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Claw Boys Claw


1983 - current


alternative, garage rock, indie rock


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Claw Boys Claw

Guitar band from Amsterdam fronted by charismatic singer Peter te Bos that is influenced by garage punk of bands like Gun Club and the Stooges. Gradually, the band's musical style develops into the direction of melodic swamp rock.
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John Cameron   gitaar
Peter te Bos   zang
Marcus Bruystens   basgitaar
Jeroen Kleijn   drums

Former members

Bobbie Rossini   basgitaar
Marc Lamb   drums
Arno Kooy   basgitaar
Geert de Groot   basgitaar
Allard Jolles   drums
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Biography Claw Boys Claw

Guitar band from Amsterdam fronted by charismatic singer Peter te Bos that is influenced by garage punk of bands like Gun Club and the Stooges. Gradually, the band's musical style develops into the direction of melodic swamp rock.


Punk rock group Suspenders splits up in 1981 and several members form rock group L'Attentat. In the spring of 1983 L'Attentat guitarist/singer Allard Jolles, forms a second band: Claw Boys Claw. Other members of the band are ex-Suspenders singer Bobbie Rossini on bass, and on guitar (Jolles plays the drums) John Cameron (ex-Odorex). Shortly afterwards singer/graphic designer Peter te Bos joins Claw Boys Claw. The band plays garage rock with influences of psychedelics, acid punk and rock 'n' roll.



Shocking Shades Of Claw Boys Claw is recorded and released on the band's own Hipcat label.


In May 1985 Jolles leaves Claw Boys Claw in favour of his other band L'Attentat. He is replaced by Pilots drummer Marius Schrader.

Allard Jolles L'Attentat


Claw Boys Claw signs to Polydor. The band makes its first appearance at the Pinkpop festival. During this show frontman Te Bos throws apples, oranges, beer cans, his shoes and his socks into the crowd. In June the album With Love From The Boys, produced by Vic Maille, comes out. The band plays at the Roskilde festival in Denmark.


Claw Boys Claw en Eelco Brinkman Claw Boys Claw records the album Crack My Nut. Shocking Shades is re-released on Polydor. Additionally, the album Claw Boys Claw comes out, a compilation of the band's self-released material (the mini album Now!, the single So Mean and the 12" Indian Wallpaper). Also released is the Christmas single Blue Bells.


Claw Boys Claw Claw Boys Claw performs at the New Music Seminar in New York where they meet John Cale who promises to produce the band's next album. They sign to Megadisc and release the new album Hitkillers, a collection of covers of Dutch rock classics.

John Cale


Claw Boys Claw Bobbie Rossini and Marius Schrader leave the band. Rumours about a new album (produced by John Cale) are again surfacing.

Frans Te Spenke John Cale


Claw Boys Claw The album Angelbite comes out. It is not produced by John Cale, but by Steve Parker (engineer with The Fall and Dutch vocalist Mathilde Santing). The band goes on - another - successful tour.

John Cale Mathilde Santing


Late June the band plays the Parkpop festival in The Hague. In the meantime, Kooy joins La La Heaven and Geert de Groot (ex-Fatal Flowers) takes over on bass.

Fatal Flowers La La Heaven


Claw Boys Claw Late 1992 the album Sugar, a highlight in the band's career so far, comes out. The change in musical direction, that was already apparent on Angelbite, has now become permanent: The garage punk style has had to make way for the more melodic and sultry swamp rock. This has much to do with the fact that the album is produced by Urban Dance Squad drummer Michel Schoots, alias Magic Stick. The subdued single Rosie is the band's first Top 40 hit.

Michel Schoots


For the second time Claw Boys Claw is on the bill of the Pinkpop festival. Former bass player Rossini turns up in girl group Chicas del Rock that releases the album Neverneverland.

Chicas del Rock


The new album Nipple, produced by Luc Suèr, largely follows the line of Sugar, but is less successful.

Luc Suèr


Marc Lamb plays the drums on Get Well Soon the second album of Soft Parade.

Soft Parade


Claw Boys Claw release the new album Will-O-The-Wisp. The band also tours the Netherlands (by boat) with Scram C Baby and other bands.

Scram C Baby


Claw Boys Claw All band members occupy themselves with various other projects: Te Bos concentrates on his career as graphic designer. Together with Henk Hofstede from Nits he designs the Media Centre of the Dutch Rock & Pop Institute. Drummer Marc Lamb wins the X3M remix award for his work with dance project Patriot Hills. Bassist Geert de Groot plays with Solex.



Peter te Bos en John Cameron work on a new album.


Former Claw Boys Claw drummer Marius Schrader alias Mars Radar independently releases an electro/synth album under the Wat moniker.



Te Bos and Cameron have written about 60 songs. Together with drummer Marc Lamb they start working on the new material. Lya Spykstra (ex-Bitchcock) is the new bass player. With Lamb she's also part of the trio Tomix.


Claw Boys Claw After a first session in 2006, Claw Boys Claw returns to the studio in February and March with engineer Remko Schouten and with producer Frank van der Weij to record a new album. Before Claw Boys Claw kicks off a new tour, the band plays a try-out show on 1 December in De Lantaarn in Hellendoorn and one on 8 December in club Patronaat in Haarlem.

Frank van der Weij Remko Schouten


Claw Boys Claw kicks off the new tour with a very successful show during the Noorderslag festival in Groningen. The CD Pajama Day (February) features twelve new tracks, written by Te Bos and Cameron, plus a version of Dream A Little Dream Of Me, a Gus Kahn composition from 1931 which was first performed by Wayne King and his orchestra. Guest contributions are by Chris van Veghel (on the track Rock Me Girl) and Ro Halfhide (Yellow Car). On 28 March the band plays a sell-out show in Paradiso, Amsterdam. During the VNPF LiveXS Awards, on 11 June in Paradiso, Claw Boys Claw wins the public's choice award in the category Best Performance. The album Shocking Shades Of Claw Boys Claw is released through Play It Again Sam. The CD includes five bonus tracks. In August the band plays the Lowlands festival.

Discography Claw Boys Claw

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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de platenkast van Peter te Bos (jr, music scene 7, 1993)
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