Repulsives @ Sint-Jozef (Tielt)

86-06-29, the day of the Flemish-nationalist IJzer-bedevaart; a concert in Repulsives’ hometown (Tielt) in a tent on the fair-ground of a catholic parish, where we were invited (by our mates of ‘TVC-15’, who rehearsed in the same space as we did) to perform. The place was filled with (quite hostile) jocks so this and the ideology of/limitations imposed by the narrowminded/law-abiding citizens who organised the thing (and didn’t have a clue what we were about), got us all excited, pissed and fucked-up (which shows in the words in-between songs, the singing and the quality of the music). Nevertheless: a great document of the band’s history…

The band’s line-up was Stinky (vocals), Brob (guitar), Faan ‘Disorder’ (bass) & Dirk (drums). The latter had just joined us a few months before (he was also the drummer of ‘TVC-15’) so Stinky could completely take up his role as frontman.

Listen to the live tracks:

Instrumental (this would later become the song Go Skate Or Go Home) / In Love / Waitin’ For The Death / The Yellow Parade / Skullcrusher / Leon’s Case / Goodbye Kate / Jailhouse Rock [Elvis Presley cover] / Flyin’ In The Face Of Authority / Religion / Baby Baby [‘The Vibrators’ cover] / The Repulsive Song / Mosh [spoof on ‘Stormtroopers Of Death’] / It’s Always The Same / The Buck Stops Here [‘Antisect’ cover] / Fascist Skins



Repulsives @ Winterswijk (CANCELLATION)

After returning from touring with (‘Lärm’, ‘Hersey’ & ‘Heibel’) in the UK (July 1987), Stinky indicated he wanted to take a different direction with the band. Dirk & Joeri choose to  leave. Brob picks up the bass, and together with Stinky (guitar/vocals) & Lompie (drums, ex ‘No Numbers’) rehearsals for a new repertoire start…

Introduced by Werner of Hageland Hardcore, Guus Sarianamual of the Chi Chi Club in Winterswijk invites the band for a gig 2 times (see posters below) but we have to cancel because we’re not ready… A real shame because these were great bills!

(87-08-05 Repulsives - No Allegiance, Winterswijk)

(87-08-29 Repulsives - Indigesti, Winterswijk)

Repulsives @ Calypso (Moorslede)

86-11-15: Hate Crew (Bel), Repulsives (Bel), No Numbers (Bel), Dirty Scums (Bel)

gig-review in Ekstra Punk Special #7 (by Dirk Verkain) * translation below

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Arrived at 8 p.m. Not a lot of people yet but well yeah this is early. Gradually more people showed up at this small but cozy shed. Most of them were from the area; a lot of chicks sitting on their arse all the time! Some perhaps flaunting their hairdo – mohawk straight up?! Some more action please girls; and when are we gonna see a female band on stage or one of you doing a fanzine? In the audience I quickly noticed that there were quite some hard-rockers present! And as later in the evening would appear: these guys are worse than nazi-skins!

Well…onto the first band then: the ‘Dirty Numbers’! [members of ‘No Numbers’ and ‘Dirty Scums’] The pedal to the metal, right from the start; people who’re eager for a pogo started to dance! Covers of ‘Sham 69’, ‘Sex Pistols’, etc. Very good and some songs even better than the originals! Hopefully they’ll do a tape of that! I noticed a hard-rocker coming forward and every now and then – when someone came to close – raised his fist and pushed them over, etc. Suddenly he grabbed one of my friends so we went at him with some 4 of us. Perhaps a bit cowardly but the guy just deserved it. He cooled down soon enough! But that was the end of it: there were more hard-rockers in the venue! After a while the Desperados (or something like that), a motorcycle-gang from Roeselare, appeared to be present – these were gonna ruin everything later on! That’s why I’m not into punks playing heavy [metal] – that’s gonna kill everything sooner or later! So punks: keep the heavy’s away! Don’t lure them into coming over by stating you’re a speed-metal band, all right?!

The second band was ‘Hate Crew’! In my opinion thé band of the evening! In the beginning I had to get used to it – don’t know – but soon enough I couldn’t keep still, pogo all the way. The band was definitely appreciated by the audience! Top-notch hardcore! Sometimes things were quite chaotic but I like that! They were asked to do an encore.

Then ‘Repulsives’ were next; with a new bassist. I really admire the singer of that band! A real ‘stage-beast’! A pity they didn’t sound that aggressive; in my opinion the power, the atmosphere wasn’t optimal. Nevertheless: no that bad at all!

‘No Numbers’ had great misfortune. The cops had already dropped by but the bigger problem were the hard-rockers that messed the whole place up! Someone took the mike and spoke up so half of the crowd left the venue and hit for the pub where the troublemakers were! There were a lot of insults going back and forth but this didn’t lead to a fight. The hard-rockers had a really big mouth! Then everyone went back to the venue where ‘No Numbers’ had started! The band has improved a lot! They’re playing a lot faster! Sometimes it seems the singer can’t keep the pace, which is a pity! Are they evolving more into a hardcore band? Perhaps a bit more power and aggression in the vocals? The band played a decent set and also thumbs up for the singer becasue he couldn’t keep quiet (perhaps because of the booze?).

Then it was time for the ‘Dirty Scums’! Their newest single was just out! It’s a bit of a pity that the one song is already known. This single isn’t bad but perhaps some money lost for the ‘Dirty Scums’? How many times have I seen this band already?! I lost track. But they keep fascinating me! What struck me, was that they play a lot of old songs, but I like that of course! The ‘Dirty Scums’ have a lot of followers; what they deserve! They were good but I’d seem them do better. I’m looking forward to the new LP!

Suddenly it was over but the audience wanted more; there was something wrong with the P.A. though…

Repulsives @ 1000 Appeltjes (Antwerpen) I

87-03-20: Cólera (Bra), Outrageous (Nl), Repulsives (Bel), Taartje Aardbei (Bel)

87-03-20 Repulsives (1000 Appeltjes)

‘Wiebel’ (Gunter Van Den Bogaert) invited us to play at this legendary place in the Rodestraat (near the ‘Paardenmarkt’) 2 times. It definitely helped us to reach a wider audience and to broaden our network. Of course we also came over several times to see other bands when we didn’t play ourselves. (Check here for a whole list of concerts @ 1000 Appeltjes)

‘Outrageous’ was a garage/punk-rock band from Amsterdam: Eric Peters (vocals; ex ‘Nitwitz’), Frank Sloos (drums; later ‘Loveslug’), Bardo Befort (bass), Niall Watson (guitar) and Ruud Brouwer (guitar).

‘Taartje Aardbei’ was the band of Kwalpol editor Bart Schoofs and his mates Dirk Verbeeck (drums; brother of Mark ‘Zyklome-A’), Fons Ceuppens (bass) and Tom Claes (guitar). Refreshing hardcore with tongue-in-cheek lyrics.

‘Cólera’ were touring Europe with the help of Werner of Hageland Hardcore and they took every opportunity to play where they could. The week before (87-03-15) they had already played a Smurfpunx concert so I’d gotten to know them a bit better. I think before or after this gig,  they were invited for an interview at the local radio ‘Radio Centraal’ (which I attended for some reason…).

‘Heibel’ (Bel) were announced on the flyer but didn’t play, as far as I can remember.

Repulsives @ De Roze (Eeklo)

85-12-28: Ausbruch (Ger), Repulsives (Bel), No Numbers (Bel), Dirty Scums (Bel)

85-12-28 Repulsives - No Numbers (Eeklo) +‘Deadlock’ (Nl), ‘X-Creta’ (Bel) & ‘Koyaanisqatsi’ (Bel) cancelled for some reason… So organiser Kurt Boelens (who’d  featured us on on his compilation-tapes) invited us (and our hometown buddies ‘No Numbers’) as stand-ins. It was our first gig in the HC/punk-scene so one can say that Kurt launched our ‘career’ (haha)… I remember I was quite nervous and didn’t move around much. It was our first line-up, with Stinky still singing while playing drums, so we didn’t really have a ‘front-man’. I guess our performance there wasn’t our best…

85-12-28 set-listthe set-list mentions it was a “anti-militaristic” evening…

85-12-28 Repulsives - No Numbers (Eeklo) -original flyer

85-12-28 Repulsives Brob (AckAck Eeklo) picpic by Werner Hendrycks (De Vergeten Jeugd fanzine)

85-12-28 No Numbers (Eeklo)85-12-28 Ausbruch (Eeklo)pics by Kurt Boelens (‘No Numbers’ & ‘Ausbruch’)

These scans are also from #3 of De Vergeten Jeugd (‘No Numbers’ – ‘Dirty Scums’ – ‘Ausbruch’):

85-12-28 No Numbers (Ack Ack Eeklo)85-12-28 Dirty Scums (Ack Ack Eeklo)85-12-28 Ausbruch (Ack Ack Eeklo)

 85-12-28 gig-review (Vergeten Jeugd #3)gig-review in De Vergeten Jeugd #3: ‘Deadlock’ is mentioned but after the show I took note that they were replaced by ‘The Creeps’???

Repulsives @ Vondel (Meulebeke)

87-09-26: Indirekt (Nl), Vernon Walters (Nl), Repulsives (Bel)

87-09-26 Indirekt- Vernon Walters - Repulsives

This was ‘Repulsives’ last gig ever. A good thing to remember about it, was that it was with our friends, the Hoorn-er bands ‘Indirekt’ and ‘Vernon Walters’. We had organised a gig with them earleir that year already in our hometown (87-04-30 @ De Marbel, Tielt), met them on various occasions at other gigs they did in Belgium and had even played together with ‘V.W.’ already before (86-12-06 @ Close Up, Harelbeke). They were like family!

A few months before this (May ’87) De Marbel had been closed down by the authorities, so gig-organisers from Tielt had to look elsewhere in the vicinty for venues. Zak, the guy who ran De Marbel (the pub was still open, not the venue), got together with people from another pub in the neighbouring village of Meulebeke and set this up.

‘Repulsives’ played here for the first (and only) time in a new line-up. Drummer Dirk and bassist Joeri had left. Stinky had returned from touring the U.K. with ‘Heresy’, ‘Lärm’ and ‘Heibel’, and wanted to do “something totally different”. Over the summer we rehearsed a totally new set-list (refusing a few gigs in The Netherlands in the mean time). Myself, Brob, took up bass, Stinky played guitar and sang, and we got Lompie (ex ‘No Numbers’) to hit the drums. The new set sounded great (a style reminiscent of ‘Excel’) and we were pleased with it. I believe someone recorded our songs that day but upto now I haven’t been able to retrieve them. As far as I know there are no rehearsal-recordings either so this music seems lost forever.

For some reason, Stinky didn’t wanna continue and that was the end of it. A bit later (’88) I started ‘Yuppies’ Death!’ with Lompie, Hans Verbeke on bass and Joost G. singing.