October 2001, Hoezit Musiek, HOEZD 55
SA Rock Digest charts:
highest position: 8
weeks on Top 20: 6
SA Rock Digest
Despite comments about "Alternatief Afrikaans" no longer being a valid genre (see an article in Afrikaans by Dirk Uys at: Boereplaas), Hoezit Musiek have decided to release a Volume 2 to the successful compilation 'Alternatief Op Sy Beste'.
A few issues ago we talked about the "A to Z of Afrikaans Rock" (see issue #121, 10 September) citing Akkedis and Karen Zoid as 2 of the pioneers in the newest wave of Afrikaans Rock. Both these artists have also hit the number 1 spot on the SA Rock Digest album charts in recent weeks.
On the latest 'Alternatief op sy beste' compilation are tracks from both those recent chart-topping albums plus 17 other great songs; some old (Piet Botha's 'Staan Saam Burgers' from the classic 'Suitcase Vol Winter' CD, 'Onder in my whiskeyglas' from Koos Kombuis), some new (Mel Botes' 'ReŽn VoŽls' and 'Jannie Cocaine' from Akkedis, currently both on the Digest song charts), some borrowed (Wouter van der Venter's cover of Koos Kombuis' 'Johnny is nie dood nie' and David Kramer's 'Stanley en die Koei' which "borrows" its tune from the old Irish folk-song 'Whisky in the Jar') and some blues ('Tiger and Louise' from Spinnekop and 'Joey' from Dozi).
This album also includes tracks by Ricky Conn (the wonderful 'Stellenbosch se spoke'), Johannes Kerkorrel ('Energie'), VoŽl, The Buckfever Underground, Mathys Roets (with the lively 'Vodka') and Khaki Monitor.
-- Brian Currin, October 2001