The second line-up of Carlsberg
L-R: Rob Kruisman, Han Bavinck, Bart Terlaak, Egon Jansen, André Versluys
Carlsberg was formed in 1974 by two ex-members of
The Bintangs: Arti (or Arthy)
Kraayeveld (who'd been in the
band Kraayeveld with his brother Frank after
they'd left The Bintangs in late 1970) and Rob
Kruisman (g, s, v, ex-Ekseption and
Supersister, who'd been in the
Bintangs in 1971-1973). They got Bart Terlaak
(ex-Bismarck and Threshold Fear,
who'd played with Rob in Island) in as drummer and André
Versluys (ex-Trio Juan Blanco) as bass player.
In 1975, the group released their first single, "Sweet Louise", written and produced by Arti Kraayeveld, who was, however, no longer in the band, as the picture sleeve showed: Kruisman, Versluys, Terlaak and Han Bavinck (g, ex-Mailbag) and Egon Jansen (congas). The latter had left by the time of their second single, "Rock On" (1976).
In 1977, they were dropped by Warners due to the lack of chart success and Bavinck (to Superjones) & Versluys (to Uzi and then Vitesse) were replaced by Japie (Jaap) Castricum (g, also ex-Bintangs) and Gerard (or Gé) van Dooren (b, to Jan Rot's Ratata). This line-up started touring the Dutch club circuit, building a solid reputation as an energetic live band. In 1979, they released their first album for Dureco and a Dire Straits pastiche called "All The President's Men" on a single, which hit the lower regions of the charts. Just after the release of the 1980 album, "Cash & Carry" (containing many songs co-written by Yme de Jong of Selfkick fame), another ex-Bintang joined in, Albert Schierbeek (b). That same year, they released a live album, by which time Burt van de Mey (ex-Meltin' Pot) had replaced Terlaak (to The Two) on drums. Shortly after that, Schierbeek was replaced by Willem Visser, who was, in turn, replaced by the returning van Dooren. After the 1983 album "Loaded", Carlsberg split up, apparently due to problems with the taxman.
Carlsberg frontman Kruisman raised eyebrows in 1984 by reappearing in a supporting role in De Gigantjes with original Carlsberg members Arti Kraayeveld and Bart Terlaak. This jive band (originally started as a fun project in 1982, but recording from 1984 onwards) was fronted by lady singer Mieke Stemerdink (ex-Cupcakes). On bass they initially had Ronald Krom (also an ex-Bintang), but Robert Brondsema became the permanent bassist.
In 1988, Carlsberg did a one-off reunion gig and probably another one around 1994. After the break-up of De Gigantjes in 2000, Kruisman started playing gigs with pick-up bands and sat in with other bands, but a full-fledged Carlsberg reunion was impossible due to the bad health of longtime guitarist Jaap Castricum. Of the other two former Carlsberg guitarists, Arti Kraayeveld is now a painter and Han Bavinck plays in The Leo Koster Band. Gerard van Dooren played with many Dutch top bands like Herman Brood's Wild Romance and Oscar Benton's Blues Band.
1975 Sweet Louise/Take me down Warner Brothers WBN 16669 1976 Rock on/Marylin Warner Brothers WBN 16841 1978 How Can I Say/It'll be me Scramble SRS 510079 1979 LP No credit cards GIP 55005 All The Presidents Men/Silly Lilly GIP 4051 Gimme Love Gimme Time/ Glamour's Hype GIP 4068 1980 LP Cash & Carry Dureco 66010 LP Live Dureco 44062 1981 When The Morning Comes/Proven Wrong Polydor 2040277 1982 Demonstration Time/We're gonna rock Polydor 145005 1983 Loaded Lark INL 3637 Anyone Who Had A Heart/Sledgehammer Lark INS 1489
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