Inspired by an old booklet of a Meccano construction box (a very popular toy long before Lego existed, as fabricated and sold in the
30’s) Dirk was struck by a vision of a world built out of Meccano, in painting, sculpture and even lyrics and music that lead to his 1977 Painting “______”. The examples in the instruction booklet set Dirk to paint his Meccano figures, surrounded by surrealistic landscapes and interiors.
In those days punk was booming and Dirk thought it was time to start a band and together with Pieter Kooyman and a few hired guns he recorded Face Cover Face, b/w Fools as Mecano Ltd. for the “No Fun” label. But Dirk wanted a real band and so he asked Ton Lebbink to be the drummer. Ton, who was a bouncer at Paradiso in Amsterdam and thus knowing everybody on the scene, immediately introduced the brothers Tejo and Cor Bolten, who also worked at Paradiso.
Beside their musical abilities, Ton and the Bolten brothers, had the advantage of unlimited access to Paradiso, the best rehearsing place a band could think of and they started experimenting and putting the music together, mainly based on the ideas of Dirk and the Bolten brothers. The band was formed in the blink of an eye. In the summer of '79 Mecano made their stage debut and began touring. After some years, the band decided to take separate ways, although reunited throughout the times for specific projects.
For a long time, Tejo Bolten had felt the will to start Mecano again… there was a mission to fulfill and it was unfinished. Sadly, it was the killing of Theo Van Gogh what triggered Dirk. This loss made him promise upon his dead body that he would sing again. In January 2005 Tejo Bolten and Dirk Polak, brought their music and lyrics to another level with the release of the album 'Snake Tales for Dragon'. As a metaphore of the Meccano toy found years ago “for the engineer of tomorrow”, Tejo and Dirk reassembled the parts of the original structure and began to build a whole new story for Mecano.
Emerging from the punk-era, Mecano is best described as new wave, with remarkable arrangements, colored with unusual guitar harmonies; with brashness and provocation, converting into an astonishing electric blend. All this combined with Dirks' own grammar like “lack of joie de vivre” or “globe old influenced by the poetry of Andre Breton, Paul Eluard and above all Russian poet Maiakovski, are overall cryptic and along the way Dirk added his”.