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Ivy Green


1975 - 1990


garage rock, punk

Ivy Green

First Dutch punk rock group.
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Tim Mullens   gitaar, zang
Simon Francken   basgitaar
Bart den Boer   gitaar
Martijn Loos   saxofoon, toetsinstrumenten
Arther Van Dijke   drums

Former members

Kees Bontebal   gitaar
Ernst-Jan Kamphuis   basgitaar, trompet
Evert-Jan Rietbergen   saxofoon
Eduard van Bockel   gitaar
Sjaak Matze   saxofoon
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Biography Ivy Green

First Dutch punk rock group.


Ivy Green Eduard Van Bockel, Tim Mullens, Arther van Dijke and Ernst-Jan Kamphuis form Ivy Green, named after a poem by Charles Dickens.


Ivy Green performs its first gig.


Punk rock hits The Netherlands and Ivy Green signs to WEA.


Ivy Green records its debut album. The first single is Whap Shoo Whap (better known as I'm Sure We're Gonna Make It). Despite the fact that album sales are promising Ivy Green is dumped by WEA.


The problems with WEA have left the band with a lack of self-confidence. Van Bockel and Van Dijke quit and Tim Mullens suffers from an emotional breakdown.


Personnel changes take its toll on the band and it takes them a while to recover. Long-time fan Bart den Boer joins the band.

1981 - 1982

The band's sound has moved from mere punk rock to straightforward rock 'n' roll with '60s influences. Ivy Green takes on a brass section A.J. Bosz (trumpet) and Sjaak 'Muts' Matze (sax). The band also starts its own label: No Bluff Records.


The single The Damage is released on No Bluff Records.


Another single Dreaming Of You is released in January. The Garageland EP contains three songs that were originally recorded in 1981. The album The Quest is influenced by '60s beat music.

Claw Boys Claw


The brass section is replaced by former band member Ernst-Jan Kamphuis (trumpet) and Evert-Jan Rietbergen (sax). The single Good Thing Happen is released.

Blue Murder Claw Boys Claw Div Tröckener Kecks


The band celebrates its 10th anniversary and releases the double album What Ever They Hype, including a re-release of its acclaimed debut album. Ivy Green supports the Ramones on one of their Dutch shows, and they are so impressed by the Dutch group that they dedicate one of their songs to them.

Jack Of Hearts L'Attentat World War Rockers


The LP Moon Raised is recorded.


Ivy Green plays at the Noorderslag festival.


Ivy Green goes on a tour of Switzerland.


Ivy Green Martijn Loos (alias Dr. Loos) joins Ivy Green. They re-release their debut album on CD (including bonus track The Ivy Green). Real Slow Burn is the band's new album. First single to be taken from the album is Into The Deep. Then Ivy Green announces that they have split up. In December they perform their last ever gig in the Melkweg in Amsterdam.


A small California record company wants to re-release all the Ivy Green albums on CD. The band members, however, say that the band is a closed book and refuse. The book Het Gejuich Was Massaal ('The Cheering was Immense'), about the Dutch punk rock scene, is published. The compilation CD that goes with the book is called I'm Sure We're Gonna Make It (after the 1978 Ivy Green single).


In August, Ernst Kamphuis dies at the age of 47.


Ivy Green's first album is rereleased by Japanse label 1977 Records (www.1977records.com), on vinyl and cd with bonus tracksThe Ivy Green en Pak'n Beat. In his book Verdwaald In Alle Vragen (Lost In All The Questions) journalist Alje Kamphuis writes about the suicide of his brother Ernst in August 2008.

Discography Ivy Green

In the discography you will find all recordings that have been released listed chronologically. We restrict ourselves to the title, the type of audio, year of publication or recording, label, list of guest musicians, plus any comments on the issue.

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Ivy Green - live 1990 (1)
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