History of 2000 DS

Summer came again and not being able to play Stonehenge they  proceeded to Glastonbury where the Travellers ware given a field which ended up as a really good free festival outside the fences and gates of the 100,000 turnout of Glastonbury ‘89. After staying at Glastonbury for four weeks they headed off to Cornwall where 2000DS and Screech Rock combined efforts to become the AUTOCROW SHOW, they had a great show and stayed to help organize the TREEWORGEY MUSIC FESTIVAl where 60,000 people turned out. For six weeks they stayed in the sun and the dust in Cornwall and then made a move to take the whole show to Amsterdam where another large festival was happening. Havens Oost free festival run by the Yorkshire lads from the Busbar. Danny after a lot of squatty dilemmas left the band on his birthday instead of playing on the main stage on the Saturday night. Danny had wrote the first seven and an DS songs which were BLUE BILE. REARRANGED. STAY AWAKE. TERRITORY,SPACEY, HALF A MIX, HIGHER and half THE RUSH. Left August ’89 after one and a half years. Aug 89 to Feb 90 After Treeworgey we went to a site where there was a lot of  travelers and after five days it was evicted and everybody thrown onto the road They were stopped by the police, as soon as they tried to move, and did a spot check and banned the pickup from the road. They got towed off site to another one only two miles up the road but not before the policed checked the tow truck and then decided to let it tow them away. The new site was about twenty times bigger with loads of travelers trying to come down from four weeks of partying in Cornwall. So it was still looking good for Europe with a Peugeot 504 pick-up (banned from the roads of England and Wales until it was tested by  MOT. for tools, generator and tat. An ex45-seater 20 meter coach for living with Alan (Crowposse)’s trailer, a 10 meter flatbed with PA. tools tarps motorbikes plus anything big or ,small, removable including alloy fencing from Glastonbury which was built to keep the people apart. The truck carried about 3/4 of the show and was run by AutoCrow Pat who lived in his cab. Linsey had an old Billy Smarts Circus truck with brake problems so Joe Crow drove that threading lightly. The other truck was an old four wheel drive Bedford three  ton army truck that had the problem of being the only petrol motor in the posse. This was driver by D.S. bass player Richard who had just lost his Land Rover after being sandwiched by two big trucks which were also part of the show. Guitarist Gus borrowed a van and himself and fellow Screech Rocker Wiggy took their equipment and lived in it. Jay and Gemma had a Bedford 4 wheel drive 3 tonner and also made their way over. Roscoe (bassist from Screech Rock) had a Volvo and  trailer. They managed to get the pickup towed to the port by the AA  and drove it on to the ferry. They eventually arrived and proceeded to get lunched out because after all it was Amsterdam. The weather  at the festival was bad, raining and very windy, the massive stage didn’t get enough cover so the bands and the PA people decided not to  do it and moved into a basement for the Saturday night. This became a flop because it had to be stopped at 3pm. They played 10 minutes in the basement and were stopped while Screech Rock only got 15 minutes in, but they quickly moved their equipment onto somebody’s boat and did a full set. The guitarist Gus was still playing with Screech Rock as well. screech_rock At this gig we were invited to play a squat in Eindhoven. On arriving at the gig we found Out that a band called Doom from England hadn’t turned up and we were offered the rest of their gigs, so they accepted and got on with the tour. One of the best gigs on this tour was at a big squat called the W.N.C. in Groningan where they were treated really well and had a great slamming gig. After, they went back to Amsterdam where they got lunched Out again but they managed to get a good 4 track recording together at the bus bar studio. Amsterdam was getting boring most members of the show seemed to be having a good time but forgetting to try and find gigs and shows.

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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