Biography

 

The Filth were part of the first punk wave that hit Holland as did bands such as Ivy Green, Panic, Tits, Inside Nipples and the Flying Spiders

The first gig was in Febuary 1978 at a high school in Amsterdam with sex leaflets that were thrown into the public and a blow up doll was fingered by Max Factor and Little Ron.

The Filth was the first to shock the public with strong language so that a week later they played for a hockey club in Lelystad.

After the opening number ‘We want war!” was played the organizer came on stage as the public were stunned and shock and we were threatened with not being paid if we didn’t play in a more suitable way, punk music was still so new that not everyone understood what was happening.

The Filth in Amsterdam North

The Filth in Amsterdam North

Tommy Poppegaai - Roadie.

Tommy Poppegaai – Roadie.

Erik’s dad (Leo), who was the driver of our van, sorted it out by joining us on stage and playing his mouth harmonica with the band still playing the original repertoire, so that it seemed more like rock and roll and therefore seemed slightly less shocking.

The first gigs were chaotic, in Purmerend it got slightly out of hand and in north Amsterdam it got totally out of hand.

During the gig a big group of guys walked in that didn’t care much for punk and so a massive punch-up occurred. The roadies had to get our equipment out by kicking the hotheads off the stage with the aid of the microphone stands.

There were tons of incidents of gangs in North Amsterdam in those days, on on nights that The Filth went out in the local pub or other occasions the emergency exit were sought to escape the fights which didn’t always work.

Dick Bakker and Pierre Brachel had, put together a demo from the first gigs that Pierre brought to a record shop called ‘No Fun’ on the Rozengracht in Amsterdam and there it was played frequently, and it was there that Wally Middendorp heard it.  Wally had already brought out a single with his own band The Tits on the Plurex Lable.

The Mollesters were the second band and brought out the track “Plastic’, The  Filth were third.

At the beginning of march The Filth went into the studio to record the single with on the A side “Don’t hide your hate” and on the B side ‘Sex” and “Nothing for me”

At the end of march 1978 the single was available in some shops in the scene and were sold pretty good through the whole of Holland and so there was more reaction especially the tracks on the single wherever The Filth played

Edwin wants something to drink.

Edwin wants something to drink.

Waiting around.

Waiting around.

The Filth played for the first time in the “Paradiso” (Amsterdam) in April, firstly due to a band dropping out an then two weeks later in the line up with two other bands.

During this time the line-up of the band changed, the two singers Little Ron and Max Factor, actually the wild  chorus screamers didn’t fit in anymore and so it was agreed that they would stop after the second gig in the Paradiso. Max didn’t even show up on stage that night.

The music got serious and the more shocking tracks such as “We want war” and “We’re boys from Amsterdam” were dropped, instead songs like “Protected life” and “My romance” took there place.

The band grew and more people outside of Amsterdam came to see The Filth play.  All gigs were sold out and the reaction was brilliant.  Sometimes too brilliant, like in Oudenbosch, toilet pots were hurled through the air and the whole place was vandalized just by the enthusiasm

On the 21st of October 1978, The Filth played as the supporting band of The Clash in the Paradiso, what was to be a brilliant concert and experience to not only support but to also meet The Clash in person.

One month later The Filth played once again in the Paradiso in a “Rock Against Racism” concert, where the Filth probably played their best gig ever.

In January 1979 it began to get a bit of a mess, there was a meeting with Plurex for a possible LP and there were a frequent number of gigs, there was thought to evolve the music to make it sound more mature and a bass player, Frank Cambach was brought in, originally from the band “The Softies” so that Dick Bakker changed from Bass to Keyboards, an instrument that he knew well.

Unfortunately not everything was as good as before.

Third from the left: Wouter van Halen - manager.

Third from the left: Wouter van Halen – manager.

Big feet.

Big feet.

The result was that sooner or later there were no rehersals and some of the band members didn’t show up on time to play at gigs and that became irritating.

Due to this the LP was postponed and the gigs were disappointing and sometimes bad and then to top it all Erwin and Frank started to play from April 1979 in another band “The Speedtwins” so that sometimes both their gigs and ours coincided.

The last drop was at the end of June that year at the “Rock Against Racism” gig in the Amsterdam forrest (Amsterdamse bos) with a big stage.  We borrowed a drummer from another band and still managed to play but the damage was done.

This meant the end of The Filth for the time being….

After The Filth; Dick played in “The Young Americans” and Pierre in “The Dream” and both of them played together in “Demsterwold” then in 1992 the single “Don’t hide your hate” was sent, out of curiosity to a competition called “De Grote Prijs”. The band qualified and the competition was held in….. “Paradiso”

Erik played again on drums, Dick on Bass, Pierre on guitar and a guy that Dick knew from “The Young Americans” and “Demsterwold”; George van der Heijden on lead guitar

After that the band played gigs every now and again until around-about 1994 and then stopped due to being busy on different projects to record singers in Dick’s Studio with as a goal to present it to different record companies

Even the Christian Radio wanted to interview TheFilth...

Even the Christian Radio wanted to interview TheFilth…

Cool!

Cool!

In 2000, Pierre started his own studio at home and started to re-record the best material of “The Filth” ’78/’79 with the modern day equipment and it stays interesting  to hear one of the first Punk/New Wave bands  of Holland.

Dick Bakker and Pierre Brachel are also busy writing their own material and who knows! Maybe the now mature men might make a come back…