Group 1850 - Mother Nohead @ van Oekel's Discohoek (1975, NL, psychedelic) 
Monday, October 30, 2006, 06:11 PM - Music, - NL, Fun, English, Nederlands
This is a late appearance of Group 1850 on Dutch television.
I don't think the Group really existed at that time. It is Peter Sjardin who is playbacking, but the rest are invited friends I suppose.

Van Oekel's Discohoek was a persiflage on other popular music programs, presented by Sjef van Oekel, who couldn't learn a single line by heart. Therefor he always hold papers with the text in his hand. The writer of the show, Wim T Schippers, exploited this: if Sjef anyway had to read his text from paper, why care for easy to remember lines? So there was no limit in the absurdness of the script.



Group 1850 was not so popular in the Netherlands, I remember a concert where there were not even 10 paying visitors. Instead of doing their normal show they invited the audience on the stage to play with them. I didn't dare...

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Tom Dissevelt, Kid Baltan - Song of the second moon (1967, NL, electronic) 
Sunday, October 29, 2006, 06:15 PM - Music, - NL, English
Although the single 'Song of the Second Moon' is from 1957 (!) this lp was released in 1967 in Europe. My version has the titles of the USA release of 1968. Dick Raaijmakers who worked as engineer at the Philips NatLab may not use his real name, because he was just a Philips employee, so he used the reverse of his nickname natlaB diK: Kid Baltan.
He and Tom Dissevelt really were electronic pioneers, they did everything with tone generators and tapes, no keyboards were used.
A lot of their work is released on a Basta 4cd box, a beautiful box with lots of information. The complete tape music of Dick Raaijmakers is also available on Basta.



Side one:
1 Song of the Second Moon (KB 1957) [2:49]
2 Moon Maid (TD 1959 orig.title: Drifting) [3:10]
3 The Ray Makers (KB 1960 orig.title: Mechanical Motions) [7:18]
4 The Visitor from Inner Space (TD 1959 orig.title: Vibration) [3:05]

Side two:
1 Sonik Re-Entry (TD 1958 orig.title: Whirling) [2:33]
2 Orbit Aurora (TD 1958 orig.title: Syncopation) [2:58]
3 Twilight Ozone (TD 1961 orig.title: Intersection) [5:24]
4 Pianoforte (KB 1960) [4:55]

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Aktien Gesellschaft A.G. - Park Television (1993, NL, electronic/computer) 
Saturday, October 28, 2006, 06:13 PM - Music, - NL, English
The first 10 years P.A.R.K.4DTV broadcasts started with a leader made by Maarten Ploeg. It was completely made on the Amiga in Amos (with that programming language you could easily exploit all the audio and video capacities of the Amiga).
In 1993 we made a record of the tune, it was very difficult to find a company that still could make vinyl singles. Maarten used 'Aktien Gesellschaft A.G.' as alias.



Nowadays the P.A.R.K. leader tune is made by Berend Dubbe of Bauer and Persijn Broersen made the visuals.
Bauer also performed the 18th of November 2006 in the Verkadefabriek in Den Bosch with a small ensemble. Go see it if you can!

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Soviet Sex - Tokyo (1981-1997, NL, electronic/punk rock) 
Friday, October 27, 2006, 07:32 PM - Music, - NL, English
There are two kinds of Soviet Sex, one with drum machine from 1981 and one with Ellen ten Damme, 1997.
In this post I included one song from a 'Vinyl flexi' (1981, electronic) and two songs from a cd single (1997, punk rock). With a voting campaign, we got that in the Tros Top 50.


Soviet Sex 1981


Soviet Sex 1997

In both versions Maarten Ploeg was the main song writer and singer of the band, his brother Rogier played guitar and Peter Klashorst bass.
Maarten was also member of PARK 4DTV and the first years it was his signature tune that was used (see tomorrows post).

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Solution - Live in Oenkerk en Middelburg (1972, NL, Canterbury) 
Sunday, October 22, 2006, 06:09 PM - Music, - NL, English
Another self made cd with old live recordings of a dutch band.
Abroad not so well known Solution did a reunion concert this year.
They only played 1 1/2 songs of their first lp, the best one.
Here are 1 3/4 ;-) numbers of the first and two good ones of the second lp. Fever is not live, it is from the second lp and was left out on the cd re-issue.
Divergence is more well known in the version of Focus, called Tommy after the writer and sax player Tom Barlage.
Koan, though credited to Solution on their lp, is mainly The Koan of Big Jim Sullivan (alias Lord Sitar), available on his Sitar Beat cd. Pentangle also recorded it, available on the self titled cd as a bonus track.



1 Divergence [5:41]
2 Koan [9:28]
3 Trane Steps [7:59]
4 Fever [4:08]

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Supersister - Live in Baarn & Meerlo (1971/1972, NL, Canterbury)  
Sunday, October 15, 2006, 07:28 PM - Music, - NL, English
Again not electronic, but a self made cd. This time with live recordings of Supersister, made by Dutch broadcast company VPRO. Some singles are also included.

Two recordings are made at Midsummer Pop Festival in the village of Meerlo, Limburg, the south of the Netherlands. A small two days and a night festival, with all Dutch bands except for one unknown English act: Genesis. Great show.
Oh yeah, and there was Nico, she sung in the middle of the night, so I couldn't sleep.



The major and brass band of Meerlo opened the festival, the boy scouts did the entrance, the horse club the surveillance and the dog shit on my sleeping bag. All very innocent, you could buy all kind of drugs (including cocaine and heroine) all over the place. The festival had to stop halfway the second day because of the heavy rain and thunder.
In Venlo 2001, they showed a documentary of this festival, here you can read about it (in Dutch).



The photos on the cover are taken on another gig Supersister did in 1971 in the Youth Centre S61 in Roermond (also in Limburg, guess where I come from). I don't remember who made them. I developed the negatives and glued some test prints in my school agenda.

UPDATE:
I found a photo negative where I wrote 'Supersister 9 april 1972, photographer: Tabe Jorritsma'

1 - Introduction (Live Baarn 1971)
2 - Present from Nancy (Live Baarn 1971)
3 - A girl named You (Live Baarn 1971)
4 - Judy goes on Holiday (Live Meerlo 1972)
5 - Radio (Live Meerlo 1972)
6 - A girl named You (7" version)
7 - Missing Link
8 - No tree will grow (7" version)
9 - Dead dog
10 - Wow (7" studio version)
11 - Drs. D
12 - Bagoas (7" version)
13 - Memories are new (1974 7" version)
14 - Coconut Woman (with Los Alegros)
15 - Here comes the doctor (with Los Alegros)

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Mistral - Jamie (1977, NL, electronic/synth pop) 
Monday, October 9, 2006, 05:31 PM - Music, - NL, English
An early synth pop tune written by Robbie van Leeuwen (ex Shocking Blue). All sequencer stuff with a very female voice of Sylvia van Asten. The flip side is muzak.



Silly cover, but the mice liked it.

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