Funeral Oration

Funeral Oration was a melodic hardcore punk band from Amsterdam, The Netherlands. They were active from 1983 until the end of the 1990s, putting out highly influential records on Dutch, German, British and American labels. They managed to create their own unique sound, mainly due to the unmistakable vocal style of Peter Zirschky.

Funeral Oration was formed in early 1983 out of the ashes of singer Peter Zirschky's former band – Last Warning – and made their first appearance on the international hardcore punk compilation "Raw War" after only a few weeks of rehearsing. The initial line-up was completed by drummer Ferry Fidom, bassist Mike who was soon replaced by William Steinhauser, and guitarist David. The latter quit just after the recording of their first demo, "There's Nothing Left To Laugh About", so Zirschky took over guitar duties.
In the beginning of 1984 another demo tape was recorded – "The Godsend" – this time with better production which captured the raw energy of those early days of the band.
It wasn't until the fall of 1984 that their music finally made it to vinyl when the self-produced "Shadowland" 12-inch EP was released. Four tracks of ripping hardcore on side A, backed with three of the darkest post-punk songs established their trademark sound.
The next year brought a new guitarist, Tos Nieuwenhuizen (ex- Jezus and the Gospelfuckers), and a new release – their first and now legendary LP "Communion" (1985) on Diehard Records, which was ranked No. 3 best punk rock album of the year by Flipside magazine. The unique guitar style of Tos Nieuwenhuizen and heartfelt lyrics of Peter Zirschky earned the album a classic status. That year Funeral Oration toured Germany and Spain with fellow band Gepopel.
In 1986 guitarist Tos left the band. He was replaced by Hayo Buunk and later that year a new 7-inch EP was recorded – "Survival".
Their second LP, simply titled "Funeral Oration", saw the light in 1987 and the same year drummer Ferry Fidom left the band. With the new drummer Erik Jansen in, the band’s line-up didn’t change for a decade.
Another 7-inch EP, "The More We Know", was released in 1989 and in the end of the year material for a new album was recorded, but a hiatus in the band caused its late release – "Say No To Life" LP was finally put out in 1993 by WRF Records. This record gave a hint of what would become their definitive sound in the '90s – catchier melodies and better production, still keeping the edge of their previous albums.


After almost five years of silence the four band members entered the studio to record their CD debut "Punk Rock Nation", which caught the ear of Louis Posen, founder of American label Hopeless Records, who eventually signed the band. Most of the tracks off "Punk Rock Nation" were included on their next release, predictably titled "Funeral Oration". A semi-professional video was shot for the song "Outside", which can be seen on the "V.A. Cinema Beer Goggles" video. Another promo video, mainly compiled of live footage from their first US tour, was made for the song "This Punk Thing" which can be heard on the "Discography" double CD set.
Hopeless Records issued the band’s last two studio albums – "Believer" (1997) and "Survival" (1998) – and a double CD compilation with rare, unreleased and live material. In 1997 Vinny Tjoa joined as a guitarist since Hayo Buunk couldn't take part in the recording of "Survival".
Funeral Oration did three American tours in three consecutive years – in 1996, '97 and '98 – promoting each of their Hopeless Records releases.
By the end of the decade the band members went their separate ways.

by Ivailo, soulforce@abv.bg


Funeral Oration were:

Peter Zirschky - vocals, guitar (R.I.P.)
Ferry Fidom - drums (1983 to '87)
Mike - bass (1983)
David - guitar (1983)
William Steinhauser - bass (1983 - )
Tos Nieuwenhuizen - guitar (1985)
Hayo Buunk - guitar (1985 - )
Erik Jansen - drums (1987 - ) (R.I.P.)
Barend - drums (1996)
Vincent Tjoa - guitar (1997 - )
Jevin - guitar (1998)
Menno Bakker - guitar (1998)

Funeral Oration discography:

Demos
"There's Nothing Left To Laugh About" - cassette (self-released, 1983)
"The Godsend" - cassette (self-released, 1984)

EPs
"Shadowland" - 12" (self-released, 1984)
"Survival" - 7" (Remedy, 1986)
"The More We Know" - 7" (Loony Tunes, 1989)
"What Is It?" - 7" (Hopeless, 1995)
"Stop For A Moment/Expanding" - 7" flexi (Hopeless/Flipside, 1995)

Albums
"Communion" - LP (Diehard, 1985)
"Funeral Oration" - LP (Swaddle, 1987)
"Say No To Life" - LP (WRF, 1993 - recorded in 1989)
"Punk Rock Nation" - CD (WRF, 1994)
"Funeral Oration" - CD/LP/cassette (Hopeless, 1995)
"Believer" - CD/LP/cassette (Hopeless, 1997)
"Survival" - CD/LP/cassette (Hopeless, 1998)
"Discography 1983 – 1998" - 2xCD (Hopeless, 1999)

Reissues
"We Flourish Under Oppression" - cassette (???, 1985 - bootleg of both demos)
"Communion" - LP (Weckewerk, 1989 - limited to 500 copies)
"Communion/Shadowland" - CD (Nasty Vinyl, 1997)
"The Godsend" - LP (Neder Again, 2008 - bootleg of 2nd demo)
"The Godsend" - LP (Gummopunx/Pain Of Mind, 2011)

Compilations
"Raw War" - cassette (XCentric Noise, 1983)
"Trust And Obey! God Is Love" - cassette (DK Decay, 1983)
"Holland Hardcore 2nd Attack" - cassette (Er Is Hoop, 1984)
"Noise Attack" - cassette (???, 1984)
"Larmattacke, vol. 2" - cassette (???, 1984)
"Alle 55 Kort" - cassette (A.E.D., 1985)
"Funeral Oration/Gepopel" - split tape (BCT, 1985)
"A Message From Camp Sunshine" - cassette (Red Mist Tapes, 1985)
"Stepping Stone To Insanity" - cassette (1985)
"I've Got An Attitude Problem" - 7" (BCT/Loony Tunes, 1987)
"Around The World In 90 Minutes" - cassette (Smurf Punk Tapes, 1987)
"Remedy Records sampler" - 4-way split LP (Remedy, 1988)
"Not Great For Great Men" - LP (Weckewerk, 1988)
"Welcome To Our Scene" - LP (WRF, 1990)
"Bits Of Noise 2" - CD (WRF, 1995)
"Up For Grabs - Live" - LP (Equality, 1995)
"Punk Sucks" - CD (Liberation, 1995)
"Chicago vs. Amsterdam" - 7"/CD (Hopeless, 1996)
"Hopelessly Devoted To You" - CD (Hopeless, 1996)
"Hopelessly Devoted To You Too" - CD (Hopeless, 1998)
"Decade: A Tribute to 10 Years Destroika Punk" - CD (Vitaminepillen, 1998)
"Holland Sux" - CD (Bitzcore, 1998)
"Double Exposure" - 2XCD (Go-Kart/Black Rat, 1998)
"Network Of Friends Vol. 2" - 2XLP (Plastic Bomb/Ataque Sonoro, 1998)
"Take Action!" - CD (Sub City, 1999)
"Hopelessly Devoted To You, vol. 3" - CD (Hopeless, 2000)


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