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1990 - 1999






Alternative guitar band that specialises in rough, melodic songs. Frontwoman is singer/guitarist Simone Holsbeek.
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Simone Holsbeek   gitaar, zang
Petrushka Morsink   gitaar
Jacqueline Peters   basgitaar
Arnoudt Pieters   drums
Yuko Murata   tamboerijn, toetsinstrumenten

Former members

Mark Fabels   basgitaar

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1990   Metropole Orkest
1996   Chambre Jaune
1997   Ford's Imaginary Inferno
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8/26/22, Nirwana Tuinfeest, Lierop

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Alternative guitar band that specialises in rough, melodic songs. Frontwoman is singer/guitarist Simone Holsbeek.


All future Cords members, except the bass player, are in the band Flintstones.



The Chords are formed and they release the demo Angel Lust, which catches the attention of BBC DJ John Peel, who invites them for a Peel session. UK pop magazine Melody Maker writes an article about the group. Late 1991 the band enters the Grand Prix of the Netherlands talent show, but does not reach the finale.


The band name is changed to Cords. Their full-length debut Taurus No Bull is produced by Nick Sansano and released in the US on the TVT label. The Cords tour the Dutch clubs, followed by a US tour as support act of such bands as Barkmarket, The God Machine and Cop Shoot Cop. Despite their success abroad the Cords don't seem to be able to impress the Dutch music press. The band performs in Paradiso and at the Lowlands Festival and also goes on a European tour supporting The Gun Club.


Cords The Cords perform at the annual Noorderslag Festival and the German music convention Popkomm. The mini-CD Gasping is released in August.


Jacky Peters (ex-Chambre Jaune) joins the Cords. Fans start a fanclub and a fanzine and the band plays at the Roskilde Festival in Danmark. Singer Simone performs the song Storm in Paradiso, Amsterdam, with the Metropole Orchestra during the show With A Little Help From My Friends.

Chambre Jaune Metropole Orkest


The album Hear!See!Feel!Taste! is the band's first self-release. It is recorded in Boston (with producers Malcolm Travis and Robert Fisher) and in New York (with producer David Kahne). The band embarks on another US tour, although without the support of a US label. Following this the band tours the Netherlands and performs at the Dynamo Festival in Eindhoven.


Hear!See!Feel!Taste! is released in the US. A concert at the South-By-South-West music convention precedes a US promotional tour. In Boston the band records material for a new album with producers Robert Fisher and Malcolm Travis. The Cords also tour through Australia.


Yuko Murata, formerly in charge of merchandising, joins the band.


Cords The CD Lunchbox (produced by Steve Albini, who produced The Ex the year before) comes out with VAN Records. In September Cords plays a so-called Classic-Rock-Classic show with the chambre orchestra Oostnederlands Kamer Orkest. The Cords then announce the break up of the band. Pieters and Holsbeek start the lo-fi-sample project Telefunk. This group continues until the unexpected death of Arnoudt Pieters in the summer of 2004. Marc Fabels and Morsink continue as the duo Danger Men.

Danger Men Telefunk The Ex

2009 - 2010

Ten years after the release of Lunchbox, Cords release the box Collage in February 2010. The album includes a CD and a DVD with outtakes, special recordings, two new tracks, videos and the registration of a reunion show from 2009. The three original members Holsbeek, Morsink and Fabels, together with Alwin Wubben (guitar) and Jérôme Miedendorp de Bie (drums), play three try-out shows in December 2009/January 2010 (the Eurosonic festival). The band starts performing again around the country.

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