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Vortex (Bel) tape (1985)


side A: Boudha! / Anti-Tout (Against Everything) / It’s What They Say / Fucking Life Of Pain / Get Up Punk / No Fun / Merci (Thank You) / Allez Louya (Go Louya) / Football Afternoon / Attaque (Attack)  / Enfants Du Chaos (Children Of The Chaos)

side B: Enfants Du Chaos (afterpart) / Jack The Ripper / Buvez Le (Drink It) / Repression / It’s What They Say (*) / Enfants Du Chaos (*) / Jack The Ripper (*) / Boudha ! (*) / Fucking Life Of Pain (*) / Merci (*) / Allez Louya (*) / Get Up Punk (*) / Anti-Tout (*)

From the ‘Mokka’ (Geert Mokwinki’s) collection…

The first real release by these French-speaking Belgians (from Charleroi). But there was already a tape circulating of a show in Antwerp (@ Paradox; 84-11-02). Soon after this tape here they recorded for the split-LP with ‘Vortex’ and the compilation-LP (Alle 24 Goed!) that came out on Punk Etc. It was distributed by M-Extäz International Produkts (Jean(not) Chaperon of the Parisian zine M-Extäz, drummer of ‘Razzle Dazzle’ & ‘M.S.T.’). The last 9 tracks (*) on the B-side were recorded live (most probably another gig then the one mentioned above). The band also appeared on a few compilation-tapes around that time (e.g. Punk Etc.’s Allez Crachez & >>Maja De Brij<<)

In 1985 they also played a show for Smurfpunx (85-12-21). J.R. or (J.Roy) played bass [Antonio Marella mentioned somewhere on the www he played bass for them in ’79], ‘Fax’ Vincent Delcorde (R.I.P.) hit the drums, Marco Hinic strummed the guitar and Thierry ‘Steve’ sang. Their music can described as a mix of street-punk and hardcore.

‘Vortex’ @ Paradox, Antwerp (84-11-02); pic by Sascha Van Tilburg

Ripcord (UK) live (Aalst, Bel, 87-06-27, 88-01-30 & 88-09-03)


‘Ripcord’ played 3 Smurfpunx shows: 87-06-27, 88-01-30 & 88-09-03. The first one was when I had organised a tour for them (their first time crossing The Channel). The plan was actually to let them play in my hometown but since the venue there got closed down by the cops, my Smurfpunx mates helped me out (starting-point of a long collaboration). I’d gotten to know the band through the flexi (The Damage Is Done) I’d gotten from Onno Hesselink and developed a correspondence with their drummer John Millier. After that first tour (where they brought along ‘Napalm Death’) I visited them in Weston-Super-Mare and got to know guitarist Steve ‘Baz’ Ballam better as well.  Brian ‘Buzby’ Birchell (vocals) and Steve Hazzard (bass) didn’t come in sight. As far as I can remember ‘Buzby’ was working and Steve was making plans to immigrate. By the time they came over for the second time Jim Whiteley (who had been in ‘Napalm Death’ during the first tour and was also in ‘Filthkick’) was Steve’s replacement. For the third time Steve had returned and he was doing vocals because ‘Buzby’ had left…

Recordings provided by Jan ‘Bux’ De Vriendt. Thanks!

87-06-27 set (interspersed with an interview; the LP Defiance Of Power, on Shane Dabinett’s label Manic Ears, was just out and Thatcher re-elected for the third time): Lucky Ones / Single Ticket To Hell / Furder / Drugshit / You Don’t Care / Empty Faces / Ignorant / Eternal Tomb / Kiss Of Death / Thatchula / Defiance Of Power

88-01-30 set (the recordings for the Harvest Hardcore 7″ happened shortly after this; with Steve on vocals): Vivisection – Tortura Innecessaria / The World I Hate / Lucky Ones / Empty Faces / Passer By / Drugshit / Starvation (‘Siege’ cover) / Furder / You Don’t Care / Poetic Justice / Eternal Tomb / Death By Consumer Demand / Defiance Of Power / Can’t You See / Subconscious Thoughts / Boiling Point (‘S.S.D.’ cover) / Live By The Bomb / Prisoners / Furder / Boiling Point (‘S.S.D.’ cover)

88-09-03 set (a few days later their set in Alzey, Germany was recorded for an LP in the Your Choice Live Series, the show in Alkmaar (Ned) was later released on CD; and in October they recorded their Poetic Justice album): Barriers / Poetic Justice / Get Away / Infiltrate / Censorship / Vivisection / Subconscious Thoughts / No Effort, No Thought / Existance Without Cause / Passer By / Drugshit / So Strong / Aim To Please / Can’t You See / Resolute / Collision Of Vision / Subliminal Decay / Overload —tape-switch— Starvation (‘Siege’ cover) / On The Way Down / Defiance Of Power / Furder / Boiling Point (‘S.S.D.’ cover) / Drugshit / Vivisection / Furder

After all this I would see John & ‘Baz’ back when I got ‘Can’t Decide’ (band with ‘Heresy’s John March singing and Simon Hobbs on bass) to tour… In the mean time the first 3 had also recorded some ‘joke’ straight-edge songs under the moniker ‘Uniform Approach’ (with bassist Ed Varney, who would later also play for ‘Violent Arrest’ – with John Millier, ‘Baz’ and Steve)…



Aside (Fra) L’État Ne Fait Pas Le Bonheur; tape (1997)



Day After Day / Direct Democracy / Pink Triangle / Su Vida De Dolor (His Life In Pain) / Terre (Earth) / Média Contrôle (Media Control) / Femmes Stéréotypées (Stereotyped Women) / Casadores (Hunters) / Blocage (Blockade) / Raise Your Fist / Guilty (‘Oi Polloi’ cover)

This band, playing fast & raw crusty hardcore/punk with fe/male vocals (reminiscent of ‘Disaffect’), were from Rennes (Bretagne). Sophie (vocals), Phil(ippe) (vocals), ‘Guéna’/Gwenael (guitar/bass), Pierre Boislève (bass live), Roger (drums; when in jail replaced by Gilles) were active people with their hearts and minds in the right place…

The tape was sent to me by Pierre (El Trasgo), I believe. Probably as an introduction to get gigs. They were announced for a gig at the Vort’n Vis (97-09-19&20 Leed festival) but unfortunately that got cancelled… My copy has 9 live-tracks (97-01, Planguenoual) on the B-side but since the sound-level of these is inconsistent and they’re no new songs, I don’t ad this here…

In October 1997 the band re-recorded (with the help of Gilles ‘Anomie’ Auvinet @ Ape studio) some of these (and some new) tracks for their Victory Day 7″ (released by Yann Dubois on his label SanJam). They did a split-7″ with the Groninger ‘No I.D.’ in 1998 and appeared on a split-CD with ‘Shortcut’ (also from Rennes) in 2003. The band also featured on the compilation-CD Reconstruction: 1997 Hardcore (not the one on Stonehenge recs but done by Yann Boislève), and on the 7″ Autonomie Vol. 2 (compilation on Christophe Mora’s label). A split-EP with ‘Rawness’ (announced 1998/99) an one with ‘Sin Dios’ never materialised… More is mentioned on Guéna’s website (where you can also download the band’s discography).


The drummer, Gilles, that replaced the rhythm-box we used, is not Gilles Auvinet who recorded all our records. Funny thing is that Gilles Auvinet did come to rehearse with us a couple of times (September ’96) when we were searching a drummer. There was the possiblity of doing a demo with him but in the end, it didn’t happen. We recorded with the rhythm-box and then foud that drummer Gilles.