Vroeger Was Alles Beter / The Rockin' Windmill Show

One wonders: why Rock & Roll?

Good question!
When I grew up in the fantastic era that we still call the fabulous sixties,  I thought that the music I heard then was created in the 60’s. How wrong can one be.

It took me many years to figure out that pop music (even today) has it roots in the rock and roll music of the 50’s. Talented boys and girls like Elvis  Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Carl Perkins, Wanda Jackson, Bo Diddley, Little Richard, Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent and Fats Domino made the difference.

History repeats itself. In the 70’s we saw the Rock and Roll revival that came out of the UK. Great bands and singers like Crazy Cavan & the Rhythm Rockers, MUD, Matchbox, Shakin’ Stevens, Racey, The Darts, Johnny & the Roccos and many others became  popular all over Europe.

It’s about time to see the next Rock & Roll revival. We still have great bands all over the world like The Firebirds, The Lennerockers, The Jime, Black Raven and many many more. Even in the  21th century these bands are playing the only music worth playing: Rock and Roll. It’s only a matter of time before Rock and Roll artists can be found in  the charts of today. Update 2010: what was expected did happen. We see the Baseballs scoring a huge hit in various countries with their single Umbrella and their album Strike.

However, a revival will not happen automatically. The music must be heard on  national and international radio and TV stations to become well known to a  greater audience. But we must start somewhere, don’t we? Stations like Radio Rucpen FM give us that opportunity.

Until today, the only real complaint received was from a CD store. This was their complaint: "people are asking me for songs and bands I don’t even know they exist". I consider this complaint one of the best  compliments I have ever got.  

Yours truly,  

Jack van Oers