Tuesday, 30 June 2015

The End

And so this blog comes to an end. I need more time for other things in my life, and for blogging, my two original blogs get preference. In addition, statistics show not much response on this blog and the parallel one on classical music. So be it. Bye.

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Catapult: Hit the big time

The third time Catapult features in the blog, this time with their debut which was a solid hit and quite rightly so. Their initial hits has stood the test of time remarkably well.

Year: 1974
Charted: 5 weeks
Top position: 16
My score: 4/6

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Monday, 22 June 2015

Dimitri van Toren: Een lied voor kinderen

During the time this blog was on hold, we have lost another singer from the seventies (in addition to Albert West and Drs. P. more recently): Dimitri van Toren passed away in May. Rest in peace. Here we have his second hit, Een lied voor kinderen, not bad, although not of the quality of his debut which appeared in the blog earlier.

Year: 1973
Charted: 12 weeks
Top position: 6
My score: 3/6

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Thursday, 18 June 2015

Earth and Fire: Maybe tomorrow maybe tonight

The 6th time Earth and Fire feature in the blog, this time with one of their very best singles (and actually the first one that I listened to way back in 1973...).

Year: 1973
Charted: 11 weeks
Top position: 3
My score: 5/6

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Monday, 15 June 2015

Drs. P.: Veerpont

Earlier last week, we lost Albert West far too young (65), this weekend Drs. P. passed away at the more acceptable age of 95. Rest in peace. This was his first of two hits (De Dodenrit has appeared in the blog before), and is still a fun song to listen to.

Year: 1973
Charted: 5 weeks
Top position: 23
My score: 4/6

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Thursday, 11 June 2015

Focus: Hocus Pocus (2)

After yesterday's post about Hocus Pocus, here we have the same song in a somewhat different version, that became a hit two years later. Confusing perhaps, but so be it.

Year: 1973
Charted: 7 weeks
Top position: 9
My score: 4/6

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Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Focus: Hocus Pocus (1)

The second time Dutch prog rock giants Focus are featured in the blog, this time with their biggest international success.

Year: 1971
Charted: 7 weeks
Top position: 10
My score: 4/6

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Sunday, 7 June 2015

Lucifer: House for sale

The third time that Lucifer feature in the blog, now with their first and greatest hit - which is also their best song in my opinion. A beautiful ballad about a couple breaking up, sung excellently by Margriet Eshuis.

Year: 1975
Charted: 11 weeks
Top position: 4
My score: 5/6

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Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Henk Wijngaard: Met de vlam in de pijp

The first (and most successful) hit of Henk Wijngaard from Stadskanaal. In three decades, he managed 20 top40 hits, five of them in the 70s. This trucker song is not as bad as many hits in the Dutch language of that time, and mildly enjoyable in a campy way. A low 3/6.

Year: 1978
Charted: 13 weeks
Top position: 6
My score: 3/6

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Monday, 1 June 2015

Albert West: Simone

The blog resumes with the third time that Albert West is featured - also because he is at the moment in hospital on intensive care after a bicycle accident. Let's wish him a speedy recovery*. Simone was not as big a hit as some of its predecessors (even though it was an alarmschijf, the pick of the week of Radio Veronica), but remains a nice song to hear once in a while.

* edit: sadly he passed away a few days later. RIP.

Year: 1974
Charted: 6 weeks
Top position: 15
My score: 3/6

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Friday, 13 March 2015

Time Out

We have a couple of busy weeks ahead of us, so I decided to put this blog (and the classical music one) on hold for a while. Regular posting will resume some time in April.

EDIT: the blog will resume early June, albeit possibly with a lower posting frequency than achieved before the time out.

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Renée: Sweet nothings

Renée was a band from The Hague, who had two hits in the last 70s with their retro rock and roll sound, and their biggest success a few years later in 1982. Sweet nothings was their first single, and a fun one it is.

Year: 1978
Charted: 8 weeks
Top position: 14
My score: 4/6

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Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Nico Haak: Foxie Foxtrot

The second time in the blog for Nico Haak, once more accompanied by the Paniekzaaiers. Foxie Foxtrot was his greatest success, and in my opinion his best song. He also scored a huge hit in Germany with a German version (Schmidtchen Sleicher).

Year: 1975
Charted: 9 weeks
Top position: 4
My score: 4/6

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Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Scott Fitzgerald and Yvonne Keeley: If I had words

Well, half-Dutch in this case. Yvonne Keeley, sister of Patricia Paay and later a member of the Star Sisters, scored her only hit in this duet with the British singer Scott Fitzgerald. A haunting reggae-style tune, based on the main melody of the organ symphony by Saint-Saens, and one of the biggest one hit wonders of the decade. I always have problems with this song, first of all because I much prefer the Saint-Saens composition, and secondly because I can't stand the falsetto voice of Scott Fitzgerald.

Year: 1977
Charted: 17 weeks
Top position: 1
My score: 2/6

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Monday, 9 March 2015

Golden Earring: Buddy Joe

The sixth entry for Golden Earring takes us back to 1972. I always thought that Buddy Joe was one of the weaker singles of this band, and time has not changed my opinion.

Year: 1972
Charted: 9 weeks
Top position: 4
My score: 3/6

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Sunday, 8 March 2015

Casey and the Pressure Group: Soul Tango

Casey and the Pressure Group were a band from The Hague around Cees Schrama, who scored two hits in the early seventies. This is their first chart success, a virtually instrumental song.

Year: 1970
Charted: 8 weeks
Top position: 25
My score: 3/6

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Saturday, 7 March 2015

Rob de Nijs: Malle Babbe

The second single by Rob de Nijs in this blog, and my personal favourite in his repertoire. A beautiful ballad about the struggle of a prostitute to be accepted by her fellow citizens centuries ago.

Year: 1975
Charted: 8 weeks
Top position: 8
My score: 4/6

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Friday, 6 March 2015

BZN: Marching on

The sixth hit for BZN to make the blog, this is their last success of the decade. A sentimental war song, rather different from their usual fare. But not much better.

Year: 1979
Charted: 9 weeks
Top position: 8
My score: 2/6

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Thursday, 5 March 2015

Livin' Blues: L.B. Boogie

Livin' Blues from The Hague were one of the top blues bands from the Netherlands. They scored four top40 hits with their surprisingly international sound. L.B. Boogie still holds up as a strong track over 40 years later.

Year: 1972
Charted: 6 weeks
Top position: 17
My score: 3/6

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Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Alquin: You always can change

The first of a handful of 45rpm single releases that did not chart, but that I personally like very much. Alquin from Delft saw none of their four singles reach the top40. You always can change, their first attempt, is for me one of the most beautiful songs ever made in the Netherlands.

Year: 1973
Charted: 0 weeks
Top position: -
My score: 6/6

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Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Sandra & Andres: Que je t'aime

The second time Sandra & Andres feature in the blog, this time with their fifth single, which also was their fifth top10 hit. Not my taste, very "oubollig" (a Dutch expression that is difficult to translate).

Year: 1971
Charted: 7 weeks
Top position: 8
My score: 2/6

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Monday, 2 March 2015

Tol Hansse: Big City

Tol Hansse from Amsterdam scored one huge hit (Big City, his first) and two small ones in the 70s. He sang in Dutch, but avoided the over-sentimentality that many Dutch singers practiced in this decade.

Year: 1978
Charted: 12 weeks
Top position: 2
My score: 3/6

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Sunday, 1 March 2015

Luv': U. O. Me (You owe me)

The third Luv' single in the blog, and my personal favourite of them. It was their second hit, and a real breakthrough success, helped by its regular use as theme song for the TV series Waldolala.

Year: 1978
Charted: 13 weeks
Top position: 3
My score: 4/6

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Saturday, 28 February 2015

Nick MacKenzie: One is one

The second time Nick MacKenzie features in the blog. This is his debut single, and his greatest hit. I did not like it then, don't like it now.

Year: 1973
Charted: 15 weeks
Top position: 2
My score: 2/6

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Friday, 27 February 2015

Hearts Of Soul: Fat Jack

The Hearts of Soul were three sisters from Harderwijk. Their only hit was this 1970 song, a mix of soft soul and Dutch country. Not bad actually.

Year: 1970
Charted: 5 weeks
Top position: 18
My score: 3/6

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Thursday, 26 February 2015

Hank the Knife and the Jets: Yesterday star

The second entry in the blog for Hank the Knife and the Jets. Their third hit, Yesterday star, may not have equaled the results of the first two, but the similar retro rock 'n' roll sound is still fun.

Year: 1976
Charted: 5 weeks
Top position: 14
My score: 4/6

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