BALTHASAR GERARDS KOMMANDO
BGK


Named after a Dutch historical figure who assassinated the king of the Netherlands in 1584, Balthasar Gerards Kommando was formed in the early '80s by members of Amsterdam punk band the Nitwitz. Rejecting the then-popular trend to emulate British Oi bands, BGK took their musical cues from American hardcore bands such as MDC, and soon developed an ultrafast style of their own. The band was also committed to following through with its leftist political stance, both in terms of the punk scene (the band set up DIY shows with low door prices, and put out affordable records on their own label) and in a wider political spectrum (they often played benefits for various causes, and helped run the Emma squat in Holland).

BGK released all their records on a label they started in their Nitwitz days, Vögelspin, and collaborated with U.S. labels R Radical and Alternative Tentacles. They helped touring bands playing in the Netherlands, and themselves toured Europe and the U.S. several times, finally calling it quits in 1987.

After BGK's demise, bassist Tony formed rock'n'roll band Loveslug. In 1996, the Nitwitz reunited (partially due to interest from Epitaph records), and may or may not still be around to this day. Alternative Tentacles has recently reissued BGK's entire catalog, both on vinyl and CD.

These are the Rules
PHOTO: WINNI
DISCOGRAPHY

Releases

JONESTOWN ALOHA LP (Vögelspin, 1983)

WHITE MALE DUMBINANCE 7" (Vögelspin, 1984)

NOTHING CAN GO WROGN! LP (Vögelspin/Alternative Tentacles, 1986)


Reissues

A DUTCH FEAST 2LP (Alternative Tentacles, complete discography)


Compilations

ALS JE HAAR MAAR GOED ZIT...Nr. 2 LP (Vögelspin, 1983) "Video-Voodoo", "Cross Criminals"

WELCOME TO 1984 LP (MRR, 1984) "Computer Control"

P.E.A.C.E. 2LP (R Radical, 1984) "Arms Race"

WORLD CLASS PUNK tape (ROIR, 1984) "Gone Mad"

BABYLON: BLEIBT FAHREN LP (Babylon Bleibt Fahren, 1985) "Rules"

EMMA 2LP (M.A. Draje, 1986) "Bloodsuckers"

VIVA UMKHONTO! LP (Mordam/Konkurrel, 1987)


INFO

Lyrics for Jonestown Aloha, White Male Dumbinance, and Nothing Can Go Wrogn!

Interview from Maximum Rock'n'roll #8
Ruth Schwartz interviews the band in Holland in 1983.

Interview from 1983
A pretty brief interview on the Flex Your Head website, not really sure where it's from originally...

Interview from Maximum Rock'n'roll #43
A good 1986 interview with the band. Thanks to Zack for typing it out.

Interview from Mortaja #13
This is a great recent interview with Tony Slug. It covers his days in the early Dutch punk scene, the Nitwitz, BGK, and beyond. Very interesting and well done, it gives you a good idea of the progression of the Dutch, European, and international scenes. Much thanks to Danimortaja for letting me use it!

Nitwitz Website
This site has a good history on BGK, as well as the Nitwitz.



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