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Diesel (Holland) - 1979 Watts In A Tank

ARTIST: Diesel (Holland)
ALBUM: Watts In A Tank
LABEL: Polydor
SERIAL: 2925 092
YEAR: 1979
CD REISSUE: 2000, Sausalito Summernight (compilation), 543 768-2


LINEUP: Pim Koopman - drums, keyboards, vocals * Rob Vunderink - guitars, lead vocals * Mark Boon - guitars, lead vocals * Frank Papendrecht - bass, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Sausalito Summernight * 02 Goin' Back To China * 03 Alibi * 04 My Kind Of Woman * 05 All Because Of You * 06 Down In The Silvermine * 07 Good Morning Day * 08 Ready For Love * 09 The Harness * 10 Remember The Romans * 11 Bite Back


One guy at the vanguard of Dutch music is musician/producer Pim Koopman. For those who have long memories, Koopman first came to attention in the Dutch scene, playing drums with prog dinosaurs Kayak. He left that band in 1978, for him, Diesel was the next project he was involved in. Moving away from the lilting progressive style that was Kayak, Diesel on the other hand took it's style from the late seventies American radio scene, the band gearing up for commercial success Stateside. However, before that Koopman and guitarist Vunderink (also ex Kayak) had another project on the go prior to Diesel. That band.. Concrete, released a single back in 1977, but Diesel was the vehicle to strike some degree of success.

The Songs
Ironically enough, the debut album 'Watts In A Tank' was a 'late bloomer' for the band. First released in 1979, it wasn't until 1980 and 1981 that the band was reaping any form of payback from the album, particularly in North America, through a distribution deal with Regency and RCA Records. Interest at home in Holland was lukewarm, but the standout single 'Sausalito Summernight' was a huge hit elsewhere. It went #1 in Canada and made the Billboard Top 30 in the USA, though it was the bands fourth single release.. Diesel preceded it with singles 'Goin' Back To China', 'Down In The Silvermine' and 'Alibi'.

In Summary
In late 1981, the band, trying to ride on the back of success with 'Watts In A Tank', went over to North America for a two month tour, which included headlining dates, plus support to the likes of Grand Funk, Triumph, and Novo Combo. The following year, Diesel released 'Unleaded', however by this time, the gas had run out of the tank, the band frittering away slowly over the next couple of years. Though not participating on the 'Unleaded' sessions during 1982 because of other commitments and 'band politics' (?), Koopman then hooked up with Diesel Sound Engineer Okkie Huysden to form his next project The President, who then released a batch of albums during the eighties. A CD of Diesel's material was released in 2000, featuring everything off 'Watts In A Tank', plus six or seven other tracks.

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#1 | marcel on January 16 2007 20:03:28
Official website
#2 | marcel on January 16 2007 20:03:53
kind regards...marcel
#3 | marcel on January 25 2007 09:53:52

DIESEL LIVE 14 April 2007
#4 | Eric on January 31 2010 20:55:45
Diesel and related band info in this cool interview:
#5 | super80boy on December 31 2013 00:49:17
The first three tracks on Side 1 get proceedings off to a roaring start, all are excellent. Catchy little guitar riff in the fast paced lead off 'Sausalito Summernight'. Side 2 - 'Ready For Love' has a blues tinged melody and a catchy chorus. Some interesting lyrical content and delivery are found in 'Remember The Romans'.
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