LoveCramps punk live in Ukrainian women’s prison


LoveCramps Candy Man EP

This is the cover of the 7-inch vinyl single by ‘pop punk’ band LoveCramps from Leiden in the Netherlands. The title track Candy Man is not the same song as the 1986 Siouxsie and the Banshees song of (almost) that name: in this video.

This January 17th 1992 live music video shows LoveCramps playing in the women’s prison in Kharkov/Kharkiv, the second-largest city in Ukraine.

Their line-up then was Stijn Minneboo (guitar, only male member), Jeannette Molenwijk vocals, Renée Stevense bass, Francien de Zanger guitar, Syama de Jong drums.

A police van brought the band from the Kharkiv railway station. After some sightseeing, it arrived at the local women’s prison to play for the inmates. Officially, dancing (standing) was not allowed. But it happened anyway during this great concert!

LoveCramps had started in 1988 with an all-women line-up. Their first concert was in January 1989 supporting the UK Subs in Paradiso in Amsterdam. Soon after, playing in Mevrouw Latenstaan squat venue in Zoetermeer. On 13 September 1993 they played in Venray in Dutch Limburg province.

The first line-up was Karin Klebe (synthesizer), Meinie Nicolai (bass), Vera van der Poel (vocals), Francine de Zanger (guitar), Syama de Jong (drums).

In 1981, Francine and Syama (aka Saskia aka Sascha) had been founding members of all-girl Leiden band Miami Beach Girls.

After 1984, Francine had been in 10 Girls Ago with ex-Miami Beach Girls and ex-Cheap ‘n’ Nasty bass player Heleen.

Syama had been a founder member of the Lou’s. The first punk band and the first all-women rock band in any genre in France. They played with the Clash and Public Image Limited. In 1979, Syama and other ex-Lou Raphaelle (later in Cheap ‘n’ Nasty) played many Rock Against Racism gigs in London in the band Verdict.

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