Dutch Pop

Nederpop is pop music made by Dutch bands and artists.

At the end of the fifties the rock ‘n’ roll became very popular with a young audience. Elvis Presley would become the first real pop idol. In the Netherlands there was the indorock, a music movement that concentrated in the The Hague-Rotterdam region and was made by Indian and Moluccan musicians from the former Dutch East Indies (Indonesia). The Tielman Brothers from Breda were the trendsetters from 1958 onwards. There were also successful bands like The Real Room Rockers, Oety & his Real Rockers, The Black Dynamites, The Hot Jumpers, Electric Johnny and his Skyrockets, The Rollers, The Fire Devils. Other Dutch guitar groups, such as Willy and his Giants, René and The Alligators and The Jumping Jewels, were mainly inspired by the instrumental rock music of the English Shadows and the American Ventures. They were the source of inspiration for the later beat groups (eg The Haigs, Golden Earring (s) and The Motions). Other famous and famous beatgroups known for Dutch standards included The Rod-ys, The Buffoons, The Cats, The Shoes, The Hunter, The Outsiders, Brainbox, Shocking Blue, Sandy Coast, Rob Hoeke’s R & B Group, Ekseption, The Bintangs, Time Bandits and Tee Set. Shocking Blue even got a world hit with ‘Venus’ while. Golden Earring also had one with ‘Radar Love’.

The first big Dutch rock ‘n’ roll hit came from Peter Koelewijn and his Rockets from Eindhoven: ‘Get rid of that roof’. In the sixties the dummy popped up with the beat music. On radio and TV came special ‘teen programs’ in which the successful bands performed and the top 40 of Radio Veronica kept track of the sales results of the beat records. See also: Nederbiet.

The blues also received a lot of support from the band Cuby and the Blizzards in the Netherlands. She delivered several LPs and also had singles in the Top 40. Internationally, Cuby was popular: In Germany they were very popular and they attracted the attention of famous blues musicians like John Mayall. ‘Livin Blues’ came from The Hague.

Already in this period two artists were active who would prove to be a constant factor in Dutch pop music:

Boudewijn de Groot and Rob de Nijs. De Nijs had a number 1 hit in 1996 with Banger Hart and Baudouin de Groot reaped success in 2005 in the Top 2000 or Radio 2 with the song Avond.

After the beat, a completely different movement came into being in pop music: the symphonic rock, with exponents such as Alquin, Supersister, Focus, Earth & Fire and Kayak. The Volendamse pop group BZN also became famous in the Netherlands. The pop program ‘Toppop’ became extremely popular among young viewers. The discotheques rose like mushrooms from the ground, so that the live circuit for pop groups collapsed.

The second half of the seventies was dominated by the disco craze and only bands like The Golden Earring, Earth & Fire, Gruppo Sportivo, Teach-In, BZN, Pussycat, Ferrari and Champagne managed to maintain themselves. A striking newcomer was the band Normaal, with rock music in Achterhoek’s dialect.

The punk revolt as it happened in England from ’76 did not leave the Netherlands undisturbed. Some Dutch punk acts are:
Ivy Green, founded in ’75. Their debut album Ivy Green became a classic in the genre in the Netherlands.
The Amsterdam bands Soviet Sex (with Maarten van der Ploeg) and The Ex.
The Groninger Boegies (1978 – 1990). “fun punk” with crazy lyrics and antics by singer Piepke.
The Vopos from Meppel, which from its inception in ’78 had a reasonable success and was in the support act of U.K. Subs. The band suddenly broke up in ’83.
Heideroosjes is a well-known Dutch punk rock band of a later date, founded in ’89

The 80’s
The great (commercial) success of the band Doe Maar in the early eighties led to a revival of Dutch-language pop music and a boom in new bands. Van Doe Maars popularity, especially among young people of secondary school age, benefited (also Dutch) bands like Toontje Lager, Frank Boeijen Group, Noodweer and Het Goede Doel. Rock music evolved into hard rock. The Nijmegen brothers Alex and Edward van Halen emigrated with their parents to the US in 1962 (Los Angeles) and later founded the hard-rock formation Van Halen. This band became world famous. In the Netherlands VandenBerg followed guitarist Adje van den Berg. Vengeance also came to the attention as well as Picture and Helloïse.

The texts were striking: topics such as heroin addiction, racism or the fear of a nuclear war were not avoided. With that they differed from the lyrics of the majority of the songs that were on the charts. The song Over De Muur by Klein Orkest is perhaps the best-known example of this. It was written at the height of the Hollanditis, literally on the eve of the great peace demonstration on 29 October 1983 at the Malieveld in The Hague.

Rock bands for an older audience also got a foothold, such as De Dijk, The Scene and Tröckener Kecks.

In the second half of this decade The phenomenon of nostalgia for pop music from the sixties and seventies, in response to the music and the house made with computers. This longing for the past was expressed in the many ‘beat-revivals’ that were organized in the country, in pop classics on the (local) radio stations, in the television programs about pop artists of yesteryear (many of whom started performing again). ) and from the huge sales results of compilation CDs of these musicians.

Various initiatives were taken in the field of museums. There was the Popmuseum Foundation from The Hague that organized exhibitions about pop history, and PAN (Pop Archief Nederland, later merged with the National Pop Institute), who started to build a collection. There was no real museum yet.

The nineties
Following Normaal, many bands came from ‘the province’ who sang in the dialect of the region. Their success was not limited to their own region, but increasingly became national. Well-known bands are the Limburg Rowwen Hèze and the Drentse Skik and Mooi Wark.

In 1994, the Rock ‘n Art Hall of Fame Foundation was established in The Hague with the aim of realizing a National Pop Museum, in which the history of the dummy pop is highlighted.

Also in the second half of the nineties many Dutch-language bands were successful, alongside solo artists like Ruth Jacott, Marco Borsato and the English-speaking René Froger. The phenomenon ‘student bands’ occurred, with the Hermes House Band, Van Dik Hout and Guus Meeuwis & Vagant. In addition, the bands De Kast, Volumia !, IsOokSchitterend, Acda and De Munnik and especially BLØF were very successful.

Among young people, the genres of happy hardcore and house were particularly popular. The Party Animals, in particular, had great success with their busy music.

The Fontys Rock Academy was founded in 1998 in Tilburg.

2000 – present
Abel was a successful Dutch-speaking group in 2000 and Anouk, Kane and Di-rect came from The Hague. Furthermore, the symphonic metal groups The Gathering, Within Temptation, After Forever, Epica and Delain became popular, even beyond our national borders.

In the beginning of this decade rap produced a new pop star: the rapper Ali B.

The Excelsior Recordings label was established in 1996, giving the Dutch indie rock some foundation. Caesar, Daryll-Ann, Johan became successful bands at home and abroad.