AMSTERDAM — Punk rock and new wave music generally is gaining an ever tighter hold on the Dutch music market, with industry observers believing today's interest may lead to a full-blooded craze.
The first release in Holland stemming from the three-year distribution deal between Dureco and Stiff Records includes Elvis Costello's album My Aim Is True and his single "Red Shoes." Costello has already made a promotional visit to Holland.
The debut album of the Damned, another Stiff acts is to be re-released here. The album was originally imported a few months ago by Ariola and now it will vie with the groups second album, one track of which ("Problem Child") is out as a single.
In mid-October Dureco will release more Stiff product: a single of singer Jill Read, "Maybe," "Whole Wide World" by Wreckless Eric, "One Chord Wonders" by the group the Adverts, and a Stiff artist roster compilation album Greatest Hits, Greatest Stiff. In November, Dureco releases New Boots and Panties, an album by Stiff singer Ian Drury.
And Ariola is to release four albums by Earth Quake, two by Greg Khin and one by the Rubinoos, plus the Rubinoos' single "Rock And Roll Is Dead," following already released albums by Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers, with the group's single "Roadrunner." Also from Beserkley is the new Tyla Gang album.
First Chiswick label releases here, also through Ariola, include albums by Motorhead and the Count Bishops, and an LP compilation Fool's Gold, featuring product from acts like the Gorillas, Little Bob Story, Rocky Sharpe and the Razors and the County Bishops.
Later in October there will be new Chiswick albums from Johnny Moped, the Screwdrivers, the Radiostars and the Radiators, all lending support to the belief that punk/ new wave material is scoring fast.