Gezakt of geslaagd has been re-issued more than twenty years ago. I´m still posting it here, because it´s one of my better recent finds. It was only one Euro and I found it in May at a flea market – of all places – in Istanbul! Buried in a bunch of other Dutch records, I did´nt know what it was at the time. The catalog of the Negram label that is printed on the back of the sleeve seemed promising, though. It features Dutch Beat groups like The Ronnies, Mokum Beat Five, The Motions, Tee-Set, Andy Tielmann and Roek Williams and the Fighting Cats.
Back home in Berlin I recognized Gezakt of geslaagd from a CD a Dutch friend gave me many years ago. The song was first re-released in 1994 on Biet Het Vol. 2 – Trip Trap Door De Tulpjes on Boem Records. In 2002 it was featured on Beatmeisjes – Dutch Girls and Girl Groups in the Sixties, compiled by Frank Dam and Marthy Coumans. Frank Dam also wrote a 224 page book on the same subject. Everybody who bought that book knows more about Els Molenaar than I do. Sadly, I don´t know Dutch and do not own the book.
According to Popsike someone bought this record for 110 Euros in 2011. It is Els Molenaar´s sole record. Gezagt of geslaagd (pass or fail) is a happy little anti-school song.
Two bad it only lasts two and a half minutes….
What sort of book is Els throwing in the dustbin? A German-Dutch textbook.
Some schoolgirl doodles by the graphic artist: T-Set… Motions… Lily Bart… Lily Bart from Edith Wharton´s The House of Mirth?
Els, where are you today?
Bereits im Juni schrieb ich für die Junle World einen kleinen Text über rare Platten und wie ich diese fand hier.
De tiener-band, “the teenager-band”, is actually a children´s choir led by Paula van Alphen, backed by Harry Bannink´s orchestra.
“Come and grab your mom´s washboard and join the teenager-band!”…
Unfortunately it is not noted who did the drawings for the sleeve and the booklet, there is however a small illegible signature on the front, that reads like Fj. Wijnen:
Because it fits the theme, here´s the story of jazz told for children from the German children´s book Das Karussell from 1966. Again, the drawings are not credited.
In 1957 Dutch singer Corry Brokken won the second European Song Contest, the Grand Prix Eurovision de la Chanson Europénne. While she is mostly known for her smooth pop ballads, her career got started when she recorded the swingin´ Auto-Scooter´s-Boogie with Albert Van Hoogten´s small indie Ronnex in 1955. Now Ronnex was a hip label, from putting out Bill Haley´s pre-rock´n´roll sides, to Jack Hammer´s crazy twists, to the fuzzed-out beat of the Shake Spears. In the mid-1950s Albert sent his brother, Rene Jan van Hoogten, to the United States to set up a label there. Rene later changed his name to Ray Maxwell, started Moonglow Records, recorded a bunch of very cool rockin´records and eventually discovered the Righteous Brothers.
To celebrate tonight´s 59th annual Eurovision Song Contest, here´s a one-sided flexible 45, recorded by Corry Brokken and her Hi-Fives for BP in the early 1960s
I love this song! It´s schmaltzy and it is a little irritating when they sing about “das schöne Hula-Mädchen mit dem rabenschwarzen Haar” (the pretty hula girl with the pitch black hair), but compared to the majority of German Hawaiian music, this doesn´t sound so damn German. Because it isn´t. The Dutch duo Goldy and Peter de Vries, backed by the Horst Wende Trio, recorded in the ruins of Hamburg.
This is a 78rpm record that I bought two weeks ago in a local Berlin thrift store for 50 cents….
Peter de Vries is mentioned in this 1951 article about some Kids in cowboy gear posing in the ruins near the Cologne Cathedral. Apparently he was quite famous for his cowboy songs in the early 50s.
Indianer gingen – Cowboys blieben.
Geschäfte für Scherzartkel, die früher an kleine Kunden Indianer-Kopfschmuck verkauften, verdanken heute dem Cowboy-Darsteller William Boyd, der als “Hopalong Cassidy” in zahlreichen Filmen die Kinder in aller Welt begeistert, ungeahnten Umsatz. In Deutschland half der Schlagersänger Peter de Vries, die Cowboys und ihre Lieder populär zu machen. (Neue Illustrierte, Köln 1951)
A very thin flexible disc with a nice Calypso song advertising for Nescafé sung in German with a thick Dutch accent. Max Woiski sr. (1911-1981) was born in Suriname, in the Dutch Colonies north of Brasil and had a long career in Holland. He started playing Latin-American music in Amsterdam in the 30´s and even opened up his own club La Cubana.
I bet Stefan has a sleeve for this one too…
Stefan also sent this sleeve for another Max Woiski record on a Dutch label. Haven´t heard it but it looks very promising.
My own copy is not in a perfect shape and I only paid 50 cents in a thrift store a couple of weeks ago, but I think that`s a little closer to what this record should cost. I mean come on: a song about little green men singing: Bong-Bong-A-Beng-Beng-A-Bing-Bing-A-Bang-A-Bang-A-Bung-Bung-A-Boing…
Great silly music but still primarily SILLY!!! This is silly like crazy! This is music to destroy brain cells with! Music to terrorize your girlfriend/boyfriend with! Well you decide, if that`s worth 51 Euros…
Rudi Wairata played steel guitar with the famous Kilima Hawaiians on this one. They had a hit with “Es hängt ein Pferdehalfter an der Wand” in Germany in 1953.
These two songs are the most rockin` ones of this batch. Not from Germany but published on the small German independent label 777 from Rheinhausen.
This is Rudi Wairata with his own group. Slightly less rockin`than “Kilima Rag” but still in a league of it`s own compared to most of the other European Hawaiian groups.