Bep's Worst !
Bep - Worst
WERK Records 1999
01. Just Like My Life
04. Theo Vogelaars
06. Under Scrutiny
07. Up For The Grabs
09. The Modern Disease
10. Family Tree
12. My Be All And End All
Located in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Bep was born in the winter of 1991 and was created by Bernt, Evert and Paul, which explains the name B E P.
Bernt left the band not long after and Jérôme Geerlings (ex- Jam Jar) replaced him on drums.
Although the band played a lot with such bands as Victims Family, Human Alert, Smear, Fibre, Facehugger or Pane to promote its albums (no less than 4 Lps), it never gained much success...
Extract from bio on 'Gems' album post:
[...] Finally Paul decided to leave the band. Frustrated as hell, playing for minimal audiences, he couldn't be satisfied in being only a 'recording artist'.
Still Jérôme and Evert persuaded him to help them record 'Worst' (the word 'worst' means sausage in Dutch, hence the sausageridden artwork!) as some kind of farewell to him. On the sleevenotes it says, in Dutch, that all guitarparts are played by Paul although in the line up Frank van Vuuren, his successor, is already mentioned as BEP's guitarist.
Of course Jérôme and Evert weren't too pleased of him leaving the band as they were already in the middle of the preparation of making the album. A little anger is ventilated in 'My Be All And End All' the penultimate song on 'Worst'.
Although 'Worst' was not the best album they could've made, soundwise or songwise, they still had a great time making it and Paul was at his best.
They recorded in their hometown Amsterdam in the cosy little Stilteloosstudio with their friend Daan van der Elsken as their producer (better known in Italy as the singer / drummer in God and later Plexus, rocking like fuck bands!), so they could go home and sleep in their own beds after a day at the office.
At this time they were even more extreme in seeking the extreme extremities in music, Evert likes to think.
They even had a song in Dutch! This song 'Theo Vogelaars' took on a life of it's own and became a little hit on Dutch radio.
The subject of the song is the bassplayer of the worldfamous, in Holland, Tröckener Kecks.
Although the Kecks were a cool band, the main reason of singing Theo's name was that his name actually means Bird's Ass (Cloaca in Latin).
Just stupid schoolboy humour of very bad taste, which fits fine with Death Bürger's spirit! (Ha! Ha! Ha!)
Theo Vogelaars (the guy himself) knew about the song but didn't know what to make of it. So he decided not to meet them and rightly so! ^^
Still, the song got them some airplay and even got them to play live on a national radioshow '3 voor 12' of VPRO-radio.[...]
[...] 'Worst' opens with an oldschool 2/4-time punksong 'Just Like My Life' followed by the stoner rock nihilistic 'Eight' (with a bit of mathematics in the chorus).
Then 'Louise' (another Kepone rip-off), 'Theo Vogelaars' and the extreme slow Melvins-like 'Pulling' (in the fade out you can hear Everts 5-years old daughter Isa singing Jingle Bells!).
The next two songs sum up to be BEP's greatest strength: actually putting all influences together into one song.
'Under Scrutiny' is a real bandeffort with the intro gradually fading into the verse which changes within itself followed by some sort of Greenday-chorus, a bridge, which is actually the verse again but played differently, a grand guitarsolo, another bridge (again another version of the verse) ending in two different choruses.
The next song, 'Up For Grabs', is combining a stoner riff played very fast mixed with 2/4-punk (which Evert got to play a lot more in Beyond 93, the band he played in after BEP) and a melodic vocal on top of that.
The album ends with another extreme. The hidden track is a 'Jungle'-mix of 'Blank', from 'Moodswing', called 'Blank'n'Mix'.
The mix is made by Youri (of Mauser FK) under his DJ name Scaven.
Youri played guitar for BEP in the dark days between Paul and Frank, which makes the band so grateful to him.
'Worst' was released in1999 on the W.E.R.K-Works label of Everts best friend JW (who also designed 3 covers: the single, Gems and Moodswing).
Enjoy Bep's final album, sharp and punchy as ever.
Thanxxx to Evert for all the infos and graceful contribution to my apetite for wicked-good vibes by sending me this fine plate... which i can't help suckin' on!
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