This is the history of 2000 DS as told by the instigator G Disease. It is the complete, incredible story of a group of people determined that nothing will stop them.
They are not punk They are far more: They are punk-as-fuck hard-to-The-core motherfuckers Read and enjoy!
Feb. 88- Aug. ‘89
After 2 practices in a basement in a squatted st. in Hackney,Danny Guitar and Disease Elder and Younger decided that the live bands in Britain and London (where they were all living) were so boringly bad that they should try to gig immediately. Playing their first gig two days later on a Friday in February ‘88 the venue was THE outrageous squat called BOVAY PLACE (an ex British Telecom building) which was by far the biggest squat in London at the time. (n.b. Bovay Street and Place, Holloway N7 6PX in no longer exists – pic of BT building
Bovay Place artwork by Ben Death
The gig was a success with help from another good band THE PHONEY AMERICAN ACCENTS.
The next day they played another Big Squat run by The Wasted Mutoid company, even though no help was given from the PA it still was a success for the band morale, because they realized that they had only practiced twice, played two gigs and were still equally as good as any of the other bands.
The filth unfortunately arrested a lot of people and trashed a lot of equipment, lucky it was a Waste Co. party; at least 2500 people were at the gig.
2000 DS Bus
After this gig they decided to go back to the Bovay Place squat and move in. Practicing a bit and playing every Friday at the squat in Holloway Rd. and any other squat at the time. They had got a good posse together who were all into the music and good live entertainment. The only thing about this posse (CROW POSSE) was that they were always out of their faces and never had any money. There wasn’t any REAL money from the gigs but the name or number 2000DS spread.
3 months after moving into Bovay Place it was evicted, but before leaving a lot of scrap metal was retrieved and a bus and equipment was got as a result. They moved into a freshly squatted British Rail building in Waterloo called the Fire Station because that’s what it was. Putting on gigs every weekend but mainly playing in squats around London and occasionally in Waterloo.
They decided they needed a bass player and were approached by The Phoney American Accents bass player Richard who joined a bit later. The summer was coming so they decided to leave the city pollution and headed for the manically manic unpeacefullness of festival site. They were now getting more gig wise and had a set of about fifteen songs. The bass player was working really well with the drummer and the result was some really good songs such as Official Error, Brian Drain, Scrap The Church, Bods and many others
They played in front of lot of people at the festivals and were noted as a hardcore band in a mainly hippy orientated music scene. The people would get off on anything, they were so shitfaced. but we actually woke them up for an hour which was a laugh. The last festival that year was Ribblehead in Yorkshire with the weather cats and dogs, windy and cold.The bus’s engine had seized and had to be left in Liverpool. It took three months to get the money for another. They arrived back in London for Christmas and squatted a garage on Caledonian Rd.
That winter was spent playing around London plus a 12 date tour of pubs and clubs around Britain which ended up with them being banned from most of them.
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