was a german punk band based in the Kreuzberg Area in Berlin. The band was founded in April 1987. Before Jingo, all the members had various music experiences.
Tom Schwoll played in many german punk bands among them the punk band Zerstörte Jugend (1983). Sepp Ehrensberger played guitar in the Berlin punk band Vorkriegsjugend (1984-85). Steve Hahn was member of Kult-Huren. Henning Menke had also played in local punk bands in the early 80s.The Canadian Yvonne Ducksworth was singing in two bands : Combat not Conform, and Manson Youth where Tom Schwoll and Sepp (Joseph) Ehrensberger played too. As Manson Youth was relatively well-known in the hardcore underground scene, they paved the way for Jingo de Lunch.
After Jingo, Steve Hahn was roadie by the "Toten Hosen" and Tom Schwoll after a short appearance by “Extrabreit” played in “Kumpelbasis”. Henning Menke played since 1999 in "Ojo Rojo" then he joined the Berlin band Skew Siskin . Sepp Ehrensberger plays in "Bomb Texas".Yvonne Ducksworth also acted in the movie "Trouble" in 1993. She lived in Arizona from 1996 til 2006 and didnt play in a band during this period.
In 2007, they released a cd called "The Independent Years" (1987-1989). This is a collection of remixed and remastered tracks out of their first albums Perpetuum Mobile (1987) and Axe To Grind (1989), plus Subhumans "Fuck You" (a cover recorded in 1991 to appear on Berlin Bullets compilation) and the rare Cursed Earth 12”, released as limited EP in 1988 by Bronzen Records. They also celebrated their 20 years anniversary with a German and Italian tour in september 2007.
Here you can find an article originally appeared in issue 16 of UK fanzine ARTCORE and which gives a good idea of Jingo de Lunch .
Many many thanx to Pete for sending me this article :-))
Jingo de Lunch by Pete Craven
I went to stay with my brother Tom in Zurich, Switzerland in the summer of ’87, & that’s where I first heard the name JINGO DE LUNCH. Tom was saying he’d heard good things about this Berlin band from the inner city, who included ex-members of Hardcore acts COMBAT NOT CONFORM, & MANSON YOUTH, whose split 12” with HOSTAGES OF AYATOLLAH was a permanent fixture on his turntable. They were due to play Zurich in the near future & Tom was pretty excited about seeing them. My next stop was Germany, where I found work at a hotel in Bavaria, only about 3 hours train journey from Zurich, &, like we’ve always done, Tom & I stayed in constant touch. He relayed the news that JINGO had pulled out of the Zurich gig. A bit bummed. Some months later Tom came to visit on a long weekend, we had a fun time, & I then went to see him off at the train station. He was literally about to board the express back to Zurich when I noticed a flyer on a wall – JINGO DE LUNCH … Punk Metal from Berlin, they were playing 2 nights later in a tiny venue nearby where I’d seen MDC a couple of months previous. Tom was gutted, sorry bro! 48 hours later I make my way to the Atomic Café in Immenstadt, it’s a freezing night in mid December, thick snow on the ground & I have to hitch to the gig. I’m real excited to see this band whose music I haven’t even heard! Well, needless to say, I was blown away by JINGO DE LUNCH that night. Fronted by Yvonne Ducksworth, a dark skinned & dread locked female singer from Canada, they launched into a crunching set of Hardcore-meets-Heavy Rock…. the missing link between BAD BRAINS & AC/DC dammit! They looked great, a ragged collection of Punks & Rockers; lead guitarist Tom Schwoll, decked out in gear that was more SoCal than Southern Bavaria with his spiked bleached locks, plaid shorts, & DAG NASTY tee shirt, had the imposing presence of Angus Young stamped all over his axe playing. Bassist Henning Menke wore a BLACK SABBATH tee shirt, drummer Steve Hahn AC/DC, & they were completed by rake thin second guitarist Sepp Ehrensberger. After playing all the songs they knew, the small fanatical crowd refused to let them go, so they played half the set again…. before throwing in a cover of THIN LIZZY’S Cowboy Song to close. I made my way home in the sub zero temperatures fired by a warm glow of satisfaction at having seen a truly amazing live band.
JINGO’S first release of sorts was the track Piece of Mind that came on a flexi disk with an early ‘88 issue of Trust fanzine. It was a taster for their debut album, the 11song Perpetuum Mobile that followed soon after on We Bite Records. Spring ’88 I was back in the UK, & word was that a distro up North (I think it was Loony Tunes) had copies of the album in, so my money went straight in the post. Excitement levels were up to 11 when it arrived, & straight on the turntable it went. The needle met the grooves of opening number Lies. The production was raw but effective & without a doubt the debut JINGO album was to prove to be their finest, capturing them in a primal state of perfecting their sound. And they’d set themselves apart from the crowd. It wasn’t all plain sailing though, & there was disappointment to be had with this slap of vinyl. The first pressing was a bit dodgy, & on some tracks the needle jumped & skipped. I sent off for another copy of the album, & it did the same. I was in Sydney, Australia 18 months down the line, listening to a local Punk radio station, when the spike with the mike announced the next track was ‘Thirteen by JINGO DE LUNCH’… & guess what, it jumped & skipped & I laughed my head off as the deejay fumbled to rectify the situation. But let’s back track again to ’88 and the next JINGO record, the Cursed Earth 12”, which was released on Bonzen Records. This was a limited edition record, on coloured vinyl, & in a fancy gatefold sleeve. Only 2000 copies pressed too, a pretty paltry run considering Perpetuum Mobile had shifted about 10,000 copies. Or units, depending which side of the fence you’re sitting on. Cursed Earth comprised of 4 new songs, plus covers of BAD BRAINS Play To Cum, a pissing-around in the studio version, & a straight played THIN LIZZY Cowboy Song. Tribal Area in Berlin stuck out the first issue of their video zine at around this time, which included some cool live-in-the-studio footage of JINGO playing Fate from Perpetuum Mobile, the title cut of the Cursed Earth 12”, & an as yet untitled new song, which emerged as Did You Ever on their next record. There was an interview with them too, as well as live clips of VERBAL ASSAULT, ZERO BOYS, RKL & NEGAZIONE. Things were clearly picking up for JINGO now as their stature grew amongst Hardcore scenesters, & constant touring around Northern mainland Europe cemented their live reputation. Tom had a mate in Bremen, Germany who told him a great story about seeing them once in a freezing cold Hamburg squat, where both band & audience spent their whole set jumping up & down… trying to keep warm! They were gaining a name amongst overseas bands that played with them too, & THE HARD-ONS in particular stuck up a firm friendship with JINGO after sharing the same stage during their first visit to Europe in ’88. It was turning into a memorable year. So, ’88 turned to ’89, & in May JINGO were featured in Maximum RocknRoll #72 with Tom Schwoll stating that “Hard Rock has always been a solid influence on me & I’m damn proud of it. Musicwise I’m a 100% behind it”. In the same issue there’s tiny snippets on a couple of unknowns – THE OFFSPRING & MANIC STREET PREACHERS. In the middle of the year my good friend back then Sean Price (later to become a Buddhist Monk – now that is another story!) passed me on an advance tape of the brand new JINGO album, Axe To Grind, which he’d gotten from his mate Florian in Berlin, who ran Heart First Records, & was in the band SQUANDERED MESSAGE. I played it… played it again…. & dammit if that tape didn’t become one of the soundtracks to the summer (along with BAD RELIGION’S Suffer). I was working at in the kitchens at University of Sussex & the Axe To Grind C90 was a permanent fixture in the tape deck. And working sometimes 80+ hours a week, saving money to go travelling again, the line from the title track “I got an axe to grind – think I had enough of working overtime” was stuck in my brain. A few of my mates from the Brighton Hardcore scene worked there too, & we all Rocked out to JINGO daily. Yeah, Rocked out, because JINGO still continuing to evolve & perfect their Hardcore goes Heavy Rock formula. The album came out on Berlin’s Hell Hound Records, who were more of a Rock label. It was starting to make sense, & clearly the band had their sights set firmly on the path they would follow. And their next almost inevitable move was to a major label – Vertigo – a possible attraction being that this had been THIN LIZZY’S old label too? Who knows/cares. What I do know is that this ended the days of JINGO as the pioneering & explosive underground Hardcore Punks from Kreuzberg, & saw them turn into a pretty much fully fledged Hard Rock outfit. As I recall, there wasn’t any real animosity from the Punk community, because this was what you could tell they’d had aspirations to become all along. I sensed it the time I saw them. They produced 3 more albums during the ensuing years - Underdog (1990), B.Y.E. (`91), & Deja Voodoo (`94). The only one I’ve got is B.Y.E. – picked it up in ’97 from a second hand shop during a visit to Bremen. I was intrigued to see what had happened to them. The shift to Hard Rocking Blues fused compositions was almost complete, but there’s still traces of the early Hardcore venom, & the song Chew & Spit particularly smacks a punchy attack on Fascist Skinheads from the former East German - “when will your dream world of illusion stumble & fall”. Overall though, nothing too special at all was going on here.
The band, eventually split in about ‘95, sometime after their final album Deja Voodoo. And in their 8year existence they never made it to play the UK either which was a real shame, most especially in the early days. And even more tragic is that poor old Tom, my original information source, never got to see them. I’m sure he turned up in Zurich in ’88 to see them support NICK CAVE but the gig was sold-out, & he couldn’t get in. Sorry again bro!
Following the split, Singer Yvonne eventually returned to Canada, but I understand the other members still play in Berlin bands, bassist Henning was in CHURCH OF CONFIDENCE (with ex-members of KGB) & also OJO ROJO. Lead guitarist Tom joined a bunch called EXTRA BROAD in the late Nineties. But that’s all I know.
The JINGO essentials are the first 2 albums, which were both re-issued & are available now on CD if you look hard enough. I’m pretty certain that the Cursed Earth 12” was never repressed or re-released, so if you were to chance across a copy, make sure you snap it up. I think Tribal Area released a live video of JINGO during their late Eighties heyday, but I’ve never seen a copy. Not so many folk had video cameras back then either, so what live footage there is of the band must been pretty hard to come by I guess.