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White Honey - 1979 Some Kinda Woman

ARTIST: White Honey
ALBUM: Some Kinda Woman
LABEL: CBS Holland
YEAR: 1979


LINEUP: Hanneke Kappen - vocals * Erwin Java - guitars * Rob Elzenga - guitars, vocals * Derk Joling - bass * Peter Walrecht - drums, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Flyin' * 02 Nothin' Going On In The City * 03 City Life * 04 Car Crash Blues * 05 Some Kinda Woman * 06 One Who Can Screw * 07 Too Tired * 08 Paradise (It's So Nice) * 09 Country Girl * 10 Decision * 11 Let's Forget * 12 Never Forget About You

Here's a Dutch band that had a great presence during the late 70's. Similar in energy to a band like Shakin' Street, coupled with a live sound that encapsulated a power pop, neder rock and near punk style. White Honey originate from Groningen, and while they look harmless enough, they whirl their way through a host of songs led by female singer Hanneke Kappen, on their one and only album for CBS Holland - 'Some Kinda Woman'. Formed in 1978, the band only survived for three years, before breaking up. But they did leave a lasting impression, even if it was only a one-off affair.

The Songs
The original LP had twelve tracks. I won't go through them all, but we'll touch on a couple of them. First song 'Flyin' is doing well to leave the ground with its energetic drive, and Erwin Java's fiery lead guitar work. Kappen leads WH on a merry dance with the classic 'Nothing Goin' On In The City', the band's best known track. It would of course be celebrated two years later on The Rods debut LP, but this is where it all started. 'City Life' is the longest track on the album, and hovers in a near prog rock bubble, unlike 'Car Crash Blues' which is a rampant track executed with a punk like delivery. The title track 'Some Kinda Woman' also has its moments, a good live number I'll bet. 'One Who Can Screw' takes things to another level, a high-energy boogie workout which is followed by the amusing titled 'Too Tired' (are both these songs related to each other? lol!). 'Paradise (It's So Nice)' keeps White Honey's metronome well to the right of the straight-vertical position. Another high-energy track guaranteed to draw sweat. 'Let's Forget' is a slow-burner track. Not quite ballad, and it would appear to be the album's contrast moment. And to confuse the listener even more, the album closer is titled 'Never Forget About You' (I wish they would make their minds up!), and is a reminder of what female fronted rock was all about at the turn of the 70's decade.

In Summary
The album was produced by Robin Freeman, whose credits include The Movies, Herman Brood, Partner, England (prog band), Golden Earring and The Strawbs. Beyond this album, a couple of the members went on to join Herman Brood during the early 80's. These days, Kappen is a professional conference moderator. In wrapping up, 'Some Kinda Woman' is not a classic album by any means, but still has enough in the tank to interest fans of that late 70's manic energy, and of course, it was where The Rods gave tributre to the band by doing their own version of 'Nothing Goin' On In The City'. How cool was that?

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#1 | gdazegod on December 15 2012 08:48:37
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#2 | Eric on December 15 2012 20:35:03
Interesting find George. The Dutch scene continues to reveal lost gems...
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