The image the term “Dutch punk” conjures up for many is that of the pitched battles during the squat clearances and the coronation of Queen Beatrix, in 1980. This is a shame as the equally tough, committed music that the Dutch punks made tends to get overlooked. Prey to many socio and economic forces, and often having to rely on its own ingenuity, Dutch punk was one of the most resilient and flexible of musical movements, spawning bands as brilliant as Ivy Green, Rondos, and as durable as Mecano Ltd and The Ex. Luckily Pseudonym Records have released I Don’t Care, a comprehensive collection brimful of brilliant, spiky and often innovative music.
Exclusively restored, courtesy of dynamic 24 bit remastering from the original master tapes, this CD compilation is a real “must-have” for collectors. The 66 tracks on I Don’t Care both highlight key players, and give a comprehensive overview of Dutch punk’s finest and most interesting moments. This double CD also boasts 6 previously unreleased tracks and versions, an entertaining overview of the musical history of Dutch punk, and a wealth of obscure photos and related memorabilia. Compiled more or less in release order, and spanning the years 1977 to 1983, it also serves as a brilliant starting point for the curious, or those punk historians who may have overlooked the music that these turbulent years in the Netherlands unleashed. The compilation comes in a luxury digipak, whilst the cover is drawn by legendary “punk” illustrator Joost Swarte, who designed a number of classic punk covers.