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FlinterFile: The Cats- Marian

In 1969, the Dutch band the Cats released their first compilation album. Read the rest of this entry

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FlinterFile: Kayak- Wintertime

Kayak was a Dutch band formed around Ton Scherpenzeel and with members like Pim Koopman (who later formed Diesel) and Cees van Leeuwen. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Richenel- Temptation

The Dutch artist Richenel was mainly in the eighties popular. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Rainbow Train- Heaven On Earth

The Rainbow Train was a Dutch band that had some success in the seventies. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Luv’- Trojan Horse

In 1978, Luv had very much success with their songs. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Normaal- Deurdonderen

Normaal is a Dutch band who sing in the dialect of the Achterhoek. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Het Simplisties Verbond- Zoek Jezelf

Van Kooten en de Bie were a duo who made a lot of different programmes for television, in which they discussed the news playing a lot of different characters. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Margriet Eshuijs Band- Black Pearl

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Margriet Eshuijs is a Dutch singer who started in the band Lucifer. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Robby Valentine- Over And Over Again

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Robby Valentine is a Dutch singer and multi-instrumentalist. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Powerplay- I Am Falling

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The band Powerplay was a Dutch band with some success in the eighties. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Het Goede Doel- Alles Geprobeerd

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In 1986, the Dutch band Het Goede Doel had a hit with the song Alles Geprobeerd. It was only number 25, but has become a classic song in the Dutch culture. The text is about someone who needs a break in his relationship.

Enjoy

Het Goede Doel- Alles Geprobeerd

I have not dared to say goodbye
Because saying goodbye is painful
I didn’t mean to really leave you
But wanted to be on my own
To think, research, refuel
And to discover if I still love you

FlinterFile: Alides Hidding- Hollywood Seven

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In 1980, Alides Hidding had his first hit. The song was written by Harry Lloyd and Gloria Sklerov in 1976 for Terry Jacks, who just had the hit Seasons In The Sun. On the way home, Gloria Sklerov saw a motel called Hollywood Eight. With Harry Lloyd, they changed their title to sing it better. However, it never was recorded by Terry Jacks, but it ended by Jon English. Alides Hidding’s version was especially a Dutch hit, reaching number 25 in the charts. After this success, Hidding carried on with his band the Time Bandits, with which he had several hits. After that, he started writing hits for artists such as Dan Hartman and Jennifer Rush. Enjoy

Alides Hidding- Hollywood Seven

Song of the day: Dotan- Home

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In the Netherlands, Dotan came back in the hit charts this year. Though he is not known outside the Netherlands yet, I would like to share this song with you. It has got something magic over it, and is the hit of the year in the Netherlands. Listen and enjoy

Dotan- Home

Song of the day: Diesel- Sausolito Summernight

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We make a little step to the eighties today, we’ll return to the seventies tomorrow. Why this step, you would ask. Well, it’s a song that tends to be forgotten. The band Diesel was a Dutch band, one of the few that had a hit in the US. They would start in 1978, when Pim Koopman, the former drummer of Kayak (I will probably feature them later), started a new band, which would be Diesel. Their album Watts in a Tank would be released in 1981 in the US, and that was the album where the song of the day was on. Sausolito Summernight would make it to number 25 in the US and even do number one in Canada! Enjoy

Diesel- Sausolito Summernight

Song of the day: TenTemPies- Quiero Saltar

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This is some NEW summer music. And I like it since the first time I heard it. The band is, for as far as I know, based in the Netherlands. They have their new album coming up this year and it was the first single of the album. The title means “I want to jump”, and it certainly makes you want to jump. It makes me happy, and that’s why I wanted to feature it. Enjoy

TenTemPies- Quiero Saltar

Song of the day: Sunclub- Fiesta

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A Dutch danceformation from the nineties today. In 1997 they had a big summerhit with Fiësta, which would be their only hit. Until they decided to remix the thing, together with another group, in 2003 and name it differently: Summer Jam 2003. Again they rose in the charts, having another summerhit. Today we are going to have a little party with this hit. Enjoy

The Sunclub- Fiësta

Song of the day: Lois Lane- It’s The First Time

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I woke up this morning with the total lyrics of this song in my head, including the music and the intro. I have strange moods, sometimes, and I can’t tell why it was just this song. However, their album, which is on CD at home, is a very good album, although it only has 6 songs on it. One of these songs, the first one, is the song which was one of their biggest hits. In the nineties, they had another big hit, but they never had as much success as with their first album, which featured a lot of hits. Enjoy

Loïs Lane (In America Loïs L.)- It’s The First Time

Song of the day: Mr. Probz- Waves

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Last year (2013), we had a massive hit in the Netherlands. A new artist stood up and made an incredible good record. He is Dutch and he made some records already, all had no success. But last year he had this song, which is just good. Enjoy

Mr. Probz- Waves

Song of the day: Bertolf- Another Day

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Sometimes you forget songs for a few years, and then you hear them again. This was the case with this song. I actually haven’t heard it for two, three years. But yesterday evening, listening to the radio, I heard it again. And I thought: who was that? Searching the internet helped me with the name and nationality: he’s called Bertolf and is Dutch! It was a single from the debute album, and probably his only big hit, since I’ve not heard anything by the man since. He has made some other songs, but none of those were very big hits. Enjoy:

Bertolf- Another Day

Song of the day: Valensia- Gaia

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Oh, how good do I remember the first time hearing this song. It was on a nineties compilation CD I bought, and then I thought: wow, what a good song! A bit of classical music, mixed with the music of the nineties: that’s basically what Gaia is. And I must say, after hearing it again on the radio, it sounds even better! What an amazing song, and everytime I hear it, it grabs me by the throat and I know: this is it. This is music. Enjoy:

Valensia- Gaia

Song of the day: Earth & Fire- Weekend

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Well, today it’s Saturday, so… WEEKEND! And therefore I thought it might be nice to find a track which matches the time. I found this old disco classic from Earth And Fire (not to be confused with Earth, Wind & Fire, as I did). Earth and Fire was a band from The Hague, so from Holland. They began their career in the sixties, and this classic is from the late seventies, so TOP-disco and an international hit. Enjoy your weekend and

Earth & Fire- Weekend

Song of the day: The Stars On 45 Proudly Presents The Star Sisters

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Oh yes! The Stars On 45. They had some wonderful medleys to make the old music popular again. And what nationality did they have? Exactly, Dutch!
One of the big hits they had was with the Star Sisters, who performed a medley with songs of the Andrews Sisters. Of course the original is always better, but they did a pretty good job. I will feature the Andrews Sisters sometime later this year, for now enjoy:

The Stars On 45 Proudly Presents The Star Sisters!

Song of the day: Roots Syndicate- Mockin’ Bird Hill

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Yeah! Roots Syndicate. One of those one day flies, to have one hit and never return again.
It’s even that bad that they only exist on a Dutch Wikipedia-page, since they were Dutch. For a commercial of an insurances compagny they made a song, which was not ment to be released…
However, it was that popular that it was released, and in the Netherlands it went to number one.

No idea if it was known in other countries, and if not, then it’s about time to listen to this song. It was released in 1993, so it’s 20 years after the release that it’s song of the day! Really like the summer!

Roots Syndicate- Mockin’ Bird Hill

And for those interested in the commercial, watch it here. The text appearing in the end is the catchfrase of the compagny: translated it’s Just Call Apeldoorn. Apeldoorn is the place where the insurancescompagny is located.

Song of the day: Bakermat- Vandaag

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Sometimes you hear a song which grabs you: you know that you find it very good, you want to know more! I had that one, two weeks ago when listening to the radio. I heard a (relatively) new song on the radio, it was the first time I heard it, and I thought: wow! This is it. This is going to be a hit, and I want his album. It stopped there, there was no album… not yet.
So you start googling around: more music by this artist, where does he get his inspiration from, etc, etc, etc.

I found his YouTube-channel, listened to the songs that were on there, and decided to buy his album as soon as it was there.

The strange thing about his music is that it is new, but it is familiar, too. It has to do with the influences. Jazz, blues, Nat King Cole, to mention a few.
Those are the things I know. Those are the things I like. And the saxophones in his songs, I like those, too.

To give him an extra impulse (which he maybe doesn’t need), I give the honour of the song of the day to his song Vandaag. Because it was the first thing I heard of him. And because I hope he will make a lot of good music in future. And that he will make a record on CD, since I don’t download…

Song of the day: Eddy Grant- Gimme Hope Jo’Anna

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A few days ago Nelson Mandela had his birthday. Firstly: congratulations and sorry that I’m so late!
His birthday made me think about a song which I had not heard for some time… but which is very happy.
Listening to it again made me think about the Dutch language and other countries. I came to a sad conclusion: there’s one word almost all people outside the Netherlands (and Belgium) know in Dutch. It is in the song, and it is negative: Apartheid. At such moments I regret speaking Dutch… but I can’t help it, since the word was there long before I was born.

Fortunately we should keep hope, and Eddy Grant wants that, too. This one is for you, Nelson Mandela!

Eddy Grant- Gimme Hope Jo’Anna

Song of the day: The Who- Pinball Wizard

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This is a greatest hits album by the Who, one of the best bands which existed and still exist (according to me.)
And almost everyone knows a song by them.

You claim you don’t? Well, do you watch CSI? Any version of it?
If the answer is yes, you know a small part of one of their songs. They use in all three versions of CSI a song made by the Who.
In CSI: Crime Scene Investigation they use Who Are You, in CSI: Miami they use Won’t Get Fooled Again, and in CSI: New York they use Baba O’Riley.
They did many more things. They made the rock opera Tommy, featuring a lot of stars. The Dutch listeners of the Top 2000 know the Ouverture of Tommy in the version by the Metropole Orkest, which is the tune for every hour of the hitlist.
And they made a lot of good songs, like the song of the day is.

They really made too much good songs, it almost was a torture to choose one of them. So I just randomly chose one, which happened to be Pinball Wizard (also from Tommy).

Song of the day: André Rieu- Crowning Waltz / Krystl- Circles

Yeah! Two songs today, both new!

I want to apologize for the little information provided today, but I don’t have a lot of time today. Maybe more information tomorrow!

The first song is made by Krystl, who we have seen before in the song of the day.
She made a very good new single, which is worth listening to: Circles!

The second song is made by a violist called André Rieu! He made for the change of the crown in the Netherlands a Crowningwaltz, which is the second song of today.

Tomorrow another song, and more information!

Song(s) of the day: Armin van Buuren- This Is What It Feels Like / Michael Bublé- It’s A Beautiful Day

Hi there,

Tomorrow TWO new songs!

The first song is sounding like summer, and you get happy immediately! Oh yes, it’s a beautiful day!
Michael Bublé with It’s A Beautiful Day!

And the second song is made by a Dutch DJ, who has released his new single! It’s a good song, too:
It’s Armin van Buuren with This Is What It Feels Like!

I hope you enjoy the songs, tomorrow an old song!

Last chance: Vote for the Song of the day Top 50!

Song of the day: Alain Clark- Back In My World / Anouk- Birds

Hi there,

Today two new songs of the day, both from Holland!

Firstly, the new single of Alain Clark. It’s really a good single!
I can’t say a lot more about it than that it is very good song.
It’s Alain Clark with Back In My World!

And the second song is our song for the Eurovision Song Contest…
Anouk with Birds!
Some say it’s a bad song, some say it’s really good and we will win…
I don’t know. At least it’s a good single!

That were the songs for today, tomorrow another song!

Song(s) of the day: Andy Grammar- Fine By Me / Lisa Lois- Silhouette

Hello there,

We are starting March right with two new songs! And they are good, trust me…

The first song is made by a Dutch singer, who has won a talent show a few years ago.
After her first hit a few years ago, Hallelujah, she is back with a new song: Silhouette.
It’s Lisa Lois!

The second song is made by someone who had his first big hit last year, and he is just continuing with this.
His last name is my favourite part of the English lessons (absolutely not)!
It’s Andy Grammer with Fine By Me!

These were the songs for today, tomorrow an older song.

Song(s) of the day: Caro Emerald- Tangled Up / The Lumineers- Ho Hey!

Ho hey there,

Today we’ve got 2 new songs!

The first song has a title which is simular to the first two words of this post.
You might know Mumford and Sons, and if you like them, you might like this group as well.
If you don’t like them, you probably won’t like this song as well…
It are The Lumineers with Ho Hey!

And then there’s a new song of the woman which I find very good…
She’s Dutch, and she has had one song of the day before.
It’s the new song of Caro Emerald, which is named: Tangled Up
I absolutely like this new song!

Song(s) of the day: Kensington- Home Again / Emeli Sandé- Clown

Hello there,

Today two songs, and both are new!

The first song is made by a Dutch band, and they have named themselves after a part of London.
They are busy since 2005, but their new single is really good!
It’s Kensington with Home Again!

The second song is made by a singer from Scotland. She is busy since 2009, and has had a few big hits in the past year.
The latest hit was together with Labyrinth.
Yes, it’s Emeli Sandé with Clown!

Next week I’ve two other selections for you!

Song of the day: Loona- Bailando

Hi there,

I’ve got something Dutch and exotic for you! And you can dance on it very good…
One hint: The translation of the name in English is moon…

It’s Loona with Bailando, to get the summer feeling!

Have fun!

Song(s) of the day: Miss Montreal- Giving Up On You / M.K.T.O.- Thank You

Hello there,

I have some new songs for you!

The first song I know already for some weeks, but I was still waiting for it to be a hit.
And that lasts and lasts, and still I couldn’t find it in the hit charts.
So here is it on my blog, hoping to become a hit: M.K.T.O. with Thank You!

The second song is made by a Dutch artist. She is really good, and even better if you keep in mind that she stummers when she speaks!
Luckily, she doesn’t stummer when she sings, so she makes really good music. It’s Miss Montreal with Giving Up On You.
And do I like these songs! Wow!

Song(s) of the day: Ilse DeLange- We Are One / Coldplay- Up In Flames

Hi there,

Today there are two new songs for you!

The first song which I think is very nice, is a song of a Dutch artist.
She is called Ilse DeLange, and she has made a lot of hits already. Her new single was for her father, but he died soon after releasing the single.
This gives the song an extra load.
The song is called We Are One.

The second song of this day is made by Coldplay. For the song, they used a drummachine.
It sounds good, but I do not entirely agree with the use from this machine. I like Coldplay, because they use real instruments!
But, okay, the song is very good. My top-tip from this week is Up In Flames.

That were my first tips for the new month!

Song(s) of the day: Avicii vs. Nicky Romero- I Could Be The One / Justive Collective- He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother

Hello everyone,

Today it’s friday, which means: two new songs!
And I have some good songs…

The first song is made for some kind of charity. The Justice Collective is a band with all kind of artists, including Robbie Williams and Melanie C.
This song went to number one in the UK, and I think that it might go to high positions in other countries, as well.
It’s a cover from He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother.

The second song is made by two DJ’s. One is very known, the other one is new. And the new one is Dutch!
The new one is Nicky Romero, and the known one is Avicii.
The track is called I Could Be The One.

And the song of the week is… not relevant anymore.

Song of the day: JXL vs. Elvis Presley- A Little Less Conversation

Yes, here we are again!

A little bit more recent than yesterday, to be precise: 2002.
And the song is with Elvis Presley! Huh? Impossible, isn’t it?
No. It’s a remix, made by the Dutch producer Tom Holkenborg, better known as Junkie XL, or JXL.

The remix was approved by the family of Elvis, and the song is called: A little less conversation.

And to agree with this song, I will hereby stop talking and I will see you tomorrow!

Song of the day: Van Velzen- Sing Sing Sing / Tom Odell- Another Love

Hello everyone,

It’s friday, which means two new songs! I will start immediately, since there’s so much to say about those songs!

The first song is sung by a Dutch singer. We came across him earlier, but now his song is a new single.
In this single, he sings with his father, and in the song there are some songtitles of the Beatles.I’m talking about Roel VanVelzen, shortly VanVelzen, with Sing Sing Sing.
In this song you can hear the following titles of Beatlessongs:

Strawberry fields forever

The long and winding road

Got to get you into my life

That was the first song, which I find absolutely a hit!
The second song is made by a singer which I heard only a few minutes ago. Immediately, I thought: this is the song of today!
I can’t say much about him, it’s just a good song!
It’s Tom Odell with Another Love.

And then… the song of the week!!! It’s Another Love from Tom Odell!

Song of the day: Di-Rect – Still Life

Hello everyone,

Here’s the new song of the day.
The song of today is made by a Dutch band, who are helped by Coldplay to get some fame in other countries.
It’s Di-Rect, with Still Life.

The video is quite special, since it’s a stop motion video with over 3000 photographs!
In total, the video took over 32 hours of making photographs, acting and posing.

And the video is beautiful! It’s about a woman, whose senses are playing a big role.

I wish you a lot of fun with it!

Song of the day: Handsome Poets- Sky On Fire / Don Diablo- The Artist Inside

Hello everyone,

The last song of November, before we go into December. Today it’s superfriday, so 2 new songs!

The first song is made for a special action on the Dutch TV this week. The action was for the KWF, an organization against cancer.
The action was very successful, and the themesong is also very good. It’s made by Don Diablo and JP Cooper. The song is called The Artist Inside.
I hope cancer is not there anymore within a few years, but the song is very emotional…

The second song has been song of the day before, as well as song of the week.
But because I got so much likes, it has to be the song of the day once more. It are the Handsome Poets with Sky On Fire!
New songs which sound good are of course coming on the site as well!

And the song of the week is of course The Artist Inside!

In December the theme is… still a secret. Tomorrow more…

Song of the day: Dizzy Man’s Band- The Opera

Hello everyone,

Here’s the new song of the day. Still in the Dutch mood, and still going strong.
The song of today is a made by a band from the seventies, and their song is really stunning…
You simply don’t know what you hear!
It’s the Dizzy Man’s Band with The Opera

Have some fun with it!

Tomorrow two new songs, made by Dutch artists… And after that, it’s December….

Song of the day: Golden Earring- Radar Love

Hello everyone,

It’s almost december, which means the Dutch month has ended…

But it’s not december yet! We still have four songs to go!

The song of today is made by an old group, which is still making music today.
I’m talking about Golden Earring, with Radar Love.
Radar Love was their first hit, which became a big international success.

Tomorrow a new song!

Song of the day: VanVelzen- The Rush Of Life

Hi-de-hi campers!

Just wanted to say that!
Yesterday the song of the day was Let some air in, from Alain Clark. I didn’t have much time to write information, so I will do it here and now:

Alain Clark is making music for some years now, with quite some hits in the Netherlands. His latest single was the song of yesterday, Let some air in.
I think he makes very nice music, and I hope you think that, too.

Then, the new song. The song of today is made by Roel VanVelzen, or just VanVelzen. He’s very good, and his latest single is the song of the day.
The song is called The Rush Of Life.
I hope you enjoy it!

Tomorrow an older song in the Dutch music history…
P.S. I don’t know what to do in December! If you have any suggestions, leave them in the comments and I will choose the best!

Song of the day: Alain Clark- Let Some Air In

Hey everyone,

I’ve not got so much time today, so here’s the new song of the day:

Alain Clark- Let some air in

Tomorrow some more info around the song!

Song of the day: Waylon- Wicked Way

The last week Dutch musicians. What I’m going to do in December?
I don’t know yet, but if you have a suggestion, please say it!

Okay, the song for today. It’s a song which is happy, and I like it…
The artist is Waylon, the song is called Wicked Way.

I think he can make it abroad as well, but the problem is that he hasn’t made very much albums yet.

But we can hope for it, right?

Song of the day: Spargo- You And Me

Hello everyone,

I’ve got a nice song for you. It’s from the eighties, and it really was a big hit then.

I’m talking about the Dutch group Spargo, with their biggest hit: You and me.

They have made several songs, but none of those songs had as much success as You and Me.

Let me know what you think about it!

And tomorrow a new song…

 

Song of the day: Trijntje Oosterhuis- Knocked Out

Hello everyone,

It’s friday! Which means, it’s superfriday!

Two new songs, made by Dutch artists.

The first song is made by Trijntje Oosterhuis. She was the singer of Total Touch, which was song of the day a few weeks ago.
Trijntje is for a time making music alone. First mostly jazz, but now Anouk wrote some songs for her. And that gives a completely different view on things!
The song is called Knocked Out.

The second song is a remix. Normally I’m not a fan of remixes, but this one sounds good!
It’s the remix of Bad, made by Afrojack, Usher and of course Michael Jackson.

The song of the week is…. tatatata….. Trijntje Oosterhuis with Knocked out!

Song of the day: Laura Jansen- Wicked World

Hello everybody,

Yesterday Anouk was the artist who made the song of the day, and today there’s another artist…

She made a cover of Use somebody from the Kings of Leon, but she also made some hits by herself.
One of her own songs is the song of the day. I am talking about Laura Jansen, with the song Wicked World.

I think this song is very nice.

And, if you want to hear her cover from Use Somebody, you can hear it here: Use Somebody.

Tomorrow two songs!

Song of the day: Anouk- Nobody’s Wife

Slowly we move towards the end of the year… A new year, new chances, etc.

But that’s not the case yet. We have a song of the day in the Dutch category.

Today I want to talk about a woman who is really good. She’s already busy since the nineties, and made quite some hits.
She has made a lot of powersongs, but also some ballads.
I’m talking about Anouk, a real good singer. The song of the day is Nobody’s wife.

She has made a lot of hits.

If you want to hear more, just listen to:

Michel

Killer bee

Other songs without my links: Girl, For Bitter or Worse, Lost, R U Kidding Me, Sacrifice, One Word, Good God, I Don’t Wanna Hurt, Modern World, Three Days in a row.

And that are some of her hits, not even all!

Song of the day: 2 Brothers On The Fourth Floor- Never Alone

And here’s something nice for you. Or at least, I think it’s nice…

Back from the nineties, with all the house, this are the 2 Brothers On The Fourth Floor.

They made some happy hardcore songs, and one of them is the song of the day: Never alone.

I hope that you like it as much as I do, and for a moment think back to the nineties (good time, I was born!).

Want to hear more?

Dreams

Come Take My Hand