VLAAIKOTS (Limbabwe 1) 1982
Vlaaikots (Cakepuke) was the very first Limbabwe release ever!
Vlaaikots is a very dynamic, rough and wild document of the Venlo music scene in 1982. Most bands contributed with tracks recorded by themselves. This brings a nice variation of recording quality. Some bands sound studio–clean, others delivered over-distorted raw rehearsal tapes. Few bands are recorded by Ger and me. We registered them on a big Philips stereo reel to reel tape recorder and two microphones (read the Pandemonium download page).
Vlaai is kinda cake, specialty from the area around Venlo and famous all over The Netherlands. The cake was not high raised. Its flat and round, thin crust filled with fruit. Little bit comparable with pizza. The cake came in a box similar to pizza box. The tape was packed in a printed cake box. Besides cassette a booklet was included.
I bought the cheapest cassettes at V & D (sort of Dutch Wall-Mart) made from their home-brand Vendex. Despite the questionable quality, these tapes hold until today. While writing this I play Vlaaikots from original Vendex cassette. After almost 30 years it still sounds great. As I mentioned so often on these pages, cassette tapes are the best ‘conserving’ sound carriers ever made so far.
Vlaaikots got some attention in Dutch press and sold out, quickly turning into collectors item. Somewhere in the mid-eighties the original Vlaaikots in box with booklet was worth 15 x more than sale-price. For a week the release was no.1 in the list of most ‘expensive’ collectors items, above PIL’s metal box ‘Second Edition’. The only charge position Limbabwe ever had.
The tape starts with a very clean song from ‘A Live Detail’ followed by Dutch poet ‘Koos van de Kerkhof’. Non-Dutch might be a bit bored in the first 10 minutes. Personally I am not so impressed by ‘A Live Detail’s’ contribution. Koos raps in Dutch, you will not understand what he says. Side A starts to get good when Zanzibars Twist kicks their chaotic noise-rock. I like the 2 live tracks from Zoo. They were one of my favorite bands in that time. On their first track Ger (van de Beuken – guitar) amplifier breaks down. You hear him yelling during the song ‘Fuck, the amp is broken’.
The contribution I like the most on this tape is from Coolcast. The name is very original funny word-game; a refrigerator on Dutch is called ‘koelkast’ pronounced as ‘coolcast’. They were a Cool Cast from Arcen, village nearby. Their two songs are so wild and rough it makes the heaviest Stooges bootleg sound like a sweet Britney Spears recording.
Coolcast Booklet page.
The download below I stole from the blog ‘No Longer Forgotten Music’ http://433rpm.blogspot.com/. Why not, I was busy digitalizing the complete back- catalogue (over 40 recordings) for days. This saved me some time.
Artwork by Rob (Zanzibars Twist)
Recordings engineered/mixed/mastered by several unknown. Compiled by Matski.
01) A Live Detail – Subjection
02) Koos Van De Kerkhof – De Bauhaus Blues Again
03) Zanzibars Twist – Loflied Op De Tsaar
04) Coolcast – Corina’s Eyes
05) Cherokee- Vampire
06) Chloroform – Psychical Attraction
07) Holland Elektro – Der Mantel
08) Holland Elektro – Militar Musik
09) Zoo – Nikie Naise
10) Zoo – E man
11) Pandemonium – Zukunft
12) Pandemonium – Wir Fahren Gegen Nazi’s
13) Pandemonium – Fuck Trix
14) Coolcast – Beast
Download Vlaaikost here:
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