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Dildo Warheads

Dildo Warheads

Dildo Warheads


Dildo Warheads was founded on the ashes of an earlier group, The Excessives, one of the many garage-rock-groups that thrived in Belgium at the end of the eighties (e.g. Ze Noiz, Paranoiacs, Wolf Banes ...). Their success was limited and the band seized to exist. A side-project of two members of the Excessives, Herman Hulssens & Sven Coeck, together with the brother of the latter, for a gig at festival "Schrikkelpop", opened up new musical perspectives. Read more on Last.fm
Dildo Warheads was founded on the ashes of an earlier group, The Excessives, one of the many garage-rock-groups that thrived in Belgium at the end of the eighties (e.g. Ze Noiz, Paranoiacs, Wolf Banes ...). Their success was limited and the band seized to exist. A side-project of two members of the Excessives, Herman Hulssens & Sven Coeck, together with the brother of the latter, for a gig at festival "Schrikkelpop", opened up new musical perspectives. Herman Hulssens in 1994 : "Some bozo asked us if we could play a few songs on his festival.

This request came two days before the gig would take place. We did it anyway, we liked it and got very good response from it. After that we continued in that lineup, on a modes scale. It was like a new world of possibilities opened up for me : I realized there was another kind of music that I could make.

Dildo Warheads is a very spontaneous group. Almost all the songs stem from jam sessions." The group was able to get a record deal with EMI, and released the good single "Scared" early 1994. This song made it to n°4 into the Belgian alternative radio chart "De Afrekening" immediately, after which the group name "Dildo Warheads" was invented. A bit later the title-less debut album followed, with some semi-hits such as "Whore" and "Off the hook", and a tour as an opener for that year's rock-rally winners Evil Superstars. With the money of "Scared" the group did a tour in the countries at the east of the former Iron Curtain.

However, the CD hadn't been released in countries like Hungary, Slovenia and Croatia, so the tour became sort of a disaster (at least on the business-side of things). To promote "2", the second CD, they toured a lot in 1996 : the Dildo Warheads performed more than 60 concerts, among which a remarkable trio on the American East Coast: Herman Hulssens had a job as a tour-manager and had made a trade with the American band Sleepyhead. The band performed at CBGB's (the legendary New York club where the American punk & new-wave were founded by the likes of Television, Patty Smith, The Ramones & Talking Heads). One of the goals of the trip to the States - to try and persuade EMI-America to release "2" in the U.S.A. - failed however, according to this quote from Humo's "Belgians Abroad"-series : "The record firm woman says that the business will stumble on the band's name.

"You've got the Butthole Surfers contract, haven't you", we replied. But she had been thinking about that on: "Everyone's got a butthole, not everyone's got a dildo". In New York, the group was announced as "Nirvana meets Buffalo Tom". The Belgian press also made comparisons such as "the Belgian Sebadoh", "American college-rock" or "Smashing Pumpkins". The denominator "melodic guitarrock" seems to be a constant in all descriptions, though. In 1998, the group released a MCD "Soon I'll Be Waiting".

This was recorded in a production by Greg Gordon (Public Enemy, Slayer), and contained among others a live version of the song "Whore", recorded during that (in)famous gig at CBGB's in New York. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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