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)
Recent Activity
posted a comment on Various - Disco Discharge. Europa. 2 days ago
What makes it worse is that the "After Eight" album version exists in master quality (there are many compilations that have it, such as Various - Hit History '83 - Volume 29), and the 12 inch version is just a re-edit of it. The best version to use? Older releases may not get ... See full review
posted a comment on Five - Let's Dance. 6 days ago
Although not sampled as such, the song "Let's Dance" was clearly inspired by Sharon Redd's 1981 disco hit "You Got My Love"...
posted a comment on Supersister (2) - No Tree Will Grow (On Too High A Mountain) . 22 days ago
The B-side "Groupes Of The Band" sounds very much like a spoof to Group 1850, "Mother No-Head"...
posted a comment on Fullhouse (2). 22 days ago
Agree; moved "Do It Right" and its appearances to entry Full House (17). Not sure about the flexi disc, though.
posted a review of Big Country - Chance. 2 months ago
"Chance" by Big Country is one of the contrary examples I mention when people tell me I should listen to albums integrally, rather than separate tracks, mixtapes, beatmixed tapes or alternate versions.

Whilst the album version of "Chance" sounds rather ... See full review
posted a comment on LaTour - People Are Still Having Sex. 3 months ago
Of course, I may have misheard the lyrics. It's what I heard back then. I have examples of lyrics I misheard and/or misunderstood for *decades*... so I do not think there are two ifferent sets of lyrics to that song... unless someone actually proves ... See full review
posted a comment on Pussycat (2) - Simply To Be With You. 8 months ago
I was hoping to see the 9:16 twelve inch version of "Doin'La Bamba!" to appear here, but instead, the record company added the single version, replaced the album version by the single version and moved the album version to the bonus content.

At the ... See full review
posted a review of The Motions - Wonderful Impressions. 8 months ago
Wonderful impressions indeed... a great overview of the band's career; the songbook album makes its CD debut, so does the album Sensation. As this is a strictly limited edition: if you come across this box on a record fair: buy it!

Nevertheless, more ... See full review
posted a comment on Golden Earring - The Complete Studio Recordings. 8 months ago
I agree that this box set is fantastic. But there are still some tracks missing, hence making it not literally "complete" but merely "almost complete bar a few exceptions". Mostly alternate versions or tracks rejected by the band are missing. Here are ... See full review
posted a comment on Boudewijn de Groot - Jimmy / Onderweg. 9 months ago
The intro of "Jimmy" is largely inspired by the intro of "Sparks" by The Who (album "Tommy", 1969).
posted a comment on New Adventures - Backdoor Lovers. 10 months ago
The intro of "Backdoor Lovers" is so close to Supermax "Love Machine" that it makes me wonder that it never came to a court case of plagiarism.
posted a review of Boudewijn De Groot - Picknick. 10 months 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 ... See full review
posted a review of Boudewijn de Groot - Voor De Overlevenden. 10 months 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 ... See full review
posted a comment on ApolloFourForty* - Krupa. 11 months 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)
posted a review of Public Image Ltd.* - Death Disco. 11 months 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, ... See full review
posted a comment on Ben Liebrand - Grand 12-Inches 16. 12 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 ... See full review
posted a review of It's Immaterial - Driving Away From Home (Jim's Tune). about 1 year 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 ... See full review
posted a comment on Army Of Lovers - Obsession. about 1 year 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 ... See full review
posted a comment on Dschinghis Khan - Klabautermann. about 1 year 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...
posted a review of Francesco Salvi - C'Ѐ Da Spostare Una Macchina. about 1 year 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 ... See full review
posted a comment on Manfred Mann's Earth Band - Watch. about 1 year 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. ... See full review
posted a comment on Kristine W - One More Try. about 1 year 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".
posted a comment on Teach In* - Dear John. about 1 year 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 ... See full review
posted a comment on Mauro Picotto - Proximus Medley With Adiemus. about 1 year 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.
posted a comment on Grand Funk Railroad - Inside Looking Out. about 1 year 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 ... See full review
posted a comment on Speed (29). about 1 year ago
Speed (15) and Speed (29) are the same band. Merge?
posted a comment on Speed (15). about 1 year ago
Speed (15) and Speed (29) are the same band. Merge?
posted a comment on Earth And Fire - Invitation. about 1 year 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 ... See full review
posted a review of D.C. Lewis - Mijn Gebed. about 1 year 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 ... See full review
posted a review of Kayak - Mammoth. about 1 year 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; ... See full review
posted a review of Duran Duran - Planet Earth. about 1 year 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 ... See full review
posted a review of Bauhaus - Bela Lugosi's Dead. about 1 year 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 ... See full review
posted a review of 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 ... See full review
posted a review of 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 ... See full review
posted a comment on Acapulco (3) - Bebida Magica. about 1 year ago
"Bebida Magica" was originally recorded by Los Jaivas in 1977.
posted a review of 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 ... See full review
posted a comment on 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.
posted a comment on 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.
posted a comment on Bonnie St. Claire - I Won't Stand Between Them. over 2 years 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 ... See full review
posted a review of LaTour - LaTour. over 2 years 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 ... See full review
posted a review of LaTour - People Are Still Having Sex. over 2 years 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 ... See full review
posted a comment on The Cats - Lea. over 2 years 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.
posted a comment on Golden Earring - Seven Tears. over 2 years 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, ... See full review
posted a review of Left Side - See You Crying / Feeling Allright. over 2 years 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 ... See full review
posted a review of The Golden Years Of Dutch Pop Music. over 2 years 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 ... See full review
posted a comment on Temple (8) - Searching For Places. over 3 years 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 ... See full review
posted a review of Holland (3) - Hans Brinker Symphony. over 3 years 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 ... See full review
posted a comment on The Twins - The Desert Place (Long Version). over 3 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".
posted a comment on Felix - It Will Make Me Crazy. over 3 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.
posted a comment on Golden Earring - I've Just Lost Somebody. over 3 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 ... See full review