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eternal dread

1979 eternal dread

Eternal Dread is the ninth studio album by Tèxord based rock band bad medecine, released in 1979. Papa Beer had written songs on his Spanish guitar that he really wanted to keep as only guitar songs. One song consists piano by Bello and the rest is mainly Papa Beer with his voice & guitar. Piet Dehond later added layers with other musicians afterward while bad medecine was already on tour.


1. [4.15]   eternal puke [k/k]                 
2. [2.09]   woolly [k/k]                            
3. [4.32]   mistaken [k/k]                        
4. [6.22]   no roots in the air [kdb]  [k/k]                
5. [6.01]   i need you [k/k, bello]        
1. [3.21]   frozen dread [k/k]                        
2. [2.03]   another soul [k/k]                        
3. [4.49]   racism [k/k, bello]                        
4. [2.14]   soldiersong [beeldhouwer, k, bello]            
5. [5.01]   i can’t [k/k]           
6. [4.22]   family [k/k]                            


Papa Beer : vocals + ac guitars + mouthorgan
Piano on ‘mistaken’ and ‘racism’ by Bello
Claps + voices on ‘soldiersong’ by Mick, Piet & Bello
Viola on ‘i can’t’ by Julia Forem
Vocals on ‘family’ by The Female Tèxordian Choir
Percussion on ‘eternal puke’ by Zeyad ibn Al-Habib
Double bass on ‘no roots in the air’ and ‘i can’t’ by Darryl Johnson

Recorded at “the Mick Studiós”, Tèxord, in March 1979
Produced by Piet Dehond
Engineered by Mick Oe
Mixed at “the Mick Studiós” by Piet Dehond and Mick Oe
Released at myzelf music inc, May 1979


Whilst promoting the previous record, bad medecine did a lot of radio- and TV-appearances and most of the times, Bello and Bobby would leave it to Papa Beer to do the promotion side. He would then be interviewed and afterwards, the band would play live. Often there would be no drum kit, so Papa Beer would perform solo which gave him the idea of making a collection of acoustic songs. In the spring of May 1979, Bobby had announced he would leave them band and in the break, Papa Beer recorded all these songs in one week.

Writing and composition

Recordings took place between 7 & 13 March. Papa Beer would come in around 11pm, play three or four songs a couple of times and leave the choice of the best takes to Mick. The fourth day, Bello was there & played the piano part for ‘racism’. The recordings were supposed to take longer but Papa Beer hurt his throat so much on 'racism' that he gave up. A couple of days later Mick had selected the best takes and together with Bello, they choose the order of the songs. Additional instruments were added in the next weeks under the production of Piet Dehond.

Lyrically, it is the most direct and personal album matter papa beer has discussed so far. Especially in combination with the minimalistic guitars, the focus on the content of the lyrics is emphasized. The poetic 'woolly' describes a dream world and 'eternal puke' is an homage to the train. The rage of 'racism', its parlando opening and crescendo ending come closer to poetry slam than pop music. 

Papa Beer is romantic in songs like 'i need you' and 'another soul', and critically on the current generation in 'frozen dread' and 'racism' and critical about the world politics in 'racism' and 'soldier song' and also about the lack of connection with society as can be heard in 'no roots in the air' and 'family'. In the song ‘racism’, parts of news reports and interviews from bbc and fox.


After the success of 37 < Z A C K > 37, this album also received very positive reception in the press. The record was praised for its lyrics and the and way of writing of songs. Also, the arrangements by Piet Dehond were acclaimed. It sold very well and there were two singles that both reach top ten in charts over five countries. ‘racism’ was released in 1979 and May and ‘i need you’ in September of that year.



bad medecine toured as a quartet through America and do 35 states and twice as many gigs. Bello played a purple Ludwig kit. Bass was played by Papa Beer & Gérardo Debakker. Bobby played guitar on a blue Gretch and a hollow body Epiphone. Papa Beer played on Fender basses and on his Gibson Firebird. Gérardo also played keyboards on several songs and when Bobby was on tour to support his solo album, the others recorded demo’s for a new album that would turn into ‘in blue’.


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