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Tröckener Kecks


1980 - 2002


alternative, Dutch-language, punk, rock

Tröckener Kecks

Dutch-language punk rock group that becomes one of the most important and Dutch rock acts.
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Theo Vogelaars   basgitaar
Gerben Ibelings   drums
Phillip Tilli   gitaar
Rick de Leeuw   zang
Rob van Zandvoort   toetsinstrumenten

Former members

Rob de Weerd   gitaar
Leo Kenter   drums
Edward van Tilburg   zang
Piet van Dijk (2)   gitaar, zang
Arjan Boonacker   gitaar
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Biography Tröckener Kecks

Dutch-language punk rock group that becomes one of the most important and Dutch rock acts.

1980 - 1983

Rick de Leeuw and Leo Kenter form Tröckener Kecks in May 1980. The group's first single, Rick Ringers, is released one year later and is taken from band's debut album Schliessbaum. The Kecks are inspired by the Buzzcocks and most of all the Undertones. Second single Niet Alle Meisjes Zijn Verliefd Op Kors ('Not All Girls Are In Love With Kors') is released in 1982. In 1983 the band reaches the finale of the Grand Prix of the Netherlands Talent Show.

Frites Modern Panic (1977-1979) Piet van Dijk (2) The Ex The Nitwitz

1983 - 1989

Tröckener Kecks De Leeuw becomes the band's lead singer. The band's sound gradually changes into the direction of mainstream rock. In 1985 the album Betaalde Liefde ('Love For Sale') comes out. Een Op Een Miljoen ('One In A Million') is the first Kecks album to be released on the small Torso label. Its follow-up De Jacht ('The Hunt') from 1988 is the first Kecks album that enters the Top 100. In 1989 the live album Meer! Meer! Meer! ('More! More! More!') is released.

Ivy Green

1990 - 1994

Tröckener Kecks The Kecks sign to BMG/Ariola in 1990. The single Met Hart En Ziel ('With Heart And Soul') enters the Top 40 and the group receives a Zilveren ('Silver') Harp music award for the album Met Hart En Ziel. In 1991 the group plays at the Pinkpop festival. After the release of Andere Plaats, Andere Tijd ('Different Place, Different Time') the band stops all promotional activities because they oppose the programming of Dutch radio stations. Their decision causes them to break up with Ariola.

Boudewijn de Groot Jan Rot The Scene

1994 - 1997

Tröckener Kecks In 1994 ex-Jack of Hearts keyboardist Rob van Zandvoort joins the band. Leo Kenter quits the band after the release of Het Grote Geheim ('The Big Secret'). Ex-Bad To The Bone drummer Gerben Ibelings replaces him. In 1995 the Kecks re-record their greatest hits for the compilation album Hotel Nostalgia. Dichterbij Dan Ooit ('Closer Than Ever ') comes out in 1997. In November 1997 guitarist Rob de Weerd quits the band. He is replaced by Philip Tilli (former Railroad Steel and The Bartales).

Attie Bauw Gé Reinders Jack Of Hearts Loïs Lane The Bartales The Thought


Tröckener Kecks tour Belgium and Italy.

Armand Willy Alberti Wim Sonneveld


The Kecks sign to Play It Again Sam (PIAS) and start to work on a new album.

Lijn 9 Pieter Bon


The album >tk is welcomed upon positively. The albums Meer! Meer! Meer!, De Jacht, Een Op Een Miljoen and Betaalde Liefde are re-released. The single Niemand Thuis ('No-one At Home') enters the Top 100. >tk is released in a special edition, which includes a bonus CD with seven extra tracks.


By the end of August the Kecks announce the end of the band.

Rick de Leeuw


The group's very last album, Meer Niet! ('That's It!'), a double live CD, is released.

De Snevo's Jack Of Hearts


Along with Attie Baauw Rick de Leeuw produces Alles Wat Telt ('Everything That Counts'), the second album by Lucretia van der Vloot. De Leeuw is also credited as lyricist, whereas former band mates Phil Tilli and Rob van Zandvoort are the composers. The latter two are also playing in her backing band.

Chelsea Hotel Lucretia Pieter Bon


Rick de Leeuw and Belgian pianist Jan Hautekiet (ex-Scabs among others) tour the Flemish theatre circuit. The tour consists of more than 30 concerts. Because of his weekly appearance on the TV1-programme De Laatste Show ('The Last Show') De Leeuw has become a celebrity in Belgium.

Hautekiet & De Leeuw


Rob de Weerd's Chelsea Hotel releases its debut album Don Quijote. Also De Snevo's, the new band of Theo Vogelaars and Fred Kienhuis (ex-Jack Of Hearts), release their debut album. Guitarist Phil Tilli joins Moke, the new band of Felix Maginn (ex-Supersub).


Discography Tröckener Kecks

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