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Bassist Beckie Gibbons had left ‘Chaos UK’ (from Bristol) before their 1994 US tour and ‘RamRaider’ Marv(in) replaced her. ‘Nausea’s guitarist Vic(tor) ‘Venom’ Dominicis (also ex ‘Reagan Youth’) had joined as second guitarist (he had been at the V.V. already during their first passage 93-11-21). Pat ‘Devilman’ Evans had replaced Chuck on drums. Their album Floggin’ The Corpse (some new recordings but mostly stuff recorded live in 1983) was released in 1995, after which all members left the band except Adrian ‘Chaos’ Rice (vocals; taking over from Kieran ‘Mower’ Moylett) and guitarist ‘Gabba’; the new bassist was J. Cloth and new drummer Phil Thudd… Their CD The Morning After The Night Before was recorded with that line-up in April 1996… The EP King For A Day was also released in ’96.

It was the ‘Varukers’ (Leamington Spa) 2nd time at the V.V. (see: 94-02-05) and they’d played Belgium in the 80s before… So their D-beat à la ‘Discharge’ was not new… In July ’94 they had recorded the Nothing’s Changed EP (released on Weird recs) with Anthony ‘Rat’ Martin doing vocals (also sang for ‘Discharge’ later on), drummer Kev(in) Frost, guitarist ‘Biff’ Ian Smith and bassist Brian Ansell. In 1995 We Bite recs did the Still Bollox But Still Here LP for them.

95-07-09-varukers-by-wim-dl‘Varukers’ (photo by Wim De Leersnijder)

Some ‘Fleas & Lice’ history… In the beginning of 1995 Oene Brandsma (ex ‘Chronicore’) had joined the band (see 93-02-06 & 94-03-19) on bass (Joshua Lagerwerf had left). In 1996 Esther took a break for half a year and Willy ‘Wills’ Nollomont (‘Hiatus’) replaced her for a while. In 1997 Piet (Pierre Erickson) got hit by a taxi-cab and couldn’t play guitar for 14 months. In 1998 Pelle replaced Maynard Schut on drums. In December 2002 Oene leaves the band and gets replaced by Stiff from Scotland. Jim got added in early 2004 as a second guitarplayer.

95-07-09-fleas-lice-ras-lbol-5‘Fleas & Lice’ (photo from Ludovic Hache’s zine Ras L’Bol #5)

‘Muggles’ (from the Mechelen area) played chaos-punk: Frédéric/Fred ‘Baskie’ Vandersype (vocals; Gnome zine & distro), Bruno ‘Sloef’ Mastyn (guitar; also ‘Intestinal Disease’), his brother Geert & his partner Manuella ‘Manu’ De Roover (drums). They did a split-7” with ‘Blindspot A.D.’ (Germany) on T.V.G. recs in 1996, and together with 3 other Belgian bands (‘Les Schtroumpfs Alcooliques’, ‘Hirudo’ and ‘Honey Honey’) they appeared on the Screams From Belgium ‎LP) that Tim Leten (Filth-Ear distribution) put out in 1997. They were invited back to the V.V. for a second gig on 98-04-19

‘Chosen Choice’ was a “thrashpunk” band from Lublin with guitarist Piotr(ek) Kowalczyk & drummer Marek (who was also in ‘Amen’). They had been playing at the V.V. already half a year eralier (94-12-31). Their tape, entitled Think For Yourself, was released by Lagart Factory (formerly Lagart Tapes; ran by Dariusz ‘Pała’ Palinowski, Paweł ‘Bocian’ Sikora & Tomasz ‘Mrówa’ Komorek of ‘Amen’ & Kultura Nędzy zine).

Brob

Michael [Maes] and myself were doing the entrance on this one, I think…

Henk Loobuyck

I started the band together with Geert & ‘Manu’ in 1991. We had several singers: Frédéric, Steve, Tom Jonckheere (later ‘Wizards Of Oi’), Erik Minnen (‘Cornucopia’) & Kurt van den Eynden (‘Noise Reduction’ & ‘Karma’)…

Bruno ‘Sloef’ Mastyn, ‘Muggles’ guitarist

I remember that we all took our wives/girlfriends at the time on this weekend-gig. They decided never to come again afterwards. ;-) I liked the venue and we always had a good crowd. Didn’t like sleeping upstairs though in February [the year before]… ‘Chaos UK’ were always fun to play with and are good friends. ‘Fleas & Lice’ were an excellent band also and great people. Again: we played with them a few times over the years…

Kevin Frost, ‘Varukers’ drummer

I recall that the English all had brought their girlfriends and slept in hotels, except for Brian, the ‘Varukers’ bassist. He stayed behind by himself and had to party all night in the V.V. with us…

Maynard Schut, ‘Fleas & Lice’ drummer

‘Chosen Choice’ was a two-piece and I believe they both dropped out years ago…

Pawel ‘Scream’

excerpts from the V.V. guestbook:

vv-95-07-09-book-b-chaos-uk-qvv-95-07-09-book-b-chaos-ukvv-95-07-09-book-b-chaos-uk-varukersvv-95-07-09-book-b-chaos-uk-fleas-licevv-95-07-09-book-b-fleas-lice

vv-95-07-09-book-b-chosen-choice

vv-95-07-09-book-b-muggles

vv-95-07-09-book-b-hogepontPaolo M. informs us of a new place that has been squatted in Ghent (May ’95). A building at the Hogepontstraat. Together with the adjoint (even bigger building) at the Scheldekaai (on the riverside) – squatted in February 1996 – that would be come the residence of a big bunch of ‘Schelderatten’ …

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93-11-21 Hellkrusher - Dirt - Chaos UK - Corpus Christi

‘Words In Season’, from France, were announced in a newsletter but didn’t make it on the actual ‘bill’… No idea who they were…

‘Hellkrusher’ had been at the V.V. earlier that year (93-04-04) with ‘Dirt’. The band had a different line-up because Ian ‘Scotty’ Scott wasn’t in the band between mid ‘93-’96; he only did the earlier show. Also drummer Ian Curry had left (read more below). But they still did the recordings (Sep. ‘93) of the Fields Of Blood 7” out on Skuld Releases (’94). Besides bassist Gary ‘Gus’ Raine and singer Ali Lynn, I’m guessing the temporary replacements Steven ‘Moy’ Morrow (guitar) and Martin ‘Hairy’ Harrison (drums; ex ‘Energetic Krusher’) played here (they also toured the US with ‘Dirt’). (See ‘Hellkrusher’s history) In the French zine Réagir (’93) Ali announced a split-EP with ‘Dirt’ on Fobia recs (Fobia Duros Sentimientos, from Madrid) but I don’t think that ever happened…

93-11-21 Hellkrusher - Ali (by Wim DL)Ali ‘Hellkrusher’ (pic by Wim De Leersnijder)

‘Dirt’ were touring extensively. This was their 3rd time here that year (after 93-04-04 & 93-05-01). As indicated before the line-up was that of the Feast Or Famine demo (recorded Feb. ‘93): ‘Deno’ (vocals), Gary ‘Gaz’ Buckley (guitar), Karen (lead guitar), Mick (bass) and Stef (drums).

93-11-21 Dirt (by Wim DL)93-11-21 Dirt' (by Wim DL)93-11-21 Deno Dirt (by Karl P)photos by Wim De Leersnijder (1-2) & Karl Penando (3)

‘Chaos UK’ (from Bristol) had had to cancel an earlier gig at the V.V. (read my story: 91-10-05). Beckie Gibbons says she was in ‘Chaos UK’ between the beginning of 1991 to 1993. In ’93 the Secret Men 7” was released. The recordings were with Adrian ‘Chaos’ Rice (vocals; taking over from ‘Mower’), ‘Gabba’ (guitar), Pat ‘Devilman’ Evans (drums; replacing Chuck) and ‘RamRaider’ Marvin (bass). The One Hundred Per Cent Two Fingers In The Air Punk album was with Beckie playing bass. She didn’t play here though. Both records also featured ‘Nausea’s guitarist Victor ‘Venom’ Dominicis and he played here aswell…

Chaos UK record-cover 91 (-)gnarly bunch ;-)

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‘Corpus Christi’, who’d just done a surprise-appearance supporting ‘Disrupt’ (93-10-31), presented themselves again: Bram De Cock (drums), Peter ‘Coli’ Vancolen (vocals), Stef De Leersnijder (bass; later guitar when Koen ‘Siesele’ Lammens joined on bass), the very first guitarist Bart ‘Goemie’ Goeminne was replaced here by Tom Van Laere. The tracks for their split-7” (with ‘Força Macabra’) – Ecologische Doem on Genet recs – were recorded 93-05-08 and mixed 93-06-22 at Cat’s in Brugge, with Stefaan on bass and ‘Goemie’ on guitar.

93-11-21 Corpus Christi - Tom VL git (by Wim DL)93-11-21 Corpus Christi 193-11-21 Corpus Christi 3photos by Wim De Leersnijder

No recollection of Last Years Youth… There’s some music of them on YouTube (Oi/punk-rock). They have some tapes (The Walls Come Crashing Down – Gobbin On The World – Safety Pins, Black Leather Jackets) and a CD from ’97 entitled Yah Boo Fuck You. An old interview (’99) on the www tells me they were from the Sheffield area and the band consisted of ‘D-Generate’ (guitar), Andy ‘Vacant’ (drums), Owen Money (bass; later replaced by Jake ‘the-man-who-can’) and ‘BP’ (vocals).

Brob

Yep, guitarist Tom Van Laere replaced Bart Goeminne that night.

Bram De Cock, drummer of ‘Corpus Christi’

I played twice at the Vort’n Vis with ‘Corpus Christi’ [94-02-05 & 94-09-16] but not here… It was indeed still with Stef on bass and ‘Goemie’ on guitar (I only saw them once it this configuration).

Koen ‘Siesele’ Lammens

Ali said ‘Hellkrusher’ were shit at this gig as we had a poor drummer at the time, luckily I wasn’t in the line-up to witness but bet it was an awesome gig. Myself and Curry left mid ‘93, we couldn’t do the USA tour so stand-ins were found and we just thought fuck it and formed ‘Aftermath’; I re-joined end of ‘95…Well, basically Ali didn’t have a band so ‘Aftermath’ became ‘Hellkrusher’ with ‘Scoot’… Read all about it in Ian Glasper’s book [Armed With Anger: How UK Punk Survived The Nineties] …

Scotty ‘Hellkrusher’

The show we played with ‘Chaos UK’ was incredible! Absolutely packed, what a great time.

Gary ‘Gus’ Raine, ‘Hellkrusher’

I made that poster! It was one of Stef”s very first gigs… Great memories !!! :-) I think Ali is too hard on the band…. I remember it being a great gig!

Wim De Leersnijder

I was the tour-manager for ‘Chaos UK’ for their 1992 European tour…

Bear Hackenbush

I was at this gig with ‘Hellkrusher’, ‘Last Years Youth’, ‘Dirt’, ‘Corpus Christi’ and ‘Chaos UK’. It was with Chaos on vocals and it sucked harder than a black hole… I didn’t like their silly cider-punk. I have something in my notes about ‘Last Year’s Youth’ at that show… I never heard of that band since then and to be honest, I don’t remember them at all…

Tom Van Hauwaert, ‘4 Minute Warning’

excerpts from the V.V. guestbook:

VV 93-11-21 - (book B) Chaos UK

VV 93-11-21 - (book B) Dirt + KellkrusherVV 93-11-21 - (book B) Dirt + Hellkrusher (extra)

VV 93-11-21 - (book B) Corpus Christi

VV 93-11-21 - (book B) visitersvisiters from Lille (France): Yannick ‘Pikpik’ & Karine (Stop/Réagir zine)

VV 93-11-21 - (book B) Jan Claus on ChaosJan ‘Doomy’ Claus commenting on his sleep-over with ‘Chaos UK’ (PS2: “Damn what are they blowing in the air? I think I was stoned, because I saw a walking flower-garden (or was that Gratiën?”)

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91-10-05 Chaos UK - Rectify - Sloth

‘Chaos UK’ didn’t play on Oct 5th 1991 at the VV. They were announced but the tour-bus broke down (I think) and they didn’t make it. [Brob: Did the ‘Mushrooms – see 90-12-31 – fill in for them…?]

Wim Hollevoet

In 1987 I was visiting John & Baz of ‘Ripcord’ in their hometown Weston-Super-Mare… One day Baz took us to Bristol and we dropped by at the squat (St Michael’s Park) where the Chaos lads – ‘Mower’ (Kieran Moylett), ‘Chaos’ (Adrien Rice), ‘Gabba’ & Chuck – lived (I remember Bear Hackenbusch of the ‘psychedelic’ Skate Muties From the 5th Dimension zine and Shane Dabinett of Manic Ears recs being there too – and Tim Bennett of Children Of The Revolution recs hung around there aswell I believe…). The band was about to start a ‘rehearsal’ so they pushed all the ‘furniture’ aside and rocked out! I’d seen them a couple of times live but this was even more impressive… In ’91 I was asked to help find them some gigs in the area: they played in Terneuzen (The Netherlands) and were supposed to play here aswell… ‘Chaos UK’, at that time, was (if I remember well) ‘Beckie ‘Beki’ Gibbons on bass, ‘Chaos’ (a.k.a. ‘Lice’) doing the vocals (‘Mower’ wasn’t in the band anymore by then), ‘Gabba’ playing guitar and Chuck hitting the drums. In the end they didn’t show up at the V.V. (They made it here a couple of years later, 93-11-21, though…)

‘Rectify’ (I think these replaced ‘Knucklehead’ – a legendary pioneering ska-punk band from Bristol/Bath, that were planned at first) were a political (anarcho) punk band from Blaina in Wales. I think they were: Wayne ‘Pig(gy)’ Cole (vocals), Mark ‘Wedge’ Wedgebury (drums), Andrew ‘Footy’ Foot (bass) & Michael ‘Mudgie’ Mudge (guitar; R.I.P.)… I thought they only had the20th Century 7” on Taff Core recs (’88) out at that time. Welly of Artcore zine pointed out there was also a split-LP with ‘Bazzy And The Budgies’ around then…

Later ‘Pig’ and ‘Wedge’ started the band ‘This System Kills’…

‘Debiele Eenheid’ from the Rotterdam Jazzbunker scene were probably introduced by ‘Political Asylum’s Stevie Dewar (who lived in R’dam at that time). Back then the band consisted of Jorem (vocals), Niek Den Braven (bass), Henk Van Schaik (sax), Karel(tje) Dops (drums) and Joop ‘Dops’ De Doelder (guitar). Long Kees played guitar on the Venus Has A Penis tape and on the 7” on Tirana Tunes in1989 (Here’s some original studio recordings.). Carla (van der Marel; of ‘Bat Attack‘) told me Jorem had the most incredible stage-acts but I can’t recall any of that. There’s some vids out there so you can see the chaotic bunch. I read somewhere Jello Biafra was a big fan…

This was the last ever gig for ‘Sloth’; the line-up (see also 91-02-08) was Dieter Roelstraete (vocals), David Stubbe (guitar), Fabrice Baclet (bass) & Jeroen Vanhandsame (drums).

I thought ‘Neuthrone’s first gig at the V.V. was on 91-12-31 but Steve W. explained it wasn’t. They did a short, un-announced set at the Leet fest (91-09-14) and also played here with ‘Debiele Eenheid’. “That was perhaps our first official 1st gig as ‘Neuthrone’.”; Steve said: “Fabrice played in the band from August 1991 to June 1992. Then he started a training to become a sailor & was at sea for months and months. In the summer of ‘92 we asked Tim (‘Nutje’) if he was interested. We recorded 5 songs in August ‘92 in Brugge (3 for the 1st 7” on Genet recs & another 2 for compilations and stuff (but they actually only appeared on a ‘Neuthrone’ LP with unpublished songs in 2004). Because Tim wasn’t ready for recordings yet, I played all the bass-tracks.”

Brob

Bassist ‘Footy’ left ‘Rectify’ years before that. He was only in ‘Classified Protest’…

Dean Jeffery Beddis, ‘Cowboy Killers’ vocalist

I played in ‘Debiele Eenheid’ until ‘89/’90 so I can’t recall anything about the Vort’n Vis in Ieper…

‘Long Tall’ Keesie

I played for ‘Debiele Eenheid’ in the nineties but I can’t remember this concert…The gigs were a bit chaotic yeah… Drummer small Kees (De Greef) played also with ‘Political Asylum’ for a bit and is on the recordings of the last two records. He also played in ‘Budrot’ with members of the ‘Stink Sisters’ and ‘Anarcrust’. Long Kees still plays in ‘Reknub’ – a long-standing psychedelic punk duo. Small Kees played drums when I was in the band between ‘92 and ‘94 I think. Long Kees was before that indeed…

Stevie Dewar, ‘Political Asylum’

I was in ‘Chaos UK’ between the beginning of 1991 to 1993. We toured Europe in October ’91.

Beckie Gibbons

91-10-05 Chaos UK & Beckie on tourThe ‘Chaos UK’ van broke down… ;-)

Your intro sounds right!… I left in 1989. So it was ‘Chaos’ singing in ‘91…

‘Mower’

I played keyboards and trumpet in ‘Knucklehead’. I don’t think we ever played at the Vort’n Vis but I recognise a lot of the band-names of those that did… If you want to update your site with what we’re up to now I can tell you the following:

Jon (singer) went and lived in Bremen (92-95) and sang in ‘A38’. He’s now back in the UK (in Bath I think) fronting a band called ‘Seven Crowns’. They were called ‘Tiny Elvis’ for a few years but changed to ‘Seven Crowns’ a few years ago and regularly tour all over the world I think. Mets (singer/shouter) also went to Bremen and played bass in ‘A38’ and came back the same time as Jon. Back in Bath now. Painter and decorator. Cheesey Coles (singer) stayed in or around Bath. Not sure what he did for years but is now singing in a Northern Soul band called ‘The All Nighters’ (far cry from punk-rock!). Pete’Chopper’ Panton (guitar) – not sure what he did in the years after ‘Knucklehead’ but now lives in London and doing graphics for films and ads or something similar. Si Spoons (bass) stayed in Bath. Still there or thereabouts playing bass in ‘The All Nighters’. No idea what he’s doing for a living… Adrien ‘Ade’ Poole (drums) – drummer in ‘The All Nighters’. Still in Bath (or maybe Trowbridge I think). He’s a teacher I think. ‘Fingers Fourgang’ (keyboards & trumpet) – that’s me – went to Prague for 6 years ‘Knucklehead’ and played in a reggae band called ‘Hermakoute’. Now living in Edinburgh working as a freelance copywriter and penning the odd short-film soundtrack. Alex Hornblower (sax) also went to Bremen and played in a band called ‘Korrupt’. Not sure for how long (think she stayed there longer than Mets & Jon) but now back in the UK, somewhere after a stint living in Holland I think. No idea what she’s up to but she sometimes organises ‘Knucklehead’ reunions (drinking, not playing!). Last one was about 4 or 5 years ago.

I know ‘Knucklehead’ never played in Belgium. We had a tour of various European countries lined up but we split before it came to fruition. The Vort’n Vis may have been one of the venues we were due to play but we all started fighting with each other and it wasn’t fun anymore so we split up!

Toby Morgan (a.k.a. Johnny Despondent)

91-10-05-vortn-vis-audience-getting-drunk-when-chaos-uk-didnt-show-upVort’n Vis audience getting drunk when ‘Chaos UK’ didn’t show up (guess they would’ve ended up drunk anyway…)

excerpts from the V.V. guestbook:

VV 91-10-05 - (book A) Debiele Eenheid 1VV 91-10-05 - (book A) Debiele Eenheid 2

VV 91-10-05 - (book A) Sloth

VV 91-10-05 - (book A) Dirk ScumDirk ‘Scum’ (Zero Positives’)…always hungry… ;-)

VV 91-10-05 - (book A) Zorro‘Zorro’ (Ann Claeys, Dieter Roelstraete’s girlfriend back then), the kitchen-princess of that time…

additions wellcome!…