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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