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JoeMc on 12/16/2009 at 01:20PM

Newly Firing Cylinders

A couple weeks ago, the Cherry Blossom Clinic program with Terre T featured a live set by Dutch power pop band De Cylinders. Lest you think we've suddenly time traveled back to the Netherlands in 1980, let me assure you that this indeed took place in 2009. The band reformed recently and was playing its first ever shows in the United States. Luckily, they found time to stop by WFMU and play a snappy set of Amsterdam power pop for us.

De Cylinders perhaps would have remained a footnote for U.S. power pop fans rather than a living, breathing live band if it hadn't been for Sing Sing Records. Lately, this Brooklyn label has been giving an airing to some long-forgotten punk and power pop singles by pressing up shiny new plastic versions of the originals. Be sure to check out their catalog here and their fine blog. So far two of the three De Cylinders singles have received the Sing Sing reissue treatment.

The song I'm featuring today was the B-side of the band's first single and has become a bit of a theme song for some folks I know. Although the band members are a bit balder and greyer, they still play the power pop as if born to it. Vocalist Jolanda Markus, meanwhile, remains the band's most distinctive feature on wax and on stage.

While together, De Cylinders managed only three singles, one a year from 1979 to 1981, before disintegrating. (Hopefully, Sing Sing will get around to reissuing their third single, the engagingly titled "Freddie Mercury," too.) By 1984, they were kaput. Jeremy Thompson of Sing Sing has mentioned in an interview that there is a lot of unreleased De Cylinders material in the can; with luck, a complete album will finally see the light of day in the near future.

There are plenty of other De Cylinders tracks to check out on the FMA from this session, so check them out (here). You can also see a clip from the session here, or if you want to see the band way back in their 1980 finery, check out this clip of them doing the A-side of their first single.

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