Relative to that of its surrounding countries, the 80s post punk/"DIY" scene of The Netherlands remains largely unexplored. If the famous Messthetics series had focused on the Dutch instead of the English, surely Ahoe-Ahoea would have found a place on Issue #101.
Determined not to take themselves too seriously, they performed their first show as Na Een Keer Oefenen (After One Rehearsal) before eventually choosing the name Ahoe-Ahoea, a reference to the Tarzan films of the 1930s. The band's playfulness and sense of humor is an important part of their approach, but these elements are carefully balanced with sincerity, great songwriting and brilliant lyrics. While the opening track hinges on the ululating yell of Tarzan, as portrayed by actor Johnny Weissmuller in the film from 1932, it also explores themes of genocide, racism, the destruction of culture and the melding of totalitarianism and ignorance. A lyrics sheet is included. Read it.
The TRUE LOVE NEVER DIES LP is a reissue of Ahoe-Ahoea's outstanding and under-circulated cassette from 1983.
Package includes lyrics sheet, photos, and notes from the band.
Our take: Vinyl reissue of the 1983 cassette by this Dutch band. While the date on this is 1983 and the country is the Netherlands, this sounds much more in tune with what was happening in the UK (particularly Manchester) in 1978. Ahoe-Ahoea (whose name is a kind of onomatopoeia of Tarzan's yell, in case you were wondering... the singer also approximates said yell on the first song here) sound a heck of a lot like early material by Joy Division, the Fall, and Magazine... or, probably more accurately, the numerous lesser bands who were inspired by those pioneers. In other words, while Ahoe-Ahoea have a basic rock band setup, they're very much on the artier end of the punk spectrum. I'm generally OK with that as long as there's a bit of a pop sensibility at the core, and there is somewhat with Ahoe-Ahoea. There are definitely some kind of Beefheart-ian moments that are way more out there (like the first track with the aforementioned Tarzan yells, which is a weird note to start out on), but this should very much appeal to fans of UKDIY bands like the Homosexuals or the Desperate Bicycles. While Ahoe-Ahoea never achieve the true pop bliss of a track like "Hearts in Exile," there's a lot to enjoy here, and unless you're a real scholar of this area and era it'll be cool to hear something that's good and legitimately obscure.