Punk Rock Women´s Day today


This 2015 video from England says about itself:

Maid Of Ace performing “Disaster Of Noise” live on BBC Introducing The South 11/4/15.

Video by Mark Richards

Maid of Ace are from the seaside town Hastings. And they are not the only seaside punk girls. Yesterday I heard about three young girls from Dutch North Sea coastal town Noordwijk who had formed a punk band.

Only today I found out on Punkrock History that 28 November seems to be Punk Rock Women´s Day.

A great idea. Ever since the start of punk in 1975-1976, women played important roles.

This video is called Raincoats in Warsaw, Poland, April 1978. A concert which helped to start punk bands in Poland.

Important roles, not just as singers like in most earlier music genres …

Hear singer Siouxsie Sioux with the Banshees in Helter Skelter.

As drummers …

This video from England is called SEX PISSED DOLLS (drummer ANNA KEY) with Ramones song BLITZKRIEG BOP WELLOFEST 16 JULY 2016.

This video from the Netherlands is called Persona Non Data ::: Lola Groningen 2018. With Eva Oling on drums.

As bass players …

This video from London is called THE ADVERTS-LIVE AT THE VORTEX 1977. With bass player Gaye Advert.

… as guitarists …

This video is called L7 – Fast and Frightening (Live at Hellfest 2015). An all-women band from the USA with two guitar players.

… keyboard players, saxophone players …

This video from London in 1977 says about itself:

X-Ray Spex – Oh! Bondage Up Yours! (Live At The Roxy) [Stereo Sync]

Footage of X-Ray Spex live at the Roxy, footage taken from the Don Letts film ‘The Punk Rock Movie’ which I’ve synced to a nice stereo source 😉

With Lora Logic on saxophone.

And violinists ..yes!!

This video is called The Raincoats – Fairytale In the Supermarket (June 19, 2015, @ Unit Tokyo). (They used to play it faster in the 1970s).

Vicky in the Raincoats!!!

Female punks played both in all-women bands, like the Miami Beach Girls in the Netherlands …

And in mixed-gender bands like Dutch band Cheap ´n´ Nasty.

All four songs on their 1981 Covergirl EP were written by bass player-female lead vocalist Terry.

In the various line-ups of Cheap ´n´ Nasty, there were four more women. Raphaelle Devins, formerly in French pioneer all-women punk band the Lou´s, on saxophone. Unfortunately, deceased. Rest in power, Raphaelle! So is Andrea, who played bass in the Miami Beach Girls as well. Rest in power, Andrea! You can see the only moving images of her in this Miami Beach Girls video, of the songs Screwdriver and Angels in hell. With in between an interview with keyboardist Jeanette.

The singer, Ria aka Maria, in the Miami Beach Girls videos also played drums in Cheap ´n´ Nasty if drummer boy Maarten could not play because of secondary school. Fortunately, she is alive. So is Heleen, bass player in the 1981-1982 line-up.

And let us not forget female roadies of punk bands. Like the two 15-year-old schoolgirls who became the road crew of Cheap ´n´ Nasty after being at their first concert, with English bands Crass and Poison Girls. And Annemarie was the driver, driving Cheap ‘n’ Nasty to gigs.

This video from Britain says about itself:

The Culture Show “Girls Will Be Girls” BBC 2 Women in Punk

Documentary about women in Punk Rock with awesome unseen footage. Directed by Martina Hall, presented by Miranda Sawyer (2014)

I do not own any copyrights on this film.

At the height of the punk explosion almost 40 years ago, a handful of women completely redefined what a woman in music could do. Through sheer talent and fearlessness, they pushed themselves on to a male-dominated music scene and became part of a movement that radically changed the cultural landscape.

Along with Siouxsie Sioux, Poly Styrene and Chrissie Hynde, the Slits were among punk’s most important figures and Viv Albertine, their guitarist, has just brought out her memoir ‘Clothes, Clothes, Clothes, Music, Music, Music, Boys, Boys, Boys’ which chronicles her life as part of this revolutionary vanguard.

Miranda Sawyer meets up with Viv Albertine and some of the other key female figures of the era including Chrissie Hynde, The Raincoats, and punk anti-heroine Jordan to look at how they inspired a generation of young women with the notion that anyone could do anything if they wanted to. Plus she explores whether the punk spirit still survives today.

Punk rock women played and play in many countries. Like Japan.

This video is about Japanese all-girl punk band, the Shemones.

This video says about itself:

Women’s Hardcore Punk Festival Shutdown in Indonesia

Lady Fast 2016, a festival of punk music, art and discussions for women in Indonesia, was shut down by the police and members of “Islamic” Hardliner groups on claims that they lacked a permit. Many have speculated that the envelopment of groups such as the Islamic People’s Forum (FUI) and the Islamic Jihad Front (FJI) used intimidation tactics, such as threatening to burn down the venue to force the closure of the event. Nik Zecevic and Jo Ankier further examine the closure of the festival on the Lip News.

And from Italy:

PSYCHORDS – I WANNA LIVE LIKE JOEY RAMONE

HEY YOU! Welcome to the first video release by the punk-rock-girl-power trio Psychords. Directed by MrTeko O’Liax.
LET’S GOOOOO!!!!

‼️NB.

About the confederate flag: we recorded this video in a Southern Rock Venue with all USA flags everywhere. We deviate completely from its meaning because it was just a circumstance. As our fans know we’re totally No racist, No fascist, No nazi, No political. We just want to play the music that we love.

Tks and enjoy our music🤘🏻

Pioneer punk drums woman gets badge back


Lou's badge

In November 2020, Dutch visual artist Marion van Egmond has reconstructed the original 1977 badges of pioneer all-women punk band the Lou’s. She made 5 big and 5 small glow-in-the-dark badges.

Today, Ms Bauke van der Lee came to fetch two badges, one for Lou’s drummer Syama (aka Saskia, Sascha) de Jong, and one for herself. Ms de Jong is in isolation because of the coronavirus danger. Only outside contact is Bauke who brings her groceries.

Bauke van der Lee in 1980 became roadie of Cheap ‘n’ Nasty. She got a copy today of the Cheap ‘n’ Nasty Cover girl EP. She used to play her original copy lots of times. But she lived in squats and had to move house again and again as police evicted squatters. Then, she lost her EP,

The other half of the Cheap ‘n’ Nasty road crew, Ms Dorith Ligtvoet, was present as well to get her Covergirl EP. In 1980, these two were 15-year-old secondary school girls, If, after the coronavirus danger, Cheap ‘n’ Nasty would reunite after almost 40 years (a world record), they said, then they would happily move instruments and amps again.

In 1980, Ms van Egmond was one of four 12-13-year-old girls, the youngest punk band in the world. Younger than Eater. Dutch national radio interviewed them. But the drummer’s father did not want his daughter to play. And so, Marion’s and her bandmates’ plan to play a support set to British band Crass and Poison Girls and Dutch Cheap ‘n’ Nasty did not happen.

Pioneer punk rock women Lou’s badges reconstructed


This music video (only audio, unfortunately) is the Lou’s playing their song Back on the street.

The Lou’s were the first punk band in France, and the first all-women rock band in any genre in France.

They were Dutch Sascha (aka Saskia, Syama) de Jong on drums, and three Frenchwomen: Raphaelle Devins on rhythm guitar, Tolim Toto on bass and Pamela Popo, vocals and lead guitar.

They were the only band playing on both days of the 1977 Mont de Marsan punk festival.

This video shows British band the Damned at that festival.

The Lous were support band to the Clash during the 1977 Out of Control tour in the UK.

In 1978, they played with Public Image Limited.

In 1978-1979, Sascha became drummer, and Raphaelle saxophone player, in London band Verdict. They played much for Rock against Racism.

Meanwhile, Pamela and Tolim founded Les Rois Fainéants in France.

In 1981, Sascha was back in her native Leiden, the Netherlands. She founded the all-girl Miami Beach Girls.

This is a live video of the Miami Beach Girls playing their song Delight in Utrecht in 1981.

Raphaelle came to Leiden as well, playing saxophone in Cheap ‘n’ Nasty.

Now, in November 2020, Dutch visual artist Marion van Egmond has reconstructed the original 1977 Lou’s badges. Today, there are 5 big and 5 small glow-in-the dark badges.

Lou's badge

In 1980, Ms van Egmond was one of four 12-13-year-old girls, the youngest punk band in the world. Younger than Eater. Dutch national radio interviewed them. But the drummer’s father did not want his daughter to play. And so, Marion’s and her bandmates’ plan to play a support set to British band Crass and Poison Girls and Dutch Cheap ‘n’ Nasty did not happen.

New Zounds music video, Dancing 2020, review


This 14 November 2020 music video is called ZOUNDS “DANCING 2020” – “This is an anti-fascist song”.

The original version of this song Dancing came out in 1982 on Rough Trade records.

This video is how it sounded in 1982.

The band Zounds had started in 1977.

Today, Steve Lake from Zounds in England, author of the song, wrote to me:

We recently made a lockdown video of our song Dancing.

Quite a lot of people play on it.

You might recognise Mark from the Mob [see here, page 9] and Mark from the Astronauts, also Joe from the Cravats.

If you listen please play very loud.

Best wishes to you all.

Steve

Thanks, Steve!

The lyrics are:

It’s nineteen thirty-three
But she just wanna go
Dancing, dancing
Dancing, dancing
Dancing, dancing
Dancing, dancing

She walks the street by day
There’s people all around
But she don’t worry ’bout that
Cause she was gone downtown
She’s going dancing, dancing
Making the noise
And dancing, dancing
Girls and the boys
Dancing, dancing
Dancing, dancing

Sweet mother Germany
Come to the cabaret
Don’t worry about history, history, history
Dancing, dancing
Girls and the boys
Dancing, dancing
Making the noise
And dancing, dancing
Dancing, dancing

It’s nineteen thirty-eight
Sweet mother Germany
It seems so far away
And she will never be, never be, never be
Dancing, dancing
The girls and the boys
Dancing, dancing
Making the noise
And dancing, dancing
Dancing, dancing, dancing,
Never again, never again,
Never again, never again,
Never never never again
Never never never again
Never never never again
Never never never again
Never never never again
Never

After all these years, the lyrics, comparing the start of Hitler’s Germany in 1933 to the Kristallnacht and other horrors of 1938, still stand.

It is a technical feat to record such a music video with so many musicians while not endangering safety in the coronavirus pandemic, which is getting worse and worse in England and many other countries.

Now, the music. When Zounds toured the Netherlands (see page 4ff.), Belgium and Berlin, with Dutch punk band Cheap ‘n’Nasty in 1980, they were a three-piece punk band.

The line-up for this 2020 video are many people more:

Steve Lake – lead vocals / guitar
Paul O’Donnell – bass / backing vocals / claps
Paul Gilbert – drums / backing vocals
Dominic Perez-Silva – guitar / backing vocals
Tim Hutton – trumpet

Joe Davin – keyboards / backing vocals
Bethan Prosser – violin
Mark “Mob” Wilson – backing vocals
Mark “Astronaut “Wilkins – backing vocals
Mia “Antler Family” Dean – backing vocals
Annette Dada – backing vocals
Farivar Gorjian – claps

Mia Dean does lead vocals and guitar in her Antler Family band. She is from California, USA. Again, a technical feat to include her from so far away.

So, twelve people. The minimum size of a big band.

When the Beatles were in the Netherlands in 1964, Dutch TV asked them: Will you become a big band? No, the Beatles said, we don’t want that. They were aware a big band would not be ‘Mersey Beat’ any longer. Less is often more.

I am afraid that I have to say that with this ‘big band’ Zounds, Dancing does not sound like much of a punk melody any more.

Before playing the song, I was very happy to read about the line-up: Bethan Prosser – violin. It brought back very fond memories of Vicky Aspinall of the Raincoats (page 8). However, unfortunately, the sound of the eleven others basically drowns Bethan’s violin.

I think you can basically do four things with a violin. Play classical music: OK, that’s classical music. Or folk music: OK, that is folk. In punk, you can do two things with violins: either you have the very much on the foreground great scratchy sound of Vicky in the Raincoats (Mark Perry did not like the Raincoats’ violin sound (page 17). But Mark Perry is not always right, only sometimes). Or you have lots of violins, like Sid Vicious did in his immortal parody of the musical establishment in My Way.

With those critical comments, I do not mean at all to undermine the very necessary political warning in the video. The video correctly points out the danger to democratic rights in the USA, and worldwide, which Donald Trump and his military grade gun toting and nazi saluting supporters represent.

I might have added that, even if Joe Biden will become president as he won the election, there are still dangers to the environment, to peace and to democratic rights if Biden will listen more to the corporate-Hillary Clinton right wing of the Democratic party than to Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

But you cannot put everything in a five-minute video.

Prehistoric bison engravings in Spanish caves


This 2019 video about ancient Moravia says about itself:

A beautiful fictionalized story about the first Europeans, about Gravettian people.

The Gravettian people were the descendants of the Aurignacian, who first thought abstractly as true Homo sapiens.

From PLOS:

Bison engravings in Spanish caves reveal a common art culture across ancient Europe

Study finds ancient Gravettian art culture much more widespread than thought

October 28, 2020

Recently discovered rock art from caves in Northern Spain represents an artistic cultural style common across ancient Europe, but previously unknown from the Iberian Peninsula, according to a study published October 28, 2020, in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Diego Garate of the Instituto Internacional de Investigaciones Prehistóricas de Cantabria, Spain, and colleagues.

The history of ancient human art includes various cultural complexes characterized by different artistic styles and conventions. In 2015, new instances of rock art were discovered in three caves in Aitzbitarte Hill in northern Spain, representing an artistic style previously unknown from the Iberian Peninsula. In this study, Garate and colleagues compare this artistic style to others from across Europe.

The artwork in the Aitzbitarte caves consists mostly of engravings of bison, complete with the animals’ characteristic horns and humps. The authors note the particular style in which the animals’ horns and legs are drawn, typically without proper perspective. Pairs of limbs are consistently depicted as a “double Y” with both legs visible, and the horns are similarly drawn side-by-side with a series of lines in between.

This is consistent with the artistic style of the Gravettian cultural complex, characterized by specific customs in art, tools, and burial practices between about 34,000 and 24,000 years ago. This culture is known from across Europe but has not been seen before on the Iberian Peninsula. The authors combine this new discovery with data from around Europe to show that the Gravettian culture was more widespread and varied than previously appreciated.

The authors add: “The study analyses the particularities of Palaeolithic animal engravings found in the Aitzbitarte Caves (Basque Country, Spain) in 2016. These prehistoric images, mainly depicting bison, were drawn in a way that has never before been seen in northern Spain; in a kind of fashion in the way of drawing the engravings that is more characteristic of southern France and some parts of the Mediterranean. The study has shown the close regional relationships in Western Europe cave art since very early times, at least, 25,000 years ago.”

Happy Halloween everyone, with Siouxsie


As it will be Halloween tomorrow, 31 October, this music video.

It is the song Halloween, by Siouxsie and the Banshees, played live in Cologne in Germany in 1981.

During that 1981 tour, the Banshees also played that song at their 7 July open-air radio concert in Tiel, the Netherlands. A very special concert. Siouxsie said in this interview that it was the first time they had played in sunlight, not in a dark hall.

Siouxsie & The Banshees - Tiel, Nieuwe Kade 7-7-1981

This is a photo from a local 1981 newspaper showing that concert.

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.

Miami Beach Girls all-women Dutch punk, videos


This music video is Delight, by the all-women punk band Miami Beach Girls, from Leiden, the Netherlands. It was one of four of their songs, recorded live at a protest concert for keeping a squat music venue open, on 11 September 1981 in Utrecht for the Onutrechtse Toestanden compilation album.

They had been founded in spring 1981 by drummer Saskia (ex-Lou’s), singer Ria (also Cheap ‘n’ Nasty drummer), guitarist Francine and bass player Andrea. Soon, Jeanette joined on keyboard and backing vocals. As this five-piece band, they made their 1981 recordings.

This video is the Miami Beach Girls’ song Tell you what recorded live at the same 1981 Utrecht concert.

On this video (audio really), at 18:35, there is the Miami Beach Girls’ song Screwdriver, recorded live at the Melkweg (Milky Way) in Amsterdam, on 1 September 1983.

That song was also one of two songs in this 1981 video. Compared with then, they had become a three-piece. Francine and Ria had left, and Jeanette had become not only keyboard player but also the lead vocalist. Saskia/Syama was still the drummer. Heleen (1981-1982 Cheap ‘n’ Nasty bass player) had taken over on bass from Andrea in 1982.

Miami Beach Girls, Dutch all-women band


This November 1981 music video shows the Dutch all-women band, the Miami Beach Girls from Leiden, playing two songs: Screwdriver, and Angels from hell.

The songs sound a bit Siouxsie and the Banshees-ish, a bit more so than usual for this band. Together, in the car of drummer Saskia (ex-Lou’s), they had gone to the Banshees open-air concert in Tiel, on 7 July 1981. And right after that, to the Banshees concerts in Paradiso in Amsterdam. Their keyboard player/backing vocalist Jeanette photographed there for punk fanzine Pin. Did these concerts inspire them?

Miami Beach Girls singer Ria was sometimes drummer of the punk band Cheap ‘n’ Nasty. A band for which bass player Andrea sometimes also played bass.

I asked Siouxsie: your lyrics are all about different subjects. Do they still have something in common? Siouxsie: Personal independence. That idea is also in the Miami Beach Girls lyrics in this video: ‘I’m not your shadow projection …’

Also in this video, interview with Jeanette. She says she is a feminist, but critical of lack of humour within feminism.

Swiss yodeling concert, coronavirus superspreader


This 14 October 2020 Swiss German video from Schwyz canton says about itself (translated):

The number of COVID-19 cases in the inner part of the canton has been rising rapidly for 10 days. In Schwyz, we currently have one of the worst outbreaks of COVID-19 in all of Europe. …

Our isolation ward for COVID patients fills up more every day and the proportion of patients requiring ventilation is increasing. …

Therefore: Wear masks and avoid crowds – also privately! It is time to react. Immediately!

Translated from Dutch NOS radio, 15 November 2020:

Yodel concert turns out to be superspreader

In the Swiss canton of Schwyz, the number of coronavirus infections has increased sharply after two yodel concerts. About 600 people attended those concerts at the end of last month. Face masks were not required, though those present were asked to keep their distance from each other.

Nine days after the performances, several visitors turned out to be infected and that number has now increased to 1,238 cases of infection that can be directly or indirectly related to the concerts. Half of the people who take a test turn out to be positive. According to a Swiss doctor, the explosive increase in the number of cases in Schwyz is “one of the worst in Europe“.

The yodellers probably infected the public. Shortly after the concert it turned out that some yodellers were infected with the virus. They probably spread the virus to the public with their singing.

‘Fresh coffee now smells like exhaust gas’, ex-coronavirus patients find out. Are they really ‘ex-‘patients? ‘Mild‘ coronavirus infection so often turns out to be not that mild.