the guy who invented everything

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when i started deejaying at the tender age of 16, i was dead nervous. it was a place called “het koetshuis”, and dutch readers will know what kind of place it was upon hearing its name: a local “bar-dancing” as they used to call them in those days. friday nights were favourite with the local youths [whom i went to school with], saturdays were for the elderly, you know, the thirty-somethings. after two weeks the guy playing on saturdays asked me to do his night as he had business elsewhere, and i said yes.
so there i was, digging the crates [the place had a 5000+ singles collection] in front of two bartenders, the two owners [who both fancied me, the dirty buggers], three elderly couples and a bunch of heavy metal dudes. all of them were retarded, and it showed. one of the heavies, an enormous fella with hair down to his knees, came up to me and told me to play a jerney song, didn’t matter which one. surprised, i started browsing the handy catalogue, looking for anything by jerney kaagman [a once famous dutch singer] and her band earth & fire. i played her big hit “weekend”, wishing i had brought that ultra-rare promotional 7″ featuring kayak on side a and earth & fire on side b, both playing alternative versions of one of their hits to promote the monte carlo car rallye. i remember thinking “now *that* would have made quite an impression”, and “wow, never thought those heavy metal dudes would have such open minds”. earth & fire were hardly rocking, you know. let alone hard rocking.
when i announced the song [this was bumfuck, noord-brabant, 1986], the long-haired giant walked up to the booth and said “you think you’re pretty funny, don’t you?”.
“what? you wanted a jerney song, didn’t you? this is a her band, earth & fire.”
“journey, you fuckhead, not jerney kaagman!”
anyways, here‘s an interview with the guy who did journey‘s record sleeves, and then some.

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17 thoughts on “the guy who invented everything

  1. Wedden dat die gast zich wel lekker zat af te trekken bij dat blauwlamé pakje dat Jerney bij Toppop aanhad toen ze Weekend zong?

  2. Als Earth & Fire valt, moet ik altijd denken aan het fototje achterop de hoes van de coverplaat van Claw Boys Claw, waar Peter te Bos en John Cameron enorme baarden en pruiken op/om hebben om op de broertjes Koerts te lijken. Als ik er nu aan denk, pis ik al weer bijna in de broek. Ahahaha!

  3. Hé over aftrekken gesproken; die CBC-foto doet me opeens denken aan die middag naast Bobbie Rossini in een caravannetje op de Amilto…helemaal vergeten!

  4. Aan Rowan: luister ook eens naar ‘Wintertime’ van Kayak, heeft fijne 70s-retro feel, denk aan bezetting, kraken, molukkers enz. Verder vind ik het een zgn. ‘kutband’.

  5. De Amilto…godsamme, een traan vol jeugdsentiment drupt van mijn wang. Veemarkthallen! Koffiehuis! ELBC! Enzovoort.
    For the record: niet John Cameron staat vermomd op hierboven genoemde hoes, maar drummer Marius Schrader.
    Nog eentje voor Erwin: Smokkelrock!

  6. dat cbc-optreden op smokkelrock, daar heb ik nog een teep van. en het beeld op mijn netvlies van erwin die die boer tegen de hekken gooide net toen de pogo een beetje stilviel.
    moooooooi was die tijd.

  7. Voor Dave: ken je Operacion Triunfo van de Spaanse televisie (www.portalmix.com/triunfo)? In Nederland moeten we naar “Idols” kijken (www.idols.nl). Verschrikkelijk…wat een ellende…Het ergste is die jury, nouja jury – drie oliebollen en de lichaamsresten van … Journeykaagman!

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