Danny Boy (3) ‎– Repper De Klep

RCA ‎– PB-4535, RCA Victor ‎– PB-4535
Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM, Single


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Published by Amsterdam-Marathon Music Publishing BV.

Title is printed on front cover as "Repper de Klep", but on record as "Repperdeklep".
Artist name is printed on front cover as "Danny Boy", but on record as "DannyBoy".
Dutch lyrics printed on sleeve. Based on Joe Bataan's "Rap-O Clap-O", including clothing worn on picture.

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  • Rights Society: STEMRA


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January 22, 2011
This was recorded early 1980 when the two top spots of the Dutch Top 40 were occupied by rap records: Sugarhill Gang's "Rapper's Delight" and Joe Bataan's "Rap-O-Clap-O" (which is referred to in this song). Someone must have had the idea to do the same in Dutch language, and this was the result: a 13-year-old school kid rapping off his frustration about everyday homework from school (the lyrics are included on the back of the sleeve).

It wasn't much of a success: the record only charted #38 in the Dutch Top 40 at the end of March 1980 and remained there for two weeks, although it faired better than Kurtis Blow's classic "The Breaks" which wasn't even tipped in the Netherlands. It was clear that rap music was considered a gimmick at that time and not taken seriously. To be honest: this attempt did not help the acceptance of rap at all. We had to wait more than a decade until Dutch language rap music was taken seriously, when the Osdorp Posse recorded the first full-length rap album in Dutch language in 1992 ("Osdorp Stijl").

Considering today: listen to the song, have a big laugh about it, then forget it.
On the other hand, being the first to do something is a very dirty and unthankful job, but someone has to do it, and in this case, Danny Boy was the one.