Dutch pop

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Being partly a child of the 1970s I am accustomed to a barren Dutch pop music landscape, and therefore always a little surprised when an act shows up in and from this country that’s worth listening to. The past 18 months I have found myself surprised more than once.

Leaf – Wonderwoman. “Why’s my life so boring? I am up for a little bit more.” And here’s the surprise: in the third act she doesn’t introduce a guy to make it all right.

All Missing Pieces – I want you to know. February this year was a special month for the band, because that’s when the Labour Inspection gave 11-year old bass player Quinten an exemption that will allow the three-year old band to perform more than the 12 times a year the law permits.

De Jeugd van Tegenwoordig – Hollereer. When I see the lyrics I get the creepy feeling I should be glad I don’t understand them.

Which Dutch pop artists do you recommend people listen to?

5 Comments »

  1. I second your comments on Leaf. I quite liked Alain Clarke as well.

    Comment by Eric — December 14, 2008 @ 4:29 pm

  2. Branko, I don’t have much exposure to Dutch music acts except via YouTube plus references here by you and the Orangemaster.

    As a child of the 60’s, I’ve been tuned into music from a young age. Great topic. Keep ’em coming.

    Does the brother in the De Jeugd van Tegenwoordig video drop the n-word? Oh snap.

    Comment by Neil — December 14, 2008 @ 5:16 pm

  3. Neil, I believe he does.

    Comment by Branko Collin — December 14, 2008 @ 5:59 pm

  4. In recent years there’s been a surge in decent Dutch music, from rock to pop to “volksmuziek”. Can’t say I like it all, but then again there’s no arguing about taste.

    Comment by Adamus — December 15, 2008 @ 2:43 pm

  5. One band I wanted to add to this list but whose name I originally forgot is Hit Me TV with their song Maybe the Dance Floor.

    Comment by Branko Collin — December 24, 2008 @ 7:08 pm

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