Mentioned here are contributions of the Nits members for other musicians
and production work.
Most of this material is probably unavailable by now. If it has been
re-released on CD, it is noted below.
Even more Nederpop
With Tutti Ragazzi on the compilation Hard to Find
Classics. The compilation is believed to be released only in the
Netherlands. More Info.
One song on Het Nationale Muziekkado, annual gift to the consumers from
the recordcompanies in the week of the record:
Love Of My life (Frank Zappa, recorded live 1993) 2'26
On the compilation Holland Rocks music from the Netherlands 1992,
SPN P06, a 2CD "various artists" promo set. Include
one Nits track (Soap bubble box) in a different mix. This version
was recorded on February 21, 1992 at the Werf studio when the Nits
invited people to visit the studio while recording for their new album
(Ting). At the end of the song Henk hits the microphone by accident and
the audience burst out laughing. You can hear this on this track. Other
recording sessions with audience where on February 22 and 23, 1992.
With Meisje Van 16 on Als De Rook Is Verdwenen,
a tribute album to Boudewijn de Groot from 1994. It is a CD with songs
from NITS, Scene, Kecks, Bettie Serveert, dEUS, De Dijk and many more
Dutch and Belgian artists.
With Eva on Denkend Aan De Dapperstraat released in
1994. Also with other Dutch bands like De Dijk, Youp van 't Hek, Bram
Vermeulen and more. Eva is a song by Boudewijn de Groot, who did the
vocals on this track.
Toon Hermans: Een Nieuwe Jas voor Toon Hermans
The Nits are to be heard with the song Mediterranee on this
album, it is released by Sony Music (Holland) about 1994 and still available. Dutch
language, text and music: Toon Hermans, a Dutch cabaretier.
Keihard En Swingend
Published 1978, EMI 5C02825884
This is the first releases in which The Nits featured. It is a live
compilation album on which beginning bands can be heard. The Nits are
playing Tutti Ragazzi on this album.
Both albums are available on one CD (Top Hole TH64-2).
MAM is a Tilburg-based band who recorded their album in the
BGM-studio (the studio of Aad Link) and mixed Ontwik
in the WERF-studios. Henk, Robert Jan and Aad are guests of MAM
during the recording of this album. Paul Telman was technician and
Henk produced this album, which was released on the Nits-label WERF-records.
Hobbel is recorded at BGM (of Aad) and Henk's wife
did the graphics and lay out. Aad, Robert Jan and Henk participated on
this album as well.
- Ontwik (1987) Werf WRF 10002
- Hobbel (1988) Top Hole TH64
Swiss songwriter Simon Ho has made
two albums, on both past and present Nits members were invited to
perform as guests. Henk sings several songs on both Before Sleep
from 2002 and If, the 2005 album. If features more
interesting guest musicians, Michiel Peters and Vera van der Poel of Nits
fame and musicians from Finlands group Värttinä.
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on Kinderen voor Kinderen
Kinderen voor Kinderen is an album series for Dutch kids. Henk wrote the
music for the song Naar bed (to bed) on #11, the complete
songs Zilvermijn (Silvermine) on #13 and Vandaag
ben ik even een vliegtuig (today I am just an airplane) on #14.
These are still available, check out the
on Voice Male: Thatīs Life
Published 1998 by Epic/Sony Music, 492742-6.
Voice Male are a Belgian a-capella group. On their debut CD they feature
a Nits song, Soap Bubble Box. Lead vocals are sung by Henk,
the members of Voice Male do backing vocals and other sounds. The CD
contains only cover songs, you can also find Seal, Queen, Eurythmics,
Proclaimers and Pretenders on it. Check
it out, published by Sony Music.
Two songs on the CD Dichterbij, musicians sing Dutch poems.
Published in 1994 in Dutch.
Still avavilable from Mercury, 526183-2.
Henk appears on two tracks:
The project was initiated by RVU (educational broadcast) for TV. There are also
some familiar names on this album, next to Henks. Astrid Series and Jan Rot
appearesd on Dichterbij as well.
- Door de open vensters (text: B. Voeten)
- In memoriam matris (text: B. Voeten)
on Liesbeth List: List
CD, published 1994 by Columbia/Sony music, 477649-2,
produced by Frank Boeijen. Dutch language, still available.
Henk does not appear on this album. The song Brief aan Mia appeared
later on Alankomaat as Letter to E..
- Net als een kind (text and music: H.Hofstede)
- Brief aan Mia (text: F.Boeijen, music: H.Hofstede)
The song Net Als Een Kind was originally made for the Dutch
Songfestival, to be selected as the Dutch entry for the Eurovision
Songcontest 1992. Although composed for Frank Boeijen,
it was sung by Rob Janszen and this song almost went
to Ireland: it ended on a second place in the Dutch contest.
Both Rob Janszen and Frank Boeijen released this song as well.
on Liesbeth List: Noach
CD, published 1996 by Columbia/Sony Music, 485366-2.
Henk wrote the music to the song Oude Foto, lyrics by Freek
on Liesbeth List: Vergezicht
CD, published 1999 by Columbia/Sony Music, 494157-2.
Henk wrote the song Vierkante auto and sings it in a duet with
on Frank Boeijen
All three albums are in Dutch language and still available.
- Wilde Bloemen (1991)
- Jazz in Barcelona (1993)
BMG/Ariola 74321 164702
- Stormvogels live (1995)
BMG/Ariola 74321 319862
Frank Boeijen and the Nits met while recording in the same studio. Frank
provided additional vocals on Ballroom of Romance. He is
a singer whoes popularity peaked in the middle of the eighties, when he
was the leadsinger (and bandleader) of the Frank Boeijen Groep. After
ten years he decided to go solo. His first album without his own band
became Wilde Bloemen, a sort of project-like album on
which he makes music with different musicians per song. Some songs on
this CD are important for Nits-fans. Henk and Robert Jan were involved
in this album on various songs. Henk is playing piano, vibraphone,
keyboards and is doing backing vocals on Vaarwel. Henk
mixed this songs as well. Twee Gezichten is sung by
Henk and Frank Boeijen; Henk is playing all instruments but electric
guitar, drums and bassguitar, he did the arrangement as well. Een
Hollandse Hemel was arranged and mixed by Robert Jan, he played
all instruments on this song as well. Een Hollandse Hemel
was arranged and mixed by Robert Jan, he played all instruments on
this song as well. Finally, Henk played all instruments and sung on
the tittle-track Wilde Bloemen, which he arranged too.
Henk and Robert Jan again participated on the second solo-album of
Boeijen, Jazz In Barcelona. Henk is playing keyboards, he
sings and percussion on Valkuil. Robert Jan is playing h
armonium, all keyboards and percussion on the song Dieren.
Last year, Stromvogels live was released. Henk was a
guest during a special Frank Boeijen-concert, which was a.o. recorded
for this album. Henk and Frank are singing Twee Gezichten
and Wilde Bloemen. Net Als Een Kind is sung
by Liesbeth List, Frank Boeijen and Henk.
on Henk Westbroek: Voorjaar
Published 1992, Sony Music/Columbia 471593-2.
Henk Hofstede wrote the music for Begrijp Je Nou Hoe Blij Ik
Ben, lyrics written by Henk Westbroek. This song was also released
as the B-side of the single Zou Er Iets Aan Te Doen Zijn.
on De Dijk
The CD single
by the Dutch rock band De Dijk, released June 1997,
contains a track Blind Willie McTell by Bob Dylan,
performed with Henk Hofstede.
Henk Hofstede and RJ Stips' voice appeared on the Dutch translation of
Don Bluth's animated movie Rock-a-Doodle
(Hanekam de Rocker), which is really awful and
not worth mentioning in any other sense. But it was released on
DVD anyway an can be bought for about 9 EUR.
Film from a Room - a Journey to the House of Leonard Cohen
This is a road movie. It tells about two men meeting in the wilderness
of Finland to plan a trip to Hydra to see Leonard's house. Finally they
reach Hydra, meet some of Leonard's old friends still living in the
island and find this house - with the help of a donkey.
Produced and filmed by Seppo Pietikainen (Finland) and Henk Hofstede
(Holland). 26 min. Shown in Finland on Channel One on December 31st 1992.
Exists in two versions, one in Finnish and the other one in English.
See also the remarks about The Night Owl.
Henk made the soundtrack of the Dutch movie Laura Ley, which
is a modern version of the german myth Loreley. The song
Strangers of the Night is originally made for this movie.
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Apart from the performance with Swiss drummer Fritz Hauser on his record
Zwei, Rob Kloet
participated in 12 hour drummers' performance in Paradiso,
Amsterdam, The Netherlands, on March 18, 1995. He was performing with
Jeroen de Rijk, well known from his work with Candy Dulfer and Iceland's
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with The Softparade: Puur
Published about 1992, this album was produced by Dave Stewart.
with Van Krieken Kempen Sextet: Mesa Verde
Published about 1995, a Jazz CD with Laetitia's own compositions.
on Pascal Vermeer Quintet: Changes of Sides
Published 1997, Laetita wrote compositions for this Jazz/Rock group.
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with Stars and Stips: Nevergreens
Published 1976, catalog number Polydor 2925041.
Robert Jans solo-debut. During the American Golden Earring-tour he became
friend with Bertus Borgers and they had the idea to record an album,
with some fellow-musicians, with songs of Robert Jan. After the recording
of Nevergreens this group of musicians (incl. Robert Jan)
named themselves Sweet dBuster'.
One 7" single was relased from this LP: Carry On/Tango
Malafido on Polydor 2050.433.
During Stips time with Supersister, the following records were published:
The following singles were published:
- Present from Nancy (1970) Polydor 2441016
- To the Highest Bidder (1971) Polydor 2925002
- Pudding En Gisteren (1972) Polydor 2925007
- Superstarshine vol. 3 (1972) Polydor 2419039
- Iskander (1973) Polydor 2925021
- Spiral Staircase (1974) Polydor 2441048
There are 3 CDs available containing the 6 Supersister-albums, but not
all of the single tracks. Supersister started in 1968 with the name
Sweet Okay Supersister. Robert Jan was a member of this group from the
beginning (he sung and played keyboards). Supersister split up in 1974,
Robert Jan went to play with Golden Earring after this split up. The album
Pudding En Gisteren was also released in Germany: Pudding
And Yesterday Polydor 2310205.
- She Was Naked/Spiral Staircase, Blossom 2103.002
- No Tree Will Grow/The Groupies of the Band, Polydor Holland 2050.141
- No Tree Will Grow/A Girl Named You, Polydor Germany 2001.352
- No Tree Will Grow/She Was Naked, Polydor UK 2001.379
- Fancy Nancy/Gonna Take Easy, Polydor 2050.048
- Radio/Dead Dog, Polydor 2050.182
- Wow/Drs. D, Polydor 2050.244
- Bagoas/Memories are new, Polydor 2050.272
Supersister did a reunion in 2000 which produced a
CD Memories are new and a
double live album
Supersisterious. They have their own website at
with Bertus Borgers
Before their debut LP, Bertus Borgers recorded a solo LP with the same
musicians that would later form Sweet d'Buster, before the band took
that name. Title of this LP is Demo 74 released on Bubble
with Sweet d'Buster
The following LPs and singles were published by Bubble:
Sweet d'Buster was a funk/rock-group. It was founded in 1976 by Bertus
Borgers and Robert Jan, after the recording of Stars &
Stips. After a few years of succesfull touring with Sweet d'Buster,
Robert Jan stopped playing with this band in 1979 to create a new
band, Transistor. After Robert Jans departure Sweet d'Buster released
a live-album with three bonus tracks (Gigs) on which Robert
Jan can be heard. Only one year (and one album) later Sweet d'Buster
split up. The album Sweet dBuster' was re-released in 1977 with
the hitsingle Summertime as bonustrack. LP Shot in the Blue, an
LP without any RJ Stips involvement. However, this LP was released again
on Ariola 202.651 this time produced by RJ Stips. All tracks are
mixed again. The tracks are also in different order on the new release.
- Demo '74 (1074), 200.683
- Sweet d'Buster (1976) XOT 27496
- Friction (1978) XOT 25861
- Gigs (1979) 200337 (CD: BMG/Ariola 258845)
- Best (compilation, 1984)
- One Way or Another/Going Nowhere, 17.025 AT
- Summertime/You're Gonna be a Winner, 11.351 AT
- No More Cricket/Still Believe, Ariola 100.082
with Golden Earring
In addition to these LPs also the singles Instant Poetry and
- Switch (1975) Polydor 2344046
- To the Hilt (1976) Polydor 2310436
- Contraband (1976)
- 10 Years 20 Hits (1976) Arcade ADE H11
Robert Jan played with Golden Earring for two years. In these two years
the Earring released two albums and two singles. A compilation album
was releases as well during this period. It speaks for itself that
Robert Jan only played on one song. On the cover however there is a
young Robert Jan to be seen (twice!). Next to playing on every track,
on the two albums he recorded with Golden Earring, Switch
and To The Hilt Robert Jan arranged strings as well.
with Transistor: Zig Zag
Published 1979, catalog number Ariola 201.163.
This has been re-released on CD together with U.P.
Robert Jan formed his own group Transistor (together with a.o. Huberta de
Graaf who also played in The Tapes). After the release of the album and
one single (Steady As A Rock) Transistor split up, because
of fraude with taxes. Robert Jan went on solo. Meanwhile he was active
De Familie Oudenrijn
Published 1989, SALT SR 668189. This is an album from a
television serie. All texts and music written by the Stips-brothers
(Robert Jan and Wouter).
A CD of this album exists, it may be hard to find, but then, it is said
to be quite bad.
Suonna Kononen does have a copy and he writes:
De Familie Oudenrijn was a kids TV
series in the late 80's about traffic and how to survive it.
RJ and his bro did the soundtrack for it, and this tape is
the result. The voices are by the auctors.
OK, De Familie Ondenrijn's soundtrack's music is varying
very much -- it's cabaret-like pop with styles borrowed
from here and there. You can certainly recognize RJS's
keyboard wizardry and sound palet. I list some of the
ALCOHOL, NIET ALS IK RIJ. Thank God it's not 80's anymore!
Everybody thought they could do a funny rap song.
PRIVATE EY "TRACK". This reminds me of Strangers Of The
STUK. This sounds like music from those 70's era German movies
you can't talk about in the bright day light. In my previous
apartment a satellite brought this horrible stuff from the air
every Friday night. No satellite nowadays. ;-)
JUNGLELIED. Boy In A Tree gulls previsited. The melody
would make a funny Nits 7 inch B-side track a la Yksi Kaksi
WITTE, WITTE KERST. A kind of dAdAdA style pop melody.
VERKEERSBRIGADIER. Weill style cabaret music.
ER IS EEN DANS. Nice "rural" chord progression. This could
be worked to a Boy In A Tree style Nits song.
KWETSBAAR EN KLEIN. Gershwin & Broadway style touches a la
some Ting songs.
ZOU U 'T WEL DOEN. Brings Eating House To My Mind.
Robert Jan was involved in producing for the bands Himalaya, Los Alegres,
Hauser Orkater, Gruppo Sportivo, Nits, Hans de Booy, Warren Harry, Bart Chabot,
Cloud Nine: Waterland
Published 1985 on LP, EMI 206 881-8
Produced by Robert Jan Stips and Henk Hofstede - engineered by Jaap Eggermond
Worth listening, even if Stips and Hofstede don't play on it (at least: not
mentioned), and didn't write for it. Petra Lugtenburg sung on this album and
Shortly after this LP was released 3 of the 6 bandmembers were killed in a
This dutch band makes records since 1976, almost any album produced by
Funny music, nice lyrics. Extremely popular in the end 70's.
Lots of collaborations by RJ Stips, especially the album
Buddy Odor is a Gas. See below for more
Gruppo Sportivo details. LPs:
- Rare Tracks (Polydor 1979) 2554120
- 10 Mistakes (Ariola 1977) XOT 25464
- Back to '78 (Ariola 1978) XOT 26472
- Buddy Odor is a Gas (Ariola 1979) 200931
- Copy Copy (Ariola 1980) 202327
- Pop' Goes the Brain (Ariola 1981) 203988
- Design Moderne (Ariola 1983)
- Sombrero Times (Nova Zembla 1984)
Back to 19 Mistakes
CD, published 1988, BMG/Ariola 258.848
Sampler, 18 out of 19 songs produced by RJ, and the other one is mixed
Sucker of the Century
CD, published 1990, JAWS records 557-2
Produced by Gruppo Sportivo, mixed and edited by RJ Stips, who also plays
drum machine and keyboards on The Opposite.
Young and Out
Published 1994, VAN 74321.184102.
Live album, on which Martin Bakker appears on bass.
Buddy Odor Is A Gas!
Published 1979, Ariola 200931.
Not exactly a Gruppo Sportivo album, but after the (first) split up of
Gruppo Sportivo, Hans Vandenburg formed his own group Buddy Odor Stop,
with a.o. Martin Bakker. They releases one album and two singles. After
a few concert s without the two female singers in Buddy Odor Stop,
they went further again with the name Gruppo Sportivo. Since Gruppo
Sportivo 2 Martin is a member of Gruppo. Also Robert Jan is involved
in the Buddy Odor Stop, he played keyboards on the album and produced
it. This is where Robert Jan and Martin meet, as well dur ing 'Gruppo 2',
when Robert Jan produced the albums.
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In 1979 Gruppo took a break, and most of the Gruppo-members worked in
that year on the Buddy Odor-project, including Martin. In 1980 Gruppo went
back in the studio and on stage, now with new bandmember Martin Bakker.
Martin left Gruppo in 1981, after the release of Pop! Goes The
Brain. Martin played as a guest-musician on the albums Young
and Out and Sing Sing (a live album).
on Een Zwoele Zomeravond O.S.T
Published 1982, VARAGRAM ET 69.
In 1982 the movie Een Zwoele Zomeravond was shown in Dutch
cinemas. This film was made by the Werktheater (with a.o. Joop Admiraal,
Frank Groothof and Helmert Woudenberg). The music by this movie was
played by De Roomsoezen. Martin Bakker played bass and percussion with
De Roomsoezen. The only recording made by De Roomsoezen is the soundtrack
by this movie.
with Jan Rot
Nowadays Jan Rot in known in Holland as a stand up comedian. Less people
know Jan recorded quite some albums. Rot started his musical carreer
in the early eighties in the bands Streetbeats and Ratata. After his
fist solo-album he started playing with the Bakker-brothers (Martin
and Roy). This trio recorded the album Rot &, Roll
and three singles. After the third single they called themselves Jan
Rot & The Trojans and added some musicians to their trio. On the
Rot, Warm & Tender-album Martin can be heard on two
songs. Jan Rot released two CD's containing all the songs from his
three English-languaged albums, called Counting Sheep (singles
82-'88') (CDJD 16JR) and For LP-fans only
(CDJD 23JR), those are still available. They can be ordered
directly via: De Jonste Dag in Amsterdam (+31) (0)20 645 26 26.
- Rot & Roll (1984) Popeye PE 104
- Rot, Warm & Tender (1988) Mercury 834613-2
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with The Tapes
The Amsterdam-based new wave group The Tapes was founded in 1977. When
their drummer left in 1979, Peter Meuris took over his place. He recorded
2 albums with The Tapes before they split up. During the last
year of existance, Mathilde Santing also joined the band as a singer.
Peter Meuris played his first Tapes concert on March 3, 1979 in De
Meervaart in Amsterdam, together with the Nits! Peter and Rob became
really close friends and because of that friendship Peter was asked to
play on the Ting-album.
- Party (1980) WEA WEAN 58129
- On A Clear Day (1981) WEA WEAN 58321
Also the Tapes did backing vocals on the Tent-album.
with Mathilde Santing
All albums available on CD:
Mathilde Santing sung with The Tapes before she stated her
solo-carreer. Her first 10" (mini)album (later released as a full
size album) she recorded with The Tapes, including Peter Meuris. In 1985
Peter Meuris was asked to play in the Mathilde Santing Ensemble. He played
with Mathilde until he joined The Nits, in 1992. Mathilde Santing also
sung with The Nits. She did backing vocals on the Henk-album,
together with Joke Geraets, who became a Nits-member later.
- Mathilde Santing (1982) WEA WEAN 28333, 10" vinyl
- Out Of This Dream (1987) Megadisc MDC7930
- Breast & Brow (1989) Megadisc MDC7890
- Carried Away (1991) SOLID 527.9005.20
with Astrid Seriese: Eclipse
Published 1993, Brigadoon BIS 005.
A few years ago, Peter Meuris played in the band of Mathilde
Santing. Mathilde did one tour with the singers Astrid Seriese and
Julia Lo'Ko. That's when Peter and Astrid met and felt in love. They're
still together and have children. Astrid Seriese sings modern jazz,
jazz-standards, chanson, contemporary serious music and pop. From these
different expierences she developed her own style of singing. With this
knowlegde it is no miracle Peter is to be heard as a guest musician on
Astrids debut-album, Eclipse. He plays drums on Only
Women Bleed and bassguitar on Tender As A Rose.
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After leaving the Nits, Joke formed her own band
in which she participated in 'De grote prijs van Nederland'
(The great price of the Netherlands), an annual competition for new bands
initiated by the Dutch music press (muziekkrant Oor).
Joke Geraets did the sound for the movie Procedure 769 - The Witness
to an execution (1995)
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He made a LP called This Pain in 1982, and was helped on some
tracks by Rob Kloet, Henk Hofstede, Michiel Peters, Ronald Brautigam,
Pim, Tom, Frank and Paul Telman.
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With help from Carl van Breukelen and Michiel le Blanc, who used the books
OOR Popencyclopedia 1990, and Nederpop
Jochen A. Stein, jst at nitsfans dot org
Last modified: 02-04-2005