Born May 7th, 1970. I started loving music at the age of eight, I should blame the music virus contamination on my cousin Johan...:) Saturday Night Fever, Grease, The Rubettes, Meat Loaf, ABBA, Boney M., Cheap Trick, The Flying Spiderz, Urban Heroes, Gruppo Sportivo, Vitesse, Herman Brood, disco, "beton", my first "Top 100 Aller Tijden", those were the days.

After he moved to New Zealand, I spent a couple of years in the "School of Metal" of his friend Martie. Michael Schenker Group, Accept, Y&T, Raven, AC/DC, those were the days.

February 1984. A Dutch radio show named "VARA's Verrukkelijke Vijftien". The Simple Minds, "Upon The Catwalk", Extended Mix. I was blown against the wall when I heard it. The love of the twelve inch was born, but it was out of reach for my money pocket.

At the age of 18, I started collecting, mostly dance and disco music. First a lot of vinyl: Dance Classics. Sometimes, I came home with 50 12" singles bought for a small price (record shops were trying to get rid of their vinyl).
Later also CDs. Turn Up The Bass. The Best Of 12" Gold. Streetsounds Anthems. Popclassics The Long Versions. The Spanish "I Love" series. Ben Liebrand's Grand 12-Inches. Dorian Wathen's 12"/80s. A multitude of vintage Disky long versions CD boxes. All Madonna, Michael Jackson and Prince albums. I created megamixes with just a second-hand turntable, a CD player and the pause button of my cassette recorder.

During my student life, I was taught about alternative music. The Manchester movement. Nirvana. Pearl Jam. But also rehonoured "bad taste" 80s music. Wham! New Romantics. Blitz. Camp. Dutch language pop groups. "Nederpop virus".

I discovered my parents' attic. Old Dutch beat records. Tee Set. Sandy Coast. Golden Earring. Earth & Fire. Q '65, the Dutch Rolling Stones. The Outsiders, the Dutch version of The Who. Stories about smashed guitars, wrecked limousines, demolished hotel rooms and band members fighting with each other. But also carefully saving money, finally buying your favourite 45 and listening to the chart show, getting excited whether or not your favourite 45 was climbing the chart.

My ballroom dancing classes brought me into the world of the crooners/GASB. Alma Cogan. Julie London. Connie Francis. Rosemary Clooney. Dean Martin. Matt Monro. Frank Sinatra.

And today, my life is filled with music: step class in the gym, ballroom dancing, visiting record and CD fairs, Ferry Maat's Soul Show, Radio Veronica's Long Versions, some live jams in my town, and since August 2006... Discogs.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Do not ask me to upload sound files, because I will not respond to such requests. Instead, collect your stuff yourself! (which is, in my opinion, more fun to do)
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a posté un avis de Boudewijn De Groot - Picknick. 24 days ago
This is the Dutch language counterpart of The Beatles "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band". After the release of aforementioned Fab Four milestone, Boudewijn was challenged to make the first ever Dutch psychedelic pop album. Although knowledge about ... Voir l'avis en entier
a posté un avis de Boudewijn de Groot - Voor De Overlevenden. 24 days ago
Just like Bob Dylan, Boudewijn de Groot (music) and Lennaert Nijgh (lyrics) were experimenting with folk music with electric backing. This is their second album. Pre-dating The Beatles "Sgt. Pepper" by four months, this concept album is all about coming ... Voir l'avis en entier
a posté un commentaire sur ApolloFourForty* - Krupa. about 1 month ago
It seems to me that the melody of "Krupa" is largely inspired by Gino Soccio's "S-Beat" from 1980... (played in D instead of E)
a posté un avis de Public Image Ltd.* - Death Disco. about 1 month ago
In our country, and maybe others too, "Death Disco" was misunderstood as an anti-disco song; Johnny Rotten's ultimate statement against disco. Maybe because one week after the record entered the UK chart, Disco Demolition Night was held in Chicago, ... Voir l'avis en entier
a posté un commentaire sur Ben Liebrand - Grand 12-Inches 16. 2 months ago
A year has passed meanwhile. CD sales (and hence, revenues) keep declining whilst the effort record companies must make to retrieve that particular master or to get the original artist's consent remains the same. Meanwhile, time passes on, causing wear ... Voir l'avis en entier
a posté un avis de It's Immaterial - Driving Away From Home (Jim's Tune). 3 months ago
"Driving Away From Home" was an attempt to transfer the typical American car culture towards the United Kingdom (more precisely, Liverpool, the M62 to Manchester, Newcastle, or even Glasgow). Until 1986, there was hardly an English band that thought ... Voir l'avis en entier
a posté un commentaire sur Army Of Lovers - Obsession. 3 months ago
I remember lots of discussion about this track, whether or not the "ah, ah, ah" vocal loop was sampled from Laurie Anderson "O Superman (For Massenett)". The band claimed that the vocals were resung, another source claimed only one "ah" was sampled and a ... Voir l'avis en entier
a posté un commentaire sur Dschinghis Khan - Klabautermann. 3 months ago
Even though the lyrics of either "Klabautermann" or "Kaboutertjes" are total nonsense, the backing track is great. One could only wish there was a 12 inch of this with an extended instrumental version on it...
a posté un avis de Francesco Salvi - C'è Da Spostare Una Macchina. 6 months ago
Hearing this piano house tune in Italy during the Summer of 1989 brought me great laughs. Think of comedian Weird Al Yankovic meeting the hyperstressed Dik Voormekaar at a house party and you will probably end up with something like this. The song is ... Voir l'avis en entier
a posté un commentaire sur Manfred Mann's Earth Band - Watch. 7 months ago
I fear to have to disagree with some of the liner notes of this release. Of course, I do not have this release in my collection, so I can only guess what is actually on it.

My concern is about the song "Davy's On The Road Again" in the single version. ... Voir l'avis en entier
a posté un commentaire sur Kristine W - One More Try. 7 months ago
Some versions of this song (especially the Def version) show a very strong resemblance to Wings "Silly Love Songs"... I can't help but sing "I... love... you" instead of "one... more... try".
a posté un commentaire sur Teach In* - Dear John. 7 months ago
This is often misunderstood as a parody to Grease (because it appeared shortly after Grease and the female vocals are surprisingly similar to those of Olivia Newton-John). It is merely a parody to Saturday Night Fever:

1. The girls are requesting John ... Voir l'avis en entier
a posté un commentaire sur Mauro Picotto - Proximus Medley With Adiemus. 7 months ago
With 14 versions, probably the record holder "most versions of one title on one physical sound carrier". I remember having a hard time to choose, but also a hard time to distinguish all those versions from each other as many of them are similar.
a posté un commentaire sur Grand Funk Railroad - Inside Looking Out. 8 months ago
Speaking of value for money... with a total playing time of 17:04 (that is: seventeen minutes and four seconds), this single is one of the longest running 7" singles ever released. "Inside Looking Out" runs 9:29 and B-side "Paranoid" 7:35 (for that ... Voir l'avis en entier
a posté un commentaire sur Speed (29). 10 months ago
Speed (15) and Speed (29) are the same band. Merge?
a posté un commentaire sur Speed (15). 10 months ago
Speed (15) and Speed (29) are the same band. Merge?
a posté un commentaire sur Earth And Fire - Invitation. 10 months ago
The chorus of "Invitation" contains strong references to at least two songs that were popular in the Netherlands at the end of 1970. The chords of the chorus are surprisingly similar to The Who "See Me, Feel Me" (listening to you, I get the music...) and ... Voir l'avis en entier
a posté un avis de D.C. Lewis - Mijn Gebed. 10 months ago
How on earth could a record containing church organ, trumpet and religious song lyrics outperform three highly acclaimed pop/rock songs in the Dutch charts? I'll try to explain.

Back in 1968-69, church attendance was declining, and the Catholic Church ... Voir l'avis en entier
a posté un avis de Kayak - Mammoth. 10 months ago
I can only imagine myself what must have been going on during the recording of "Mammoth". The original demo was meant for a different record company but it was rejected. The ultimate record company, EMI-Bovema, considered the five-minute piece too long; ... Voir l'avis en entier
a posté un avis de Duran Duran - Planet Earth. 11 months ago
I've been around for several decades meanwhile, read tons of books about the history of popular music, and I still do not understand why Duran Duran "Planet Earth, Night Version" (most notably NOT just "Planet Earth") is not listed among the few ... Voir l'avis en entier
a posté un avis de Bauhaus - Bela Lugosi's Dead. 11 months ago
OMG... only reviews about formats, pressings, colours and possible counterfeit here, but not a single one about the *content*...???

"Bela Lugosi's Dead" was the one record that ended a decade (the 1970s) and started another (the 1980s).
"Bela Lugosi's ... Voir l'avis en entier
a posté un avis de Roots Syndicate - Mockin' Bird Hill. about 1 year ago
Netherlands, late 1992. A Dutch insurance company "Centraal Beheer Apeldoorn" is hitting the TV advertisement blocks with funny clips about situation in which an insurance company is needed ("Even Apeldoorn bellen"). One of the most popular ones was the ... Voir l'avis en entier
a posté un avis de Stars On 45 - Stars On 45. about 1 year ago
"First Time On CD-Single - Original Version From 1981".
Well, not really...:(
As a matter of facts, the full-length original version has still not been released on CD in 2018 when I'm writing this, and probably never will be. Here is the story.

This CD ... Voir l'avis en entier
a posté un commentaire sur Acapulco (3) - Bebida Magica. about 1 year ago
"Bebida Magica" was originally recorded by Los Jaivas in 1977.
a posté un avis de Donna Summer - Four Seasons Of Love. about 1 year ago
Donna's third album for Casablanca, and more than her two previous efforts, this is an album you should listen to in its entirety. Singling out individual tracks would be a shame, as the album as a whole is telling a story. I agree it is a simple and a ... Voir l'avis en entier
a posté un commentaire sur The Commodores* - Machine Gun. about 1 year ago
"Machine Gun" was used as both an opening and a closing tune for Dutch broadcasting assocation Radio Veronica.
a posté un commentaire sur Johnny And The Hurricanes - Sand Storm / The Beatnik Fly. about 1 year ago
"Beatnik Fly" was used as the introductory melody of "Het Steenen Tijdperk" (translated as "The Stone Age"), a popular Dutch Golden Oldies show from the late 70s / early 80s, presented by Jan Steenman.
a posté un commentaire sur Bonnie St. Claire - I Won't Stand Between Them. about 1 year ago
This is not the original 1970 version, but a 1982 re-recording which is strongly influenced by John Miles "Music" (also re-issued with us earlier in 1982) in terms of song structure (piano-only sections, uptempo section breaking down into the closing ... Voir l'avis en entier
a posté un avis de LaTour - LaTour. about 1 year ago
I came across this album after hearing the song "People Are Still Having Sex" that was rocking the clubs in our country (Netherlands). Too bad, th CD single only contained the radio edit and two remixes that were not my thing. I only wished the radio ... Voir l'avis en entier
a posté un avis de LaTour - People Are Still Having Sex. about 1 year ago
No review of this one? Unbelievable. So I will share my thoughts.

I remember an article written in our newspaper about house music. The tendency of the article was that house music was loud, monotonous, nihilistic and above all things meaningless and ... Voir l'avis en entier
a posté un commentaire sur The Cats - Lea. about 1 year ago
Lyrics of "Lea" based on a tragic experience by band member Arnold Mühren, after he heard the news that one of the band's most dedicated concert followers, Lia Vertelman, suddenly passed away after a fatal traffic accident.
a posté un commentaire sur Golden Earring - Seven Tears. about 1 year ago
The intro of "This Is The Other Side Of Life" starts with a secret backward message (something like "file fodise wudda weeshy die!"). When reversing the audio, one will hear "daat is dee odda side of life", so to say: the song title in drunk sounding, ... Voir l'avis en entier
a posté un avis de Left Side - See You Crying / Feeling Allright. about 1 year ago
What do we have here? Is this from the same place that brought us The Cats and BZN? Hard rock from Volendam??? Hell yeah!
You may know this band from the Bee Gees-ish ballad "Welcome to my house", the folky sing-along track "Johnny" or their later hits ... Voir l'avis en entier
a posté un avis de The Golden Years Of Dutch Pop Music. about 1 year ago
"The Golden Years Of Dutch Pop Music" is not the first, not the best, but certainly the most thoroughly researched audio document of Dutch pop music. It should be noted that way back in the 1960s, The Netherlands were the third nation providing the music ... Voir l'avis en entier
a posté un commentaire sur Temple (8) - Searching For Places. about 1 year ago
A-side "Searching For Places" is very poppy. But absolutely worth buying for the awesome hard rocking B-side, "Triple Guitar"!
It would not surprise me if Lenny Kravitz took the well-known opening chords of "Are You Gonna Go My Way?" from this tune. The ... Voir l'avis en entier
a posté un avis de Holland (3) - Hans Brinker Symphony. about 1 year ago
An exceptionally weird single, the A-side based on a Dutch language children’s song that was turned into a multi-part mini-rockopera. How did it come this way? I devoted a significant part of my life to find this out; I could almost write a novel about ... Voir l'avis en entier
a posté un commentaire sur The Twins - The Desert Place (Long Version). over 2 years ago
I wpould not be surprised if the people behind UK dance act "Felix" got their hands on this. The three-tone sequence in the intro sounds very much like the one used in "It will make me crazy".
a posté un commentaire sur Felix - It Will Make Me Crazy. over 2 years ago
Somehow, the three-tone sequence heard in the intro reminds me of the intro of "The Desert Place" (1981) by German band The Twins. I'm not sure if they sampled it (and/or replayed it in reverse), so I'll keep it here and do not mention it in the notes.
a posté un commentaire sur Golden Earring - I've Just Lost Somebody. over 2 years ago
This was released after the horrific death of an innocent lady that shocked the entire nation, early 2005. She was riding on a Dutch motorway at 60 mph when the windscreen of her car was suddenly hit by a stone. The stone appeared to be thrown from a ... Voir l'avis en entier
a posté un commentaire sur Usha - I Want You / Rockin' The Beat. over 2 years ago
The vocals "I Want You, You Want Me" are most likely resung from the chorus of "K.I.S.S.I.N.G." by Siedah Garrett. As I am not 100% sure, I'll post this info here; if someone can confirm, feel free to add this to the notes.
a posté un commentaire sur Wally Tax - Let's Forget What I Said / Last Night. over 2 years ago
If your 7" vinyl is producing ticks and cracking noises at the end of side A, please note that this is neither your vinyl's nor your record player's fault. These elements as well as the triple "what I said" are intentional.
a posté un avis de The Cats - The End Of The Show / Irish. over 2 years ago
"The End Of The Show" started its life as a track from their 1972 album "Signed By The Cats". It was not meant to be a single; the big hit from that album is "Let's Dance".
It became a fan favourite and also the closing song of most of their ... Voir l'avis en entier
a posté un avis de Golden Earrings* - Dong-Dong-Di-Ki-Di-Gi-Dong. over 2 years ago
Story sourced from "The Devil Made Us Do It" compilation.

In 1968, The Golden Earrings recorded their third album, Miracle Mirror. After the single of it, "I've Just Lost Somebody" got out of focus, it was decided to release a single to keep the ... Voir l'avis en entier
a posté un avis de Golden Earrings* - Things Go Better. over 2 years ago
A crazy story, sourced from their official biography.

This single was recorded much against the band's liking. Recording music for a commercial brand was regarded against the creative process they always wanted to be in the foreground. However, the ... Voir l'avis en entier
a posté un avis de The Golden Ear-Rings* - That Day. over 2 years ago
This should have been a domestic No. 1 hit! However it stalled at No. 2. Here is the story.

Early 1966, British band The Overlanders recorded a cover version of "Michelle", which of course was originally recorded by The Beatles for their Rubber Soul ... Voir l'avis en entier
a posté un avis de Matt Bianco - Don't Blame It On That Girl. over 2 years ago
??? No review yet ???

Now THIS is what I call a B-side leading its own life! The record company favoured "Don't Blame It On That Girl" but it was the B-side "Wap Bam Boogie" that received more airplay and definitely more club play during the Summer of ... Voir l'avis en entier
a posté un commentaire sur Madness - One Step Beyond. over 2 years ago
As far as I know, this is the 12" single with the smallest total playing time (5 minutes 12 seconds).
a posté un avis de The Millionaires (2) - Fantasy Island. over 2 years ago
It all started in 1982. The Quest for Harrogate, finding a song that would represent The Netherlands at the Eurovision Song Contest in Harrogate, UK. Three artists were proposed: a male singer (Bill van Dijk), a female single (Bonnie St. Claire) and a ... Voir l'avis en entier
a posté un avis de Gazuzu - Drums On Fire. over 2 years ago
Disco had its masterpieces, such as Montana's Dance Fantasy, Automat's eponymous debut, Macho's rendition of "I'm A Man", Cerrone's "Supernature", Patrick Cowley's "Menergy" and pretty much everything Donna Summer did, but it also had its guilty ... Voir l'avis en entier
a posté un commentaire sur The Beat* - Don't Wait Up For Me. over 2 years ago
Way back in 1980, I was discussing this single with my nephew.
"The Beat? Another new single? They just did 'Tears of a clown', didn't they?"
"No, that's the English Beat. This is the American Beat."

I remember liking this band better than the U.K. ... Voir l'avis en entier