Flyin’ Spiderz

  • Flyin' Spiderz
  • The Flyin' Spiderz (Dutch EMI) 1977 
  • Let It Crawl (Dutch Bovema Negram) 1978 

These four erratic Dutchmen, led by rhythm guitarist/singer/songwriter Guus Boers, put forth solid, Stonesy punk just a hair better than a hundred others of like mind, threatening to turn derivation to their advantage but never quite succeeding. Neither album shows more than fleeting signs of excitement, and neither has better than perfunctory production.

Boers’ declamatory vocals are often let down by his banal lyrics (the best are complaints about cramped housing and nosy groupies), but how frustrating it all is when out of the blue they turn around and serve up a track like Let It Crawl‘s “Paper Girl,” which sounds for all the world like an outtake from Between the Buttons or Flowers.

[Jim Green]