Rest_In_Peace's current selection is:
Ben Ik Te Min
by Armand
Armand (1946 to 2015) was a Dutch 'protest' singer. Herman George van Loenhout was born in Holland on April 10th 1946. Known as 'Armand', he was a member of a few bands before releasing a solo single, "En Nou Ik", in 1965. The single was a flop, though he had slightly more success with his next single, "Een Van Hen Ben Ik". Three months after that release, 'Radio Veronica' played the single's B-side, "Ben Ik Te Min", which was an instant success (and is featured here). The song spent 14 weeks in the Dutch Top 40 chart in 1967. Often hailed as the best-known protest song in Dutch popular music, it's a song in which the speaker lashes out against the bourgeois father of his girlfriend. Another of Armand's singles, "Blommenkinders", also charted in that year. Because of his known support for the legalisation of cannabis (lyrics about which his record company, 'Fontana Records', refused to release), he left that label to join Johnny Hoes's 'Telstar'. Their imprint, 'Killroy', then released six Armand albums between 1971 and 1981. He remained out of the limelight for a good many years, reviving his music career in 2011 when performing on a 'rap' TV show in Holland. An adaptation of today's selection was then released by rapper 'Nina' with updated lyrics. In her version (with 'Ali B' and 'Brownie Dutch'), the song talks of the disrespect for women that she finds in the 'hip hop' culture generally. In 2012, Armand began collaborations with singer/songwriter 'Lucky Fonz III' and also Dave von Raven (singer for 'The Kik'), and in June 2015 'Armand & The Kik' released an album with adaptations of lesser-known Armand songs, followed by a Dutch tour. Armand died of pneumonia in Eindhoven on November 19th 2015, at the age of 69.
1946 - 2015 - Netherlands
Posted: 4th December 2015
Hundreds of very talented musicians pass away each year, some without much recognition at all. On "Rest In Peace", I aim to give them a fitting 'send-off', with a decent Tribute. I hope you will join me in marking their passing.....
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