(donation of ‘Bill Bimetaal’ René de Boer)
Suicide / Much worse? / No Nazis / Disco Death / USA Go Away / (God) Where’s Our Heaven / Zero, Zero / Ronald Reagan / Bad Feelings / City Of The Living Dead / K.K.K. (No Way) / Peace And Liberty /// No Nazis / Ronald Reagan / L.S. / Bad Feelings
I never got to see ‘U.B.C.F.’ live when they were still active. They played in Antwerp a couple of times (85-04-13 & 86-06-14) but with no regular ‘wheels’ at that time, it wasn’t easy to get there. I met ‘Bill Bimetaal’ (René de Boer) later when he did the sound for ‘De Kift’ during their gig at Vort’n Vis (93-09-17). He also used to do the sound in the famous Emma squat in Amsterdam and the Groote Weiver in Krommenie. Nowadays he plays in ‘Fucking Virgins’ (punkbyfuckingvirgins.com)… and is an independent booker, and backline-tech. He’s also the companion of ‘D.O.A.’ during tours.
‘U.B.C.F.’ (‘United Blessed Chicken Fuckers’) were ‘Bill’ on guitar, ‘Sam W.E.’ Klaas Brouwer (vocals, later also guitar), ‘Mr Ohno’! Onno Steendam (bass) and Koos Brandhoff (drums; R.I.P. 2013). The band was from Wormer (between Amsterdam & Alkmaar). They released an LP (Silent Resistance) in ’86, and appeared on the Emma double-LP & on Niels de Wit’s Alle 55 Kort compilation-tape.
The live recordings here (provided by ‘Bill’) are from a gig in the Emma squat @ Van Diemenstraat, Amsterdam (1985).
We started in 1980 and quit in 1993. The first line-up was with one guitarist, from 1986 on we had two. ‘Mr. Ohno’ (bas/vox), ‘Sam W.E.’ (guitar/vox), ‘B.B.A.’ (drums/vox) & ‘Bill B.’ (guitar/vox). We did shows in The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Zwitserland & Denmark. We were also known as ‘Virus’, ‘Tijl Handgas Combo’ & ‘Step Aside’ (late 80s to 1993). There was a limited split-7” ‘NV Boys’ / ‘Virus’ [‘92] and as ‘Step Aside’ we appeared on Vitaminepillen 2 [compilation-CD released in ‘94].
The following comes from the Zaanse Pophistorie:
Ard Sierhuis: “[…] ‘U.B.C.F.’ did an LP and their song No Nazis ended up on the Emma double-LP. The name was short for ‘United Blessed Chicken Fuckers’ or ‘United Belgium Chicken Fuckers’ (in the style of the illustrious ‘C.K.N.’ – ‘Creatieve KippeNaaiers’ from Alkmaar).”
Onno Steendam: “The band got of around 1981. We could hardly play but in the punk-days it was easy to get a gig. I was 14 when did our first in de Bakkerij in Castricum. That didn’t go completely flawless. Cramped by nerves. But we were often more critical than the audience.
We rehearsed in the garage of my parents house and sounded so loud that people could here us a couple of km away, in Wormer. We played so fast that the guitarist’s fingers were covered with blood. Later it evolved into more melodic punk with various influences (reggea & blues). Around ‘88 the band took another name: ‘Virus’. No idea why. We often played in squats and small venues […]; almost were the house-band of the Groote Weiver in Krommenie, Emma in Amsterdam & Het Veem in Zaandam.
A highlight was a concert nearby a squatted garage in Geneva, Switzerland; outside in the cold. […] We also did a gig in Christiania, a wonderful hippie-village in Kopenhagen; in a gigantic hall with lightshow and crowed galleries. We were payed in ‘lightly hallucinogenic substances’. […] The band gave its last show in the Groote Weiver in Krommenie (1991). The musical tastes of the 4 band-members differed too much… […] The others played in other bands. […]”
Ard Sierhuis: “The exact same people as ‘U.B.C.F’ were in ‘Virus’. When Klaas Brouwer got replaced by singer Arthur Stein the name was changed into ‘Step Aside’ (who only existed briefly. ‘Virus’ put out a tape (limited number).”