Just like most people my taste for music mainly developed in my late teens begin twins. For me that happened to be around 78 to 82 just in the highlight of new wave and punk. To me more new wave than punk. The first new wave/punk band I was confronted with was Siouxsie and The Banshees, Playground Twist. I can clearly remember the setting in which that took place, a young Dutch guy standing in a British pub and overwhelmed by Siouxsie’s voice, my association was with the 60-ies classic “White Rabbit” from Jefferson Airplane (Grace Slick).

Okéh, before that I was already into: The Police, Fisher Z, Elvis Costello and the Attractions (great live show in The Hague) etc. With that as a starting point I came to: XTC, X-ray Spex, Magazine, Joy Division, The Pop Group, Japan, Cure (not to forget), etc.. From this list only 2 survived my aging: Joy Division, later of course New Order, kept my interest - still today. But most of all The Pop Group is at the base of my current interest. Of course the first generation after that: Pigbag, Maximum Joy, Rip Rig and Panic, and most of all Mark Stewart and The Maffia. The last also brought me to my nowadays most influencing person, Adrian Sherwood with his On U Sound Label and wide spectre of productions and remixes.

My friends call me a monogamist(!) in music. As long as Adrian Sherwood has something to do with it, it’s in my interest, the rest doesn’t count. I grade my records in yes/no AMS-factor and more than 1/3 of
my record collection is marked with that factor.
There are some exceptions.
• The before mentioned Joy Division/New Order line - pity that Sherwood never has done any remix of a New Order song.
• Then there is Y Records, with – of course – the here fore mentioned acts like The Pop Group, Slits, Pigbag and Maximum Joy. But also Shriekback and ‘funny’ one shots like: The Vincent Units, Tesco Bombers and Pulsallama. I’m almost complete on that.
• ESG (Not the rapper but the Scrogging sisters band from New York) who build up a nice collection of minimal funk music form 1982 up untill 2007!
• And last but not least …And the Native Hipsters. A weird sounding act from England who, after a short highlight (There goes Concorde again) initiated by John Peel, after more than 20 years released new material which survived the ages….

And last but not least CD sucks, Vinyl rules!!!!
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submitted New Order - True Faith Remix. 7 months ago
posted a comment on The Monochrome Set - Rough Mixes From "Misere". 8 months ago
Are you accusing me of anything? I think this is a very inappropriate comment.
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I just noticed that nowhere on this release is indicated that it's from African Head Charge, still we all know it is...
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posted a comment on ESG - The Moody EP. over 3 years ago
Well, I guess you are partial right. I've seen some singles with a regular RSD price of 19.50 Euro. I myself bought 2 12" records. That would cost you normally no more than about 15 Euro, now it was 38... I mean its a bit of both sides. Record companies ... See full review
submitted Armand, Kik, The - Snelle Jongens / Fuck The Blues. over 3 years ago
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posted a comment on Pauline Murray And The Invisible Girls - Pauline Murray And The Invisible Girls. over 3 years ago
The Amsterdam Paradiso gig was actually on 5 April 1981, see http://www.geheugenvannederland.nl/?/nl/items/IISG03xxCOLONxx30051001879409
posted a comment on Mark Stewart - Children Of The Revolution/Nothing Is Sacred. over 3 years ago
Hi Yvon,

mmm.. the tekst with your number is hard to read. Is it "of the", maybe "refuge of the' but it looks like the word 'refuge' is more with 427.

can you confirm?

Cheers
Itsonu.
submitted The Pop Group - Curiosities. over 4 years ago
submitted The Pop Group - Cabinet Of Curiosities. over 4 years ago
submitted Eins Zwei Orchestra - Peace And Love. over 4 years ago
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submitted The Monochrome Set - Rough Mixes From "Misere". over 4 years ago
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posted a review of Kommissar Hjuler / Medium Medium - Fluxus & Funk 3. over 4 years ago
For Medium Medium fans this cassette has some nice stuff. For example B2 Guru Maharaji, if you thought this is an excerpt of the song (only 1:55) you are wrong, it's a quicky of this MM classic which you love or hate (the studio version i mean). B4 an B5 ... See full review
submitted Dangerous Pyjamas - Back To The Start. over 5 years ago
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posted a comment on The Pop Group - Don't Sell Your Dreams. over 5 years ago
From my live tape collection of the pop group:
D1 is actually 2 songs: Words disobey me and Don't call me pain, Together with D2 (snow girl) and D3 (The boys from brasil) they are from a live recording from the Mecca/Locarno in Portmouth 8/3/79 (don't ... See full review
submitted Mark Stewart - Exorcism Of Envy. over 5 years ago
submitted Adrian Sherwood - Recovery Time. over 5 years ago
posted a comment on Mark Stewart - Children Of The Revolution/Nothing Is Sacred. over 5 years ago
As you know each copy has its own sleeve with a black picture and a piece of text written in red. On the inner sleeve of the vinyl version of the album “The politics of envy” the whole text is written including the numbers of the single. For example my ... See full review
submitted Adrian Sherwood - Survival & Resistance. over 6 years ago
posted a comment on Tack>>Head* - Share>>Head. over 6 years ago
I was told that a half year after the original release it would be available on iTunes. Just checked, it still isn't
Itsonu
posted a comment on On-U Sound. over 6 years ago
Let’s not talk about the Sound of On U, everyone who knows the label recognizes the hand of dub-meister Adrian Sherwood. I would like to give attention to the On U Sound logo. As from the first release (ON-Usound1.) the characteristic way in which On U ... See full review
posted a review of Various - Give Peace A Dance: A CND Compilation. over 10 years ago
The track "Karin Silkwood's car", which is here credited to Gary Clail, Doug Wimbish, Skip McDonald (B. Alexander) and Keith LeBlanc, is originally a song by The Pop Group. On the (bootleg) issue "Idealists in Distress in Bristol", the Helsinki, October ... See full review
posted a review of ...And The Native Hipsters - There Goes Concorde Again. over 11 years ago
The first 500 copies of this single were almost 'hand'-made by the "Hipsters". The label was stamped, sleeves were cut out from huge posters of Kevin Keegan and stickered with the "... and the native hipsters" sticker. So every single has an unique ... See full review