History of 2000 DS

Jan. through Aug.'91 WILL THEY STAY OR WILL THEY GO January came and so did the weather. It was icy cold and the coal burners had to be constantly lit and using East coal really clogged up the atmosphere. It was too cold to play music so Jan. was a no go for us and we still had to reorganize the band. We put up some posters in some shop windows advertising for A guitarist and we were phoned by a guy called Hans. After a couple auditions we said o k. Then we phoned Richard and Gus to ask if they wanted to play a couple of gigs in Berlin. So we organized 2 gigs and for the second one we had to arrange for a live recording to take place. Richard and Gus thought it was a crazy idea cos we hadn't practiced or played together for such a long time. The gig took place in the squat and we were living in , so the atmosphere was relaxed, the gig was good and we ended up using most of the songs from the encore which came out better for some reason. This recording later came out on TRIBAL WAR a N.Y. label. The sound quality and artwork came out really good (5 song E.P called K 137. LIVE MUSIK). After we played 2 gigs in Holland then Hans left and Richard and Gus stayed in Amsterdam. We organized a tour of Europe that started in April in Germany and ended in England in June.Richard and Gus said they would do the tour, Gus was to meet us at the first gig in Dusseldorf, which sounded dubious. So in the bar the night before the tour a guy called Steve said he knew a good guitarist in Brighton who would be keen to come over and do some music with us. So we phoned him from the bar and he said he would get a passport the next day and fly to Berlin and listen to the tape and join us 3 days into the tour. He kept his word and played the gig in Groninger with us, stepping in and out when he thought he knew the songs. We did about 12-15 gigs in Germany and one in Copenhagen with G.B.H. and then went to Italy for a 14 gig tour. 2000ds It was now May and warming up, we had a great response in Italy but the only difficult thing was the distance. We went to Sicily and ended up doing 6 or 7,000 kilometer in 14 concerts but it was still worth it. We played the last concert in Rome without Richard on bass because we had the x-bassist of the Stupids, Stevie Snax who was a good friend of new guitarist Austin, he said he would do the gig in England with us so we could finish the 35 gig tour in England w/o any problem. Richard had left because Gus and Paul had  a big fight after arguing about dogs all night. We did a few good gigs in London in a bar and a few in squats and then headed out to a festival for the solstice. This ended up a nightmare, it rained continuously, we had both our vehicles impounded, a truck with all the music equipment in and a car. and to top it all had to put up with acid rave music for 3 days -what a nightmare. So our only option was let's get the fuck out and off this crazy island. We managed to get another truck and the FISH posse had a pick-up and were into escaping England. Sieve Snax was already in a band and had to stay but Austin was into coming back out with us and we found a new bassist in Jon Con from Cardiff, so with this line up we left the country and headed back to Berlin. Stopping off at Eindhoven on the way tor a smoke. The people there had a new squat and asked us if we could play a festival there in the first week of September, it sounded good and said we would attend. It worked out great because we would be playing Porta D1 a few days before the festival, this time it was at a different site than the year before and the organizer had cut themselves off from the rest of the festy area by building a little bridge across a stream. When we arrived we felt a weird atmosphere, as if we weren't really welcome in their area, they told us that we had to go and camp in the parking area. Everyone acted totally different towards us than they had the year before, when we ran the second stage in the main area. This year they were out for big money and didn't want any Dirty Squatters in the way of things. We moved to the parking area just to keep getting blamed for everything that went wrong for the organizers. We built a stage and put up some big tents for selling some beer and food to make some money for travelling to the next place, because even though we were playingon the main stage at 11 00 Saturday night, we still were not getting paid, so we figured we would have to make our own money. After the first day the organizers told us we had to give them a percentage of the money to help towards the money for the festival, so we agreed just to keep the peace, but obviously we had no intention of giving them a fucking D-Mark. Saturday night came and we were ready for the show. We had plenty of make-up,

7 thoughts on “History of 2000 DS

  1. i lived in bovay st when you guys were there. im not ben death obvs but he is the one i remember best. he was the first person i ever met on e. i helped u guys rip out the radiators and the parque flooring. not sure if that was sold or just burnt. there was a remnant of the somerset stonhenge traveller family who had been brutalised by the gloucestershire police. this must have been around 87. met ben in 88 in the central cafe amsterdam, still in his top hat. i have to say most of the people at bovay street were selfish up themselfs arsholes. ben on the other hand was a sweet guy. btw if you want pix see if the daily mirror achcives have any. i let them in wghen i was on the door one night for £20 each :d peace and love and all that xx

    1. Nice on Ben

      I am going to put up a message board /forum so that folks can share their memories of Gary DS and the Wreck N Roll Cirkus. Hopefully we will have some re-releases coming out in the very bear future.

  2. Just found out about the death of Gary and friend? and members of his family. after checking out 2000ds stuff on utube. tragic and shocking, and upsetting, condolences to family an all those close.
    Kev-sax player from Phoneys

  3. My 2000DS story-
    It was 1991/92/93? I had just seen them at my house at C-Squat in NYC, & I had made my way to SAN Francisco. I got to see 2000DS play again at the Epicenter in The Mission. I was a dirty fucker back then, & was outside the venue smoking a joint w/ a good friend & a stranger. The cops stopped us & actually arrested us!! In SF!! We were taken to a substation. Handcuffed to the booking bench, they asked us if we had any drugs, needles or weapons. We all said no (my friend ate a sheet (100 hits) of LSD he had in his wallet (for sale) in the cop car en route as not to get busted with it). I thought about their question for a sec. Then I chimed in ” but we have lice and scabies”. The booking cop looked at me in awe. He left & went into the booking office. He came out a minute later wearing gloves. He grabbed our backpacks & threw em out the door. Unhandcuffed us & told us to get the fuck out & kicked me hard in the ass as I walked out the door. I got KICKED out of jail for being a dirty squatter. I was back at the venue just as 2000 DS started to play.
    Post script- My pal who ate all the LSD called me a week later in Alabama. He knew no one there. He somehow ended up there after a very long 100 hit trip.
    2000 DS Forever!!

  4. We used to go to the Fire Station squat parties I really enjoyed them
    I kept loads of flyers from the different venues around London
    I still have them after all these years in a box

  5. True that I didn’t play the main stage at Treworgey. I didn’t leave as such I was hiding in my tent tripping mi nuts off…
    I played with DS many times after that on and off including the WNC mentioned and played the love parade Berlin and several gigs in Belgium and Holland…
    I also toured Ireland with the band and was set to play the “Millennium Drone” in 1999 but sadly it fell through….

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