New Disease / Now Hitpick EP
Suzannes were a punk band from Enschede operating from 1976 to 1978. Influenced by the Ramones they called themselves after the song Suzanne of Leonard Cohen wick was on the repertoire in a punk version. Without an interruption they played all their songs in one go.
Band members: Fedde van der Spoel, Loel Stolwijk, Dick Pekelharing, Klaas Sikkema and Ron da Costa.
The Suzannes lately seen a revival and have their own Facebook Page.
Produced by Johan Visser & Willem Wisselink
6-track EP. Released in 1978. Click top cover to enter iTunes Music Store.
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I’m not sure, but I believe the full title for this great Dutch EP is New Disease Sells 2000 Copies In Europe!, otherwise the text on the backside of the sleeve makes no sense to me. Anyone here who knows? I’ve only seen it listed as New Disease E.P., but I like the full title a bit better.
6 songs recorded and put to vinyl as early as January 1978, which I think is pretty impressive as not that many bands had that many songs on a 45 rpm 7″ that early (the second EP from the Gizmos is the only other one I can think of right now, although it runs on 33 rpm). All songs are damn good as well! It’s not really something that sticks out, and it’s not the greatest thing from Holland ever, but it’s still a very, very solid record in my opinion. I don’t know if they were regarded as a punk band at the time, but to me they sound like a rougher power pop band with more than one nod to the Rolling Stones and mid 60’s garage rock. Nice melodies, tight musicianship and great melodic vocals. The more times in a row I play it, the more I like it. 2000 copies and pretty easy to find, so pick up your copy as they’re still cheaper than crappier record from the same period. There’s a second pressing with a different sleeve as well, but it seems like that one don’t show up as often as the first press.
Source: Killed By Death Records. Posted by the Faintest idea//Drummer