Pinkpop 1986 – update

ppposter86The story about The Cure saving the Pinkpop festival appears to be slightly different than it was known from the media until now. On Saturday 14 December 2013, Dutch national TV broadcasted a documentary about Jan Smeets, ‘Mr. Pinkpop’, who is one of the founders of the festival and has been organizing it since 1970. In this documentary Jan and others were also being interviewed about the Pinkpop 1986 story.

After the badly attended editions of 1984 and 1985, Jan engaged the services of Leon Ramakers of Mojo Concerts, booker for The Cure in the Netherlands. It was Leon who came up with the ideas for a later curfew, a bigger stage and The Cure to headline the festival. So it seems the credits for the successful 1986 edition have to go to him as well.

The documentary (YouTube link) shows the original footage of the opening song Shake Dog Shake (at approximately 52 minutes), which has not been broadcasted since 1986. As they use exactly the same imagery as has aired back then, it seems that no other footage has been preserved. Which of course is a pity.

Hitkrant August 1980

Hitkrant1980v2The ‘Hitkrant’ is a Dutch pop music magazine, which already exists as of 1977. It is targeted at teenagers between 12 and 16 years old.

In August 1980, Hitkrant published a small article about The Cure. As far as I know, it is the first publication about the band in this magazine. Since then, several articles followed, not all of them being very serious.

The reliability of the contents of the August 1980 article can be questioned as well. Below is the literal English translation of the Dutch text.