Zounds and Cheap ‘n’ Nasty, 1980 Melkweg

Zounds Melkweg 8 November 1980

Zounds Melkweg Amsterdam 8 November 1980 poster

This poster, by Campi for the Melkweg venue in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, announced a 8 November 1980 concert by British band Zounds. The first Zounds EP had just come out on Crass Records.

Not on the poster, but also playing that night, were Cheap ‘n’ Nasty. For the first time, Terry played her new song Covergirl on bass to Maarten, Maria, Kees and Herman. The band immediately picked the song up, and played it during their set, and as an encore.

In 1981, Covergirl became the title track of the Cheap ‘n’ Nasty EP.

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 patreon.com/sherockspunk.

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.

Clash London Calling, Beton Kyiv Calling

In 1979, the Clash wrote London Calling.

This video shows them playing the song live.

Now, in 2022, the surviving Clash members have given permission to Ukrainian band Beton (‘concrete’ in Ukrainian) to make a recording of their tune, with new lyrics by Beton on the military aggression by Russian Federation armed forces.

Titled Kyiv Calling, here is the Beton video.

Cheap ‘n’ Nasty 1981 Ipswich concert setlist

Ipswich 1981 setlist

Cheap ‘n’ Nasty 1981 Ipswich concert setlist

This is the setlist of the 7 August 1981 Cheap ‘n’ Nasty concert in Ipswich.

On that day, the tiny car of Cheap of Nasty bass/female lead vocals Terry went aboard the Hoek van Holland ferry to Harwich, England. That ferry was then owned by the Stoomvaart Maatschappij Zeeland company. Four band members fitted just narrowly into the car. Saxophonist Raphaelle Devins could not go along because of lack of space.

Terry drove us from Harwich to Ipswich, to play at the local Kingfisher pub. Local band the Adicts were among the audience.

Our setlist then: 1. Back to square one. 2. Sirens. 3. Living in a middle-class neighbourhood 4. Rock star. 5. I got rabies. 6. Leather jacket. 7. I don’t like it. 8. Forever (not the later Siouxsie and the Banshees and Maid of Ace songs of that name). 9. No more violence on TV (on our Covergirl EP). 10. Test tube babies (‘The Plasmatics song?’ Plasmatics guitarist Wesley Beech asked. No, a different song).

Encore: 11. Martian invasion. 12. Covergirl.

We spent the night on mattresses on floors of the home of the parents of Phil Cheeseman, then editor of the local Anti-Climax fanzine. Next day, we went to London, for our Sounds interview, for replenishing the Rough Trade stock of our Covergirl EPs, for replenishing Terry’s stock of hair dye from the hair dye shop next to Rough Trade, and a Ruts DC concert in the evening.

Punk For Life, new film

Film Stories from the She Punks, by Helen Reddington and Gina Birch

Film Stories from the She Punks, by Helen Reddington and Gina Birch

This is a poster for the British film Stories from the She Punks, by Chefs bass/vocals Helen Reddington and Raincoats bass/vocals Gina Birch.

It is one of quite some films about punk. Soon, a new movie from the Netherlands will be added.

Today, Amsterdam film-maker Sohna Sumbunu mailed me that the film she is making with her fellow film academy students Sarah and Sierra will be finished very soon. Its title is Punk For Life.

It is a short documentary including re-enactments of 1980 scenes about early punk in the Netherlands. Specifically, when Amsterdam guitarist/singer Karla aka Pebbles Willekes (of Motorboat, City Squad, etc.) came to Leiden for rehearsing with Cheap ‘n’ Nasty. There was a plan that Pebbles would join the band to play in England. But these concerts were cancelled. That trip to London did lead to Crass Records asking Cheap ‘n’ Nasty to contribute a song to the first Bullshit Detector sampler LP. And to meeting Zounds: which led to a joint Zounds/Cheap ‘n’ Nasty tour of Belgium, the Netherlands and Berlin in November 1980.

In the re-enactment scenes in Punk For Life, Cheap ‘n’ Nasty members don’t play themselves. Eg, Cheap ‘n’ Nasty bass/vocals Terry is played by young punk bassist/vocalist Emma Paulissen (one centimetre shorter than Terry).

Cheap ‘n’ Nasty EP fanzine review rediscovered

Orgie fanzine 1981 Cheap 'n' Nasty Covergirl EP review

Orgie fanzine 1981 record reviews

Yesterday, this 1981 page from Zeist, the Netherlands punk fanzine Orgie #7, p. 11 was rediscovered (thanks, Michael)!

It has record reviews of Utrecht all-girl band The Nixe. Of Utrecht by then all-boy band Rakketax. Of Amsterdam band The Studs. Of the Miranda’s from Breda.

And of the Cheap ‘n’ Nasty Covergirl EP.

That review says (translated):

Covergirl EP on Smashstick Plastic Smapla001. This again is such a record that really upsets me, a terribly good single. I really know very little about this band, only that they are from Leiden. And that singer/saxophone player Herman used to make the fanzine Pin. There are four songs on this EP which all are really good. I personally think that Unknown and I’m a photo model are a little better than the rest. In these songs, the vocals by Terry and Herman alternate, and that sounds upsettingly well. This band clearly has a style very much all of their own and it sounds really professional.

All-women Dutch band LoveCramps, Candy man single

LoveCramps poster

LoveCramps poster for Candy man single

This is a publicity poster for the single Candy man by Dutch all-women band LoveCramps. The title track was written by the band, not to be confused with the song Candyman by Siouxsie and the Banshees.

This Leiden band was founded by Saskia/Syama de Jong, ex-drummer of the Lou’s and Miami Beach Girls (and the only non-Cheap ‘n’ Nasty band member present in the studio when Cheap ‘n’ Nasty recorded their Covergirl EP); and by guitarist Francine, ex-Miami Beach Girls. With Vera van der Poel on vocals.

This is the Candy man record sleeve.

LoveCramps record sleeve

LoveCramps record sleeve

Penetration and Cheap ‘n’ Nasty

Penetration, Uxbridge, 4 May 1979

Penetration, Uxbridge, 4 May 1979

This is the poster announcing a concert by Penetration in Uxbridge near London, England on 4 May 1979.

Read the story of that concert here, pp. 11f.

This is the poster hanging on the wall when Cheap ‘n’ Nasty band photographer Annelies made the photos for the Cheap ‘n’ Nasty interview with Vinyl magazine in 1981.

Cheap 'n' Nasty backdrop Leiden

Cheap ‘n’ Nasty backdrop Leiden 1981

Cheap ‘n’ Nasty gig, Amsterdam 4 October 1981

Posthoorn, Amsterdam 4 October 1981 Cheap 'n'Nasty

Posthoorn, Amsterdam 4 October 1981 Cheap ‘n’ Nasty and A4 concert

As this poster shows, Cheap ‘n’ Nasty and Amsterdam band A4 on 4 October 1981 played in the Posthoorn in Amsterdam.

Establishment rock paper Oor reviewed the concert. Oor being Oor, they slagged it off. With the partial, very deserved, exception of our saxophonist, the late Raphaelle Devins (misspelling her name, but without the sexist and classist attack by Oor on Raphaelle when she still was guitarist in her earlier band, the Lou’s).