Without one of them The Bips seems too mainstream, and if there’s one band that has never been mainstream it’s The Bips. In 1988 they make Linda de Mol (Dutch TV celebrity) blush by saying they want to sleep with her. When the music police aren’t paying attention DJ Henk Westbroek plays their music nation-wide on (Dutch) Radio 3. Their poster is on the kitchen wall in Absolutely Fabulous. The Bips is both loved and hated; somewhere along the line they briefly changed their name to Love Kills.
They’ve been making an impression since 1987. The band is revived in 2002. Their first new performance, which takes place on the same day as the Dutch royal wedding between Maxima and Willem-Alexander, has to wait until Jozzy (who knows the lyrics to The Sex Pistols’ God Save The Queen by heart) has finished watching the marriage ceremony. But is that punk? “The basic rule is, there are no rules.
Some punks have more rules than the penal code. I make my own rules, that way I’m always 100% right” Jozzy says. In 2011 The Bips may have seemed over and done with, but luckily this wasn’t the case. Drummer Bock returned from abroad and jumped into the studio with Jozzy.
Joris Ruyzenaars had previously shown interest in joining The Bips, and instantly landed a position as the new bass player. “Nothing’s grey with me” says Rubenski, “It’s black or white, good or not good. And with Bock on drums it’s good. He has the same feel as Paul Cook from The Sex Pistols.
When he’s drumming I know it’s all good. I have the same bond with Joris.” With that good old feeling back, and just a couple of practice runs in the pocket, they soon received their first invite to play at Doornroosje (popular venue, Nijmegen) which had been The Bips’ home base in previous years. This was soon followed by a second show together with The Members in Den Haag. According to Jozzy the energy of the first five years has returned.
And that’s celebrated with quality songs like Chaos In Nijmegen, Shot Of Dead Moon, and This Is Jurisdiction. Punk, the way it sounded in 1977, brought to you in 2012 with the clarity of 1987; the year The Bips first started. Linda de Mol won’t dare invite them anymore, but daily talkshow host Matthijs van Nieuwkerk can give it a go. “And I promise I’ll just keep playing after that minute” Jozzy says, referring to the one minute playtime granted in the talkshow. The Bips is and always will be 100% punk-rock, they have been for 25 years and hopefully that’s just the beginning.
Because every now and then Nijmegen and The Netherlands need a kick up the bum (bips), and The Bips will gladly polish up their Dr. Martins to oblige. Short version: The Bips is 100% punk-rock, and have been for over 25 years. Jozzy, Bock and Joris play punk the way it sounded in 1977 and should sound in 2012.
Through this new formation of the band these three from Nijmegen have managed to regain an excitement and energy comparable to that of a pubescent boy who has swallowed a handful of Viagra. Punk will never die, and neither will The Bips. The Bips kicks ass! Written by Alex van der Hulst, translated by Helen Beijer 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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