The Ex are an underground band from the Netherlands that formed in 1979 at the height of the original punk explosion. Initially known as an anarcho-punk band, they have since released over 20 full-length albums of musical experiments and numerous collaborations blending punk and free jazz with styles of folk music from all over the world.
Throughout the early 1980s The Ex went through many line-up changes before settling on the core quartet of G.W. Sok on vocals, Terrie on guitar, Luc on bass and Kat on drums. In the early 1990s, Andy Moor served double-duty with tourmates Dog Faced Hermans before becoming The Ex's permanent second guitarist in 1991.
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Links to Peel
In October 1986, Peel led off his final show on VPRO, featuring only Dutch music, with 'They Shall Not Pass' by The Ex, proclaiming the track "one of the very best of the year". The band recorded three sessions for his Radio One show between 1983 and 1986, including before their association with Ron Johnson Records, a label the DJ strongly favored.
Festive Fifty Entries
1. Recorded 1983-09-07. First broadcast 15 September 1983. Repeated 03 October 1983.
- Crap Rap / Design For Living / U.S. Hole / Buy Buy
2. Recorded 1985-11-24. First broadcast 04 December 1985.
- Choice / Uh-Oh Africa / Hands Up! You're Free / Butter Or Bombs
- Knock / Ignorance / Business As Usual / A Job/ Stupid
Other Shows Played
- 03 January 1981 (BFBS): Warning-Shot (album - Disturbing Domestic Peace) Verrecords
- 22 May 1983 (BFBS): Hunt The Hunters (album - Tumult) F.A.I.
- 22 May 1983 (BFBS): Fear (album - Tumult) F.A.I.
- 01 June 1983 (BFBS): Red Muzak (album - Tumult) F.A.I.
- 15 July 1986: They Shall Not Pass (2x7" - 1936, The Spanish Revolution) Ron Johnson
- 26 July 1986 (BFBS): Ay Carmela (2x7" - 1936, The Spanish Revolution) Ron Johnson
- 30 July 1986: They Shall Not Pass (2x7" - 1936, The Spanish Revolution) Ron Johnson
- 06 August 1986: El Tren Blindado (2x7" - 1936, The Spanish Revolution) Ron Johnson
- 25 August 1986: They Shall Not Pass (2x7" - 1936, The Spanish Revolution) Ron Johnson
- 01 October 1986 (VPRO): They Shall Not Pass (2x7" - 1936, The Spanish Revolution) Ex (Peel plays all music from artists of the Netherlands on his last VPRO show.)
- 10 August 1987: Knock (2xLP - Too Many Cowboys) Ron Johnson
- 20 July 1988: Fashionation (LP - Aural Guerrilla) Ex
- 26 July 1988 (Radio Bremen): Fashionation (album - Aural Guerrilla) Ex
- 08 August 1988: Headache By Numbers (LP - Aural Guerrilla) Ex
- 21 August 1990: Blah Blah (Mini-CD - Dead Fish) Ex
- 07 September 1991 (+ Tom Cora): Crusoe (album - Scrabbling At The Lock) RecRec Music
- 10 April 1993 (BFBS) (+ Tom Cora): Hidegen Fujnak A Szelek (LP - Scrabbling At The Lock) Ex
- 13 January 1996 (BFBS): Booming'