Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Balthasar Gerards Kommando

Well, it's been a while since the last post since I've been having a shitty connection at home. So here I am, posting this via an internet shop!

Anyways, I read about this band in MRR way back in my college days. I think, Cheetah Chrome Motherfuckers were in that issue too. After several years, I finally got a hold Jonestown Aloha and I was completely blown away by it. The production is kinda raw, but that's the way I like it. I totally dig this. Grab this one, it's a classic.

Here's some info on BGK courtesy of Kill from the Heart:

Named after a Dutch historical figure who assassinated the king of the Netherlands in 1584, Balthasar Gerards Kommando was formed in the early '80s by members of Amsterdam punk band the Nitwitz. Rejecting the then-popular trend to emulate British Oi bands, BGK took their musical cues from American hardcore bands such as MDC, and soon developed an ultrafast style of their own. The band was also committed to following through with its leftist political stance, both in terms of the punk scene (the band set up DIY shows with low door prices, and put out affordable records on their own label) and in a wider political spectrum (they often played benefits for various causes, and helped run the Emma squat in Holland).BGK released all their records on a label they started in their Nitwitz days, Vögelspin, and collaborated with U.S. labels R Radical and Alternative Tentacles. They helped touring bands playing in the Netherlands, and themselves toured Europe and the U.S. several times, finally calling it quits in 1987.After BGK's demise, bassist Tony formed rock'n'roll band Loveslug. In 1996, the Nitwitz reunited (partially due to interest from Epitaph records), and may or may not still be around to this day. Alternative Tentacles has recently reissued BGK's entire catalog, both on vinyl and CD.
Ok. Here's their first album, Jonestown Aloha. Enjoy!

BGK - Jonestown Aloha!


Slobodan Burgher said...

I am sitting in the same boat! Haven't been able to connect for days - been using the library (luckily 3 minutes away). Did you upload this via internet shop? Oh my that is hard core!!! :)

Good news is I am finally taking the plunge and getting my own internet at home, lol - only after blogging daily for 2 years without one...lol!!

All well otherwise? With the little prodigies?

Punk Rock Daddy said...

Oh yes, I did the uploading in an internet shop! (Very hardcore indeed!) And I intend to upload this way. The connection there is so fast, it only takes about 15 minutes to upload. So expect me to be more productive in terms of posting. Hehe

Punk Rock Daddy said...

Yeah, Dylan's great. He's beginning to walk (and destroying stuff, hehe). He's got teeth now so he's biting everything (and everyone. Ouch). All in all, we're great and expecting the other one pretty soon. Sounds very exciting! (That's me sounding optimistic! lol)

Slobodan Burgher said...

Well was supposed to get connected this morning and stayed up all morning (work night so usually sleep until late in the day) but no engineer came. Damn. Turns out the guy in the call centre made a mistake and now we have to wait until Tuesday to get connected to the phone infrastructure (add another day or two for internet). Argh!!! How hopelessly hard it is to be a consumer in this place!!!

Biting? Whoaa. This is so new to me that everything is like ultra exciting, lol. I keep saying that I can't wait until March (the due date) but then again I am completely taken by the fact that I have a connection with the baby already through kicks etc.

Ha ha ha, exciting hard core topic of conversation!!

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