Formed: 1983 (Rotterdam, The Netherlands) - Disbanded: 1987.
Initially formed as "Pleasant Time Trio" to the occasion of raising the curtain for a performance of jazz artist "George Adams And The Don Pullen Quartet".
"K.I.E.M." is an abbreviation of "Klank Improvisatie Elektronische Muziek" (Sound Improvisation Electronic Music). Their immediate success led to performances on jazz, rock and experimental stages and festivals (Tegentonen, North Sea Jazz, Pandora's Music Box) and modest dance-hits in the Netherlands.
Most remarkable about Kiem is Cees Meurs' metal drum-kit consisting of oil-drums, garbage bin, anvil, anchor-chains and other remains from the wrecked tow-boat "Corrie". This drum-kit –played like normal drums– accompanied by a squeaking saxophone (Ger Van Voorden), a synthetic keyboard and proclaiming vocals (Huub Kentie) result in a sound that might be type-casted as industrial, but also has jazz and experimental characteristics.
Ger Van Voorden left the band in 1986 to play with poet/drummer Jules Deelder. He was replaced by Jos Valster.
Growing into a more popular sound, bigger succes followed in Southern Europe (The Moneyman, 1987).


KMH 7090384 Kiem - Kiem album art Kiem Kiem (Album) Plexus KMH 7090384 Netherlands 1984 Sell This Version
KMH 7091085 Kiem - Keam album art Kiem Keam (Album) Plexus KMH 7091085 Netherlands 1985 Sell This Version
TORSO 33029 Kiem - You Should Try album art Kiem You Should Try (Album) Torso TORSO 33029 Netherlands 1987 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

KH 102785 Kiem - Doin' Time album art Kiem Doin' Time(7", Single) Transglobal (3) KH 102785 Netherlands 1985 Sell This Version
TORSO 12026 Kiem - The Moneyman album art Kiem The Moneyman (Single, Maxi) Torso TORSO 12026 Netherlands 1986 Sell This Version
TORSO 70029 Kiem - Don't Stop album art Kiem Don't Stop(7") Torso TORSO 70029 Netherlands 1987 Sell This Version


none Kiem - Kiem album art Kiem Kiem(Cass, S/Sided) Not On Label (Kiem Self-released) none Netherlands 1983 Sell This Version


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February 20, 2014
A pure UFO, that was Kiem. This three guys had found the recipe of a unique fusion between free jazz, electronic and industrial music and sometimes they put it all in a pop format, plus a heavy dose of humour. They do remain one of the most original band of the eighties.

If they had went on, which direction would have taken their music ? Anyway, I do thank them for the good moments their madness gave me.

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