This is the predecessor to Waakheer & Weekhaar, done by Niels de Wit. Weerhaak (Dutch for “barb”) appeared 1984-85 (in Dutch) and was “the first punk zine in Volendam” (popular tourist attraction in The Netherlands).
Michael K. made the 6 issues of this zine available on his website (bacteria.nl/weerhaak). I only have some of the successors in my collection.
#1 (May ’84) mentions the splitting up of ‘Rudimentary Peni’, there’s info on ‘Vorkriegsphase’, ‘Conflict’, Niels’ own band ‘Gepøpel’ & ‘Inferno’, reviews (gigs, recordings & zines); and various other bits.
#2 (Jul ’84) talks about the ‘Gepøpel’ reforms, presents ‘Lärm’, ‘Wretched’; there’s an interview with ‘B.G.K.’s drummer Marcel & ‘Conflict’s bassist John and other usual stuff; plus Dick Duck (Niels’ cartoon) appears for the first time.
#3 (Sep ’84) has brief bits about ‘The Dirty Scums’, ‘Black Vampire’ & ‘Capital Scum’; scene-reports from Venlo (Mat Aerts) & Arizona. Niels gives his opinion on the media and Marcel Kok writes about refusing military service. There’s also a comic from Martijn Klaver, various odd bits and reviews.
#4 (Jan ’85) contains scene-reports from Spain (by someone of Penetración zine), and Steenwijk (by ‘Stanx’ vocalist Cesar Gonzalez), Venlo (Mat Aerts), Utrecht (by Ron Goris) & Groningen (Michael K.) in The Netehrlands, plus New-Zealand (‘Armatrak’s Steve Moore); an interview with ‘Zyklome-A’, presentation of Niels’ Anti-Esthaetic Recording Syndicate (AARS) and the band ‘U.B.C.F.’; plus more.
#5 (Apr ’85): ‘C.K.N.’, ‘Scoundrels’, ‘Wulpse Varkens’, ‘Oigasm’, ‘Kromozom 4’, ‘Afflict’; opinion on HardCore, Dick Duck cartoon, reviews.
#6 (Jun ’85): ‘Funeral Oration’, ‘R.A.F. Gier’, reports on the scenes of Friesland, ‘t Gooi & Greece; more Dick Duck, reviews.
I was on the editorial board of Weernieuws, the schoolpaper of Schoolcommunity Werenfridus in Hoorn (where also people of ‘Gepøpel’, ‘Indirekt’ & ‘Antidote’ were attending classes). The censor of the paper was rather strict: many of the comicstrips/ cartoons I made, were not accepted; once an entire comicstrip was replaced by blank frames. So I thought it was time to do my own thing. Hence Weerhaak, a name that I disliked quite rapidly (and then changed in Waakheer & Weekhaar). The first issues were not that good, a lot of bios/lyrics, etc. that came straight from records. But I didn’t really care about the quality, it was more about selling and exchanging my ‘product’, and the contacts I got out of it (a lot of copies went to Belgium, where there was a much livelier fanzine-culture than in The Netherlands).
Gradually the zine got better and I developed my own style somewhat, definitely when I let go my rigid punk-approach and started writing about anything I wanted. I made copies in printruns of 150-200; from 1986 on I could go to my band-mate Hans Engel (R.I.P.) who worked in a small school-printshop… So after all it became a “school-paper” anyway.
Niels de Wit
Here’s the interview with ‘C.K.N.’ (Creatieve Kippen Naaiers/Neukers; “creative chicken fuckers”), a band from Alkmaar, The Netherlands, with (at the time) Pim Bakker (vocals; later ‘Boycot’), Ronald Maas (bass), ‘Otske’ Edwin Otte (drums) & Dirk-Jan Aafjes (guitar). ‘Jack Stuka’ Jaap Erik Mostert (guitar) joined later.
Reviled by many, praised by some; this is an interview with singer Pimmetje of ‘C.K.N.’ (‘Creative Chicken Fuckers’) from Alkmaar – the questions are from Niels.
WHEN? WHY? WHO? HOW? WHAT?
We started over 2 years ago, Dirk and Ronald asked me if I didn’t feel like singing for them; what I’ve tried and am still trying (I’d been playing bass in a few other bands before that). Only, we couldn’t find a drummer. That’s why we asked the drummer of the ‘Zweetkutten’ [“sweaty cunts”] if he didn’t want to play drums for us too and that’s what happened. With ‘Otske’ on drums we had our first performance on December 3rd ‘82, we had practiced 9 songs and ± 4 times (it wasn’t really a success either). After that we had a couple of gigs together with ‘Blitzkrieg’ and the ‘Zweetkutten’. When the ‘Zweetkutten’ broke up, we continued on our own (‘Blitzkrieg’ thought we were a booze band and didn’t want to perform with us anymore). After that we had a couple of gigs across the country: Amsterdam, Meppel (at the Doe Niks [“do nothing”] festival, haha), Steenwijk, Castricum, Beverwijk (during the opening of the new police-station), etc.
I’ll also tell you how we came up with the name: there was a magazine Creative Cutting & Sewing, but our guitarist thought it said Creative Chicken Sewing [“naaien” also means fucking, in Dutch] and hence we got the name. Our line-up is: Dirk – guitar; Ronald – bass; Otske – drums, Pim – vocals.
A LOT OF YOUTHCENTRES REFUSE TURN YOUR BAND DOWN AND YOU HEAR THE STRANGEST STORIES ABOUT PUNKS FOM ALKMAAR; HOW DID THAT COME ABOUT?
Wow, what a difficult question, that refusing is fortunately getting less. The question about why, well, that differs: sometimes just hearing the name is enough, other times when people get to know we’re from Alkmaar. I think it’s because people equate ‘C.K.N.’ with drunken, destructive individuals. Not just band-members but also people that tag along. Well, about drunks, that’s right: we like beer, but it’s not like (except for one time in de Buze [venue in Steenwijk]) that we’re drunk on stage. But that thing about being destructive, that’s nonsense. Right, a bunch of people coming along usually pogo but that’s okay no? (I’ld rather have 15 people pogoing than 100 people staring at you.) Not that I think everyone should pogo; if you don’t feel like it, then don’t do it. Also: a lot of punks think we’re not political and just booze. Again, bullshit: we have a few songs like Dixan [brand of washingpowder], Creatieve Kippesoep [“creative of chicken soup”], Seks Met Een Pop/ Kip [“sex with a doll/ chicken”] en Kotsmaniak [“vomiting maniac”]. But our other songs such as Kotten Systeem [“shack system”], Kortjakje [nursery rhyme that goes back to a folk song from the early 18th century], Fascist, Crises, etc. are political and we’re all for that too (otherwise we wouldn’t be playing them). And, besides, there will always be people with prejudices, shame on them, I don’t care. And we won’t change either, we are what we are: people who like fun and beer. Well, I hope this answers your question and makes you a little wiser too.
What we do besides the band (except walking around drunk, haha) is making a fanzine, called the Kippenkrant [“chicken paper”]. There have 3 issues until now and we’re actually working on the 4th (people can contribute stuff through the address below). Furthermore, the guitarist and I are busy setting up a distro for LPs, tapes, etc. Because here in Alkmaar and surroundings there’s only one shop that carries almost nothing and the rest sells stuff much more expensive than necessary. We sell things at what it costs us.
A little more about the Alkmaar scene (fun word). There’s another band here: the ‘Hobbits’, they haven’t been around for long but they get better with every practice and we will also perform together with them. They play fast hardcore with political and funny lyrics and have had 3 gigs. Furthermore, in Alkmaar and the surrounding area you have about 40 to 50 punks, and contrary to what you hear everywhere, new ones also pop up. A steady group of ± 15 can usually be found in Parkhof [punk venue].
ANY RELEASES PLANNED?
We just recorded for a tape with 20 songs, it will soon be for sale for fl 5,- [5 guilders = 2,50 Euro] (with lyric-booklet, sticker – yeah, for the collector – and a comicstrip). For more info: write to the address below. Be patient though when you write, you will get an answer.
Some of my favourite bands (just mine, as the band-members live quite a bit away and I won’t see them until next week if all goes well), and I don’t think it’s that different from the other band-members: from ‘Boegies’ to ‘Outrageous’ to ‘Chaos UK’ to ‘7 Seconds’ to ‘Bad Brains’, etc. I don’t have one real favourite.
DO I HAVE A WRONG IMAGE ABOUT ‘C.K.N.’ IF I ASK ABOUT YOUR FAVOURITE BEER BRANDS?
You can ask about that, that is: as long as there’s alcohol in it and there’s a lot of it, hahaha. What I have to say is: everyone should take a look at themselves before whining about others. Well, that was about it, good luck!
‘C.K.N.’ – Pim Bakker – – – Alkmaar