Ruts, Bugs, Cheap ‘n’ Nasty 1979 Amsterdam

Ruts, Bugs Paradiso Amsterdam 1979

Ruts, Bugs Paradiso Amsterdam, December 1979 poster

This 1979 poster from Paradiso announces a 7 December concert by the Ruts from England and the Bugs from Amsterdam.

The Pin fanzine Ruts interview of that day is here, p. 10f.

The (later) Pin Bugs interview is here, p. 10; the fanzine by then had been re-named So What.

That night in Paradiso, Terry and Herman decided to found Cheap ‘n’ Nasty, contacting drummer Maarten and guitarist Rob from Sassenheim.

Flowers help Zillah Minx recover. Her new film

This video shows English punk band Rubella Ballet live, with Zillah Minx singing False Promises.

Zillah is not only a singer, but also a filmmaker. She made the film She’s a Punk Rocker, about women in punk in the UK.

She, and her partner/drumming bandmate Sid Truelove, are making a new film, She Rocks Punk, about women in punk worldwide.

From the Netherlands, she interviewed poetess and fanzine author Diana Ozon and Cheap ‘n’ Nasty bass/vocals Terry for that film. She got to know Terry in 1980 when they both stayed at the Poison Girls’ place just east of London. There are plans to have Terry’s interview online soon. Sid Truelove is asking Terry for a singing contribution to the film.

You can contribute financially to this new film at

Unfortunately, Zillah is now in a long recovery process from having two broken ribs. Sid wrote that receiving a bunch of flowers in Rubella Ballet colours, pink and purple, sent by Cheap ‘n’ Nasty vocalists Terry and Herman through a Leiden flower shop, cheered former florist Zillah up.

Cheap ‘n’ Nasty audio cassettes rediscovered

Levendaal 101

Cheap ‘n’ Nasty, 6 April 1980, Levendaal 101

On 5 April 2022, in a basement, two audio cassettes by Cheap ‘n’ Nasty were rediscovered: our second concert on 6 April 1980 in Levendaal 101 squat in Leiden, and another one where I don’t know yet what is on it.

The setlist of what we played in April 1980:

1. Back at square one. 2. Living in a middle-class neighbourhood. 3. I got rabies. 4. Thalidomide (song sent at the request of Crass to Crass Records for inclusion on the first Bullshit Detector sampler LP. Later, Crass Records decided to have only UK bands on the album). 5. Fool’s Lesson (written by Maarten, who could not play that night. Wim of Munk the Punk and his Flying Testicles replaced him as drummer. He didn’t know our songs and played at half speed). 6. No more violence on TV (only song of the set which would later be recorded on our Covergirl EP). 7. Test tube babies (not the song of that name by the Plasmatics).