting up the stage, moving about with amps and stuff so I was already tired… Still, I think people enjoyed it.

I first got to know P.A. through Mokka’s tape-compilations and soon fell for their melodic HC/punk style. Because of Ramsey’s erudition and love of books (He was the founder of ‘publishing company’ AK Press and now runs PM Press in California.) – amongst other things – we started to correspond and became friends. One summer I spent a sunny holiday of reading (actually slept in a room full of books) and soccer with him in Edinburgh. Anyway, after ‘Ripcord’s full-speed-ahead (which blew us all away…Wow!) accompanied by the slamming and diving of the audience, it wasn’t easy for them to capture people’s attention with their wonderfully tuneful stuff and intelligent words. There was some polite applause at first but enthusiasm grew. They even did a parody on grindcore (of which not everyone got the irony – smile – ergo the jumping and bawling)…

Mokka had set up another tour for ‘Lethal Gospel’ (together with ‘Political Asylum’). This was their 2nd passage in Aalst. This tour was with Keith Chatham of the band ‘Condemned’ on bass. I saw them a few times and everytime ‘Mad Tex’ (Mattx) kept shouting “Hey Duvel!” (referring to the strongest beer in Belgium, that he tasted quite a few times the year before) at everyone. Weird guy!… Their music isn’t really typical super-fast hardcore (they’re more like a garage/blues/punk-band from and supporting the San Francisco underground scene: independent and a-commercial) but lots of people liked them, there was always a great atmosphere at their concerts, with everyone shouting along with ‘Cherokee Nation’ e.g.


‘Political Asylum’ are Scotland’s best band. They always do a song where they turn into their alter-egos (Suicidal Asylum?), put on baseball-caps, roll up their trousers, wear bandanas, etc. Then they do a song that is slow with some fast ‘mosh’ parts. Really funny to watch them making fun of US clones we have in the UK.

Scott; Paisley, Scotland (personal communication ’89)

Mokka was the one that the set up our gigs in Belgium. What a man! We corresponded for many years. We thought Belgium was amazing. The organization, the shows, the hospitality. Lightyears ahead of the UK… I’m not really in contact with any of the old P.A. chaps, though they are still around. Both of the guitarists (Stephen and Stevie) are still making music.

Ramsey Kanaan (‘Political Asylum’)

We went on tour with ‘5Les’ in August 1988 and played with them all over Europe. The band-members at that time were Ramsey Kanaan (vocals and being annoying), Keith Burns (drums), Ewan Hunt (bass-guitar) & me (lead and rythmn guitar). ‘5Les’ had this funny guitar-player called Onno. He was a bit weird. I suppose we all were…  We toured about two months with them, spanning Italy, Switzerland, Holland and Belgium… I liked their cover of ‘Descendants’ song ‘Wendy’. ‘Lethal Gospel’ were touring with Keith from ‘Condemned’ on bass that year. We had played with them in Jette the week before (on a sunny sunday-afternoon, with ‘Negazione’). [see: Concerts * NOT Smurfpunx; there’s a picture in the ‘comments’]

Later I came to the Smurfpunx gigs with ‘Victims Family’ and ‘No Means No’. My former girlfriend and myself drove down from Rotterdam to the gigs and stayed with Mokka, I think.

Steve Dewar (‘Political Asylum’)

I remember being very nervous that day, the place was pretty crowded and I believe this was our [Yuppies’ Death] very first gig (we only did a few) and playing with ‘Ripcord’ was awesome. I was and I’m still a fan of the band. Great times, definitely great times… I’m still doing my thing in ‘Liar’ right now and have played half of the globe with this and former bands…crashing on people’s floors is still a going thing from time to time. :-)

Hans Verbeke

It was great to see you and the rest of the ‘Smurfpunx’ again and a big thank you to everyone who put on the show for us. The rest of the tour was pretty much a success and most of the shows were great. We played with ‘So Much Hate’ 3 times, which was great. Brilliant musicians and very friendly people too.

John Millier (‘Ripcord’) (personal communication ’88)

info-flyer spring ’88

“Drunk crusty”…ha ha, I’ve been called worse (smile). Being in my mid-40s now I’m happy to disclose that I shower at regular intervals and am cognitive of the virtues of personal hygiene. Somehow all of us still find the time and relative enthusiasm to re-enact our protracted youthful shortcomings by playing in various crappy bands as we have ever since the halcyon days of yore.  [Jim explains: ‘Halcyon’ almost almost literally means the “calm before the storm” but can also be used to signify joy, tranquility, etc. ‘Yore’: Obsolete. of old; long ago.]

Jim Whiteley (bass for ‘Ripcord’ in 2nd line-up)

‘Ripcord’ (John-drums, Steve-vocals, Jim-bass, Baz-guitar) photos by Nathalie Guyot (1-2-5), Phil Anthonis (3) & Mike Du Bois (4):

That day I had an excellent time. The atmosphere was very good again, even though things were kind of rough in the ‘pit’ from time to time. I can imagine it’s very annoying having to deal with characters standing on monitors, tripping over cables, etc. I also saw a couple of drunk people laying in the street… The bands were good, I had decent conversations (that’s also important!) and I couldn’t keep from watching the Belgian girls (SMILE). To cut things short: a successful weekend. I was a bit surprised you liked ‘Lethal Gospel’ that much. In my opinion, they don’t have anything to do with HC. They were behaving like machos, had sturdy guitar-solos, making the audience clap their hands, throwing stickers in the crowd, shaking hands, etc. That’s plain rock’n’roll. [Brob: perhaps that’s irony?…] That’s why I though that people wouldn’t like them. Don’t get me wrong: I also enjoyed their concert but that ‘rock attitude’ was nothing for me. But maybe one just has to see through this…

René Harx (personal communication ’88)

I had a great time in Aalst. Everything seemed so well organised and everyone was friendly.  Keep it up – you’re doing a great job.

Digger from Liverpool, driver & T-shirt sales for ‘Ripcord’ (personal communication ’88)

[Brob: Keith from the band ‘Condemned’ played bass on the 2nd ‘Lethal Gospel’ European tour.] I remember meeting a young lady named Rosa Lia and playing and hanging with ‘Political Asylum’, we became good friends with Ramsey the singer. I may have a tape from the show. That was a whirl-wind trip: 7 countries in 21 days, Trondheim down to Torino. [Brob: The 3rd tour we did was even more of a ‘tornado’… – see Brob’s tours] We played Pisa at an outdoor show…

Keith ‘Condemned’ Chatham

Smurfpunx 88-09-03 in Kwalpol 6

gig-review in Kwalpol #6 (Bart Schoofs):

>>‘Ripcord’ was better than I expected (‘Napalm Death’ situations and stuff), particularly in the slower songs. Or was it still early and do I cope better with this kind of music then? Connaisseurs already thought they’d noticed: Brob was sprinting around more nervously than usual. The announced band turned out to be ‘Yuppies’ Death’, his own band. Meanwhile already almost ingloriously perished of weird talk, so I can go and demolish them nicely by now. Keep it up guys! Some bits held quite a lot of promise. A band that that doesn’t have to prove anything is ‘Political Asylum’. Absolute class, and meanwhile on about every compilation-tape in the world. It could have been a beautiful day, if I hadn’t been beaten 9-11, a couple of hours later. I’m talking about table-football here.<< [;-) Sorry for non dutch-speaking people but it’s really hard to capture Bart’s irony and play on words.]

88-09-03 gig-review Genocide #6

gig-review in Genocide #6 (Bert Gysemans):

>>Despite the somewhat unstable sound, ‘Ripcord’ gave us another great performance with again an audience going crazy. They might not have been in the mood themselves – problems with the sound? Being the first band? Or a bit shy? Like the drummer (with who I talked before the gig) who – when I responded to his observation that there were a lot of people by saying that most came for them – who timidly answered “Yeah? For real?”. (Many will remember the gig from last Januray: one of the best of the year.) As I said: they were great and there was a enormous reponse to their brutal, simple and fast HC. ‘Polytical Asylum’ were, no doubt, also great. It is different Music than ‘Ripcord’ e.g.: a lot more quiet and everyone was taking a breath, listening to their varied songs and the messages they sent into the world. As a surprise Brob hit the stage with ‘Yuppies’Death!’. Sadly enough they split up by now and so this was their last gig. It was a very likeable set that they had put together. The response of the crowd was accordingly. We didn’t get to see/hear a lot of ‘Lethal Gospel’ because we had to leave. As far as we could tell, they resembled ‘T.S.O.L.’. In any case, we could face the World again for the time being.<<


87-03-15 (Netwerk) Cólera – [Challenger Crew] – No Numbers – Anguish – Hate Crew – C.P.D.

The first show by ‘Cólera’ in Aalst… Yep, only shortly after this one, they would gig at ‘Netwerk’ again [Netwerk, Aalst, 17 apr 87 (Cólera)]. They played anywhere and anytime [see also Marbel, Tielt, 2 may 87 (Negazione) & Concerts * NOT Smurfpunx] they could. I must’ve seen them…8 times? Some thought they were stupid rich kids but I’ve always experienced them as friendly, modest, grateful guys – definitely not here to make easy money. Singer/guitarist Edson ‘Redson’ Lopes Pozzi was a charismatic personality; his brother Pierre (drums) and bassist Val were rather timid (probably because they hardly spoke any English). There was always a great atmosphere at their concerts. They confirmed their phenomenal live reputation here and played something like 10 ‘encores’…

‘Challenger Crew’ were the band of ‘Moses’ Arndt (later editor of the famous ‘Zap’ magazine), named after the exploded space-shuttle. I have no recollection of this but in letter from ’87 I read they didn’t show up because of illness…?

The Belgian bands…all friends. ‘Anguish’ from Leuven (a great band that I interviewed for Tilt! #3; see comment fot link) – with female & male vocalist (Bart sometimes dressing up as a woman, Murielle/’Mumu’ as a native American), Fons (ex-’Taartje Aardbei’, he replaced Juul) on bass, Kris on guitar and Steve on drums; they projected slides to draw extra attention to their lyrics – it would’ve helped if things were a little bit more readable… Commendable! (Have a look at Q104 concerts Leuven for some pictures of ‘Anguish’ playing in Leuven (1986)…)

And the Smurfpunx house-band ‘Hate Crew’ was simply fantastic! (I set up their tour through Germany later on) – also interviewed in my zine ‘Tilt!’. Plus ‘No Numbers’ – friends from my hometown from which I recruted my pal ‘Stinky’ to play in my own band ‘Repulsives’. Even though he wasn’t in ‘No Numbers’ anymore (Koen ‘Scampie’ Vercampt had taken over guitar-duties), he filled on bass for them here because Kris Vereecke was not available… (see photo). The other 2 were brothers Danny (vocals) & Stefaan ‘Lompie’ De Coninck (drums). They opened that afternoon with solid hardcore-punk. More than decent! C.P.D. (At a certain time-point they called their own music ‘Türkish Hardcore’, an inside joke between them and the ‘Heibel’ guys – it was a mixture of fun-core and thrash.) replaced ‘Challenger Crew’ effectively.

At that time I was not a member of the collective yet…


photo from the Dé O Fora 7″ (Hageland recs)

87-03-15-no-numbers-stinky-bass‘No Numbers’

87-03-15 Anguish @ Smurfpunx87-03-15 Anguish'87-03-15 Anguish‘Anguish’ pics (courtesy of Bart Schoofs)

I played that gig with ‘Anguish’ too: from then on they played with 2 guitars. I played in ‘O.I.L.L.’ [Brob: ‘Opa in Levende Lijve’ (“granddad alive and kicking”), a fun-core band with a.o. Rudy of ‘C.P.D.‘] and later also in ‘Anguish’…


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