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JAVALINS

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Period

1962 - 1965

Genre

Indo rock, Indonesia

Javalins

Indo rock group from The Hague/Rotterdam, which was very popular in Germany in the first half of the sixties. They also successfully performed in Scandinavia and Israel. The Javalins are considered the band with the most authentic Indo rock sound after the Tielman Brothers.
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Members

Peter Theunissen   basgitaar
Hans Bax   gitaar
Walter Köhne   saxofoon
Franky Franken   gitaar, zang
Robby Latuparissa   drums

Former members

Frank Luyten   gitaar, zang
Tommy Chuo   drums

Biography Javalins

Indo rock group from The Hague/Rotterdam, which was very popular in Germany in the first half of the sixties. They also successfully performed in Scandinavia and Israel. The Javalins are considered the band with the most authentic Indo rock sound after the Tielman Brothers.

1959

The Hurricane Rollers from The Hague, featuring singer/guitarist Franky Franken, is an in demand rock & roll band in the late fifties. Their only single, the instrumental Once, written by guitarist Robbie Boekholt, is one of the first Indo rock productions and creates quite a stir. The song turns up in the repertoire of many other Indo rock bands.
The Hurricane Rollers.

The Hurricane Rollers

1960

When Hans Bax, Peter Theunissen and Tommy Chiu join the band, they change the name to Strangers. The repertoire still mainly consists of instrumentals.

1961

An engagement for three months in Israel brings the band to change its name to Crazy Strangers, to emphasize their wild stage show. The concerts are fairly successful, but the band never gets paid. The band members eventually have to borrow money from an American manager to get back home. In Israel the band records two EPs and the LP Crazy Strangers. Because of the excessive use of reverb on those records the sound differs greatly from that of their live shows.

1962

The Crazy Strangers are rechristened to The Javalins. Thus they are one of the few Dutch-Indonesian or Moluccan bands referring to their heritage in the band name. The group finds work in the German nightclub circuit, where they become a popular live act. Drummer Tommy Chiu is replaced by Robby Latuperissa. Mister Tjang Aus Chinatown is their first single. Like most of their records it is recorded in Germany.

1963

The single Al Capone doesn't make it in the charts, but it does establish their name in Germany, resulting in a great deal of work in discotheques all over the country. The Javalins hardly ever perform in the Netherlands; the band only does a single two week stint in a Scheveningen club. Their next single, Sherry, is a cover of the Four Seasons hit song.

1964

The LP Live Aus Der Kaskade, Köln is released in Germany. The band tours as support act for Brian Poole & The Tremeloes.

1965

When the success declines, The Javalins disband. Hans Bax and Robby Latuperissa join the Tielman Brothers for a while.

1981

The Javalins reunite, with Frank Luyten taking Franky Franken's place in the band.

1982 - 1998

In the nineties The Javalins still occasionally perform, this time with Franky Franken back in the band. On 15 September 1998 the singer dies at the age of 58.

Discography Javalins

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