As soon as the record was released it became a success in the Amsterdam punk underground scene. So much so that it was decided that gigs were in order. First Joris did some guest appearances at God’s Heart Attack concerts. But soon, after Pieter and Joris had written ten more songs, concerts as Helmettes were given around Amsterdam and other Dutch places. Two years later Helmettes more or less fell apart. After the band stopped the last unsold examples of the single were sold for very low prices by the No Fun record store. Still the record frequently turned up in publications about Dutch punk, as one of the major punk records made in Holland.
In 1996 the compilation album with Dutch punk ‘I’m sure we’re gonna make it’ was released on the Epitaph label. Helmettes was the band with two songs on the compilation. The cd has had some very successful bootleg releases on vinyl in the USA. And so the interest in the Helmettes 7” continued. These days the record is a very much sought after collectors item, getting high prices on ebay and at record fairs.
Sometimes fetching more than $400. So the time is right for a new release of the Helmettes 7” Nowadays Joris and Pieter still make music and occasionally do live performances as Helmettes. 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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