“You can hook me on y'r tail, penetrate my soul
Made me feel the sting of Rock & Roll”
Herman Brood & his Wild Romance - Shpritsz (1978)
Another 40th anniversary (although I am actually a few days late...): the 2nd album by "the greatest and only Dutch rock 'n' roll star". It’s one of the #ninealbumsthatchangedmylife and the only one in my collection of which I have three different vinyl editions. When the original album (in the front) was released, I was 17 and its booze and amphetamine fueled blend of rock & soul, together with the sensational stories I read about Herman, triggered romantic visions of life lived to the fullest. Of course, when I grew more mature, I realized that a life lived without boundaries can in itself also be a trap (resulting in Herman’s jump from a hotel roof in 2001). Still, it is hard to forget the excitement that came with the new insight that many boundaries are self-imposed.
In 1979, a slightly reworked version of the album, now self-titled, was released in the US in a failed attempt to break the band over there. Initially it was issued with a female variant on the original cover, which made it look more like a disco album. Later issues had this picture by Anton Corbijn on the front cover, which happens to be one of my favorite shots of Herman. For that reason, I spent years trying to track down a copy. Of course, once I became aware of Discogs, my quest was essentially over.
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