zaterdag, januari 16, 2021

Another old tour poster

In 1974 and 1976,Kayak was support act to Gentle Giant. On the internet I found a nice poster, announcing the concert in Breda on may 21, 1976.

vrijdag, januari 08, 2021

Blue vinyl single from USA

Renaissance Records (USA) have decided to pay some attention to Kayak again. They have re-released "Phantom Of The Night" on vinyl, and they teased Kayak collectors with a release of "Ruthles Queen / Keep The Change" on shiny blue vinyl!

donderdag, december 31, 2020

Phantom contest

To prove that Janus Records really tried to promote "Phantom Of The Night"
in the USA, here is a flyer for a contest with some great prizes!

zondag, oktober 18, 2020

Poll results 1975

Way back in 1975, Kayak was quite popular with readers of Dutch magazine 'Oor'. In a poll about 1974, Kayak ended 3rd in the 'Best Dutch Group' category, and they topped the lists 'Best Dutch single', 'Best Dutch album' and 'Best album sleeve design'. And band members were all in the top-10 in their 'personal' categories...


The poll result urged the record company and management to place big advertisements with congratulations...


donderdag, april 16, 2020

First time ever?

In the 'live history' section of the official Kayak website you can read that the first known appearance under the name Kayak was on 27 october 1972. They mimed to 'Mammoth' for a Dutch TV-show, recorded in Amsterdam. Here is a snippet from Dutch newspaper 'Het Vrije Volk' of that same date, announcing the broadcast of that performance...

zondag, februari 23, 2020

Compilation re-release

A couple of years ago, a double LP was released under the title "The Golden Years Of Dutch Pop Music". In march 2020, this LP will see a re-release. It has a shorter title ("Golden Years")  and a different cover photo, but the tracks are the same...

zaterdag, februari 08, 2020

The line-up that never was

Recently, I saw a message on Facebook by a guy called Wim Dijkgraaf. That reminded me: Wim was 'almost' a member of Kayak, way back around 1977. He is mentioned in the Kayak biography, and his words on Facebook confirm the story...

"After Bert Veldkamp’s departure from the band, we auditioned a couple of bassplayers. When this picture was taken, we didn’t have a new bassist yet. The dark guy with the moustache was one of the candidates, but he never played with us. His name is Wim Dijkgraaf. His audition was OK, and he went with us on a couple of shows to see us play. We had a good time, but we were not convinced that he would fit in. Then we got the offer for a poster in Muziek Parade magazine. Our manager thought this was great opportunity, even without a bassplayer. We asked Wim to pose with us, at the Hilversum bowling alley. He never played one single note with us in public, but he does appear on an official band photo." 

Wim Dijkgraaf is the man on the left with the moustache
The "having a good time"-bit was confirmed by Wim, including a remark about the band 'overtaking' a deserted pub in Belgium, enjoying quite a few alcoholic beverages for free...