Since Februari 2015 I am a member of 'Kajal'. On the picture above from left
to right: Steven - guitars, Astrid - vocals, Me - keys, JW - drums (a.o.), Ruben
- bass. Steven and Ruben founded Kajal in 2015 with the aim of playing trip hop
in a traditional band set-up. I reacted on their ad. It turned out that Steven
and I had cooperated earlier as sound engineers of the Beachbattle band contest
in Scheveningen. We started out with a different drummer and a different singer.
The first drummer left after only a few rehearsals, because he wanted to spend
more time with his baby daughter. JW joined. Then the first singer was replaced
by Erica, who stayed with us for 1 1/2 yrs. You can hear Erica sing on 'Melodica'
and 'Dancing Slowly'. Erica got a job abroad and fortunately we found Astrid, who
sings 'Albuquerque' on the recording below.
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||Like Bugs Bunny, some people should have taken that left turn. The ACME
analogy is maintained throughout the song, which deals with the not so
silent dispair of middle-aged suburban civilians like myself.
||The instrument is the title. This song originated from an idea by
Steven and Ruben. We just all added our part.
||About the love of my life. Former singer Erica's mother wants to have it
played on her funeral. Maybe I missed my vocation. . . .
Between August 1982 and August 1984 I was a member of 'Time', together with
Hans Scholte (drums) and Paul Nanninga (guitar & vocals). I played the bass and
sang as well. In 1983 Jos Scholte, Hans' brother, recorded a few of our songs
while we were rehearsing. He only had a stereo analog casette recorder and a
consumer stereo microphone. The results surprised us all. Artists Gerry Baptist
made a nice cover (above) for the thus recorded demo and promoted it in
Enschede, where he attended the AKI art academy. Although the gig in Enschede
never materialized, I have called these recordings the 'EnscheDemo'.
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||In the eighties we sang either about our girlfriends or about our
fear of nuclear war. This one obviously is about the latter.
||Much to our dismay, the Winschoten rock scene of the eighties was all
about traditional rock 'n' roll. Therefore we indulged in a parody on the
||Which came first: the chicken or the egg? Likewise I don't remember
if our band name came first or the title of this song. Paul is singing
this one and I think he did a much better job as far as singing is
concerned than I did.
||A love song. The chord procession in the middle indicates we 'd
already started looking beyond the most basic chord schemes.
||About nuclear weapons and the man on the trigger along the arctic
front-line in the coldest of wars.
||About the fear of nuclear war. Audiences around Winschoten sang along
with the chorus of this song. Back then I thought it was because the song
was brilliant. If I listen to it now, I rather think it was merely the
power of endless repetition.
||A song about feeling guilty about not feeling guilty. Back then I
didn't know that medicine is available against thoughts like that.
||Paul wrote these great sounding lyrics. Next time I see him, I will
ask him what they are about.
||A song about depression and suicide. Negative feelings were hot in
the eighties. Ian Curtis was our role model, but fortunately not all the
way. . .