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Gabber screwed up a whole generation of Dutch kids
If there's one thing the internet can't get enough of, it's gabber — the popular Dutch rave phenomenon that had its creative and commercial heyday in the 1990s, and against which almost every other electronic genre sounds like fabric softener. From Tom Nijuis 'gabber collection, to Soulwax' thwarted hardcore mix, to Noisey's gabber field research for Big Night Out, we can't seem to stop gazing at this curious subculture with incredulous eyes.
The biggest 'WTF?!' Moment in gabber — and the gabber culture is incredibly rich in 'WTF?!' Moments - is then provided by a YouTube video called Rave Party 1997 for Kids, Level 1, in which a bunch of children can be seen - some of them maybe only seven years old - who, authentically dressed in the finest 90s raver thread, put a neat hook on the floor.
After spending 17 minutes watching elementary school students rave professionally, I knew I couldn't write about this clip without the four 'W's',' Who? ',' Where ?, 'When?' and 'Why?' As a good friend from the USA put it so nicely: "If something like this happened in America, the evangelicals would start setting off car bombs here."
After a little research, it turned out that the same video was elsewhere under the name Hakke and Zage Parties for Kids was uploaded and contains video from two gabber parties for children - one in the Dutch municipality of Zoetermeer and one in Zandaam, not far from Amsterdam. "In fact, this was a special children's day with music and a carousel," says Istvan Ertekes, a Hungarian gabber enthusiast who Hakke and Zage VHS rips uploaded to YouTube. While we were hanging out on the football field, playing with Lego or flocking to amusement parks, a whole generation of Dutch three-cheeses were carted to large discos, where they then wriggled for hours to gabber and hardcore techno. Perhaps does that explain why many of the top earning DJs are Dutch?
You have to be aware, however, that in the late 90s hardcore and gabber in the Benelux countries by no means belonged to the small, obscure niche genres - as one or the other still remembers, German schoolyards were also of at that time Thunderdome-CDs have been flooded. Hard electronic music had become an important and widespread part of Dutch pop culture. Gabber records were distributed by majors, the genre was devoted to television programs and events such as Thunderdome filled huge halls with up to 20,000 ravers. "[The ThunderdomePromoters] sold millions of CDs in the early 90s and got incredibly rich with them, "explains Aron Friedman, editor of THUMP-Netherlands." The Thunderdome-Samplers made them millionaires. "
In 1997, in the "Dutch Dance Spotlight", Billboard described the gabber movement as "the first home-made youth culture" in the Netherlands. The promoter ID&T (today the organizer of events like the Tomorrowland-Festival, sensation and Mysteryland) organized the annual ThunderdomeParties and put together the notorious samplers. In 1997, the company's sales forecast was for three million copies of the compilation. For comparison: Beyoncé sold five million copies of her last album worldwide within a year.
But let's finally turn to the burning questions we all have: Where were the parents of these children? Why didn't conservative weirdos prevent this event in the first place? And why did these children know so well how to dress and move around at these parties?
"At some point, gabber had become so mainstream that people no longer perceived it as just a druffi subculture," Friedman explains via email. "The conservatives actually went nuts! The Evangelical omroep (OE) [the evangelical radio] has produced a large number of 'documentaries' in which a supposed connection between gabber and Satanism was pointed out. They're at least as entertaining as the gabber videos themselves. "The ThunderdomeHall of Shame leads the Dutch radio choir des OE, Nederland Zingt, also as one of their declared enemies - the conflict between the concerned Christians and Thunderdome at that time probably ran something like the clash between Tipper Gore and Jello Biafra at Oprah.
There was for example Free your mind—One of EO Produced documentary from the early 90s, in which the different branches of house music in the Netherlands should be examined and the gabbers did not get off really well. “When the documentary came out, there was a little riot in the scene. She was dated after all EO The guy who uploaded the video to YouTube explains. "They told the people they interviewed that they were from another station. Otherwise, probably no one would have participated."
Conservative Christians weren't the only enemies of Holland's hardcore movement, however. As the genre gradually seeped into the mainstream, more and more veteran scene greats were among the hated traitors of the genre.
Probably the best-known sell-out was Gabber Piet - a roaring skinhead with a bomber chase and huge pirate earrings. His biggest hit was the 1996 gabber parody "Hakke and Zage", which showed the genre from its most pop-friendly and child-friendly side - the whole track is appropriately based on the theme melody of the children's series Peppi en Kokki. Even if he's one of the most famous defectors, Gabber Piet wasn't the only one who tried to bridge the gap between gabber and the mainstream. "Our company is constantly working on new concepts," said Robert-Jan Hertog, the manager of ID&T competitor Mecado Records, in an interview with Billboard magazine in 1997. "This hardcore thing is just one of the many things we do."
However, the track's release resulted in ID&T Records discontinuing its promo collaboration with Gabber Piet and he ended up on the scene's blacklist. As early as 1997, people in the Netherlands reacted quite sensitively to commercialization by major labels and kitschy pop bands. Piet himself tried to save face by writing a more authentic gabber album with the name the following year Love U Hardcore published (the last track on it is a literal apology to the underground), but the train had long since left for him by then.
The Vengaboys ...
Some say that a euphoric, more trance-based industrial sound took off the genre and drove fans into the arms of more polished and catchier sounds. The commercialization process is exemplified by the rise of family-friendly happy hardcore acts like the Vengaboys — and it's no wonder that the group, along with Nederland Zingt and Piet, is personally involved in the Thunderdome Hall of Shame is listed. The Thunderdome-Organizers took a little break at the end of the 90s, but at the beginning of the 2000s it continued until the very last one in December 2012 ThunderdomeEvent took place. Even if an era comes to an end with what is probably the most internationally known series, there are still large, commercially successful hardcore events in Holland.
"Gabber Piet is generally seen as the guy who gave the real gabber the final death knell," my Dutch colleague explains to me. The rise of sell-out acts like Gabber Piet has been accompanied by the growing interest of children and normal people who, As the record companies knew only too well, they could easily become the new main market. For the ailing gabber scene, however, the family-friendly marketing of the genre was the drop that broke the barrel.
"I started going to parties four years ago and now I'm old and burned out," says a teenage gabber fan in 1995 Lola Da Musica Documentation. "The parties used to be better." "Why?" asks the interviewer. “There are too many kids here. It's like Sesame Street "
Max Pearl is preparing for the gabber revival. Who is there? Follow him on Twitter— @ maxpearl
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