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AVRO's TopPop, 1981 (Bron: fotocollectie Beeld en Geluid)


1978 - current


Dutch-language, pop, pop/rock, reggae

Doe Maar

Most important, most popular and most innovative Dutch-language band from the early '80s. Doe Maar spearheaded a new wave of bands that started singing in the Dutch language, a trend that continues to this very day.
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Jan Hendriks   gitaar, zang
Henny Vrienten   basgitaar, zang
Ernst Jansz   toetsinstrumenten, zang
Jan Pijnenburg   drums

Former members

René van Collum   drums
Piet Dekker   basgitaar
Carel Copier   drums, zang
Joost Belinfante   mondharmonica, trombone, zang

Mentioned in the biography of

1947   Adri-jan Hoes
1948   Jakob Klaasse
1969   Les Cruches
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Biography Doe Maar

Most important, most popular and most innovative Dutch-language band from the early '80s. Doe Maar spearheaded a new wave of bands that started singing in the Dutch language, a trend that continues to this very day.


Doe Maar is formed by Ernst Jansz and bassist Piet Dekker. Both were previously active in the Slumberland Band and also accompanied Boudewijn de Groot on his album Waar Ik Woon En Wie Ik Ben ('Where I Live And What I Am'). Drummer with the band is Carel Copier.

Boudewijn de Groot Braak Ivy Green Johnny Hoes Nasmak Noodweer Peter Vincent Rumbones Slumberlandband Toontje Lager Truus


The band records its debut album on the Telstar label, which is owned by popular music tycoon Johnny Hoes.


Piet Dekker is replaced by Henny Vrienten. Vrienten has already made a name for himself both as recording artist and as composer. In 1977 he records a solo album under the name Paul Santos. As a composer he just as easily writes material for carnival duo Twee Pinten ('Two Pints') as for punk outfit Sammy America's Gasphetti.

De Twee Pinten Joost Belinfante Les Cruches MAM Paul Santos


This year sees the release of the album Skunk, which features guest musician Joost Belinfante (horn player and composer). The single Sinds 1 Dag Of 2 (Since A Day Or So) only gets airplay after one of Holland's most renowned DJ's, Frits Spits, suggests the title to be changed into 32 Jaar ('32 Years'). Although the music press hardly takes any notice of the band, young Dutch music fans do. This, despite the fact that most of the band's lyrics are concerned with typical thirtysomething problems. Drummer Copier is replaced by René van Collum.


Doe Maar's big break comes with the singles Doris Day and Is Dit Alles? ('Is This It?') Both are taken from the album Doris Day En Andere Stukken (Doris Day and Other Babes). Doe Maar-mania breaks out. The single De Bom ('The Bomb') shoots to the top of the charts within no time.

De Orde Long Tall Ernie and the Shakers Lucifer


4Us ('virus') is released. Songs like Je Loopt Je Lul Achterna ('You're Following Your Dick') and Heroïne Godverdomme ('Heroine, God damn') cause much uproar among parents. The band has a number 1 hit with Pa ('Dad'). Because the Doe Maar-craze is getting out of hand the band announces a publicity stop. In the meantime the live album Lijf Aan Lijf ('Body to Body') is released.


During the recording of a new album the guys decide to call it quits. Macho is the band's last single and clearly indicates that the band has lost its creativity. On April 14 Doe Maar plays two farewell gigs, which are broadcast live on television. A double album, Het Complete Overzicht ('The Complete Collection), is released.

1985 - 1990

Ernst Jansz writes a book about his childhood in Indonesia, Gideon's Droom ('Gideon's Dream') and also plays with Jan Hendriks in The Midnight Hour and Rienne Va Plus. Vrienten, Belinfante, Pijnenburg, Fay Lovsky, Jakob Klaasse and Jan de Hont play together in the Magnificent Seven. Vrienten also becomes a celebrated composer of film music.

Chicas del Rock Coen van Vrijberghe de Coningh Ernst Jansz Fay Lovsky Henny Vrienten Paul de Leeuw Rienne Va Plus The Magnificent Seven


The compilation album De Beste Van Doe Maar (The Best of Doe Maar) leads to a true Doe Maar revival. Sinds 1 Dag Of 2 (32 Jaar) enters the charts for a second time.


In front of a selective audience the four members of Doe Maar once again climb the stage during a CCC Inc. reunion. They play the Belinfante classic Nederwiet ('Dutch Weed').

Ccc Inc.


The CD Het Complete Hitoverzicht ('The Complete Hits') is in the album charts for several months.


A double CD and a video of the band's farewell concerts are released.


Doe Maar fever breaks out for the second time in twenty years when the band announce that they will reunite and do 13 shows in the Ahoy' in Rotterdam. A new album is to be released next April.


A compilation album is released on which Dutch artists such as Postmen (with Def Rhymz), Bløf, Skik, Rowwen Hèze, Trijntje Oosterhuis, Caesar, Prodigal Sons, Grof Geschut, Daryll-Ann, Abel, Heideroosjes, Marcel de Groot, Bob Fosko and Osdorp Posse pay tribute to Doe Maar. The singles Watje ('Wally') and Als Niet Als ('If Not If') precede Doe Maar's new album Klaar ('Ready). The book Doe Maar Het Virus - Het Boek is published. Watje enters the Top 10 and Klaar becomes platinum. The concerts in Rotterdam are released on CD: Hees Van Ahoy ('Hoarse from Ahoy'). 173.634 people went to see the Doe Maar reunion concerts.

Abel Bløf Bob Fosko Daryll-Ann Def Rhymz Grof Geschut Heideroosjes Marcel de Groot Osdorp Posse Postmen Skik The Prodigal Sons


In November Doe Maar announces that a Doe Maar musical is in the works. Albert Verlinde's V&V theatre productions get the production job. The band itself isn't featured in the musical.



Cartoonist Barbara Stok draws a cartoon version of Is Dit Alles? ('Is This All?'). It is featured in the book Strips In Stereo, which contains cartoon versions of 14 Dutch-langue songs. It is presented in Paradiso Amsterdam just before the National Book Week kicks off.


Members of Doe Maar are present in Tilburg on January 28 when the musical Doe Maar is premiered. It gets raving reviews. It is 25 years ago that Doe Maar scored its first number 1 hit with De Bom ("The Bomb'). To commemorate this feat on February 5 the CNR label re-releases the track as a limited edition on both CD and pink vinyl. Apart from this, for the first time ever all Doe Maar tracks are released as one boxed set dubbed Echt Alles ('Really Everything').

Daniël Boissevain


Doe Maar's titleless debut album, Doris Day En Andere Stukken and 4Us, are re-released on vinyl. Music companies Pink Records and Foreign Media Group have gotten hold 35.000 songs from Johnny Hoes' Telstar label, including the Doe Maar songs. On 10 and 12 July the band plays stadium De Kuip in Rotterdam. It is the first time the band plays a stadium shows. But this, Doe Maar plays four try-out gigs kicking off on 3 June in Speakers in Delft and ending on 1 July in the Heineken Music Hall in Amsterdam. Doe Maar Lijf Aan Lijf is a photobook which includes the remastered version of the live album with the same title from 1983. The book contains more than 100 photos by photographers like Bert Nienhuis and Kees Tabak, and eight stories by Joost Belinfante.

Discography Doe Maar

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