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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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The Prodigy - Everybody In The Place
posted a comment on The Prodigy - Everybody In The Place. 10 days 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... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bErFXjUGvQ&t=71s
Spargo - Head Up To The Sky
posted a comment on Spargo - Head Up To The Sky. about 1 month 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. about 1 month 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. about 1 month 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. 3 months 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. 4 months 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
Meisjeskoor
posted a comment on Meisjeskoor "Sweet Sixteen"* - Peter. 5 months 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
Hitzone
posted a comment on Hitzone. 5 months ago
Friendship ends with Hitzone.
No. 100, released February 2022, was the last one.
If you can read Dutch, here's the story.
https://www.nu.nl/muziek/6184745/hitzone-brengt-honderdste-en-laatste-verzamelalbum-uit-de-cijfers-op-een-rij.html
Kate Bush - Running Up That Hill
posted a comment on Kate Bush - Running Up That Hill. 6 months 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. 7 months 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). 7 months 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. 7 months 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. 7 months 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 !!!. 7 months 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. 7 months 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. 7 months 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. 7 months 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. 8 months 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). 8 months 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
Body Lotion* - Ik Wil Hakke!
posted a comment on Body Lotion* - Ik Wil Hakke!. 8 months ago
I'm not sure who was the first (but I would like to know, any help is welcome).
Oldest entry I found so far was this from late 1992: Musical Vandals - Damage E.P. (the closing track, "Hakke"). Darkraver is Stefan André Sweet. Musical Vandals are
Marco Kruijswijk and... See full review
Playground - My Presence
posted a review of Playground - My Presence. 8 months ago
What? Nearly 30 years have passed and still NO REVIEW...??? Then let me be first.

Of course, it's all about the lengthy A-side, "My Presence". Picture yourself the year 1992, when house was splitting into subgenres and especially the Dutch hardcore... See full review
DJ Paul Elstak* - Play My Game
posted a review of DJ Paul Elstak* - Play My Game. 8 months ago
DJ Paul may have made dozens, hundreds, maybe thousands of tracks, but if there is one he should be remembered for forever, then let it be "Play My Game".

The year was 1994 and I recall a year-end interview with Paul in a Dutch dance music magazine.... See full review
Speed Soul Brothers - Retsekets EP
posted a review of Speed Soul Brothers - Retsekets EP. 8 months ago
I always have been curious about the person that is made fun of in the opener "Jan". In this track, Jan is offered a crash course in mixing:

"Jan? Jan? Hey Jan! Jaa-aan! Liz'n! You take a record... you lay 'em on it... and you THROW 'em in!"
Sonic... See full review
Trancemission - Keep This Party Slammin' / Direct Approach
posted a comment on Trancemission - Keep This Party Slammin' / Direct Approach. 8 months ago
I recall having big fun playing around with two instances of "Keep This Party Slammin'". The Straight mix (featured on Various - Move The House 10 (Mellow)) and the Dub mix (featured on Various - Serious Clubhits) use the same vocal sample at a different pitch. Laying both vocals over each... See full review
Various - Techno Trance 4
posted a review of Various - Techno Trance 4. 8 months ago
Best episode of the series, despite "De Skippybal". This was right before hardcore was given its own identity with "Thunderdome". There is a significant amount of hardcore here, and many tracks featured here would also pop up in the House Party 6 mix... See full review
Various - Techno Trance 5
posted a review of Various - Techno Trance 5. 8 months ago
This fifth installment of the series contains a lot of styles of electronic dance music, but there is not that many techno or trance here. We have club (Klatsch, Exposure, Moods, Pegasus, Spacetrax), hardcore (Terra W.A.N., Ramirez, Citrus, Hocus... See full review
Hardliners - Pikke Poeli Mellow
posted a comment on Hardliners - Pikke Poeli Mellow. 8 months ago
Koen and Addy were already in the business in 1990 when they made the winning mix for the Turn Up The Bass mix contest (their winning mix can be heard on vol. 8).
They made the first three TUTB year mixes and mixed House Party 5 together with Egma.
As... See full review
King Dale - Utter !
posted a comment on King Dale - Utter !. 8 months ago
Trivia: the "Turbulentie mix" was named after a radio show on Rotterdam city radio, in which deejays were invited to mix an hour nonstop. The programme was, of course, an answer to Robin Albers "For Those Who Like To Groove" which also used to have... See full review
Control D.C.* - Ritmo Dell' Diavolo
posted a comment on Control D.C.* - Ritmo Dell' Diavolo. 8 months ago
I recall an early version of this, which used the opening synth stabs of Soft Cell "Tainted Love" after the spoken intro.
Looks like the sample was replaced by some other self-created sound to avoid copyright claims.

The spoken word intro is in... See full review
Hardliners - Pikke Poeli Mellow
posted a comment on Hardliners - Pikke Poeli Mellow. 8 months ago
"Pikke Poeli Mellow" is a spoof on a governmental advertisement against road speeding. In the original version, a car driver sees all kinds of things pass by at high speed, until he says "trekkertje" (little tractor) followed by a scared-to-death... See full review
Dance Classics (9)
posted a review of Dance Classics (9). 9 months ago
I started collecting this series in 1988 and remained true to it during the entire 25-year lifespan. Dance Classics was even the main cause of becoming a Discogs member! But first things first.

The whole thing started when I was eighteen years old... See full review
The Bank - Lay All Your Love On Me
posted a comment on The Bank - Lay All Your Love On Me. 10 months ago
Interesting. I always thought the order of events was the other way round:
1. ABBA releases "Super Trouper" album
2. "Lay All Your Love On Me" was club favourite but too short, so longer bootleg versions of "Lay All Your Love On Me" were made... See full review
For Those Who Like To Groove
posted a comment on For Those Who Like To Groove. 11 months ago
If you were a CD mixing deejay back in the days, then these compilations were nothing less but a GOLDMINE.
Because "For Those..." provided:

1. the original artists. Yes, you get the original "Pullover" by Speedy J and not some Italian bootleg... See full review
Snap!
posted a review of Snap!. 11 months ago
Snap! was the first ever electronic dance music (EDM) act to break through on a global scale. It was also one of those acts that helped to bridge the boundaries between the various EDM styles and as such, re-shaped hiphop, r&b and house into a... See full review
Various - House Party II - The Ultimate Megamix
posted a comment on Various - House Party II - The Ultimate Megamix. 11 months ago
Agreed.
What bugs me is that everywhere in Discogs, these "reconstructions" are listed as tracks/mixes from the original artists. At least Arcade (who released the House Party albums) was so honest not to mention the original artists, so you know... See full review
Euromasters - Alles Naar De Kl- -te
posted a comment on Euromasters - Alles Naar De Kl- -te. 11 months ago
I would not be surprised if this Italian release of ANDK was the first ever Italian record to contain Dutch language...
DJ Charly Lownoise & DJ Mental Theo* - Live At London
posted a review of DJ Charly Lownoise & DJ Mental Theo* - Live At London. 11 months ago
Is this the first "Happy Hardcore" record? At least, it has all the elements of the music that would break through ginormously in 1995. Breakbeats, fast kickdrums but not extremely fast, a melody interlude, dancing pianos, it's all there.

I recall... See full review
Neophyte - The Three Amiga's E.P.
posted a review of Neophyte - The Three Amiga's E.P.. 11 months ago
1993. I recall an interview with DJ Paul Elstak, shortly after "Alles Naar De Kl--te" by The Euromasters became a Dutch Top 40 hit. He was asked about new directions of Rotterdam Records, because the summum of hardcore was said to be reached.
"You... See full review
Petra & Co - Just Let Go / Laat Je Gaan
posted a review of Petra & Co - Just Let Go / Laat Je Gaan. 11 months ago
I was 19 when this came out. The Dutch version "Laat Je Gaan" was the more popular version on the radio here in the Netherlands, because an original Dutch-language house record was something practically unheard of. All we had so far were silly things... See full review
Various - Rave The City
posted a review of Various - Rave The City. 11 months ago
I still recall the adverts of this answer to Arcade Various - Thunderdome II - Judgement Day (Back From Hell!), featuring Musical Vandals - Hakke!
EVA claimed that Rave The City featured "the one and only original Hakke!", referring to Éch Heftag!* - De Haag Hakke !!.
Back in the days, only a few people who were in the... See full review
Jaydee - Plastic Dreams
posted a review of Jaydee - Plastic Dreams. 11 months ago
Summer 1992. My first encounter with "Plastic Dreams" was on a compilation album named Various - Natural Elements 2. Natural was one of my favourite labels, and upon listening to this CD, I heard this track. There was something strange about it, because the track was not... See full review
Euromasters - Alles Naar De Kl--te
posted a review of Euromasters - Alles Naar De Kl--te. 11 months ago
Here is a list of infos I gathered of this track; not sure what should be included in the notes for the master release.

The direct cause for this release was the ongoing rivalry between Amsterdam and Rotterdam, and how the media even blew this up... See full review
Turn Up The Bass Megamix
posted a review of Turn Up The Bass Megamix. 11 months ago
According to Ben Liebrand, who started his now legendary Grandmixes in 1983, mixes like these were one of the reasons why he had to quit making his famous Grandmixes in 1993.

1. The Grandmixes were made with the idea of a complete and accurate... See full review
Euromasters - Amsterdam Waar Lech Dat Dan?
posted a review of Euromasters - Amsterdam Waar Lech Dat Dan?. 11 months ago
Early 1992. Not sure if it was the January or February issue of Disco Dance, but I recall several articles written by Amsterdam resident Ad de Feijter (a.k.a. Mr. Fact or DJ Murderhouse) about the then current house tunes. First, he disqualified... See full review
posted a review of The Dance Sampler. 11 months ago
Samplers were very popular in the Netherlands during the early days of the CD. One of the first was the so-called Premie-CD, an annual free gift that was passed after the purchase of a certain amount of music. On the Premie-CD, 15 artists passed one... See full review
Apotheosis - O Fortuna
posted a review of Apotheosis - O Fortuna. 11 months ago
At the end of 1991, everybody in the low countries was into rave. T99 paved the way with "Anastasia", dozens of acts copied their sounds, L.A. Style scored a No. 1 with "James Brown Is Dead" and after several replies to the latter, many were curious... See full review
Techno Grooves
posted a review of Techno Grooves. 11 months ago
The concept of "Techno Grooves" is often underrated or misunderstood. The idea behind the concept must have originated somewhere end 1988, begin 1989, when our country was flooded with illegal tapes whose only description was "Acid House". No artists,... See full review
Strictly Rhythm
posted a review of Strictly Rhythm. 11 months ago
My first encounter with Strictly Rhythm (SR) as a label was when Belgian record company Who's That Beat? was willing to release Photon Inc. Featuring Paula Brion - Generate Power in our country (The Netherlands). At that time, I did not know what the original label of the tune was, only that it was a... See full review
Djaimin - Give You
posted a comment on Djaimin - Give You. 11 months ago
As far as I know, this is the first time ever a European artist had a release on Strictly Rhythm.
Moby - I Feel It + Thousand
posted a comment on Moby - I Feel It + Thousand. 11 months ago
In an interview, Moby stated that he made the track "Thousand" as a response to other DJ/producers who were in a race to produce the fastest record. As if hardcore techno was only about that subject (I recall Euromasters - Alles Naar De Kl--te clocking at 250 BPM in two of the... See full review