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1996 - current


alternative, Britpop, pop


Band from the Excelsior-label that provides graceful guitar pop with Beatles influences.
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Maarten Kooijman   gitaar
Jacco de Greeuw   gitaar, zang
Diets Dijkstra   gitaar
Jeroen Kleijn   drums
Matthijs van Duijvenbode   achtergrondzang, toetsinstrumenten

Former members

Remco Krull   gitaar
Diederik Nomden   achtergrondzang, gitaar, piano, toetsinstrumenten
Niels de Wit   achtergrondzang, basgitaar
David Corel   achtergrondzang, basgitaar, toetsinstrumenten
Wim Kwakman   drums
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1997   Lucas
1999   Redivider
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Biography Johan

Band from the Excelsior-label that provides graceful guitar pop with Beatles influences.


Singer/guitarist Jacco de Greeuw forms Little Mary.

Little Mary Big


Little Mary Big are runners-up at the Grote Prijs van Nederland behind La Lupa. Several band members leave and De Greeuw asks long time friend Remco Krull and Ton van Bijsteren to joint his new band Visions Of Johanna.

The Gathering Visions Of Johanna


Visions Of Johanna's first single Swell is released (Mind Records).


Bassist Ton van Bijsteren leaves the band because of musical differences and is replaced by Julian de Vos.


The band records several demos and by the end of the year the single Swing is released by Electrolux.

Vernon Walters


After the group has shortened its name to simply Johan, they go into the studio to record their debut album which is well received by the press.

Benjamin B Caesar Daryll-Ann Scram C Baby The Hungry I


Johan Johan plays at the Noorderslag festival and at Pinkpop. The band signs a contract with the American Spin-Art label and goes on a short tour through the States where they perform at the CMJ-festival in New York.


In February the Universal Music Group releases Johan's debut album in Scandinavia and Germany. In March Johan again travels to the U.S. when their first album is re-released on Sire Records. In the autumn they begin recordings for their second album. In October and November De Wit and Krull leave the band and De Greeuw suffers from depression.


The remaining band members go into the studio together with singer David Corel and Diederik Nomden (guitar/keyboard/singer), both from Redivider, and Diets Dijkstra (guitar).

Crapjam Redivider


Johan spends most of its time in the studio. In August they play their first gig in almost two years.

Bauer Dress


In February and March Johan plays some try-out gigs in The Netherlands. Their new album Pergola is released in April. After a gig in the Melkweg and several try-outs shows, the Pergola-tour kicks off in Utrecht. Johan replaces British dance-act Orbital at Pinkpop festival and some weeks later the band plays at the Parkpop festival. In August the band plays a great gig at Lowlands festival. The American tour is cancelled due to the attacks of September 11. Listeners to pubcaster VPRO vote the track Tumble And Fall 'song of the year.'


Johan wins an Edison Award in the category Best group national for the album Pergola. Also, the band is selected for the next promotion campaign in Germany under the musicXport.nl umbrella.


Kwakman and Nomden play on Nu, the debut album by Dutch language singer-songwriter Carmona.


Johan Wim Kwakman and Diederik Nomden quit the band in order to concentrate on other projects. By the end of September the band plays at Utrecht's Ekko club with Jeroen Kleijn on drums.


Johan The third album Thx Jhn is again recorded and produced by Hagenaars. On May 22 it comes out on both CD and vinyl.


Johan In January Johan plays at the Noorderslag conference/festival in Groningen. In February the band plays two support slots for US band the Mooney Suzuki at the Rebel Club in New York. Maarten Kooijman contributes to the album Four-letter Word by GRAM. In December, Excelsior Recordings hosts Fine Fine Music, a club night in ten clubs across the country with as headlining act an acoustic set by Johan.

Do-The-Undo GRAM


The box 12.5 Years, 3 Albums, 36 Songs includes the three Johan in remastered version and a DVD with seven videos. After several try-out shows Johan kicks off a spring theatre tour featuring old material in special arrangements and new material from the upcoming fourth album. The second part of the year features many gigs, including shows at summer festivals like Dijkpop and a show in Vondelpark in Amsterdam. Other festivals include Oerol and the first edition of Into The Great Wide Open. It will be the band's final tour. After 13 years and four albums the band says goodbye to their fans. 'In a funny way it feels right, to stop at this moment', frontman Jacob de Greeuw says in a press statement. During their final show in a sold out Paradiso, Amsterdam, Johan receives a golden record for the 2001 album Pergola.

Discography Johan

In the discography you will find all recordings that have been released listed chronologically. We restrict ourselves to the title, the type of audio, year of publication or recording, label, list of guest musicians, plus any comments on the issue.

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Tumble and Fall
Tumble and Fall
She's Got a Way With Men
She's Got a Way With Men
Walking Away
Walking Away
Johan | Tumble & Fall
Johan | Tumble & Fall
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