Het

In October 1965 Bob Bouber (at the time better known as ZZ) launched a new Dutch group. After having listened for months and months to a lot of Amsterdam bands he recruited the biggest talents and formed HET. Members: vocalist Jacques Zwart (20, ex-plumber, woodchopper, streetcleaner and Mad), leadguitarist Adri de Hont (18, ex-typewriter mechanic and Mad), bassplayer Pim van der Linden (21, nicknamed >Glimmie=, ex-photographer) and Dennis Witbraad (19, drums). On November 4th Holland met HET for the first time. The four guys had gone to the Amsterdam Dam Square around noon with a bed, put it in the middle of an intersection and waved to the spectators from the bed. When a police car arrived ten minutes later, HET was carried away to the police station. Only when shortly after that HETs first record was released this bed-act became clear to the public. The record was titled “Ik Heb Geen Zin Om Op Te Staan” (I dont feel like getting up). HET became a concept for the teenagers, especially because of their excelling originality: not average beat, but pop-art - their clothes - their hair - their very own language. Above all this last thing was a big success. Complete HET-dictionaries were conceived and words like “prop” and “natel” were used all over the country. No wonder that Ik Heb Geen Zin Om Op Te Staan” became a big hit. Tens of thousands were sold and HET reached the top ten easily. With only one single the band became one of the (few) top Dutch bands. They proved they weren’t a one-hit-wonder with their second single from March 1966, “Kejje Nagaan” (Consider this).

Again HET and composer Bob Bouber hit the bull’s-eye: within two weeks the record was in the hit parade. On this 10" these singles are present with Alleen Op Het Kerkhof” (“Alone in the graveyard” or Only in the graveyard”) and “Spat Niet Met Pap” (Don’t splash the porridge) among some other great songs, all HET songs together on one record. Consider this: how prop this first HET album is!

Footnote:

The band name HET (meaning IT) was clearly inspired by and derived from at the time popular band names like the Who or Them.

 
 

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