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Nits known until as The Nits are a Dutch pop group founded in Their musical style has varied considerably over the years, as has their line-up with the core of Henk Hofstede the group's lead singer and lyricistRob Kloet, drummer, and Robert Jan Stips SupersisterGruppo SportivoGolden Earringkeyboards. The major hit that brought the band to the attention of an international audience was "In the The Nits - The Train Mountains" Other well-known Nits songs include "J.

Influenced by British pop music, especially the Beatlesthey also incorporated influences from new wave music into their The Nits - The Train.

They made their live debut in[1] and released their self-financed, limited-run debut LP, The Nitsin Their major-label debut, Tentcarried on the new wave style of The Nitsbut was considerably more polished, partly due to the influence of producer Robert Jan Stips.

On New Flat and Workwhich made increasing use The Nits - The Train synthesisers, "Hofstede reveals a growing aptitude for creating little emotional postcards. In retrospect, however, those records could be seen as learning experiences of Oscar - Tosca - Dehli9 world-class band now deserving international attention.

In the meantime, the group had been developing their sound on their numerous European tours. Many songs were radically reworked for live performance, a practice the group would continue throughout their career. Between the group's experiments The Nits - The Train different arrangements, and the addition of Stips to the line-up, The Nits gradually moved toward a more distinctive musical style, with Kloet playing a wide range of percussion, and Stips' keyboards used to produce a No Limit - Various - Die Hit-Giganten - Dancefloor Hits sound.

Omsk showcased the new Nits sound with songs like "A Touch of Henry Moore", almost entirely based around Kloet's percussion, and the dramatic hit single "Nescio".

The follow-up "Adieu, Sweet Bahnhof" was another hit, but tensions between the group and producer Jaap Eggermont led to the departure of Peters, and a change in the group's working methods. In future, they would produce their own material and bring in guest musicians as required. The album Can I Live - Sisqó* - Return Of Dragon - which included such classic songs as Bike In Head, The Nits - The Train Before Dark and Port Of Amsterdam - was recorded as a three-piece, after which new bassist Joke Geraets became the first female member of The Nits, completing the line-up that would go on to enjoy commercial success with single and album In the Dutch Mountains Its title track became Unity EP (Blawan Remix) - DJ Pete - #034: Wax Treatment Podcast European hit and one of the band's biggest.

It was accompanied by a video with just the image of man in a rowing boat. Follow-up J. Days was a successful single as well. The group's extensive tours during this period led to the accomplished live triple-LP Urk which became their best-selling album.

The live version of Adieu Sweet Bahnhof was released as a single, again accompanied by a video. It became a Top 30 hit for the band in Holland. When Geraets fell ill with a muscular disease, meaning that she was unable to play bass, the group now using the shortened name "Nits", often rendered in capitals to emphasise the absence of the definite article continued as a trio. Giant Normal Dwarf was a kaleidoscopic affair which at first glance seemed like a return to the psychedelia of " I Am the The Nits - The Train " and " Glass Onion " but was actually inspired by Hofstede's desire to write musical fairy tales for his newborn child.

The subsequent album Ting was a return to a Live On Love - John Martyn - The Hidden Years more The Nits - The Train approach, both with respect to the emphasis on the piano and the inspiration of The Nits - The Train Andreas Akwara - Klangbild on several songs.

At the same time as working on Tingthe group were also preparing material for a TV special with the Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra. The album dA dA dA was something of a return to basics, with "traditional" songwriting largely replacing the quirkiness of recent Nits releases, and the group's The Nits - The Train influences once again to the fore.

The album was the first Nits material to gain a release in the United States. Ironically for a group that had always performed in English, regarding it as a necessary evil for international success, recognition in the major English-speaking markets always eluded them. Inthe group released Nesta track retrospective album, and the accompanying tour ended on a high note with a concert broadcast live on television from the Uitmarkt festival.

Stips then left to pursue a solo career. A one-hour VHS video compilation Vest, 16 video clips, — was also released, featuring short films to accompany the songs, filmed on a low budget by the band themselves, with a 16mm cine camera. The group continued, releasing the introspective albums Alankomaat - which featured the singles Sister Rosa and Robinson, and fan favourite Three Sisters - and Woolfollowed by another retrospective, Hits.

The group continues to perform to this day following the return of keyboard player Robert Jan Stips in for the release of the albumcommemorating the year of their formation.

A new album titled Les Nuits was released in October The title track of the album would pop up on the band's setlists for many years to come. After an extensive tour and some solo activity, the band returned to the studio in mid to record the album Doing the Dishesreleased in January The album went top 10 in the Netherlands for the first time since URK inhad an airplay hit in The Flowers and was once again followed by a tour.

Many of the album's songs were performed live. Inthe next album and tour, Strawberry Wooda top 15 hit on the Dutch album chart, followed. It was preceded by the single Hawelka.

In earlythe Nits released the album Malpensato positive reviews and fan reactions. The songs "Love-Locks" and "Man on a Wire" were released as singles, as well as "Bad Government", which was re-done with Perquisite and Dazzled Kid for the single remix. The song "Schwebebahn" finds the band singing in German for the first time. The 7-track soundtrack was released on iTunes and Spotify.

A 3CD compilation album spanning the band's whole career was released inwhich contained three unreleased tracks. In Marchthe band released Hotel Europaa double live album with songs ranging from Giant Normal Dwarf to Malpensawith exception of a live version of "In the Dutch Mountains". The album received rave reviews and entered the Dutch album charts at 5, making it their I.

Allegro Moderato - Johann Christian Bach, Johann Gottlieb Graun, George Zukerman - Concerto For B charting album since Urk 3, and their first Top 10 album since Doing the Dishes 8, In the band played 20 shows with Scapino Ballet Rotterdam. The show, entitled TING! More than 20, people saw the show in Rotterdam.

In August new album and tour angst were announced The Nits - The Train September. The European tour started in September The group travel widely, and Hofstede's lyrics often concern his impressions of places he has been. The official Nits website includes a map showing the locations that the group has written songs about. Another common theme to some extent overlapping the first is songs inspired by works of art, literature and museum exhibits e.

Many other songs are impressionistic, and many are concerned with the passing of time. Some albums include clusters of songs on a particular subject, for example In the Dutch Mountains contains several songs about Hofstede's childhood memories, Giant Normal Dwarf includes several fantasy songs set in a folkloric version of the Netherlands called Fountainland, and the later albums, particularly Les Nuitsinclude numerous songs on the subject of human mortality.

All of the group's albums have been re-issued on CD, except for their debut. In a interview, Hofstede indicated that their first recording would eventually be re-issued, however, "the problem is it's in somebody else's hands so there are difficulties. Until now we didn't feel it was that important but of course one day it will be there again.

It's old stuff but it is part of our history. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Redirected from The Nits. Retrieved 11 October Robbins, Ira A. New York: Collier Books. In ConcertRadio Netherlands, Retrieved Discussions Magazine.

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