Capitol Punishment (USA) live (Scherpenheuvel, Bel, 87-10-25)



Jack The Ripper/I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night) (covers) – Jody Is My Bloody Love – Fuhrer Des Punk – El Salvador – Slum With A View – Surfin’ Bird (‘Ramones’ cover) – Feast Or Famine – Living Crying Dying – Two-Party System – Hanky Panky (cover) – Big Deal – Folsom Prison Blues (cover)

This is a registration (made by Jan ‘Bux’ De Vriendt) of a gig organised by Werner Excelmans in Scherpenheuvel (“Sharphill”) on 87-10-25. ‘Capitol Punishment’ were billed with (fellow Americans) ‘Verbal Abuse’ (Bel), the Germans of ‘LWS’ and my own band ‘Repulsives’. We were about to split up and cancelled; for some reason the other 2 bands didn’t show up either. Replacements were the Belgian bands ‘Heibel’, ‘Creep Insanity’ & ‘No Debt’…

Capitol Punishment‘, a hardcore/punk band from Fresno, California, consisted (at that time) of vocalist Ralph Lotspeich, guitarist Dale Stewart, bassist Joceylin Fedrau and drummer Mike Branum (later in ‘Hell’s Kitchen’). Their album When “Putsch” Comes To Shove (recorded in 1985) was about to be re-released on David Pollack’s label Destiny recs (Berlin). The LP Slum With A View (recorded in ’86) was licensed to We Bite recs (from Germany). This was their first European tour (organised by We Bite) and their roadie was Jimi ‘Haze’ Hayes (later vocalist of ‘Hell’s Kitchen’).


crowd (‘Capitol Punishment’; 87-10-25) – where’s Brob? (photo by Pieter Vrints)

Jocey and I listened to the files and IT FUCKING ROCKS!!! Thank you for sending it. The last song, Folsom Prison Blues, is pretty awesome! I’m putting this all on a CD!!! Cover-artwork and info below…

Dale Stewart



Capital Scum (Bel) + Ear Damage (Bel) live (Oostende, Bel, 88-01-31)


[tape suggested by Joost Goeminne]

Capital Scum:

City Baby Attacked By Rats (‘G.B.H.’ cover) / Target / Animal Aid / Black Market Girls / Bullets And Fire / Driftless / Tsjerno Kills / Final Nail In My Coffin / Clutch The Flag / Gimme Gimme Gimme (‘Black Flag’ cover) / Side By Side / Roadkiller / Michael Jackson / Dance Till Death (‘Dinosaur’ version of Freak Show) / [cops -intervention] / Prison Life / Washington Bullets

Ear Damage:

Progress Of Humanity / Euthanasia / Red White And Blue / Not Normal / Princess Of The Dark / Emotions Not Allowed / Your God Is Dead / Don’t Leave Me Now / Burn In Hell / Police Patrol / Alone Again / Garden Of Evil / Skateboard Blues / Mindless Violence

The day after we (Smurfpunx) organised a concert with ‘Heresy’ & Ripcord’ in Aalst (88-01-30), there was a gig in Oostende with ‘Bad Influence’ (Bel), ‘Ear Damage’ (Bel), ‘Capital Scum’ (Bel), ‘Chronic Disease’ (Bel), etc. The people who set this one up were Carl Levecke, Kim Deschacht (Durty Skum zine), Franky ‘Vos’ Kimpe & friends. ‘Vos’ recorded this tape…


‘Capital Scum’ – ‘Pies’ Peter Laermans (vocals), ‘Larrie’ Paul Laermans (guitar), Jurgen Surinx (bass) & ‘Sox’ Filip Mulders (drums) – had released their first album (Tsjerno Kills) the year before. This was probably one of ‘C.S.’ last gigs of their ‘first period’… ‘Pies’ did his last eighties show in Dec 1986 (soon after the release of the LP). In 87/88 Filip Pauwels a.k.a. ‘Fille’ a.k.a ‘Vark’ sang. In 2002 ‘Pies’ returned and they’re still going…

‘Capital Scum’ (photo by Kim Deschacht)

‘Ear Damage’ (guitarist Dirk Ceustermans, bassist Mark Verbeeck & drummer ‘Bie’ Robin Puttemans) were in-between the recordings of their first (July 1987) and second (November 1988) album.

Here’s what Jan ‘Doomy’ Claus wrote about it in his fanzine De Rattebeet #4:

The event was indeed shut down by the cops. We weren’t able to play or whole set.

Paul Laeremans

If I remember well, we were allowed to continue…for 3 more songs or so, because we came from far away…

Jurgen Surinx

Bad Influence (Bel) live (Aalst, Bel, 88-05-13)



(new one) / Wake Up / Just A Dream / BB & Co / The Unacceptable [Wearing Of Fur] / Murder Is Murder / Holes in Your Brain / If I / World’s Getting Dirtier / Your Choice / Nightmare / Words / The Way I Feel / Life Circle / Love

[recordings kindly donated by Jan ‘Bux’ De Vriendt]

Around that time ‘Bad Influence’ played in this line-up: ‘Holy’ Herwin De Winter (vocals), Chris(tel) Joosen (vocals), Bart Belmans (guitar), Danny Van Honsté (bass) & Joris Rombouts (drums). Perhaps Thomas Noppe had joined as second guitarist already? Most tracks were from their first (released 1985) demo ‘Together We Are Stronger Then They Think’ (anarchopunk) … They were good mates with ‘Culture Shock’ and played a few concerts together; this one here (88-05-13) with the Norwegian ‘Stengte Dører’ and the fresh local ‘Youth Crew’.

The first embodiment of ‘Bad Influence’ was with Ronny Hansens (bass), Joris (drums/vocals) & Bart (guitar/vocals): when ‘Track’ (first band of Bart & Chris) split up, Joris & Ronny were joined by Bart (who gave the band its name). Their first gig was with the ‘Scoundrels’ & ‘Brutal Society’ (85-11-01 @ the Hob Nob in Brasschaat). By the tape their tape was recorded Ronny was replaced by Danny, and Chris had joined to do vocals. A few years later Herwin (ex ‘Basement Boys’) came along…

Later on ‘B.I.’ went through quite some line-up changes. Danny left and started to play for ‘Vais’, Dirk Wouters (‘Dona Nobis Pacem’) & Patrick Delabie (‘Scoundrels’) took over. Chris and her partner Bart left (becoming parents), etc. etc. Later on, I saw them play a bunch of times (e.g. at the Vort’n Vis: 90-10-27, 93-09-04, 93-10-24, 96-09-21, …) with different bassists and guitarists. The band still exists but only Herwin seems left from the early days…


The song The World’s Getting Dirtier is an unreleased song; just as the other song Love was never released. Love was still in a ‘jam’ phase – something we did quite often. There should also be a version somewhere, from a concert in Hoorn [The Netherlands] (1988 with the ‘Scoundrels’)…


The World’s Getting Dirtier & The Way I Feel were written by me (together with Herwin, as far as I can remember…)


The ‘new one’ is just an intro that we always played 🙂 [Brob: That’s how it was mentioned on the track-list…]


‘Bad Influence’ (@ De Garde, Brasschaat, Bel; 88-05), pic by Dirk Wouters

>>Eject It<< (UK) compilation (1983)


A compilation on Holocaust Tapes, done by Will Binks from South Shields (England, UK). A tape from Geert ‘Mokka’ Mokwinski’s collection…


Basically, in 1982 I did 2 issues of Hate & War fanzine with my cousin Paul Briggs. By the end of 82 and beginning of 83 I started a new venture, Still Dying, with my mate Gary Payne. We did 3 issues and 1 compilation-tape, Yes, You Guessed It! (the title was a reference to every other zine putting out tapes). Still Dying came to an end but I still wanted to contribute to our scene as I was an enthusiastic writer and I was in contact with many, many people so I put out the Eject It! compilation and a tape by the Danish band ‘Enola Gay’ before calling it a day.

Will Binks

side A:

Criminal Justice (Huddersfield, England): Andy ‘Brooky’ Brook (drums; also ‘Xpozez’), Lee ‘Chaz’ Netherwood (vocals), Kev ‘Kitty’ Kitson (bass), Paul ‘Nobby’ Ibbotson (guitar) * The Race Is On *

Political Asylum (Stirling, Scotland): Ramsey Kanaan (vocals/bass), ‘Cheesy’ Stephen Brown (guitar/bass), ‘Spike’ Chris Low (drums; also ‘The Apostles’) * System Of War * Autonomous Youth *

Blood Robots (Newcastle, England): Micky McGuinness (guitar/vocals; later ‘Generic’, ‘One By One’, ‘Ebola’, etc.), David ‘Sned’ (guitar/vocals; ater ‘Generic’, ‘One By One’, ‘Pleasant Valley Children’, ‘Health Hazard’, ‘Suffer’, etc.), Andy (bass), ‘Hec’ David Gascoigne (drums) * The Valley * Poppies *

The Abductors (Newcastle, England): Scotty (vocals), Tully (vocals), Hairy (vocals) Carl Craig (bass), Hindey (guitar), Jeff (drums) * Your Decision *

The Deceased (Wigan, England): Hatty (guitar) Poddy/Mark (bass), Eddy (drums), Gassy/Stu (vocals) * Realisation * I Don’t Wanna Die *

Self Abuse (Bournemouth, England): Andy Nazer (vocals/bass), Dave Brown (guitar/vocals), Roger Smale (guitar), Steve Ridgeway (drums/vocals) * Teenage * Beirut *

Stress (Stockton, England: Andy Burns (bass), Clifford Milner (drums), T. Harris (guitar/vocals) * State Of Decay * Fight For Justice *

side B:

Flux Of Pink Indians (Bishop’s Stortford, England): Colsk Latter (vocals), Derek Birkett (bass) Andy Smith/Simon Middlehurst/Kev Hunter (guitar), Neil Puncher (guitar), ‘Sid Ation’ (drums; also in ‘Rubella Ballet’)/Dave ‘Bambi’ Ellesmere (also ‘Discharge’)/Martin Wilson * Left Me To Die *

Diabolists (Chesterton, England); ??? * Devil Surrounds Me * Ashes To Ashes *

Kulturkampf (Barnsley, England): Mark Wroe (guitar/vocals), Carl Wroe (drums), Paul Kirkwood (bass), Andy Clough (guitar) * Violent Pride * General Instigators *

Shrapnel (Briton Ferry, Wales): Paul Summers (guitar), Stew(art) Summers (vocals), Andy Bull (bass), Geoff ‘Jeff’ James (drums) * Fight For Freedom * Missile *

Impact (Cwmbran, Wales): Tony Thomas (guitar), Paul Thomas (vocals), Glyn ‘Sid Lovely’ Bendon (drums), ? (bass) * Law Of The Land * Your Decision *

Legion Of Parasites (Bedford, England): Cian Houchin (vocals), Sean Houchin (guitar), Scott Hickman (bass), Simon ‘Wag’ Wagstaff (drums) * Savages * Hypocrite *

review in Maximum Rock’n’Roll

The ‘Political Asylum’ tracks are from the first demo Fresh Hate [recorded spring 1983].

Steve Brown

I’m on those ‘Political Asylum’ tracks, recorded when I was thirteen. I wrote the lyrics to those songs too. System Of War was written for the band I was in before: ‘Toxic Noise’. There’s some photos online from the third ever ‘P.A.’ gig and there’s a full recording of that gig at Mayfield Centre, St Ninians, Stirling 83-07-04.

Chris Low

Infezione (Ita) Oppressione Quotidiana; tape (1986)


side A: Non Difendere La Patria (Do Not Defend Your Country) / Loro Gloria (Their Glory) / Pace, Vita, Libertà (Peace, Freedom, Life) / Odio, Rifiutò, Negazione (Hate, Refusal, Negation) / Oppressione Quotidiana (Daily Oppression) / Cazzo Per Cervello (Dick For Brain) / Non Fidarti Del Sistema (Don’t Trust The System) / Per L’Anarchia (For Anarchy)

side B: Non Voglio Essere Più Servo (I Don’t Want To Be A Slave Anymore) / Il Sistema È Crudeltà (The System Is Cruel) / Il Tuo Unico Nemico È Lo Stato (Your One Enemy Is The State) / Morte Umana, Morte Animale (Human Death, Animal Death) / Sacrificare L’Animale (To Sacrify The Animal) / Stato Di Polizia (Police State) / No !!! / Chi Ha Un Esercito… (Whoever Has An Army…) / Reagisci (React)

Enrico Manicardi (vocals/guitar), Lory Manicardi (drums) & Barbara ‘Pi’ (bass) – from Modena (Italy) – recorded these tracks in November 1986. ‘Mila’ Gianpiero Milani re-issued them on his label Agipunk in the noughties. I got their 2 albums but this tape was a contribution by Smurfpunx buddy Geert ‘Mokka’ Mokwinksi. They also contributed a track for Profane existence’s benefit compilation (double-7″) Think Globally – Act Locally.

The band got my full support (I distributed their records and helped organise a show for them at the Vort’n Vis – 92-12-31) because they were a great HC/punk band with a political (anti-authoritarian/anarchist) message.

Every day again they know how to offer you the best. They learn you to take decisions from when you’re a kid, offering you their way of life, based on lies, hypocrisy and violence, camouflaged by their false truths.

The exploitation of one human being over another is thereby translated as “the realisation of the potentials of each individual on a socio-economic level”. And just because at a certain age you are not yet capable of defending yourself and you don’t understand the real danger of their words, you are forced to undergo their oppression.

Then they propose/impose their religion, who as an instrument of false heavenly illusions, has the goal to eliminate the organisation of dissense. They want you to believe that we’re all equal and that there is no such thing as masters or servants. The hierarchic model is always represented as basic by family, school, work and all other forms of social aggregation. All of this because their intention is to transform the healthy and honest human (who has no evil in him) into one of their kind: despicable and power-hungry, ready to be their successor.

Now you’re able to understand the danger of their lies, amplified by all their means of communication. Now you understand the hypocrisy of their life-patterns and why all of this has been and is imponed onto you. That is why today, because you weren’t capable of doing it at one time, you have to defend yourself… DO IT!

Think about it…It only depends on you! That the way things go keep on going! This is as long as you allow that you get conditioned by fashion, publicity, the others… and as long as you keep on being an instrument of the ones taking advantage out of you and your passivity to fulfill their ambitions at any price!

But if you don’t want this, there’s the alternative of life and freedom, leaving behind the restrictive roles that society impones on you. This in a pacifist way. Think about it…


(This tape is completely DIY)

[translation: Paolo Melis]

1989 Interview with ‘Infezione’ (Endless Struggle #9)

Squandered Message (Ger) live (Aalst, Bel, 88-04-02)


Listen to the live set:

(Beware-)Teddy(Bear) / Relevancy / Fourth Reich / Agonizing Death / Mankind / Bergmann / Hidden Powers / Biggest Walls (In Mankind) / Seeing Red / God’s Change Of Plans /  Social Worker / For Who Or What? / Kaja (Blunt Is Trump) / Big City Soldier

[recordings courtesy of Jan ‘Bux’ De Vriendt]

The tracks come from their debut-LP (Getting Blunt; out on David Pollack’s Destiny recs in 1986) and their second album Life (Destiny recs, 1988). The latter was recorded with ‘Rotze’ Uwe Haseman doing vocals, ‘El G’ Lars Gunzler on drums, Achim von Kredelbach playing guitar and ‘Flo’ Florian Helmchen on bass. The band was a part of the Berliner Kreuzberg scene…

This live registration is from their first concert for Smurfpunx (88-04-02), they came back a second time when they toured with ‘R.K.L.’ (88-06-25). A friend did an interview with them around that time in his zine (Geef Nooit Op #1)…

Later Achim played with David Pollack (ex ‘Porno Patrol’/’No Allegiance’) in ‘Happy Hour’, Florian started his label HeartFirst recs.

Review in Tilt! #4 (Getting Blunt): >>This band is a rage on stage! Achim treats his guitar as if he’s going to strangle it, so it produces desperate, wild sounds. Everything’s supported by Flo’s effective bass and Lars’ tight drumming. When I tell Rotze I like the way he sings, he just grumbles. Lyrics are intelligent bu they tend to depress me…<<


Oi Polloi (UK) Destroi The System!; demo (83)



Punx ‘n’ Skinz / Thugs In Uniform / Never Give In / Minority Authority / Boot Down The Door / Stop Vivisection / Skinhead / Pigs For Slaughter / No Filthy Nuclear Power

[tape kindly contributed by Geert ‘Mokka’ Mokwinski]

These are ‘Oi Polloi’s first studio-recordings from 1983 (but they were only released in 1984-85). Their second studio-demo (Green Anarchoi) followed in ’85 and then it was time for their first vinyl (the split with ‘A.O.A.’ was recorded in ’85 but C.O.R. released it in the summer of ’86; the 7″ Resist the Atomic Menace was recorded and released in between)…

In Ian Glasper’s book The Day the Country Died, singer Deek Allan tells us the band’s history. There’s mention that at the time this was recorded Deek was the original member left (apart from ‘Spook’ who played guitar on the opening track). The others were ‘Ozzy’ (David Osborne) on bass, ‘Guv’ (Gavin Robertson) on drums and guitarists ‘Rat’ (David Connolly) & ‘Gav’ (Gavin Baird). Some of tracks resurfaced on the Six Of The Best ‎CD. Boot Down The Door was also on the compilation-7″ No Visible Scars.