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 Grand Funk Railroad - Inside Looking Out. 10 days 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). 2 months ago
Speed (15) and Speed (29) are the same band. Merge?
posted a comment on Speed (15). 2 months ago
Speed (15) and Speed (29) are the same band. Merge?
posted a comment on Earth And Fire - Invitation. 2 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 ... See full review
posted a review of D.C. Lewis - Mijn Gebed. 2 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 ... See full review
posted a review of Kayak - Mammoth. 2 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; ... See full review
posted a review of Duran Duran - Planet Earth. 3 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 ... See full review
posted a review of Bauhaus - Bela Lugosi's Dead. 3 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 ... See full review
posted a review of Roots Syndicate - Mockin' Bird Hill. 4 months 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. 5 months 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. 5 months ago
"Bebida Magica" was originally recorded by Los Jaivas in 1977.
posted a review of Donna Summer - Four Seasons Of Love. 6 months 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. 6 months 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. 6 months 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. 10 months 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. 10 months 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. 10 months 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. 10 months 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. 11 months 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. 11 months 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. 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 ... See full review
posted a comment on 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 ... See full review
posted a review of 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 ... See full review
posted a comment on The Twins - The Desert Place (Long Version). about 1 year 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. about 1 year 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. about 1 year 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
posted a comment on Usha - I Want You / Rockin' The Beat. about 1 year 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.
posted a comment on Wally Tax - Let's Forget What I Said / Last Night. about 1 year 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.
posted a review of The Cats - The End Of The Show / Irish. about 1 year 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 ... See full review
posted a review of Golden Earrings* - Dong-Dong-Di-Ki-Di-Gi-Dong. about 1 year 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 ... See full review
posted a review of Golden Earrings* - Things Go Better. about 1 year 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 ... See full review
posted a review of The Golden Ear-Rings* - That Day. about 1 year 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 ... See full review
posted a review of Matt Bianco - Don't Blame It On That Girl. about 1 year 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 ... See full review
posted a comment on Madness - One Step Beyond. about 1 year ago
As far as I know, this is the 12" single with the smallest total playing time (5 minutes 12 seconds).
posted a comment on The Millionaires (2) - Fantasy Island. about 1 year ago
This very ABBA-esque disco ditty was originally nominated for the Dutch entry at the Eurovision Song Contest. Sadly enough, it did not make it to the ESC; Bill van Dijk "Jij En Ik" was chosen instead. What a big mistake it was.

The song was picked up ... See full review
posted a review of Gazuzu - Drums On Fire. about 1 year 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 ... See full review
posted a comment on 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. ... See full review
posted a comment on Barry De Vorzon And Perry Botkin Jr. - Nadia's Theme. over 2 years ago
No More Drama... that's where Mary J. Blige got it from...:)
posted a review of Long Tall Ernie & The Shakers* - Meet The Monsters. over 2 years ago
This album is worth buying for the track "Witches" alone! Released as an edited three minute single as well, you will find the full version here: a magnificent nearly-12-minute Eurodisco detour. The vocals may be a bit over the top and the intro ... See full review
posted a review of Meat Loaf - Paradise By The Dashboard Light. over 2 years ago
This 5:25 edit makes the difference between a flop record and a hit record. "Paradise..." started as an 8:28 song that was part of the album "Bat out of hell". An earlier fade was made to make it a 7:55 single. This version was released as a single in ... See full review
posted a review of The Monotones (2) - Mono. over 2 years ago
"Mono" is a creation by the people from the Cat Music hit factory (Catapult, Lia Velasco, The Internationals, Rubberen Robbie). The single was packaged to look like an old 1950s recording (yes, the age of mono recordings) and even the text "Her Mother's ... See full review
posted a review of Urbanus, Kris Kastaar - The Scratchin' Zwaantjes. over 2 years ago
For a long time, my feeling about this record was the same as what Urbanus says in the final verse: I don't have time to waste my time here. But right now when I'm having a bit too much time on my hands, I could pass you a couple of notes to this ... See full review
posted a comment on Bananarama - Wow!. over 2 years ago
All 12 inch versions of "Love, Truth & Honesty" (as well as pretty much ALL alternative versions that did not fit on the album re-issues) can be found on the "Megarama" 3CD compilation. This was released one year after the album re-issues.
posted a review of Level 42 - The Ultimate Collection II - B-Sides Remixes & Rarities. over 2 years ago
Mixed feelings about this one. I bought it as a companion to the year 2000 album re-issues, as it contains a couple of tracks that were not featured on those re-issues. I also was unable to find the RITF/SATS pair, so I could at least add some of the ... See full review
posted a comment on Time Bandits - Live It Up. over 2 years ago
I listened to the introductory sounds of "Live it up" (before the rhythm kicks in), and I suddenly thought... was Alides Hidding inspired by the movie "Carrie" (1976)? The tones used in the intro show very close resemblance with those used in the horror ... See full review
posted a review of Ben Liebrand - Grand 12-Inches 14. over 2 years ago
Not *that* bad!

I have to say I listened to the discs in the order 4,3,2,1. So yes, I was heavily disappointed when I heard the ear-aching version of "Nice and slow" included here. I was looking forward to hear the original 1976 12 inch in its full ... See full review
posted a review of The Beatles - Michelle / Girl. over 3 years ago
Released as a single in The Netherlands, after The Overlanders made a cover of it. As the sales of both versions were combined for the chart entry, it replaced "We can work it out/Day tripper" on the top spot of the Dutch Top 40 on February 12th, 1966. ... See full review
posted a comment on Dom.I.No - Up The Par. over 3 years ago
It will probably always be a mystery whether the creators of this record officially got permission to use a sample of a Beatles recording... on the other hand, this was 1990 and in those days, it was no problem if one did not credit artists whose work ... See full review
posted a comment on Robert Long - Ai Lof Joe So. over 3 years ago
Protest record against the ignorance of native language songs in the Dutch Top 40. Title is Dutch phonetic spelling for "I love you so".

Song quotes a number of chart positions, but no edition of the Dutch top 40 featured them all together.
posted a review of Future Breeze - Why?. over 3 years ago
Okay, I'll be straight with you, I bought this album as the cheapest way to get the long versions of their three hits at that time, "Read My Lips", "Why Don't You Dance With Me" and "Keep The Fire Burnin'". It's a trick I used a lot those days (same goes ... See full review