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Hollander - 1980 Side Kicks

ARTIST: Hollander
ALBUM: Side Kicks
SERIAL: 84 567
YEAR: 1980


LINEUP: Toon van den Berg - vocals, guitar * Carl Carlton - guitars * Otto Cooymans - piano * Judo Poort - bass * Jan Pijnenburg - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Good Enough To Rock And Roll * 02 Psychoplant * 03 Sherwood Hotel * 04 Longtime Loving * 05 Chique Girls * 06 Love Goes Where The Money Is * 07 Always Something New * 08 Never Get Enough * 09 McDougal St Reunion * 10 Empty Record

Occasionally on my travels I will come across a little gem of an album that thoroughly deserves a moment in the sun here at GLORY-DAZE. Dutch band Hollander is one of those little gems, and we have to wind the clock right back to 1979 to discover what made this band tick, and to grieve as to why they didn't hang around longer. From the Noord-Brabant area of The Netherlands, the band were only in existence between 1979 and 1981, and secured big enough backing from CBS Records, plus interested hangers-on such as Pim Kooymans and Rinus Gerritsen (Golden Earring). Of course, this period of time was when fellow Dutchies Diesel and to a lesser extent New Adventures were proving to be popular, and if Hollander had hung around long enough, they too could have been as popular. Musically they've been described as a mixture of power-pop and new-wave. To be honest, whoever initially described them needs to be lined up against a wall and pelted with rotten tomatoes. For the majority of the album, this is excellent 70's hard rock/pop with a nod to Canadians Streetheart, Orphan and when they get back to a radio rock sound, then a band like Susan springs to mind. I would hardly call those bands new-wave. For this album, Ruud Englbert replaced original bassist Judo Poort, and what a tremendous album it is.

The Songs
The album kicks off with the cranky 'Good Enough To Rock And Roll', a rabble -rousing cross between The Angels and Streetheart. Great start for sure! The interestingly titled 'Psychoplant' has a bit of that Pim Kooymans influence about it, imagine Diesel and The President in a pop/rock context. 'Sherwood Hotel' is nothing short of pure AOR indulgence, those luscious keys and easy-on-the-ear arrangement makes me for pine for this era of music again. This track was also one of the band's singles.. one listen, and it's easy to hear why. 'Longtime Loving' takes on that Streetheart personality once again, I can just imagine Kenny Shields belting this one out across the Canadian Prairies! Keeping the personality intact for one more blast is 'Chique Girls' with its barroom presence, full of pumping bass lines and edgy keys and equally edgy guitars. Really enjoyed the harder rocking of 'Love Goes Where The Money Is', it really does remind me of many great Canadian bands who were doing their thing during this timeframe. 'Always Something New' is Hollander's ballad moment, and is pretty good too. The guitar solo from Carlton and the cascading keys elevates it to a higher level. It's a shame this one never made it as a single. Back we go to the pumping hard rock of 'Never Get Enough', again Streetheart fans should enjoy this. The brief bluesy acoustic interlude 'McDougal St Reunion' segues us into the LP closer 'Empty Record'. It's a mix of swirly synth, piano tapping, and is a fast paced arrangement. This track also made it as a single. Wow, ten tracks of excellence. No duds here!

In Summary
Through their short history, the band released the one album (this one), plus three singles, the last one released in 1981 which contained a pair of songs not on this album ('Love Doctor' and 'Look' [b-side]). Overall though, 'Side Kicks' is a highly infectious LP of ten great tracks with no duff tracks onboard. How this missed the boat is a mystery to me. After the band broke up in 1981, the members all went their separate ways, with Carl Carlton (real name Karl Buskohl) being the most prominent, joining (for a brief time) Time Bandits, Vitesse and New Legend, the latter band releasing a big-label album for RCA/BMG Ariola back in 1990. All in all, Hollander are in good company here on this website.. finally.

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#1 | dangerzone on May 11 2008 02:21:00
What a great song 'Love Goes Where the Money Is', actually is! Great AOR, need to score a copy of this one.
#2 | imprimateur on July 24 2008 04:12:59
Nice audio tracks on this LP. Hmm, interested in this outfit..
#3 | Shaunsinger on April 20 2009 19:49:15
Just saw this article - and the site. Interesting to me particularly, because after this album, Tony Vandenberg was going to leave, and I was supposed to be his replacement. It didn't happen though, and despite a lot of support from Carl,and after recording a demo of "Love Motor", I came back to the UK. In the event, one Tony Sarno apparently was drafted in and provided the vocal on the single. It was a strange experience and a confusing period of my life, and one I must catch up on with Carl (now a SongDog) one day.
#4 | dangerzone on February 07 2010 18:03:19
I think the vocal style on 'Chique Girls' is the best Phil Lynott impersonation of all time.
#5 | gdazegod on December 02 2017 22:38:00
I think I need to get a jukebox application up on GDM once again.
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