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.

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.

Runaway teenage girls in songs


This 1979 video from England is the song Girl on the run by young punk singer Honey Bane.

Honey Bane herself was on the run from a Borstal-like prison.

Teenage girls sometimes have very good reasons to run away: domestic abuse, imprisonment, etc.

Then they often go from the countryside to cities.

However, in the cities, they may get new problems.

This 1982 music video from England is the song Strange little girl, by the Stranglers.

The song was written in 1975 but only came out seven years later. This means discrepancy between the song and the video. In 1975, there were not yet the punk girls with Mohican hairdos shown in the video.

There is also a discrepancy between lyrics like: ‘She’s feeling old/’Cause she found/All things cold’ and the video images of the runaway girl discovering new punk friends in the city. By the way, the tallest girl, with the red letters on her white t-shirt under her black leather jacket, on the right of the video: is the bass player/vocalist of Dutch band Cheap ‘n’ Nasty.

New song by The Damned, Manipulator


This punk rock music video from Britain says about itself:

Manipulator · The Damned

Manipulator

℗ A Spinefarm Records / Search And Destroy Records Recording; ℗ 2020 The Damned, under exclusive licence to Universal Music Operations Limited

Released on: 2020-09-18

Associated Performer, Vocals: David Vanian
Associated Performer, Guitar: Captain Sensible
Associated Performer, Keyboards: Monty Oxymoron
Associated Performer, Bass Guitar: Paul Gray
Associated Performer, Drums: Andrew Pinching
Producer, Studio Personnel, Recording Engineer: Tom Dalgety
Composer Lyricist: Paul Gray

Captain Sensible, Viv Albertine, punk music news


This video (audio really) says about itself:

Captain Sensible – Talks about The Damned, Punk, Keep ‘Em Alive & more – Radio Broadcast 12/09/2020

Captain Sensible talks about New Rose, Touring, Punk Movement, Sex Pistols, The Damned, Rockfield Studios, [new single] Keep ‘Em Alive, Bees and Eloise.

Also news about Viv Albertine, formerly Slits guitarist.

By Madison Bloom, September 1, 2020:

Viv Albertine’s Memoirs to Be Adapted for Television

Based on the former Slits member’s two books: Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys. and To Throw Away Unopened

Karlsen, Woolley, and Horovitz added: “What an exciting and exhilarating prospect to re-explore a time when music, fashion, political ideologies and sexuality were turned on their heads. So beautifully evoked alongside personal insights and frank reflections of an extraordinary woman’s life in Albertine’s two incredible memoirs.”

Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys. focused on Albertine’s experiences as a part of the 1970s punk scene in London, where she made history as a guitarist for the Slits, while also befriending members of the Sex Pistols, the Clash, and more. To Throw Away Unopened delves more into the author’s family relationships and personal life.

Slits at 1980 Morning Star festival: here.