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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Tauchen - Prokopetz* - DÖF
posted a review of Tauchen - Prokopetz* - DÖF. 4 months ago
Makes me wonder... was the title ("Deutsch-Österreichisches Feingefühl") a funny take on the German band D.A.F. (Deutsch-Amerikanische Freundschaft)?
Faithless - We Come 1
posted a review of Faithless - We Come 1. 4 months ago
The A#-F-C#-C-A# tone sequence in "We Come 1" seems to be an interpolation of Bonnie Tyler - Total Eclipse Of The Heart... listen for yourself...
Birth Control - Gamma Ray
posted a review of Birth Control - Gamma Ray. about 1 year ago
The "special remix" of "Gamma Ray" on this mini single sounds very Ben Liebrand-ish. It has an additional drum beat you may recognise from Ben's remix of Hot Chocolate "Every-1s A Winner". Other additional sounds can also be traced to some of Ben's... See full review
Various - Disco Raritäten CD Collection (Special Long Versions)
posted a review of Various - Disco Raritäten CD Collection (Special Long Versions). about 1 year ago
This compilation is worth buying for the first two tracks alone!

Birth Control "Gamma Ray" is the original near-10-minute version from the 1972 album "Hoodoo Man", which is better than the 12" remix that was released one year before the release of... See full review
Eruption (4) - One Way Ticket / Left Me In The Rain
posted a review of Eruption (4) - One Way Ticket / Left Me In The Rain. about 1 year ago
Forget the badly re-edited German 12" as well as the even more awful 1990s and later remakes / reproductions / re-recordings once and for all; this Rusty Garner 1979 U.S. 12" version is the one to hunt for and the one that should be remembered for... See full review
SL2 - On A Ragga Tip
posted a comment on SL2 - On A Ragga Tip. about 1 year ago
It seems to me that "On A Ragga Tip" samples the riddim of Smiley Culture's 1984 ragga hit "Police Officer".
Smiley Culture / The Reprobates - Police Officer / Participation Two.
Depeche Mode - Master And Servant (An ON-USound Science Fiction Dance Hall Classic)
posted a review of Depeche Mode - Master And Servant (An ON-USound Science Fiction Dance Hall Classic). about 1 year ago
Question: "Are People People?"
Answer: "Dadadang zoozoozoom papapap!"

Brilliant. Nothing else to say.
Robbie Williams - Let Me Entertain You
posted a review of Robbie Williams - Let Me Entertain You. about 1 year ago
The chorus of "Let Me Entertain You" sounds very similar to that of Huey Lewis And The News* - Jacob's Ladder.
Makes me wonder why there never was a court case of plagiarism.
John Cougar Mellencamp - R.O.C.K. In The U.S.A. (A Salute To 60's Rock)
posted a review of John Cougar Mellencamp - R.O.C.K. In The U.S.A. (A Salute To 60's Rock). about 1 year ago
A salute to 60s rock?
To me, it merely sounds like a salute to The Romantics "What I Like About You" (1980)... ;)
Klaus & Klaus - An Der Nordseeküste
posted a review of Klaus & Klaus - An Der Nordseeküste. about 1 year ago
Just wondering... who really wants a 12 inch version of this?
And who dares to put this tune in a DJ-mix?
Aztecs* - Live
posted a review of Aztecs* - Live. about 1 year ago
I was brought here after a search for the use of Pipe Organs in popular music, most notably progrock, hardrock and heavy metal. That is: the real thing. No (Mini-)Moog, no ARP synthesizers, no Hauptwerk emulation software that allows one to play pipe... See full review
Barbra Streisand - The Main Event / Fight
posted a review of Barbra Streisand - The Main Event / Fight. about 1 year ago
What? No review of this masterpiece??? Okay, then I'll be first.

You may wonder. Barbra doing disco? Yeah right, together with Donna Summer. "No More Tears", as found on her album "Wet" in its full 11:43 minutes. But Barbra all by herself? For a... See full review
Edelweiss - Bring Me Edelweiss
posted a review of Edelweiss - Bring Me Edelweiss. about 1 year ago
Well, S Express "Theme From S Express" uses a similar formula and became a No. 1 hit record, even before Edelweiss.
Jive Bunny "Swing The Mood" did the same late 1989.

I would not be surprised if Ben Liebrand also had a copy of KLF's manual.
Just... See full review
Björn Ulvaeus & Benny Andersson - Hej Gamle Man! / Lycka
posted a review of Björn Ulvaeus & Benny Andersson - Hej Gamle Man! / Lycka. about 1 year ago
"Hej Gamle Man!" (means: "hey, old man") is the first ever piece of music on which all four members of the (then future) group ABBA can be heard.
The Rolling Stones - Stones Story
posted a review of The Rolling Stones - Stones Story. about 1 year ago
The Rolling Stones Rolled Gold Repackaging Story.

During the early 1970s, the Dutch division of PolyGram found several ways to make money the easy way. One of them was repackaging a forgotten or flopped release, advertise it extensively in the media... See full review
Various - Now That's What I Call 12
posted a review of Various - Now That's What I Call 12" 70s. about 1 year ago
Makes me wonder how many of these 42 long versions were actually taken from Master. Many of these were previously released on other compilations, but there is a number of tracks that seem to make their debut here, at least on a V/A compilaition (the... See full review
John Miles - Music (Was My First Love) / Slow Down
posted a review of John Miles - Music (Was My First Love) / Slow Down. about 1 year ago
Wow... a "New Extended Version"... was this song extended before? I search all over Discogs, of 1982 and earlier, including compilations having the track, but I could not find something like an "old extended version". The 5:52 album version I am... See full review
Ben Liebrand - Grand 12-Inches 3
posted a review of Ben Liebrand - Grand 12-Inches 3. about 1 year ago
Not sure if I am the only person on this planet having this issue, but regarding track 1-10: at the very end of the track, when the song is faded out completely, I hear a part of the first note of "Can't Take My Eyes Off You". The following release... See full review
Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Reload! Frankie: The Whole 12 Inches
posted a review of Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Reload! Frankie: The Whole 12 Inches. about 1 year ago
The early fade of Rage Hard may be due to time restrictions of the CD.
If I add up the times of all 9 tracks, I get 78:45.
If I were to replace the 10:04 early fade with the full 12:08 of "Rage Hard (+)", I would end up with 80:53, with the time limit... See full review
Herman Brood - Saturday Night (2001 Remix)
posted a review of Herman Brood - Saturday Night (2001 Remix). about 1 year ago
The version named "USA 45 RPM" is actually the American 33 1/3 RPM album version, originally released here: Herman Brood & His Wild Romance - Herman Brood & His Wild Romance.

The version named "USA 12" Special Disco Mix" is actually the American hit single version (an edit of above version) and was only... See full review
The Andrews Sisters - Invite You To A Dance In The Roaring Twenties
posted a review of The Andrews Sisters - Invite You To A Dance In The Roaring Twenties. about 1 year ago
This was created in response to Stars On 45 - Proudly Presents The Star Sisters, which was a No. 1 hit in the Netherlands in 1983 (and went on to become single of the year). That single was a resung medley of some Andrews Sisters songs as well as other standards from that era. The idea... See full review
Echo & The Bunnymen - The Killing Moon (All Night Version)
posted a review of Echo & The Bunnymen - The Killing Moon (All Night Version). about 1 year ago
If "The Killing Moon" is regarded as the best song the 1980s produced, then "The Killing Moon, All Night Version" is what the song really deserved: to be taken to another level. It is not just another 9:12 extended version, and it's not a cut and... See full review
The Brothers Johnson* - Strawberry Letter 23 (Disco Version) / Get The Funk Out Ma Face (Disco Version)
posted a review of The Brothers Johnson* - Strawberry Letter 23 (Disco Version) / Get The Funk Out Ma Face (Disco Version). about 1 year ago
One of those songs in the category "songs you did not know they were covers". Shuggie Otis already wrote and recorded the song in 1971, but the Brothers Johnson take the song to a whole new level while keeping all the trademark components of Shuggie's... See full review
Bee Gees - You Should Be Dancing
posted a review of Bee Gees - You Should Be Dancing. about 1 year ago
This is not a 9:16 edit.
This is the live version from "Here At Last - Bee Gees Live", running more than 9 minutes.
B-side is also from that live album.

There is a longer version of YSBD, though.
It runs 4:45 and is featured on a US promo 12" as well... See full review
Peaches & Herb - Shake Your Groove Thing
posted a review of Peaches & Herb - Shake Your Groove Thing. about 1 year ago
This 6:36 version also featured in the original soundtrack "Priscilla - Queen Of The Desert".
David Bowie - DJ
posted a review of David Bowie - DJ. about 1 year ago
Not sure what kind of DJ Bowie had in mind when he made this song in 1979, but fact is that 20 years later, the DJ went on to replace the traditional rock singer as pop music's main superstar, whether you like it or not.

Something only Bowie would... See full review
Ann Joy / Igloo Rythm Band* - Love Now Hurt Later
posted a review of Ann Joy / Igloo Rythm Band* - Love Now Hurt Later. about 1 year ago
> Moroder-style...

But of course... Moroder originally recorded this one, together with Chris Bennett.
Listen to this album: Giorgio* And Chris* - Love's In You, Love's In Me.
The Ann Joy version is a cover. A good one, though. More punchy.
Club Nouveau - Why You Treat Me So Bad
posted a review of Club Nouveau - Why You Treat Me So Bad. about 1 year ago
"Why You Treat Me So Bad" was only a moderate hit way back in 1987. But in sampled form, it was responsible for three worldwide hits several years later (maybe even more, but these three came into my mind first):

1. Luniz - I Got 5 On It
2. Puff Daddy Featuring R. Kelly - Satisfy You
3.... See full review
posted a comment on LMFAO. about 1 year ago
I decided to have my say somewhat more than 10 years after the review of "irionman".

Agreed, LMFAO are not the best rappers, the best singers, the best songwriters, the best performers.
But their track "Party Rock Anthem" is one of those rare... See full review
Quazar - (Fast Forward) Into The Future
posted a comment on Quazar - (Fast Forward) Into The Future. about 1 year ago
Vocal "fast forward... into the future" was probably inspired by Steve Miller Band - Fly Like An Eagle ("time keeps on slippin'... into the future").
Junkie XL - Billy Club
posted a comment on Junkie XL - Billy Club. about 1 year ago
I hear shades of The Prodigy "Breathe" in here.
More Prodigy influences (Firestarter, Smack My Bitch Up) in the Rotten Beats Mix.
The Prodigy - Everybody In The Place
posted a comment on The Prodigy - Everybody In The Place. about 1 year ago
Maybe totally coincidental, but "Everybody In The Place" has the same C-G-A#-F chord as The The "Uncertain Smile"...
Listen for yourself...
Spargo - Head Up To The Sky
posted a comment on Spargo - Head Up To The Sky. over 2 years ago
"Head Up To The Sky" bears strong resemblance with Robert Flack & Donny Hathaway "Back Together Again"...
Laurent Voulzy - Rockollection
posted a comment on Laurent Voulzy - Rockollection. over 2 years ago
Actually, a near perfect "Best Disco In Town"... as far as I know, The Ritchie Family were the first to segue fragments of mutiple songs into one single piece of music. That was 1976.
Stars on 45 was from late 1980 early 1981. They popularised the format.
Armand Van Helden - Killing Puritans
posted a review of Armand Van Helden - Killing Puritans. over 2 years ago
This is probably one of house music's politically most agressive albums. Just as hiphop has Public Enemy's "Fear Of A Black Planet" and rock music The Sex Pistols "Never Mind The Bollocks", Armand van Helden's "Killing Puritans" served as an eye- and... See full review
Dire Straits - Sultans Of Swing
posted a comment on Dire Straits - Sultans Of Swing. over 2 years ago
I'm trying to figure out how many different versions of "Sultans Of Swing" were recorded and released during the 1970s. So far, I found the following:

1. According to Wikipedia, the song was recorded first late 1977. This version was released early... See full review
posted a review of Musicians Union Band. over 2 years ago
The idea behind "Musicians Union Band" started in 1970. Dutch pop music was spreading all over the world. Shocking Blue No. 1 in the Billboard Hot 100 with "Venus", Golden Earring touring in the US. Foreign record companies started to release Dutch... See full review
posted a comment on Meisjeskoor "Sweet Sixteen"* - Peter. over 2 years ago
The legend says that "Peter" refers to Dutch language rock 'n roll star Peter Koelewijn, who was ruling the scene with his song "Kom Van Dat Dak Af" (as Peter En Zijn Rockets) at the time of this release.
However, the character Peter in the song... See full review
posted a comment on Hitzone. over 2 years ago
Friendship ends with Hitzone.
No. 100, released February 2022, was the last one.
If you can read Dutch, here's the story.
Kate Bush - Running Up That Hill
posted a comment on Kate Bush - Running Up That Hill. over 2 years ago
I guess Kate Bush must have been listening to Kraftwerk "Trans-Europe-Express" while writing "Running Up That Hill".
The rhythm tracks of both songs are very similar.
JX - You Belong To Me
posted a comment on JX - You Belong To Me. over 3 years ago
At least the vocal "you belong to me" (but maybe the other lines as well) is resung from another record.

Late 1993, Golden Delicious - You Belong To Me was released using the same vocal hook (different vocalist, though). They most likely sampled... See full review
Trance 100 (2)
posted a review of Trance 100 (2). over 3 years ago

It was a product of its time. The era when dance in general got overexposed in the Netherlands. Around 1997/1998, there was "Club 100", "Trance 100", "Dance 100", "Hardcore 100"... unlike the highly acclaimed "Turn Up The Bass" series, there was... See full review
Mac Zimms - Feel What I'm Feeling / Sunburst
posted a comment on Mac Zimms - Feel What I'm Feeling / Sunburst. over 3 years ago
Tammy and Tori... ;)

"Feel What I'm Feeling" sounds like a mash-up of Luvspunge "Do You Feel What I'm Feeling" (which uses a Tammy Lucas sample from "Is It Good To You") and the Armand van Helden remix of Tori Amos "Professional Widow"...
Gabber Piet - Hakke & Zage
posted a comment on Gabber Piet - Hakke & Zage. over 3 years ago
It's 25 years ago now and I can still remember how things were going. Hakkûhbar no. 1 and Gabber Piet in their footsteps but No Doubt was unbeatable...
But somehow, Hakkûhbar got away with it, while Gabber Piet was dissed (JDA "Voel Je Die Bass",... See full review
Juggernaut - Ruffneck Rules Da Artcore Scene !!!
posted a comment on Juggernaut - Ruffneck Rules Da Artcore Scene !!!. over 3 years ago
Translation of Patrick's statement for those who do not understand Dutch:

Alright... this is my first, and also my last, response to the entire "top 40" story.
Of course, I NEVER had the intention to get this maxi single into the top 40.
I made this... See full review
Bodylotion - Bodylotion II
posted a comment on Bodylotion - Bodylotion II. over 3 years ago
The opening speech is most likely a fabricated dialogue, as is the case with the Euromasters releases. It is a tale about a group of clumsy Brabant people (Geldrop, Budel) trying to get their equally clumsy house track released.
Despite the lyrics... See full review
Party Animals - Good Vibrations
posted a review of Party Animals - Good Vibrations. over 3 years ago
After scoring three domestic No. 1 hit singles within 8 months with their ska-based happy hardcore sound (that is mainstream pop number ones, not dance/club hits!), a full-length one-artist album was needed to fulfil the demand. The resulting... See full review
Party Animals - Hava Naquila
posted a comment on Party Animals - Hava Naquila. over 3 years ago
Listening to the Tekno Mafia version... it seems to me that the opening synth sound was taken from the movie "De Lift"... the sound that is heard in the final act when the engineer is battling the elevator, shortly after the elevator doors crushed a... See full review
Kama Sutra* - Night Walk
posted a review of Kama Sutra* - Night Walk. over 3 years ago
The "Black Horses" version is of course the epic masterpiece here and the "Night Walk Version" the most popular, but for me, it is all about the "Secret Masterpiece" version. This is an updated version of the "Night Walk Version" and sounds a bit like... See full review
DJ Jean - House Party 11 (The '94 Summer Of Love Edition The Mellow Clubmix By DJ Jean)
posted a review of DJ Jean - House Party 11 (The '94 Summer Of Love Edition The Mellow Clubmix By DJ Jean). over 3 years ago
Mixed feelings about this one. When the series started in 1991, the mixing was done by TCM. Hardly anyone knew by heart who were behind those three letters. It was an era when DJs did not yet have star status in our country. That, however, was going... See full review