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Punk went Pop

11 Jul

As y’all know, life can get a little bit busy sometimes. Now, add a new girlfriend, 3 major campaigns, and Pokemon GO to the mix, and you have no time to write anything other than an email to your boss saying that you found Pikachu on date night.

I am, however, home alone tonight; and the Pokemon GO servers are experiencing problems. So, I decided to catch up on some writing.

As you may, or may not, know, there was quite an interesting tour doing the rounds in SA over the past couple of weeks. Yes, I am referring to Punk Goes Pop. An awesome collection of punk bands taking Top 40 pop songs, and teaching them what life is all about.


The tour stopped by Aandklas Hatfield on the 1st of July, and as you should know by now, Aandklas is where I spend most of my time (when I’m not in the office, at my girlfriend’s, or walking after the ever elusive Growlithe).

The trio of bands that made up the show was CrashCarBurn, Held On Till May, and Made for Broadway. Now, the last two I haven’t had the pleasure of seeing live before this show, and boy, was I missing out!? These young guns nearly brought the house down with their unquenchable lust for life. An utter pleasure to see, was how these kids breathed new life into a genre whose survival has been the topic of many conversations. So let’s set the record straight right now:


Held On Till May must have been the highlight of the show for me, with their straight-out-of-a-Sex-Pistols-documentary stage presence and their interactions with the girls in the front row, many of whom I saw trying to get their underwear off to throw on stage. The drummer reminded me most of Iggy Pop and his ilk, losing his shirt halfway through the performance, and chucking wood-chippered drumsticks into the crowd.

The headliners brought a massive tweak* to the way we know pop songs. CrashCarBurn has always been an awesome pleasure to see live, always taking me back to 8th grade, with the sneakers that were too loose to do anything but drag your feet. Any show where you get to see these guys will always go down as a ripper of a performance. Hearing them having a go at Jacaranda’s Highschool Hits was absolutely astounding!


All in all this was an amazing night out. I got to experience an awesome gig with my gorgeous girlfriend (no seriously, she is breathtaking!) and many of my friends, getting to experience the future of the punk genre in SA, which I am honestly extremely excited to follow, and getting taken back to the days of House Parties* and halfpipes.

I am seriously looking forward to the next installment of Punk Goes Pop, and I hope that the line-up will one day grow to a full three-day festival, where we can mosh, get drunk and pass out, you know, like the old days…





*See what I did there?

Kings – The ULTIMATE Drinking Game

31 Jul

Of the hundreds of drinking games I have played, King’s Cup is probably my favourite.

As with most drinking games though, the rules for this game are something of a mystery to most. Firstly because if they play it right, they tend to forget them, but also because everyone has their one little version of it. Now I don’t really claim to be an expert, but other people do tend to enjoy my version of things.

The biggest thing people have against Kings, is that it can very easily become a lopsided affair. Three people get wasted while the rest waste their time, or everything just derails. The rules we play with is structured so that everyone is involved and everything can be hilarious.

The Game:

Players sit around a deck of cards, taking turns (clockwise) to take a card and follow the action dictated by the card.
Use 1 deck for 4-6 players.
Use 2 decks for 6-10 players.
For more than 10 players, rather play 2 separate games.

Kings SetupThe Setup:

Spread cards out in a circle around an empty class (The King’s Cup). Cards must be overlapping.
Starting with the winner (or as some would call him/her, the loser) of the previous round, draw a card, declare it to the players and do what it tells you to. Place used card face-up on table, unless it’s a keep-card, which you keep for a while. Move to next player. (First person to break the circle takes a penalty drink)

Penalty drinks:

Although some people play it with shots, I’ve found everyone gets waaay too wasted too soon. Rather just play with sips from your drink.


  • aces-300x294Ace – Rule Card
    • Player gets to make a rule that is valid for the rest of the game
    • Rule may not be aimed at only one person (If I drink, everyone has to drink / Whenever someone drinks, Sally drinks / Peter is not allowed to speak / Etc… ) – – Logically, should this game be played at a bachelor’s party, this clause falls away.
    • Rule may not cancel a previous rule out – The confusion is part of the fun
    • Should a rule be broken, a penalty shot/sip has to be taken
    • For examples of fun rules, see below.
  • 2 is for you
    • Nominate any other player to drink
  • 3 is for me
    • Player drinks
  • 4 is for whores
    • All the ladies drink
    • Should there be no girls in the game, then “Four’s the Floor!”, and the last player to touch the floor, drinks.
  • Playing Card 5 Spade5 – Rock Paper Scissors (because “5’s alive” is stupid)
    • The “weapon” played by most players, is out (so 1 rock, 3 papers and 2 scissors – everyone who played paper is out/safe)
    • In the event of a tie, the odd one out is out (1 rock, 2 papers, 2 scissors – rock is out/safe)
    • Play again, until only 2 players are left, the normal rules apply. Loser drinks.
  • 6 is for dicks
    • All the men drink
    • Should there be no dudes in the game, “Six is sexy” – Everyone makes a “sex noise” and by popular vote, the worst noise loses, and player has to drink.
  • 7‘s
    • Count, player who drew the cards starts at 1, moving clockwise
    • Players aren’t allowed to say the word “seven” or multiples of 7. So 7, 14, 17, 21, 27, 28 etc are forbidden.
    • Instead of the forbidden number, player makes ANY sound (can even be a word or another number), and play switches direction.
    • First player to say forbidden or wrong number, or takes longer than 5 seconds to say the right one, or speaks out of turn, loses and has to drink.
  • 8‘s a date/mate
    • Player picks a date to drink with them.
    • Only one penalty sip, not whole round/game
  • 9 bust a rhyme
    • Player picks a word (not orange, silver or purple for obvious reasons) and, moving clockwise, players have to say a word that rhymes with that word
    • The first player to repeat a word, say a word that doesn’t exist or take longer than 5 seconds to answer, drinks.
  • 10 is Categories
    • Exactly like 9, except player chooses a category, say for instance car makes, cigarette brands, magazines etc. starting with the player, name an example of that category until someone repeats or falters. Loser drinks.
  • Viking HornsJack – Master of thumbs / Viking Card
    • Lick and stick the card to your forehead. If it falls, drink and put it back
    • Card is active until next Jack is drawn
    • Playing at a table? Then ‘Master of thumbs’
      • Any time the Master of Thumbs places his thumb on the table, everyone has to do the same. Last to do so, drinks
    • Not playing at a table? The “Viking Card”
      • Any time the card holder puts his Viking helmet on (signified by holding his fingers like horns to his head), all players must start rowing the boat (mimic a rowing action). Last person to row, drinks.
    • NB: Only a dick plays his Thumb/Viking move more than once in a turn
  • Queen – The Quiz Card
    • Player states a fact about him/herself. This can be truth or a lie.
    • Everyone who thinks it’s true, raise your hand – If you think it’s false, keep your hand down
    • For everyone that guessed correctly, the player drinks a sip. Everyone that was wrong, take a sip for every wrong person.
    • Say the fact was true. 3 guessed it is true, 2 guessed it’s false. The player who drew the card has to drink 3 sips, while each player who said false, has to drink 2.
      Many people ask me why I don’t play “Queen of Questions” with this card. Well, coz it got boring, plus with this version you actually get to know people…
  • United Cardists King of SpadesKing‘s Contribution
    • Player who draws the king, fills a quarter of the King’s Cup with his own drink
    • Place card face up on top of the cup (to keep track of how many Kings have been played)
    • Last King to be drawn, fills up the cup, and player has to down the drink.
    • This also ends the game, all rules are reset.
    • Everyone gets to go pee, refill, get snacks and get ready for the next round.
  • JOKER (If you decide to play with it)
    • Player tells a joke
    • Plays like the Queen card, except with laughter. If you laugh, you’re “wrong”, if you don’t laugh, you’re “right” (so player takes a sip for every person who didn’t laugh, while laughers drink for every person who laughed with them)

At first glance this can look quite confusing, but trust me, after one round everyone has the general idea. It’s even easier if at least one person knows the rules.

Speaking of rules, here area a few of my favourite ones when drawing an Ace:

  • Duke_OnkledNo smiling/laughing
  • No teeth (Not allowed to show teeth. At all.)
  • Everyone must be addressed by their name/surname. Player MUST use the person’s name when talking to him/her.
  • Names shift – Like previous one, but every players name shifts a player or 3 to the left/right. So Sarah will now be called John and has to react to John. If she doesn’t, she drinks. If she’s called Sarah and reacts, she drinks. If a player calls her by the wrong name (Sarah), that player drinks.
  • No elbows on table
  • No pointing
  • No allowed to say a person’s name (especially evil if the no pointing rule is in place)
  • Not allowed to say “me, I, my, mine”
  • Not allowed to say the words DRINK / DRANK / DRUNK (this one is really evil)
  • Before drinking, you have to say *insert tongue twister here*
  • Players are not allowed to drink for themselves. They still have to drink, but have to be fed by the player next to them.
  • No swearing
  • MUST swear in every sentence
  • Must end every sentence with a phrase (in my pants /  while masturbating /  to fuck your mom / etc…)


There are hundreds of awesome rules to make, especially when you follow them with even crazier rules. Remember, if a player breaks a rule unnoticed, it’s your fault. Make sure you are vigilant and point out transgressors.

There you go, easy right? For the fun of it, mix things up sometimes. Play 4’s the floor and 6 is sexy even though there are ladies and gents present. Make 5 a social card where everybody just drinks… As long as everyone plays by the same rules, and at least tries to focus on the game, it will be fun.

Let me know how your game of Kings went… Or better yet, invite me over to play with you.
And seriously, don’t drink and drive.

Bittereinder does Aandklas: A Knight out with the King

23 Dec

Yes, you read correctly: Bittereinder does Aandklas
Now, if you know any of the words in that phrase other than “does” you are most probably a Pretorian and raised with proper taste in music (go thank your parents now).
If you know all three of those words, you find yourself part of less than 1% of human population (which is pretty much the case when you are South African, but that’s beside the point).
You are the exception!
Bittereinder at Aandklas CrowdGetting to the gig, we were greeted by an unusually empty Aandklas (everyone was on the deck at the back having some pre-drinks and getting ready to rock out with the Grind Radio people). All the tables had been moved away and the stage put to good use, having all of Bittereinder’s gear already set up.

After a couple of intense games of foose and lots of brandy (I blame the cute promo girl for my hangover), we headed to the newly created concert area where we were entertained by the awesome beat boxing talents of Aandklas manager Jodi, who has the magical ability of making even the South African anthem sound really, really cool!
Bittereinder at Aandklas Jaco van der MerweWhen Bittereinder took the stage, it was quite difficult to find a comfortable place to stand, so we opted for our favourite spot in Aandklas: a tabletop.
Having found our spot at the top of the world and fending off all would-be intruders, we had the perfect view of the stage, with only Louis being a bit obscured from our vision by the pole that Jaco clung to so religiously throughout the show.

Then the bass dropped.

In true Bittereinder style, the boys nearly blew out my eardrums and the bra’s off the girls in the front row (though, I think that might have been more of a voluntary action from the girls’ side).
Bittereinder at Aandklas Peach van Pletzen

Now I myself, being not-too-sober of thought by this time, could miraculously still keep my footing on said tabletop and rock out to the sound that we as Pretorians have come to know and love as OURS.

We claim Bittereinder as our own, as they have claimed Snor City as theirs. Admittedly, I do not know all of their songs off by heart, but there is still something special that happens every time you hear the words “Pretoria in my Hart”.
Bittereinder at Aandklas Louis MinnaarBittereinder has a way of making you move, no matter who you are or how kak a day you had.
When you hear their sound you cannot help but get either a retarded grin on your face or belt it out with them. We all know how to spell it *B I to-the-double T E R…* and we are all more than willing to put our hands up like we’re deurmekaar.

All good things must however come to an end, and this show in particular felt as though it was over way too soon (probably due to an alcohol-induced time lapse). In this time, however, I had managed to lose track of the friends I went with, chat up a girl, make new friends, piss said girl off and run into friends that I haven’t seen in almost two years.
All in all another magical Knight Out at Aandklas, with the soundtrack supplied by one of the Capital’s greatest exports.

*All pictures in this post by Henno Kruger*

I do apologize for taking so long to write this piece, but I have been extremely busy on other adventures, all of which will also be featured here. Keep an eye open for my next post, where I will be talking about other Kings, police cars and quiz nights.

EDIT: This is the final prove himself post for Michael King. After this, he will be an official content contributor on Baas de Beer’s Blog. – Baas de Beer

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