86-09-07: Toxic Reasons (USA), K.G.B. (Ger), Ear Damage (Bel), Repulsives (Bel), Hate Crew (Bel)
The first time we played for Smurfpunx with ‘Repulsives’. The collective had done a few gigs in the Roxy in Dendermonde but moved to Aalst for this one. I wasn’t part of the collective yet at that time so I’m not really sure of why this was. Using this venue (Nieuwe Madelon; on the market-place) brought them a bit closer to what would become their base (Netwerk in the De Ridderstraat). They only used this venue once. It was a bit of a ‘posh’ place, with a big stage. As one can read in the post on the Smurfpunx site, it was a bit of an adventure for us. ‘Repulsives’ wasn’t on the flyer but we’d become friends with the ‘Hate Crew’ guys (we’d played together with them for the first time a few weeks before) so Mokka – who was always with them – and them decided to invite us aswell. Of course we already knew each other since the infamous skinhead-attack at the Gele Limonade… And I had been on a trips abroad with ‘H.C.’s guitarist Duco.
‘Toxic Reasons’ were an ‘established’ band in the HardCore-punk scene. They’d already done shows in Belgium (Antwerp) the 2 years before. Now they were touring with the German punk-rock band ‘K.G.B.’ (who had already played with ‘T.R.’ in the US). The day before Werner E. did a gig for them in Diest and I reckon he’d asked Mokka to set up this gig. The Americans’ ‘Bullets for You’ album was re-released in Europe by Alternative Tentacles. I think I bought Letzte Bestellung on tape from the Germans; they also did a great cover of Ballroom Blitz by ‘The Sweet’.
‘Ear Damage’ also played their 1st Smurfpunx gig but they had already played in Aalst (@ the Kiët, 86-08-23 with ‘Heibel’ and ‘Cyclone’) and we’d been on a bill together in Brasschaat (86-04-26)…
some extra photos (courtesy of ‘Ear Damage’s Dirk Ceustermans):