1979-1982 / 2006 -
Punkband started end 1979. Not on february 2 1979, as the
name might suggest.
as a name for the band. At first Theo (guitars) and Hondema
(bass) started the band,
which first was called Joint Venture
, after some members
leaving, only Theo and Hondema
were left. Later on Ron joined. He bought a drumkit and Two
Two 79 was almost complete.
Albert (vocals) was found at a jam-session in Pentastoma,
Ron was a good drummer considering he didn't have any
live-experience, but he didn't
like our music very much and wasn't as tight as punk
Lex on the other hand, surely had the right attitude and
capacities for a punk-drummer!
This great drummer joined the band after a concert we did
punk-hideout of Groningen), as a support-act for the
Ron didn't want to play Simplon. At schools and clubs it
was ok, but, the northern
punkvenue from those days, Simplon was a bit to "rough" .
The three of us went anyway and a roadie of the Vopo's was
willing to play the drums
for this show (we never played as fast as that night)
After this we decided Ron wasn't what we wanted in the
Ron left the band and Lex joined.
Hij was only 15, modest, but for Two Two
79 the best thing that could happen.
(Story: Lex was asked by Herman Brood to join his
Lex' answer: "not possible, I'm still at school")
After Lex replaced Ron Two Two 79
really started to
become what it was meant to be.
The tight drumming of lex was what the band had missed in
the first year.
Our weekly rehearsals took place in a former hospital which
was confiscated by protesters
against speculation with real estate. In Dutch this is
called "krakers" .
This hospital was called R.K.Z
We also had a sort of manager, roadie and overall nutcase
Speedy started with Two Two 79 as a side-kick and became
more and more interested in
Our concerts mainly took place in Simplon, clubs and
The best shows we did were, in our opinion, the concert in
because of his broken leg) and the Christmas-show 1981 in
In 1982 we released an independant 12" mini-album called
This record didn' t really show the true face of the band.
Because there was doubt in
those days what music we should play (punk, new wave), we
didn't release an album with
8 tight punksongs, but a mix between punk and wave-like
The record was fully financed by the band, recorded at
'Square Wave Studio
' in Groningen,
cover was printed in Simplon and the records pressed in
The record was only distributed to music stores in
Groningen, but the tracks found there way to
other countries (France, UK, Russia) through the internet
en the record is now a collectors item.
Usually a record is a promotion for the band. For us this
didn't work in two ways.
First of all, the record didn't represent what the band
really was like.
Secondly, the band was already deceased when the record was
Two Two 79 has always been a funband with the emphasis on
Because of school and other things the band was never more
than a hobby for us
and we didn't have any real ambition for more.
Two Two 79 existed, in the old setting, only 2 ½ years,
including a break of six months, due to
Albert's broken leg.
Our music was mainly self written songs with some
side-steps to bands like the Ramones
Early 1982 it was the end of Two Two 79..
A few months later, in may 1982, we did one more show at
Pentastoma, Roden, Netherlands.
After that show it was really the end for Two Two 79 (or
Everyone went his own way with work, family, kids and so
The bandmembers lost contact over the years.
Theo and Hondema had a few phone calls, but that was it.
But suddenly, in january 2006, Albert by accident found
Theo on the internet
Albert and Theo meeting again on a Dutch punkforum.
After this pleasant surprise, plans were quickly made to
restart the band.
interference from anyone else but the band was released.
After this release we started writing more songs, but
because of an operation which took Albert
out of the running for a year, things started to slow down.
Theo was looking for a new temporary partner to write songs
with. The answer came when Overlast,
He and Theo started writing Dutch punksongs and when Albert
got back, he jumped into the project
which was called Reality 79. He wrote the
lyrics to the last 4 songs, everyone sang 2 or more songs
(theo for the first time on vocals). In december 2009, a cd
was released on the Teenage Radical
After the release Two Two 79 picked up where we left off
and another set of songs was written and recorded. Theo
re-recorded some tracks from the first release and some Two
Two 79 oldies were dusted off
and re-recorded. This resulted in a set of 20 songs. We
decided to master our mixes in the studio and the
Theo bought a Boss BR-1600CD
which gives us
more possibilities to record new songs.
it has 8 tracks more compared to the BR-900 and 8 inputs.
This will give us the opportunity to experiment
with live drums and 'studio live' recordings.
We also got to know Maarten, a metal drummer who wants to
experiment with us.
Because we are always searching for a good live drummer, we
are now having try-outs with him.
The first results are positive, so we will see where this
Now 'Attention Whores' is released, Theo and Albert will
start working with Overlast on a new
Reality 79 CD. In the meantime Two Two 79 has plans for a
video-promo and video-shoots from
rehearsals. We even might be playing live again after 29
years in 2011.
update december 2021
This last year we just had one
gig due to the obvious reasons.
We didn't sit still during this time and have written and
recorded 6 new songs.
Downloads, lyrics and more information on VIRUS
Theo also made another clip with mixed live footage on the
music of one of our classics
We've also got new photo's from our gig at PUNKION,
Bremen on september 4 2021.
Thank you Calli
update september 2021
It was great to
play last week at the PUNKION Festival, Bremen,
We want more!!! Already working on some other gigs.
We will keep you posted!
update August 2021
almost two years, we will play live
On september 4th we will
play at the Punkion Festival in Bremen, Germany.
That gig already should have happened last year, but due to
the well-known restrictions,
the festival was postponed.
During the Covid lockdown, we have written a couple of
songs, which will be available on the website
Soon after, we will record a new cd in our new studio.
update January 2020
After our gig in
Wageningen last year in october, we took some time off.
In those couple of months, Albert and Theo decided we had
to give our 40th anniversary some
The recording of the gig in Vreemde Streken was very good
and we decided to give it a live-release.
We wanted to include a bonus-cd with tracks through the
After a couple of months work this resulted in our latest
TWO 79 - 40th Anniversay
click the link above to go to the page with the downloads
Other news: We are on Bandcamp
Overthere you can stream all our cd's and buy the tracks.
You decide what to pay!
Live gigs for 2020 are planned slowly. More info will
update Otober 2019
Last week we played
our second gig in Vreemde Streken,
Wageningen. This time we took the stage with our
friends from NO-ID. A great evening and a
worthy closure of our 40 anniversary mini-tour!
Everyone who was at one of our gigs. Thank
And for everyone who missed it, Next year,
new opportunities to see us live!
We will take a break for a couple of months to record our
new cd. See you in 2020!
update July 2019 II
In the last week of July we
had 2 gigs. On the 22nd in Lola
050 in Groningen with
D.I. and the next saturday (27) we
played at the Vogelpop festival. We
had great fun doing both gigs!
Now it is time for a break, our next gig will be in october
in Wageningen. In august we won't do
anything, in september we will start planning new gigs and
recording the new cd.
Have a great holiday! and see you!
update July 2019
And again we played a
couple of gigs. In Wagenborgen, Arnhem and Zwolle.
In July we still have 2 more to go. Visit us on july 22 in
Lola, Groningen and July 27 on the Vogelpop Festival.
More dates will be added. Just confirmed is Vreemde
Streken, Wageningen on october 5th.
This will be the second time we will play in this venue.
update April 2019
We had a great time
at INNOCENT in Hengelo last saturday!
Great people and atmosphere!
Next stop Brigant, Arnhem - May 24
Update february 2019
Over 6 months since the last update on the website.
Time for some updates!
Albert has finished building his recording studio and
our next songs will be recorded there.
We are working on 5 new songs for release in 2020. Some
of these songs will already be added
to the setlist for the coming gigs.
Also new dates for live gigs are already booked. For
now Hengelo, Arnhem and an open air festival in Ansen
(Drenthe). Probably more to follow.
We have something special in mind for this year.
Because it is our 40th anniversary (including an almost
25 year long break) we want to do something
More news to follow....
Update June 2018
gig at Bambara, Groningen. This was the perfect
venue to do one more gig before our summer break.
Great atmosphere, nice audience and a wonderfulkl
venue for our kind of music.
Other news: Albert was getting to
busy with all the work behind the scenes for the
band (music production, songwriting (with Theo),
cover design, website, video editing), so Theo took
over the video editing. Every new video on youtube
and our website will be Theo's production from now
Now starts our summerbreak. No band activity for
about two months. Theo and Albert may lay down some
new ideas for songs, but that will be it.
See you in august/september! Have a great
Update february 2018
heating up. We just did a great gig at Iduna,
Drachten. We have visited this venue many times
the past to see some great old school punk bands
like U.K. Subs, GBH, Vibrators and more.
On february 16 we weren't just in the audience, but
actually on stage opening for Varukers and U.K.
We are looking for more gigs like this!
Update november 2017
We are rolling
again! We just released our new EP
did our first gig with Henry at Vreemde
Wageningen. We are hungry for more!!!
Update april 2017
In march Sharkey decided to quit the band. He
lacked the motivation. We thank Sharkey for his
contribution in the last 3.5 years.
The same week we started looking for a new
drummer and soon found Henry
) who was
interested to give it a try. On april 15 we
had our first session together and it went
very good from the start.
At the end of that session Henry and Two Two 79
decided to continue in this new line-up.
At the moment we are finetuning the drumparts
and Theo and Henry will have several sessions
apart from the rest of the band. The other will
join in on several occasions to rehearse with
the full band.
We hope to be able to play live soon again!
Check our website for updates!
Finally a new release! A
new EP called '1234
Big changes in the near future for Two Two
Check our blog for the latest news and
update june 2014
Several gigs have past in the first months
of this year. We have had a great time and
are hungry for more!
It is released
today! A CD with cover-songs
from our main inspirations: Ramones &
Five song from each band.
Now we will have a holiday break and will
start playing live again after this summer.
update december 2013
This year will end with a high for us.
After 31 years we finally played live
again! Thanks to our new drummer Sharkey,
we did about 4 rehearsal sessions and were
ready to play.
Off course everything was recorded, check
out the video here
the photo's here
Other news: The CD is somewhat delayed, we
will try to use the Preipop gig as our
update august 2013
Things have been really turning the good
way for us in the last couple of months.
We''ve already introduced 'Madman Sharkey'
in a video on our frontpage.
With Sjakie we have found a dedicated
drummer who is always in for playing,
After a couple of rehearsals he started to
arrange gigs for us to play. The first
should have been at the Gideon Roots
festival in Groningen, but this got
cancelled because of legislation
Now our first gig is set gig at Het Viaduct
in Groningen, netherlands on december 21.
A festival in february 2014 is already
confirmed and also some dates in march
(including Bremen, Germany).
So things are looking good!
In the meantime we have been working on a
new cd which should be finished in
update januari 2013
Again a long time no news on the homepage.
So here's a major update to make up for it.
Lots of things has happened last year on
the personal front, which made us postpone
the release of our new CD.
But finally here it is. 11 Tight punkrock
songs. We hope you like it. More
information on the music page
where, off course you can download the
entire CD. We have added lossless
audio-files for all the tracks,
including the other releases.
more news: After a couple
of months working with Juri, from both
sides we decided it wasn't going to work.
We expected more of his drumming and he
didn't like the trip to Groningen every
month. In the short time he
was a Two Two 79 member, he also did
backing vocals on 'Hey You!', so some
traces of Juri still remain.
At the moment Albert's son, Annejan (or AJ
for short), is learning to play the drums.
He has the talent, but
no experience. Maarten (on of our former
drummers) is teaching him the rudimentaries
in a couple of lessons. From then on he
should be able to play with us and develop
In the meantime we can use our reserve of
former and part-time drummers who always
enjoy having a session with us.
update november 07 2011
It has been a
while since this page was updated. Much has happened in the
Maarten has played with us for about six months after which
he decided he didn't have the
time to put the dedication in the band it deserves.
So thank you, Maarten!
We have had one audition with Jan, with an improvised
setup, but the music didn't appeal
to him, so we had to go on looking for a new drummer.
We decided to put some adds on the internet and soon Jurie
answered our call.
Jurie already plays in a band called The Kelvinators and he
has a lot of live experience.
That said, his wish was to play in an old school punk band.
After one session we decided to
continue with this new line-up and started rehearsing for
live shows again.
Finally we have found a drummer with the right feel for our
Albert decided to stop with the collaboration Reality 79.
Theo still works with Overlast now and then.
A second cd will be released when finished.
We are in the final stages of the release of our new
12 songs are recorded and in the finetuning stage. When the
songs are all finished and mixed, we
will visit Locust Studio again for the final master and
In the meantime a cover is already in the making.
In October we started a youtube channel
on which we
will post the best videos from the website.
More news to follow about the release of our new CD.