(1988 – 1995)

Meaning Bandname:
Ricky and Dikkie are watching Miami Vice in Simplon when Don Johnson talks about “some kind of moonlizard”. At that moment both were thinking: “Hey!”.

Bio: Formed out of The Pig Rhythms, a band that rehearsed three times and played on 15th January 1988 on a benefit in Simplon to help the Rhythm Pigs get home when they got robbed on tour the year before. In march 1988 they do the support act for Soul Asylum as the Asylum Souls and when Adam replaced Gert as a drummer in January 1989, they use the name Moonlizards.
In 1990 they record the first album and it directly brings them on national radio and do an European tour with The Spermbirds from Germany.
With the financial support of Vera, in September 1992 they record their 2nd album with British producer Harvey Birrell (Therapy?, Bomb The Bass) in London’s Southern Studios. Back in the Netherlands, these recordings are remixed at the Sound Enterprise Studio in Weesp by Frans Hagenaars (Betty Serveert).
In 1999 Tom Holenborg (Junkie XL) gets them to do a reunion on which they play 2 new songs. In the following years there are more reunionshows.

Lineup:
Dik Smid – guitar
Jurgen Veenstra – vocals (& guitar)
Ricky van Duuren – bass
Adam Wachters – drums (1989-1995)

Gert Alles – drums (1988-1989)

Other bands:
Dik Smid – Dolly Dorst, Hockeyrockjes, Thud!, Sid’s Overdose, Black Fag, Kempes, Stanza8, Indifferent Sun, Spooken, Mad Wizard, The Madleys, Røtzøløs, Rock And Roll Perverts
Jurgen Veenstra – Black Fag, Kempes, Sid’s Overdose,Thud!, Sexed Ninnies, Avery Plains, Bob Sleigh And The Family Snow, Chuck Stars, Erectromorph, The Union Of Concerned Mothers
Ricky van Duuren – Sideburns, Nul-50, Boegies, Henk En Het Huis, Buzz Aldrin, De Straaljagers, De Fuckups, My Friend Television, Heino & The Gillettes, The Madleys, The Mortons
Adam Wachters – O.D.Babe, Nobby And The Impregnators, AA & The Doctors, Nieuwstad, Rise & Burn, Tuney Tunes
Gert Alles – Rock ’N Roll Perverts

Discography:
1989 – 8-song demo (Selfreleased, NL)
Recorded @ De Waikiki Villa Studio, Groningen 20-21.07.1989 by Jelke Haisma
1990 – Big Bum 7” EP (Schemer, The Netherlands)
Recorded @ Postkantoor, Friesland 1990 by Jelke Haisma
1990 – Fooom LP (Schemer, The Netherlands)
Recorded @ De Waikiki Villa Studio, Groningen & Postkantoor, Friesland 1990 by Jelke Haisma
1990 – Fooom CD (Schemer, The Netherlands)
Recorded @ De Waikiki Villa Studio, Groningen & Postkantoor, Friesland 1990 by Jelke Haisma
1993 – Stradivarius Transistor CD (Top Hole Records, The Netherlands / VERA Records, The Netherlands)
Recorded @ Southern Studios, London UK 09.1992 by Paul Harding and Harvey Birrell / Big Mistake recorded and mixed @ Jojo’s Garage, Hoogkerk by Ronald & Fred / J! & Wash! recorded @ Jurgen’s trailer home and not mixed at all
1993 – Stradivarius Transistor CD (Gift Of Life, Germany)
Recorded @ Southern Studios, London UK 09.1992 by Paul Harding and Harvey Birrell / Big Mistake recorded and mixed @ Jojo’s Garage, Hoogkerk by Ronald & Fred / J! & Wash! recorded @ Jurgen’s trailer home and not mixed at all

Various:
1993 – F.U.C.K. ’93 TAPE (VIA, The Netherlands / Top Hole Records, The Netherlands)
1993 – Nieuw Nederlands Peil 2 CD (Conamus, The Netherlands)
1994 – Top Hole 13 Jaar Stronteigenwijs (Top Hole Records, The Netherlands)
1994 – Blief Van Mien Live! 7” EP (Top Hole Records, The Netherlands)
1995 – D’Olde Skoele Live Tape ‘94/’95 TAPE (Not On Label, The Netherlands)
1995 – Weißbrot-Tape Too TAPE (Weißbrot Recordings, The Netherlands)
199X – Fuckin’ Groovin’ Fahrvergnügen Vol. II CD (Big Store, Germany)

Interviews/Articles:
2020 – Ricky van Duuren Interview

Concerts: (assorted)
(Dik, Jurgen, Ricky, Gert)
1988.01.15 Simplon, Groningen (+ MBP, Mad Cowboy Experience, The Rhythm Pigs) as The Pig Rhythms
1988.03.10 Vera, Groningen (+ Soul Asylum) as Asylum Souls
1988.10.08 Simplon (+ Catweazle, Means To An End)

(Dik, Jurgen, Ricky, Adam)
1989.03.03 O.R.K.Z., Groningen (+ Hophead)
1989.12.09 Bolwerk, Sneek (+ All)

1990.02.17 Simplon, Groningen (+ Snuff)
1990.03.28 W.N.C., Groningen (+ Nausea, Rat Patrol)
1990.06.30 Oosterpoort, Groningen (+ B.Y.O.B., Boegies, Johnny Baby, Ziffels and more)
1990.11.17 Simplon, Groningen (+ Chemical People, Birdskin)

1991.05.04 For You, Leeuwarden (+ Spermbirds)
1991.05.05 Vera, Groningen (+ Spermbirds)
1991.06.22 Vera, Groningen (+ Rat Patrol, Hanging Manes, Slow-Ones, Captain Nemo, Paul Morelli, Claw Boys Claw, Windischgrätz, Thud!, Wicked Path Of Sin)
1991.11.23 Het Bolwerk, Sneek (+ The Nozems)
1991.11.30 Oude ULO, Leek

1992.01.03 Simplon, Groningen (+ Maximum Bob)
1992.05.26 Simplon, Groningen (+ Combo Knus En Gezellig, Captain Nemo, Firebirds, Windischgrätz, Slow Ones)

1993.04.16 Brouwershoeck, Leeuwarden (+ N.A.I.)
1993.05.31 Flinke Pink Festival, Leek (+ Daily Grind, Spiralsea, Jamrax, Jewel, 325 Culture)
1993.09.02 Vera, Groningen (+ Village Of Savoonga) (CD Presentatie)
1993.10.08 Simplon, Groningen (+ Dandruff!!, Captain Nemo, Jammah Tammah, Kombo Knus En Gezellig, Quest For Fire, Zombi Squad, Krontjong Devils, Ygdrassil, The Refugees)

1994.01.08 De Oosterpoort, Groningen (+ The Beavers, SFEQ, Ygdrassil, The Perverts, Cords, The Firebirds, De Kift, Krontjong Devils, Loveslug, Dead Head and more) (Noorderslag)
1994.01.22 Roadhouse, Helmond (+ Dandruff!!)
1994.03.19 De Oosterpoort, Groningen (+ Dandruff!!, Weekend At Waikiki, Deinum, Jammah Tammah, Doppelgangers)
1994.06.04 Bolwerk, Sneek (+ Motorpsycho)
1994.08.27 Lowlands, Biddinghuizen (+ many more)
1994.09.24 De Olde Skoele, Hattem
1994.12.05 Balloon, Groningen

1995.01.06 Vera Downstage, Groningen (+ 18th Dye, The Notwist) (last concert)

1999.10.12 Nighttown, Rotterdam
1999.12.23 Vera, Groningen (+ The Drugs)

2002.03.09 Vera, Groningen (+ Kempes, Whipster) (Jan Heddema Memorial)

2015.10.11 Vera, Groningen (+ Whipster, Das Audio Combo, Kingyun Moon, Dead Moon Rising, The X-Ray Men) (Andrew Loomis Benefit)

2018.01.27 Vera, Groningen (+ Weanietots, Whipster, Dead Moon Rising, Eric Geevers, Chaostrophy, Garcia-Garcia, Modderhamer, De Fuckups, De Bossen, Mad Wizard, Mein Freund Fersehen, Fat Moon, The Rat, Molskin, Nuutti Kataja) (Fred Cole Tribute)

@ Vera, Groningen 15.03.2002 (Jan Heddema Memorial)