Saturday, 31 January 2015

Earth and Fire: Seasons

The fifth entry in the blog for Earth and Fire takes us back to their debut single, which was an instant success. And deservedly so, still an awesome song to listen to.

Year: 1970
Charted: 14 weeks
Top position: 2
My score: 4/6

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Friday, 30 January 2015

BZN: Felicidad

The fifth entry for chart machine BZN, and one of the worst to my taste. I dislike everything about this, the melody, the singing, the subject. A very low 2/6.

Year: 1978
Charted: 7 weeks
Top position: 7
My score: 2/6

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Thursday, 29 January 2015

Albert West: For the good times

The second entry for Albert West, this time with a cover of a Kris Kristofferson song. Very suited for his smooth voice, and a decent version.

Year: 1975
Charted: 6 weeks
Top position: 11
My score: 3/6

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Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Shocking Blue: Inkpot

The second time Shocking Blue features, this time with a slightly psychedelic single, reminiscent of the late sixties. Fun but a tad simple.

Year: 1972
Charted: 5 weeks
Top position: 9
My score: 3/6

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Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Normaal: Ik bun moar een eenvoudige boerenlul

The second entry in the blog for Achterhoek dialect rockers Normaal. Ik bun moar een eenvoudige boerenlul is one of their best hard rocking singles, and I love to listen to it over 35 years later.

Year: 1978
Charted: 4 weeks
Top position: 31
My score: 4/6

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Monday, 26 January 2015

Cats: Maribaja

The fourth entry in the blog for the main exponent of the Volendam eel sound: the Cats. Maribaja is a beautiful song that brings back good memories of the autumn of 1973. A high 4/6.

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

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Sunday, 25 January 2015

Kaz Lux: Rolling

Kaz Lux from Oosterhout was the singer of Brainbox until 1971. His solo career took eight years to yield him his one and only solo top 40 hit. Rolling, a Randy Newman cover, is an attractive bluesy song.

Year: 1979
Charted: 3 weeks
Top position: 33
My score: 4/6

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Saturday, 24 January 2015

Peter en zijn Rockets: Mij oh mij

Peter Koelewijn from Eindhoven was the first Dutch rocker, scoring hits with Peter en zijn Rockets (and later solo) from 1960 until 1996. As a band, they scored five hits in the 70s. Mij oh mij is not their best, but a nice piece of nostalgia.

Year: 1972
Charted: 10 weeks
Top position: 15
My score: 3/6

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Friday, 23 January 2015

Full House: Standing on the inside

Full House from Het Gooi were a studio outfit, including football player Frank Kramer, who scored just one hit. But it was a big one and quite catchy.

Year: 1976
Charted: 10 weeks
Top position: 2
My score: 4/6

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Thursday, 22 January 2015

Vitesse: Rock and roll band

Vitesse were a rock band from Amterdam, who scored their biggest hits in the 80s, but their first chart success dates back to 1979. A good straightforward r&r song.

Year: 1979
Charted: 4 weeks
Top position: 29
My score: 3/6

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Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Bonnie St. Claire: I won´t stand between them

The second time Bonnie St. Claire shows up in the blog, this time with her second hit (her first of the 70s). A power ballad of international quality (I would love to hear a Bonnie Tyler cover).

Year: 1970
Charted: 14 weeks
Top position: 5
My score: 4/6

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Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Walkers: There's no more corn on the brasos

The second time that the Walkers feature in the blog, this time with their very first hit. Typical country inspired Dutch sound, and still OK to listen to.

Year: 1971
Charted: 10 weeks
Top position: 4
My score: 3/6

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Monday, 19 January 2015

Havenzangers: Greetje uit de polder

De Havenzangers from Apeldoorn are one of my "guilty pleasures" (although obviously I don't buy in to that concept, given this blog). Their popular Dutch folk melodies yielded them 14 hits over a period of three decades. This is the last of their five hits in the seventies. And, yes, I did put it on the MP3 USB stick.

Year: 1979
Charted: 5 weeks
Top position: 32
My score: 4/6

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Sunday, 18 January 2015

Sandy Coast: True love that's a wonder

The second hit in the blog for Sandy Coast, one of my personal favourite Dutch bands of the 70s. This one was their greatest success, and has aged very well.

Year: 1971
Charted: 12 weeks
Top position: 3
My score: 4/6

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Saturday, 17 January 2015

Kayak: Starlight dancer

The third entry for Kayak, and to my taste the best of the Dutch seventies' singles. The timing of this space mini-epic was excellent, as it coincided with the Star Wars mania. Musically, the greatest influence in this particular song undoubtedly was Queen, especially their Bohemian rhapsody, in the alternations of rock and ballad.

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

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Friday, 16 January 2015

New Dutch Organ Group: Holland disco

The New Dutch Organ Group were a studio project that scored one hit. I was frankly amazed that I had no recollection whatsoever of this song (featuring Dutch street organs), even though it was the alarmschijf (DJ's pick of the week) at a time when I followed the charts every week. I did not miss much by getting this one out of my memory.

Year: 1978
Charted: 5 weeks
Top position: 18
My score: 2/6

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Thursday, 15 January 2015

Heart: Lovemaker

Heart from Rotterdam (not to be confused with the later American band of the same name) were a short-lived band with Patricia Paay as singer. This is their only hit, in the glitter pop style that was popular at the time.

Year: 1974
Charted: 4 weeks
Top position: 28
My score: 3/6

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Wednesday, 14 January 2015

BZN: Sevilla

The fourth entry in the blog for one of the biggest chart huggers of the 70s, BZN. Sevilla fits well in their series of melodic, radio-friendly songs. A bit too middle of the road for me.

Year: 1977
Charted: 13 weeks
Top position: 4
My score: 2/6

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Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Tumbleweeds: Somewhere between

The Tumbleweeds from Waalwijk were one of the bands profiting from a short-lived peak in interest and country and western music in the mid seventies. This is their first and most successful hit, and one I like a lot.

Year: 1975
Charted: 10 weeks
Top position: 2
My score: 4/6

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Monday, 12 January 2015

Ekseption: Peace planet

The second hit in the blog by Ekseption, and as usual, it is their version of a well-known piece of classical music, in this case the Badinerie from Bach's Suite No 2 In B Minor. In general, such transcriptions are not my cup of tea, but this works pretty well.

Year: 1971
Charted: 10 weeks
Top position: 2
My score: 4/6

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Sunday, 11 January 2015

Rob de Nijs: Dag zuster Ursula

Rob de Nijs from Amsterdam has perhaps had the longest career of any Dutch artist, with top40 hits in four decades between 1963 and 1998. In the 70s, he scored six times in the Dutch top40, His most successful of these was Dag zuster Ursula, a song by Boudewijn de Groot and Lennaert Nijgh.

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

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Saturday, 10 January 2015

Husky: Pretty little Linda

Husky from Soest had a short span of success in the mid 70s, with three chart hits. This is their last success, and to my taste their best.

Year: 1976
Charted: 5 weeks
Top position: 19
My score: 4/6

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Friday, 9 January 2015

George Baker Selection: Dear Ann

The third entry for the George Baker Selection takes us back to their second single, released after the international runaway success of Little green bag from 1969. Dear Ann with its country/folk sound is more fun than most songs of this ensemble.

Year: 1970
Charted: 14 weeks
Top position: 2
My score: 3/6

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Thursday, 8 January 2015

Earth and Fire: Memories

The fourth time that Earth and Fire make the blog, and this is one of the very best songs by any Dutch band. A stunning tour de force, and a rare example where the public's taste and mine are completely in line. A high 5/6.

Year: 1972
Charted: 14 weeks
Top position: 1
My score: 5/6

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Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Lemming: Father John

The second time that the horror rock of Lemming features in the blog. Father John, the story of a mad monk, was their biggest success.

Year: 1974
Charted: 9 weeks
Top position: 15
My score: 4/6

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