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Impact (Ita) live (Scherpenheuvel, Bel, 86-06-22)


Track-list (courtesy of Alberto ‘Gigo’ Gigante):

(0:38) Instrumental intro (‘Gigo’: “Honestly, I have no memories of this song. Maybe it’s an improvisation or an ‘intro’ that we never played again. Probably it was the only time this instrumental song was recorded.”) / (03:30) Non C’è Pace Per Noi [There’s No Peace For Us] / (05:56) Alienazione Sistematica [Systematic Alienation] / (08:51) Solo Odio [Only Hate] / (10:30) Dolci Sensazioni [Sweet Sensations] / (12:20) Processo Di Vita [Life-Process] / (15:15) La Vostra Violenza [Your Violence] / (16:37) La Tua Eterna Illusione [Your Eternal Illusion] / (18:20) Realtà Mutabili [Mutable Reality] / (20:11) Non Puoi Giudicare [You Can’t Judge] / (21:53) Morte Chimica [Chemical Death] / (23:19) Sulla Loro Croce [On Their Cross] / (25:21) Delitto Legale [Legal Crime] / (27:58) Governo [Government] / (29:08) L’Uomo Procede [Man(kind) Proceeds] / (30:53) La Lettera [The Letter] / (34:50) L’Odio Cresce Ancora [The Hatred Is Still Growing] / (36:19) Deboli Ai Vostri Occhi [Weak In Your Eyes] / (38:32) Eroi [Heroes] / (39:34) Polizia [Police] / (41:19) Ribellione [Rebellion] (interrupted)


These recordings (courtesy of Kurt Christiaens) are from a gig that Werner Excelmans (R.I.P.), of Hageland Hardcore, organised (86-06-22) in his hometown. That day ‘Impact’ played with ‘Scream’ (USA) & ‘W.D.M.’ (Fin). ‘Bollie Heibel’ interviewed them there for Peace Or Annihilation zine…

That year (1986) ‘Kina’s Sergio Milani released the album Attraverso L’Involucro on his label Blu Bus. Impact (from Ferrara), at that time, was Diego Fabbri (bass; taking over from ‘Bistek’), Alberto ‘Gigo’ Gigante (drums), ‘Janz’ Stefano Ragazzi (guitar), ‘Bistek’ Massimo Ragazzi (vocals; replacing Andrea ‘Infa’). Nowadays Diego is in ‘A New Scar’ (together with ‘Bone’ Stefano Bonanni, ex ‘Eu’s Arse’ & ‘Upset Noise’). The songs they play here are from that LP, from the Solo Odio album (’85) and from their split-LP with ‘Eu’s Arse’ (’83)…


‘Impact’ played in Scherpenheuvel in June 1986 indeed. This was the only time we played in Belgium during the 1980s. We had never heard recordings of that gig before but (for emotional/personal reasons) we wellcome a copy. We’re pleased that you publish that registration on your website, especially because it’s available to everyone for free.

Alberto ‘Gigo’ Gigante

Photos taken by ‘Phantom’ (R.I.P.), kindly donated by Roberto Descloux:

What The Butler Saw (Bel) promo (1989)



On 87-05-22 my band (‘Repulsives’) was billed for a show in Overpelt (far east of Belgium), together with local bands ‘Dawn Of Liberty’ & ‘What The Butler Saw’. For some reason we were never informed about that and obviously didn’t make it. It must’ve been around that time that I got a tape by the latter in the mail. They weren’t as active as ‘D.O.L.’ and only did a few shows (mostly in their province) that we heard about; I only know of one in the west: on 89-11-18 (they were on a bill with ‘CowboyKillers’, ‘Heibel’ & ‘Rise Above’ in Eernegem…

The guys in the band were Lode Vanhelden (vocals), Stefan Custers (bass), Frank Berckmans (drums) & Franky Cox (guitar). They played music in the post-punk/new-wave vein. I never heard about any of their releases. They were featured on the (1991) Noise Against Repression compilation (double LP) – with the track Short&Sharp – though.


‘What The Butler Saw’ started somewhere in 1986. In that year we recorded a demo with 4 of our own songs (in Westerlo). A second demo followed in 1988 (Tango Studio in Eindhoven); that one had 5 own songs and a cover (Play With Fire by the ‘Rolling Stones’). Other covers in our repertoire were Boots (Nancy Sinatra), No Room (‘Spizzenergi’), Mother’s Little Helper (‘Rolling Stones’), Gathering Dust (‘Modern English’) & The Nile Song (‘Pink Floyd’). We played about 20 concerts (Westerlo, Dilsen – with ‘Belgian Asociality’, Mechelen, Eksel, Hechtel, Bree, Eernegem, Molenbeek and several in Overpelt (e.g. supporting ‘La Muerte’ in the legendary community-hall Pelter Skelter – the poster of the night can be found on that band’s live record). ‘What The Butler Saw’ ceased the exist in 1989. I believe these recordings date from February ’89 in café Tiljo in Overpelt…

Frank Berckmans

In our village in the early 80s, as in so many others, there were punks at our college. In Neerpelt it was a big thing, especially nurtured by the local punk-pub Kwiet (Hamont), and bands such as ‘Brassers’ & ‘Struggler’. (Being a 14 year old, I thought the first were too slow and sluggish then to pass as a punk-band; ‘Struggler’ made one fine punk-single but after that they were also inexorably struck by the experimentation-diarhoea.) Those punk-guys at my college (I was too young; 12-13), didn’t really make an impression. In the beginning I thought they were just a bunch of nozems; being a snotty brat I even shouted (instigated by Axel Willekens) “skinhead” (didn’t know what that was), to a red-headed punker. That guy turned his bike towards me and punched me on the shoulder real hard. But it was January and freezing real hard, what resulted in an inevitable tumble. Almost the entire school was observing the scene and laughter rose. When Franky – that was how the onfortunate was called – got up and slipped once more, the whole playground couldn’t stop laughing. Meanwhile I had already gone into hiding. Franky, Franky Cockx [Cox]: one couldn’t ignore him with his leather jacket, safety-pins and especially that bright read head with hairs perky in the air. His buddy was Lode Vanhelden, also in leather, band-names in white chalk; they were the heavy guys in school: you had to show awe or fear for them. Because of my ambivalent feelings, I experienced both. Coincindentally I was in the neighbourhood (the office of the administrator, discipline-dictator of the school) when those two gentlemen were questioned and interrogated regarding their behaviour/expression: “What’s that all about with those safety-pins in your ear, that upright hair; what do yourt parents think of that?”. But that disciplinary officer declaimed that in such a special, crazy way, that his remarks didn’t miss their comical effect. Franky and his buddy Lode made no effort to hold back their laughter. Franky & Lode, the heavy guys of the school. After a school-trip to Eindhoven [The Netherlands], May 5th 1981, I also got infected with the punk-virus, thanks to music on a tape-recorder, brought along by Axel Willekens (‘Axie’) & Walter Peerlings (later ‘Afai’, an antifascist anarchist individual): ‘Dead Kennedys’, ‘Ruts’, ‘Angelic Upstarts’,… It sounded as if the gates of de hell were opened wide. I immediately bought the ‘Dead Kennedys’ album Fresh Fruit… – secondhand, for 200 BeF [5 euro]. Years went by, Lode & Franky had left the college in the mean time, I was 15 or 16, secretly went for a beer in an alternative pub in Neerpelt, that these guys also frequented. Kindled by DIY, tapetrading,… With lead in my shoes I got up to Lode and asked him if he could fill my empty tape with self-chosen punk-music. He was astonished with my guts, threw me an unfathomable smile but a week later I had my music. I got my guts together again and rode my bike to his house, rang the door-bell and asked him if he could play some more music. We clicked better and better, but the age-difference made things difficult. He started to listen to somewhat more experimental music, wave-toestanden, gushed about the ‘Virgin Prunes’ (That was OK but a-political music remains… a-political.). By 1983, I went looking for the harder stuff, and again got bold and cycled to Franky’s house, rang the bell and asked if I could come listen to some music. He played ‘Disorder’ and ‘Discharge’… Wow! He even took out his guitar, it sounded damn good. But some time later he also got affected by music-that-has-been-thought-about and we lost sight of each other. ‘Astrant’ was founded, that went well, nice regional gigs, renamed to ‘Dawn Of Liberty’, fanzines were made, particularly encouraged likeminded coevals to communicate and rebel, more fanzines, Axel thought of an overarching name: Clandestiene Producties. Local heroes we were, selling our fanzines in the pub, making punk-music. And who of all people got influenced by us?: Lode & Franky, not exclusively punks anymore, but definitely still anarchos that also started a fanzine: Vox Populi. They even thought it was necessary to state explicitally in their editorial that they weren’t part Clandestiene Producties; they ze had sympathy for us but undescored that they were running an independent publication. They also started a band then: ‘What The Butler Saw’. It’s difficult for me to describe the Music: a punky edge but with the emphasis still on… well, on what? Oh, I don’t know anymore, can’t put a label on it. They never sought connection with the hardcore-scene or manifested themselves as a punk-band, They kind of fell outside of every guitar-path. Lode was the singer, Stefan Custers played bass, Frank Berckmans drums and Franky Cox guitar. Of course they did play in alternative circles, released a tape I think and also a single (that came with the first edition of Gonzo [indie music mag edited by Stefan Joosten]). But the band didn’t last long lang. Don’t know why they disappeared so quitely. Well, I don’t know that much about them but I do about certain members and what influence they had on us (and we on them later). How lost sons return to the punk-stable but explore other paths with their music.

Stefan Joosten


S.N.F.U. (Can) live (Jette, Bel, 88-12-18)



The Gravedigger / (Welcome To) My Humble Life Of Disarray / Time To Buy A Futon / Seeing Life Through The Bottom Of A Bottle / The Quest For Fun / Better Homes And Gardens / Thee Maul That Heats Peephole / She’s Not On The Menu / G.I. Joe Gets Angry With Human Kind / Where’s My Legs? / What Good Hollywood? / Cannibal Cafe / I Used To Write Songs / Black Cloud / In The First Place / Misfortune / Tears  — Gimme Some Water / And No One Else Wanted To Play / (Victims Of The) Womanizer

Another one from Jan ‘Bux’ De Vriendt’s collection. Though he didn’t attend this one (‘The Accüsed’ was playing in Ghent). This Smurfpunx show might’ve been recorded by ‘Phantom’ Jean Ducat (of the Charleroi Slam Crew)… It happened in Jette (Brussels) because our regular venue was not available. Other bands that played were ‘The Ewings’ (Ger), ‘Dr Rat’ (Ger) & the local ‘Mental Disturbance’ (Bel). (88-12-18)

‘S.N.F.U.’s singer ‘Chi Pig’ was quite ill that evening but the band’s performance was still very intense and they lasted for about an hour… In the band (‘Society’s No Fucking Use’, from Edmonton, Canada) at that time were: vocalist Kendall ‘Ken’ Chinn a.k.a. ‘Mr. Chi Pig’, the twin-brothers Brent and Marc Belke (both guitar), drummer Ted Simm and bass-player Curtis Creager. This first European tour happened around the time of the release of their LP Better Than A Stick In The Eye (recorded the summer before that tour).

Here’s some video-footage of their show in Bielefeld (Germany) on that tour: I Forget & Tears (live), and a conversation. Also my French buddy Jeannot published a written interview in his zine. The pomo-pics below (1985) were kindly donated by Veerle Brion…

Les Cadavres (Fra) promo (1989)


(A) Existence Saine [Healthy Existence] / 7h23

(B) Les Salauds [Vont En Enfer (The Bastards Go To Hell); music by Georges Brassens] / Dernière Virée (Last Ride) / La Fin (The End)

These tracks were on the band’s first LP Existence Saine (released 1989) which was recorded with Jérôme Saulnier (bass), ‘Tougoudoum’ Eric Dechamps (drums), Eric Manevy (guitar) & ‘Vérole’ Philippe Legris (vocals). They were from Paris. ‘Les Cadavres‘ started in 1979, split up and reformed a few times over the years, and seem to be still playing… I got the tape from a guy named Félipé; most probably trying to get (a) gig(s).

My review in Tilt! #5: >>Uptempo and melodic punkrock. ‘Supercool’, as they say in France. Very good!<<

Generic (UK) From Eviction To Uprising; tape (1990)


side A: Ugly Heads / Cornered / Oldest Trick In The Book / In Time / Take It! / Looking For Answers / Smile Dozer / Respect / (Time To) Jump

side B: Angry Silence / (A) Violation ( Of Personal Space) / Stop — Cornered / Oldest Trick In The Book / Smile Dozer / Ugly Heads / Respect / In Time

This tape was distributed by Nabate (Liège, Belgium) as a benefit for the people who were arrested during the eviction (90-05-27) of the W.N.C. (Wolters Noordhoff Complex) squat in Groningen, The Netherlands; a place that hosted quite a few HC/punk gigs in the second half of the 80s.

Generic were from Newcaste (upon Tyne). The (live) recordings date from April 1989, not too long before the band ceased to exist. Performing here were ‘Wizz’ Michael Wise (vocals), ‘Sned’ (drums), Nick(y) Evans & Sarah Smith (bass). This was the line-up that recorded the Torched 7″ (March ’89). Soon after ‘Sned’ formed ‘Pleasant Valley Children’; Sarah filled on bass on their 1990 Euro-tour and later played in ‘Bugeyed’. ‘Generic’s last release was the split-10″ with ‘Pleasant Valley Children’ that contained the songs of their first demo…

Read also this interview from 1988 in the Dutch zine Kaboem…

My review of their 7″ Torched (Tilt! #5) goes as follows: >>This ended up as a farewell. It’s very good and much more tuneful than their earlier stuff. Intelligent lyrics. Underrated!<<

‘Generic’ (courtesy of Andrew Bayles)