(1977 – 1979)

Bio: Start in 1976 as Big Peter & The Garage, a Rock’n’Roll band with two girls on tambourine. In 1977 they change their name into Panic, invented by guitarplayer Joep Hellinga, after hearing The Sex Pistols on the radio, while the stageact was already over-the-top. Singer Peter is a teacher in Dutch, an athetic (runner), over 30 years old and members know eachother from the Hertzbergers studenthouse. The band rapidly builds a reputation with their crazy chaotic live concerts with fire extinguishers, stroboscope, smokemachine, styrofoam textboards and the acrobatic stunts of Peter. There is always alot of flying beer, water, soap, and spit and they are loved by the crowd. When they play the Rock Against Racism festival in Paradiso on 22 november, Peter the singer is dressed like Sinterklaas and shoots fireworks which set him on fire. He rolls onstage like a burning candle and is saved by the crowd who put down the fire. The rest of the band plays on like nothing happened. But best story is why they play CBGB’s in New York. Herman Brood wants Panic to play with him in the Efteling. When they don’t hear anthing anymore from it, they think it is cancelled. But Peter gets a phonecall from the manager and he bluffs they cannot do the date bacause they are playing New York. Within the hour he gets a telephonecall from magazine Oor asking to make a diary when they are in New York. Peter went to New York straight away to try to get any gigs the following week and CBGB’s is interested. They play with the help of the Ariola label that place and an almost empty theatre but are recorded by a WPIX Radio. Piet quits after the NY dates in the summer and does their last concert in November in Paradiso on the Rock Against Racism Festival. Peter ten Seldam records a farewell 7” in Dutch on his Oidipoes label with a different bassplayer. Together with drummer Henk Jonkers from Fatal Flowers, Peter starts the band Panic Special in 1981. In 2020 Jimmy Is Punk is released, a film about the history of Panic with professional shot footage of the Gouda concert on 3 May 1978.

Description: Punk

Lineup:
Peter ten Seldam aka Peter Penthouse – vocals
Michiel van ’t Hof aka Mike Decourt – guitar
Piet van Dijk aka Pete Passion – bass
Rein de Graaf aka Rheinhard Roffel † – drums

Joep Hellinga aka Jack Mapleneck – guitar (1977-1977)

Other bands:
Peter ten Seldam – The Top Diables, Panic Special
Michiel van ’t Hof – Hellhounds, Duh O.V.E.R.G.A.N.G.
Piet van Dijk – Tröckener Kecks

Discography:
1978 – 13 LP (Universe Productions, NL / Ariola, NL)
Recorded @ Studio Sound Service, Badhoevedorp by Peter van Bruggen
1980 – Dertien & Bereslecht 7” single (Oidipoes, NL)
Recorded @ Studio Zeezicht
2011 – 13 LP (Sing Sing Records, USA)

Various:
1978 – Compositions By LP (Not On Label, NL)
1978 – Muziekkrant Oor Presenteert Keihard En Swingend! LP (EMI, NL)
1996 – Punkrock From Holland: A Compilation Of Original Early Dutch Punk LP (Not On Label, NL)
1996 – I’m Sure We’re Gonna Make It CD (Epitaph, USA)
1997 – Raised On Punk Vol. 1 LP (Not On Label, EUR)
2015 – You Kill Me (Punk Rarities 1977-’83) CDr (Sons Of Sam, USA)
2016 – I Don’t Care Volume 2 – Dutch Punk 1977 – 1983 2xLP (Pseudonym, NL)
2016 – I Don’t Care Collection (Dutch Punk 1977-1983) 2x CD (Pseudonym, NL)
2016 – Fury! LP (Darcy Trash Records, NL)
2017 – Deviants Have More Fun (Punk Rarities 1977-’83) CD (Fab Fuhrer Records, BEL)
2018 – Killed By The Nazis – The Reich Strikes Back CDr (Fab Fuhrer Records, BEL)

Cinema:
1978 – Punk In Paradiso (Monica Kugel)
2020 – Jimmy Is Punk: The Story Of Panic (Duco Donk)

Interviews/Articles:
1977 – Aambeeld 0
1978 – Pin 4
1979 – Pin 12
1979 – Watch Out 6

Concerts: (assorted)
1977.11.17 Paradiso, Amsterdam (+ The Boys)
1977.11.20 Volkshuis, Leiden (The Boys, Inside Nipples)
1977.12.07 Paradiso, Amsterdam (+ Karin & The Kids, Inside Nipples)
1977.12.16 Shaffy, Amsterdam

1978.02.13 Paradiso, Amsterdam (+ De Cylinders, Sammie America’s Gasphetti) (recordings Keihard & Swingend LP)
1978.02.18 Paradiso, Amsterdam (+ Speedtwins, God’s Heart Attack, The Blitzz)
1978.04.29 Paradiso, Amsterdam (+ Speedtwins)
1978.05.03 De Kunstmin, Gouda (+ De Cylinders)
1978.05.24 Paradiso, Amsterdam (+ Whizz Guy)
1978.07.04 CBGB’s, NY USA
1978.07.06 CBGB Theatre, NY USA
1978.11.22 Paradiso, Amsterdam
(+ Crass, Divorce, The Filth, Milestones, Ivy Green, Los Mismos, Cygnus, Captain Coke, Normaal) (Rock Against Racism Festival)

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