25 May 2011: Regularrocker.nl has been under serious spambot attacks during the past couple of days. It's a form of recognition! So, thank you guys! Obviously, regularrocker.nl really means something now!! On the other hand, spam does not make this site more pleasant to visit. RegularRocker is dealing with it. In the meantime, if you wish to register as a member to this site, send a message via the contact form!
17 May 2011: Another raving review about Bodine's debut, no shortage of superlatives, this time in the local weekly newspaper from Oss. Oss is not exactly a metropole, but it's not a small village either and considered to be the founding town of the Dutch Socialist Party (as if that's got anything to do with it)! A few concert dates were added to the gigology based on this article! Another remarkable issue: the writer bought the story about Rheno being Greek and Jay founding the band. Obviously, anno 1981, fact-finding was not a very common practise. Still a good example of building legends, though! Look for the Dutch and English (text only) documents.
16 May 2011: Regular Rocker is throwing in a few more ads and reviews about Bodine's debut album but we haven't got all year! Time to move on and figure out what reviews the band received for their concerts. No direct links, just check out the Dutch and English libraries!
9 May 2011: A sincere apology to all of you who tried to register as a member lately! The registration module had an error. This has been resolved. Feel free to register now!
6 May 2011: Watch the exclusive video of Mephistopholes, a pounding rock song recorded by Bodine Mk-IV in 1992 in the best AC\DC hardrock tradition!! Pay attention to Jay's impressive vocals and the new guitar tandem formed by Oscar Holleman and Erik van der Ven. Gerard Haitsma and Jeronimo are in great shape on this track! You'll find the clip at the bottom of the video page--currently only for registered Bodinists and members of the mailing list!
6 May 2011: Regularrocker is starting to run behind on publications! Here's another ad praising Bodine's debut album in a most original way: Rhubarb! It's not a recipe! For efficiency's sake, this ad was NOT translated!
3 May 2011: Another advertisement. This time in OOR Magazine. It's getting tedious! If you're still curious, move on to the library! (Dutch and English version)
2 May 2011: Politically incorrect concert announcement in De Gelderlander (March 1981). The editor glowingly announces the next Bodine gig supporting Swiss rockers Krokus in Nijmegen, slashing Picture and Krokus on the side. RegularRocker can't imagine such things would happen nowadays!! (Dutch and English)
1 May 2011: Early concert date fixed! With help of Koen Bakker, the concert announcement in this article was fixed at 24 May 1980 an added to the gigology. Thus far, this is Bodine's oldest concert date found.
Bodine was a five-man band in 1980!
Here's the scoop for all you Bodinists!
22 April 2011: In-depth research has revealed that prior to the release of Bodine's debut album, Bodine existed of five members. Indeed, there was a Mk-O line up. The evidence was found in a flyer written probably in 1980 (Dutch). It introduces the name of a second guitarist named Richard Cornelisse, who was 16 years when he joined the band. What ever happened to Richard after he left Bodine has to be found out yet.
What are the concequences of this discovery? First of all: Bodine was in pace with most NWOBHM bands which in those days experimented with twin guitar line-ups. Judas Priest, Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy and UFO (to some extent) were among few bands that by the end of the '70s had two guitarists in their ranks. Saxon just had their first album out, and bands like Iron Maiden and Def Leppeard were yet to be discovered by a wide audience.
Secondly: the flyer known as the earliest document about Bodine thus far has to be dated earlier then previously assumed. Instead of late 1980, it must have been written in 1979.
Thirdly: Jay van Feggelen went by another artist name after he joined Bodine. Find out what name was made up for him by scrolling through the flyer (English)!
The flyer was found recently in the collection of drummer and founding member Gerard Haitsma. He made this document kindly available with a couple of footnotes. The Greek and American background of Rheno and Jay were made up in order to make the band more attractive to record companies and concert hall managers. The other issue that has to be read with a grain of salt is the role of Jay van Feggelen as a founding father of Bodine. Indeed, Jay came up with the name, but fact is that Gerard, Rheno and Armand had been playing together for several years prior to Jay joining the band.
19 April 2011: Regularrocker.nl is FIVE months on its way and we have a SCOOP! It's a minor scoop, but it's a real one! Even MaxPower doesn't know this! More to follow this weekend!
18 April 2011: Is this the earliest Bodine concert EVER? RegularRocker retrieved a news flash from the Haagsche Courant referring to a gig on 24 May. Alas, the last digit in the year was marked out by the owner. Check out in Dutch and in English. The exact date is still under investigation.
14 April 2011: Bodine advertisement in Hitkrant (February 1981)! (Dutch, with graphic & English, text only)