Beukelpop performance contract
12 August 2011: RegularRocker is slowly catching up with the translation of articles published 30 years ago! Here's another article unearthed by the RR's best reseacher thus far, Shockpower. His researching skills are incredible! Thanks a lot, mate! This article is another concert review, this one about Bodine's performance at Pluupop on 11 July 1981. Pluupop was a festival in Winsum, Groningen organised for two years in a row before they went broke (>>Dutch site). It lived up to its name (Pluu = umbrella), since it rained at both editions. Bodine, alas, did not get a very good review on this gig: 'disorderly' and 'poser-ish' were the adjectives used by the author. Only a small part of the review is dedicated to Bodine, but the entire article is translated, since it also contains reviews of NWOBH legends Praying Mantis and Tygers Of Pan Tang. Interesting enough! Find the Dutch and English versions here!
11 August 2011: A concert review was published by Aardschok magazine no.4 in April (or May) 1984. Thanks to Shockpower! This is a good article about the earliest performances of Bodine on stage. The ever-critical Aardschok Magazine is positive about the music, the sound and the skills of the band members. The only unfriendly comment is about their on-stage appearance. RegularRocker can live with that--probably the band members back then couldn't care less. Too bad that the author forgot to mention where and when the concert took place. Some song titles are spelled inaccurately, others seem to refer to unknown tracks. Bear in mind that Bodine used to play songs live before recording them on the next album. It allowed the band to shape a composition and see the reactions of the audience. After working it over in the studio, such a well-reharsed song could appear on an album under a different name, as the lyrics were written. Even in the studio, Bodine improvised, which contributed to the live feel of the albums. Move on to the Dutch or English version of the review.
28 July 2011: Where are the days that regional newspapers had their own music editor? Granted--the job title sounds a bit cocky, but in 1981, even a regional newspaper could afford a journalist dedicating a concert review to Bodine. Go figure! and read the Dutch or English version (or both) from Streekkrant Bladel! Nowadays, these local weeklies have either vanished or turned into advertising platforms for local entrepreneurs. The author bought the story that Jay van Feggelen founded the band and that Rheno was a Greek. Other than that, the article is fairly credible. The fact that Bodine arrived four hours late to the concert venue in Bladel due to a misunderstanding between the band and the manager confirms the troubled relationship between them. More details to how this ended can be found here.
27 July 2011: The total number of album reviews has increased to nine! This seems to be the latest review about the debut album, published on 14 April 1981. This is another raving review, mounting to a good overall score. It is unlikely that there were any reviews later than that date, since the appearance of the album had lost its actuality by then. Head over to the Dutch and English version!
26 July 2011: Read the latest comment in the guest book by Jim "The Cranker" Ferraro! Now that's what we call building legends! Thanks a lot, Jim!!
26 July 2011: It's not that RegularRocker didn't notice the events taking place in Norway, or in Africa, but this website is not intended to keep track of actualities, no matter what their nature is. A heartfelt consolation is going out to the grieving families nonetheless!
22 July 2011: An interview with Bodine in Muziek Expres (July 1981): Bodine critical about the Dutch Music scene anno 1981, thank you to Ronald van Bruggen for assistance in translating! (Dutch, English)
8 July 2011: The article Founding years is now completely re-written and updated with new insights, quotes and anecdotes!
7 July 2011: Another concert announcement in Groesbeek. The PR-machine was working well for Bodine (Dutch, English)! Thank you to Han Hijzelendoorn for helping to translate! This article once more supports the myth that Jay van Feggelen was the one who initiated Bodine. Yeah, right. And Rheno was a real Greek. And grass is purple and snow is pink.
Jay did come up with the name of the band, after 'Doreen' fell through as a first idea. However, the roots of Bodine are really in The Hague.
26 June 2011: New old articles & left-overs: two more reviews of Bodine's debut album in your face, published in magazines long gone: Prisma & Nieuwsblad van het Zuiden. The total number of reviews is now 8!
26 June 2011: WEA/Rhinoceros heavily campaigned for Bodine's debut album. Read what efforts they made here! (English, Dutch)
26 june 2011: The Studios and Stages page was updated. Nearly half of the content is refreshed according to new insights! Getting much better now...
26 June 2011: One mega-interview with Bodine, published in Varia (English, Dutch).