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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Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Sunstreams: Aan de grens van de Duitse heuvelen

The Sunstreams from Groesbeek scored two hits in the 70s (and one in the 80s). This is their first and most successful chart entry, a tear-jerker song about the war, that recalls German folk music. It is actually better than one would expect, in a campy way.

Year: 1979
Charted: 10 weeks
Top position: 7
My score: 3/6

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Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Internationals: Young and in love

The Internationals, three sisters from The Hague, scored their only hit with this upbeat song, which sounds a bit like Luv' (but was released about a year before the first Luv' hit).

Year: 1977
Charted: 10 weeks
Top position: 2
My score: 3/6

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Monday, 23 February 2015

George Baker Selection: Nathalie

The fifth time that the George Baker Selection features, this time with one of their earlier hits. One of the few songs in their repertoire that I actually like.

Year: 1971
Charted: 8 weeks
Top position: 11
My score: 4/6

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Sunday, 22 February 2015

Galaxy-Lin: Long hot summer

Galaxy-Lin from The Hague were a short-lived band around Robbie van Leeuwen (ex-Motions and Shocking Blue) and Rudy Bennett (ex-Motions). This was their only chart success. OK, but not as good as the prodigy of its members would suggest.

Year: 1975
Charted: 6 weeks
Top position: 16
My score: 3/6

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Saturday, 21 February 2015

Fungus: Kaap'ren varen

Fungus from Vlaardingen were one of the few Dutch folk rock bands. Their only chart success (albeit a small one) is a great version of an old Dutch song about the time that the Dutch sailed the seven seas. One of the first rock songs in Dutch that I really liked.

Year: 1974
Charted: 3 weeks
Top position: 29
My score: 4/6

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Friday, 20 February 2015

Pussycat: Same old song

The third entry for Pussycat in the blog, their seventh hit, and the first time they covered a famous song into the charts. I prefer the original by the Four Tops (It's the same old song) from 1965, but it is a good version.

Year: 1978
Charted: 9 weeks
Top position: 10
My score: 3/6

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Thursday, 19 February 2015

Cats: Where have I been wrong

The fifth entry in the blog for the Cats, their fourth #1 hit (and the first of the decade for them). Slightly overproduced (a common problem for them in the early 70s), but better than most of their hits from this period.

Year: 1970
Charted: 14 weeks
Top position: 1
My score: 3/6

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Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Robert Long: Let us try

Robert Long from Utrecht will be remembered for the fabulous Dutch albums Vroeger of Later (1974) and Levenslang (1977), but his first hit was an English song. Let us try is a typical singalong song for a better world, a far cry from his later ballads.

Year: 1973
Charted: 7 weeks
Top position: 11
My score: 3/6

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Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Simplisties Verbond: Stoont als een garnaal

These days it is once more carnaval in the Netherlands, which resulted in numerous party song type hits in the past (meezingers, sing-alongs). The level of most of these hits is 0-1/6 for me, but they are an important part of the decade. I have selected three that I can stand. Here is the third. Simplisties Verbond were Kees van Kooten and Wim de Bie, makers of some of the highest quality TV over the years. This carnaval single (their second and final hit) was a bit of a provocation, the subject being the use of (controversial) soft drugs rather than (fully accepted) alcohol to have fun.

Year: 1976
Charted: 4 weeks
Top position: 18
My score: 3/6

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Monday, 16 February 2015

Andre van Duin: Sambaballensamba

These days it is once more carnaval in the Netherlands, which resulted in numerous party song type hits in the past (meezingers, sing-alongs). The level of most of these hits is 0-1/6 for me, but they are an important part of the decade. I have selected three that I can stand. Here is the second. Andre van Duin from Rotterdam was the decade's most popular TV comedian, who also scored 12 top40 hits in the 70s (and another 27 in the next decades). Many of his successes were hits during the carnaval period, such as the Sambaballensamba, which is full of double entendres. But fun.

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

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Sunday, 15 February 2015

Gerard Hoeben: Maar wie holt van mekaar

These days it is once more carnaval in the Netherlands, which resulted in numerous party song type hits in the past (meezingers, sing-alongs). The level of most of these hits is 0-1/6 for me, but they are an important part of the decade. I have selected three that I can stand. Here is the first. Gerard Hoeben from Enschede scored only one hit, which deviates from most by the use of the Twents dialect.

Year: 1974
Charted: 7 weeks
Top position: 3
My score: 3/6

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Saturday, 14 February 2015

Champagne: Valentino

The third entry for Champagne, and perfectly fitting for Valentine's day. Valentino was their third and last top10 hit, and my personal favourite in their repertoire.

Year: 1977
Charted: 8 weeks
Top position: 5
My score: 4/6

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Friday, 13 February 2015

Jack Jersey: I'm calling

The second hit by Jack Jersey in the blog, and the first one with which he reached the top40. Melodious, with more than a hint of country, and worth a spin.

Year: 1973
Charted: 7 weeks
Top position: 13
My score: 3/6

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Thursday, 12 February 2015

Golden Earring: Weekend love

The fifth hit for the Golden Earring to feature in the blog, with George Kooymans this time taking the lead vocal rather than Barry Hay. A straightforward melodious rocker, and a personal favourite of mine on the car USB stick.

Year: 1979
Charted: 13 weeks
Top position: 3
My score: 4/6

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Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Oscar Harris and the Twinkle Stars: Try a little love

The second single in the blog for Oscar Harris and the Twinkle Stars. Try a little love was their first top10 hit, a ballad that is far too saccharine for my taste.

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

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Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Teach-In: Fly away

The third time Teach-In features in the blog, this time with their first hit. An upbeat melodic song, with a nice mandolin backing and some sound effects. I like it.

Year: 1974
Charted: 10 weeks
Top position: 5
My score: 4/6

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Monday, 9 February 2015

Shirley: It's me

Shirley (Zwerus) from Zandvoort scored her first hit in 1977 after having been active as an artist for almost 20 years. It's me sounds more American than Dutch in many ways, reflecting her stay in that country for many years. After a small hit four years later, her career as a chart artist was over.

Year: 1977
Charted: 7 weeks
Top position: 13
My score: 3/6

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Sunday, 8 February 2015

Dizzy Man's Band: Shocking

The third time that the Dizzy Man's Band features in the blog. Shocking was not one of their greatest hits, in spite of being Alarmschijf (the DJ's choice of the week). An OK song I had forgotten about, and lacking their usual light touch.

Year: 1972
Charted: 5 weeks
Top position: 17
My score: 3/6

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Saturday, 7 February 2015

Maggie MacNeal: Terug naar de kust

The second entry for Maggie MacNeal is the single release from a unique album project (Zing je moerstaal), for which Dutch artists were asked to write songs with the lyrics based on Dutch poems. A breath of fresh air at the time, which has aged very well.

Year: 1976
Charted: 7 weeks
Top position: 8
My score: 4/6

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Friday, 6 February 2015

George Baker Selection: Sing a song of love

The fourth entry in the blog for the George Baker Selection. Sing a song of love was their first number one hit in the Netherlands (the international bestseller Little green bag only made it to #9 in 1969). Not bad, but I prefer a band like the Classics in this repertoire.

Year: 1974
Charted: 12 weeks
Top position: 1
My score: 3/6

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Thursday, 5 February 2015

Limousine: Don't let love bring you down

Limousine from Rotterdam had a short spell of success, scoring four hits in just over a year. Their funky rock sound was a positive change from the many middle of the road bands of the time.

Year: 1976
Charted: 6 weeks
Top position: 11
My score: 3/6

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Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Seemon and Marijke: I saw you

A one hit wonder: Seemon and Marijke, who are better remembered for their psychedelic designs for the likes of The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Cream and The Hollies. This hit single really did not age well for me.

Year: 1972
Charted: 11 weeks
Top position: 2
My score: 2/6

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