G.W. Sok

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G.W.Sok in King Champion Sounds in concert on 18. September 2016 in Germany.
Background information
Origin Amsterdam
Genres Punk, anarcho-punk, punk jazz, post-punk
Years active 1979–present
Associated acts The Ex

G.W. Sok (born 1957, real name Jos Kleij)[1] is a Dutch singer, best known for his 30-year career as the frontman of the Ex. G.W. Sok left The Ex in 2008 to focus on a solo career and collaboration projects with other musicians, participation in theatre performances and spoken word performances. Apart from his musical career he's also active as a writer and a graphic designer.


After leaving The Ex, Sok started to collaborate with several acts among which the French experimental free jazz band Cannibales & Vahinés and the Italian band Zu. In 2010 the single "2-2-3 Fridges/Rid" appeared on Sickroom Records. He joined the Dutch collective Beukorkest on their 2011 tour.

In 2011 Sok released the book A Mix of Bricks & Valentines, a 400-page collection of The Ex lyrics and other lyrics he wrote. Also in 2011 De Eeuwige Optie (The Everlasting Option) was published,[2] an experimental film by SpOp featuring Sok as an actor. He also wrote the words for the film's ending track "Illusies". This track was also released as the 7 inch "Illusies 1 & 2" under the bandname Zoikle, consisting of Sok, guitarist Lukas Simonis, cellist Nina Hitz, drummer Cor Hoogerdijk and Maarten van Gent on metal percussion.[3]

A new band King Champion Sounds was also formed, from the ashes of The Bent Moustache, the musical act of Krommenie-based, Kenya-born, UK-raised Ajay Saggar. This incarnation sees Saggar teaming up with Sok and, amongst others, Oli Heffernan (Year of Birds, Shrug) and has released three albums since 2013. In 2014 Sok published a double 10" with the UK noise act Action Beat.

Since 2015 Sok is member of the free-rock group Oiseaux-Tempête and is regularly joining live the collective founded by Frédéric D. Oberland & Stéphane Pigneul. Sok has contributed to the last four albums of the band.


  • A Mix of Bricks & Valentines, PM Press, 2011


  • 2-2-3 Fridges/Rid, 2010 with Oli Heffernan (i.e. Detective Instinct),
  • N.O.W.H.E.R.E with French group Cannibales & Vahinés, 2012
  • King Champion Sounds - Different Drummer LP, 2013
  • Action Beat & G.W. Sok - A Remarkable Machine, Double 10, 2014 ERNEST JENNING RECORD CO.
  • Two Pin Din & G.W. Sok - Gifts, Milk And Things (2x7"), 2014
  • King Champion Sounds - Songs For The Golden Hour (10"/CD), 2014
  • Oiseaux-Tempête - ÜTOPIYA? 2xLP, 2015
  • Songs for a Free Body w/Cannibales & Vahinés, 2015
  • King Champion Sounds - To Awake in That Heaven of Freedom LP, 2016
  • Oiseaux-Tempête - Unworks & Rarities LP, 2016
  • King Champion Sounds - Fool Throttle/Debby One Day 7", 2017
  • Oiseaux-Tempête - AL-'AN! 2xLP, 2017
  • Oiseaux-Tempête - TARAB 2xLP, 2018

Other contributions[edit]

  • "Illusies 1 & 2", 7 inch, as Zoikle (w/ Lukas Simonis), 2011
  • Surplus 1980 - The World's Still Here (featuring G.W. Sok) on the album Arterial Ends Here, 2013
  • Detective Instinct - Black Floral (LP)
  • Orchestre Tout Puissant Marcel Duchamp - Rotorotor (CD/LP)

External links[edit]


  1. ^ His artist's name in full would be Geiten Wollen Sok; in the 70s geitenwollensokkendragers (goat wool sock wearers) was a slang name for hippies.
  2. ^ "De Eeuwige Optie". Points for Production. Retrieved 2012-12-13. 
  3. ^ "clip 'Illusies' from De Eeuwige Optie". YouTube. 2011-09-09. Retrieved 2012-12-13.