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1974 - current


Dutch-language, folk, rock


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Socially engaged pop group from the southern city of Eindhoven that is successful in both the Netherlands and Germany.
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Piet Engel   fluit, saxofoon
Sjors Van De Molengraft   fluit, saxofoon
Bonkie Bongaerts   gitaar, piano, zang
Frans Meijer   drums
Noudt Janssen   basgitaar, zang
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Former members

Floris Teunissen Van Manen   drums
George Koenraad   achtergrondzang, drums
Bert Smaak   drums
Anton Wannemakers   basgitaar
Erik van Donkersgoed   achtergrondzang, gitaar
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1971   Peter Koene
1974   The New Electric Chamber Music Ensemble
1978   Koen van Baal
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Socially engaged pop group from the southern city of Eindhoven that is successful in both the Netherlands and Germany.


Bots is formed by singer and composer Hans Sanders (ex-Peter Koelewijn, Dirty Underwear and Zuidnederlandse Fanfare).

Dirty Underwear Peter Koelewijn


Sanders records the album Van Kwaad Tot Erger ('From Bad To Worse') with producer Peter Koelewijn and several guest musicians. The album places Bots in the centre of attention and the band also makes its debut on national TV. The singles Het Lied Van De Werkende Jeugd ('The Song Of The Working Youth') en De Man ('The Man') are released. The band tours frequently, also in Belgium.


East Germany is interested in the band. The song Zeven Dagen Lang ('Seven Days On End') ends up on the album Voor God En Vaderland ('For God And Country'). Co-producer of the album is Peter Koelewijn. The single reaches number 23 in the charts. Themes on the album include feminism, racism, solidarity and militarism. The music shows influences of both folk and pop.


Bots tours East Germany. Sanders records the poem Rond ('Round') by Bert Schierbeek.


The third Bots album is called Wie Zwijgt Stemt Toe ('Silence Lends Consent') and is also recorded with Peter Koelewijn. The band's line-up now includes the likes of Sanders and Bongaerts but also sax and flute player Piet Engel, Peter de Vries (bass) and Frans Meijer (drums). The single Popmuzikant ('Pop Musician') dents the charts. Together with Eindhoven-based theatre group Proloog Bots creates the musical Barst.

Toneelwerkgroep Proloog


Bots also works with Proloog on the Bots Rood Show. This musical theatre production is, however, not very successful. Bots also plays in West Germany. They begin by playing Dutch-language songs but soon they are asked to start singing in German.


Bots Bots records the album Je Voelt Pas Nattigheid Als Je Droog Komt Te Staan ('You Won't Smell A Rat Until You Come Across One') with producer Peter Koelewijn. In the autumn the band's first German-language album comes out. Aufstehn contains German versions of songs like Zeven Dagen Lang ('Seven Days On End') and Ali. The songs are translated by German author Gunther Wallraff.


Bots sells over 400.000 copies of Aufstehn and its follow-up Entrustung. But the successs also has a down side and the band knows many changes in its line-up which now includes Broer Bogaart (drums), Noudt Jansen (bass) and Kees Buenen (vocals, piano, guitar).


The third German-language Schon Krank is recorded. The band is on the road a lot and plays in front of half a million people at the Kunstler Fur Den Frieden festival in West Berlin.


From 1985 until 1988 Sjoerd van Bommel is the band's drummer.


German-language record Lass Die Sterne Stehen is released.


The band plays in Germany a lot.


Bots The Dutch-language album Paradijs ('Paradise') is recorded and released on the Free label in May. The album is produced by Sanders and keyboard player/singer Kees Buenen. Bots sporadically performs in their hometown of Eindhoven.


When football team PSV Eindhoven wins the national championchips Sanders re-records his classic Zeven Dagen Lang and turns it into Zeven Jaren Lang ('Seven Years On End').


The New album Zeven Dagen Lang ('Seven Days Long') comes out.


Bots still tours. During the Folkwoods Festival in August the band's line-up includes Sanders, Buenen, George Koenraad (drums/vocals), Erik van Donkersgoed (guitar/vocals) and Anton Wannemakers (bass).


To commemorate its 30th anniversary Bots prepares a special DVD.


Bots In January the new single Je Voelt Pas Nattigheid Als Je Droog Komt Te Staan ('You Become Aware Of It, Once It Hits You'). In the same month the band appears seven nights at the De Vrienden van Amstel Live shows in Rotterdam's Ahoy' arena. Botsproeven is the first album after 14 years. Guest Ali B. turns the classic Zeven Dagen Lang ('Seven days Long') into a modern rap version.

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After a long illness singer/guitarist Hans Sanders dies on 3 November at the age of 61.

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