The 1974 unrecorded line-up of Flavium:
Top L-R: Hans Driesten, Herman Driesten, Fontain, Peter Beemsterboer, Eric Bagchus; bottom: Anne Geert Bonder
Since 1969, this group from the Apeldoorn area has been one of the leading
blues bands in The Netherlands. They were founded by Peter Beemsterboer (drums,
ex-So & So) and Anne Geert Bonder (guitar). Other founder members were
Michiel Goedkoop (v) and Doewe Munk (b, to Plain Dust), in 1971 replaced
by Luc Steensma (to Electric Air), followed in 1972 by Rob de Vrij. In
1974, they settled on Eric Bagchus (also ex-So & So).
In 1971, Hans Driesten (vocals, guitar, piano, harp, ex-So & So) became the front man. Other members in the formative years were Herman Driesten (g, Hans's brother, back to Devils Jump) and Rob Fontain (kb, ex-Bobby's Children).
In 1975, they landed a recording contract with a small record label, Ivory Tower. In 1977, the band was augmented by Peter Dijksterhuis (organ, piano, to The Sherman Brothers). After "Pluggin' In Your Socket", Beemsterboer (to Shakey Sam's Blues Band) was replaced by Nico Groen (ex-Speedtwins). After one more album recorded for Ivory Tower, the band (minus Dijksterhuis) got a contract with the major label Polydor and was assigned Pim Koopman (ex-Kayak, then in Diesel) as producer. Koopman had the band record Willie Nelson's "Nightlife" and arranged it not unlike Fleetwood Mac's "Need Your Love So Bad". It would prove to be Flavium's only sizeable hit and boosted the sales of the well-produced 1979 "No Kiddin'" album. To everyone's surprise, the band recruited ex-Teaser lead singer Jos Veldhuizen the following year, who would take away much of the limelight from Hans Driesten. Driesten was ousted in 1982, just after the release of "Against The Grain", due to "eccentric behaviour". He would continue with bands like Flavor, The Höfners and, more recently, The Bleaching Bones. He was replaced by Rob Goedkoop (ex-Railway). As someone who admired Driesten’s talent, Pim Koopman didn't agree with the changes within the band. Cees Schrama took over as producer, but in late 1984 Polydor dropped the band. They recorded another live album for the ambitious BONI label (who at the time also had The Cats and Diesel under contracts). Next they went back to Ivory Tower for the album "Backdoor Man". On this LP they were joined by a new drummer, Otto van Riggelen, as longtime member Nico Groen had left to join No Exqze. In 1988, Flavium recruited Hans Lafaille (ex-Cuby + Blizzards and Sweet d'Buster) and were asked to record a 20th anniversary album for Polydor comprising blues standards, but the highlight of the album was the Driesten-sung old hit "Nightlife".
For the next Polydor album, "Slowburn" (produced by Golden Earring guitarist George Kooymans), Lafaille was replaced by Arno Willemsen. Jan-Willem Berkhout came in as an extra guitar player. Then Frank Pistorius joined on keyboards, making the band a six-piece, but in 1993 Bonder and Bagchus pulled a coup by continuing the band with former members Hans Lafaille and Rob Goedkoop (who took over the lead vocals). Veldhuizen felt betrayed, but continued on with Berkhout, Pistorius, Willemsen and new bass player André de Boer as Free & Easy. In 1996, Flavium was more or less history when Hans Lafaille left to join the reformed Cuby + Blizzards. But Bonder & Bagchus had another trick up their sleeves when the following year they returned with Gerton Eykelkamp on drums and the multi-talented founder member Hans Driesten back on guitar, piano and lead vocals. But gigs were few and far between.
In 2001, Bagchus started playing in the reformed Brainbox, whose drummer Pierre van der Linden joined Flavium. Flavium, featuring Jos Veldhuizen, Anne Geert Bonder and Rob Geboers on keyboards, then became the opening act for Brainbox.
Brainbox played their farewell concert in September 2005, but Flavium continued with Gover van de Kolm replacing Geboers. When van der Linden went back to his old band Focus, the drum stool was taken over by Hans Waterman (ex-Cuby + Blizzards, Solution and Q'65). However, now the band had no management and no booking agent.
Although Flavium never officially disbanded, Anne Geert Bonder started playing smaller gigs with a backing band called The Blueshop, together with his old musical partner Peter Beemsterboer (1969-1978) on drums. This band slowly started getting more and more ex-Flavium members on board as Erik Bagchus and Jos Veldhuizen joined in. The sextet was completed by Eddy van de Bunte (g) and Kees Luijendijk (kb/g). Beemsterboer quit in 2008 as things got "too serious again". Nico Groen deputised for him, but The Blueshop then decided to take a sabbatical. In early 2009, Flavium went on a 40th anniversary tour with the line-up of Anne Geert Bonder, Eric Bagchus, Jos Veldhuizen, Nico Groen, Rob Goedkoop (from the 1982-1985 line-up) and Rob's son Emiel on keyboards.
1975 LP Bad Luck Ivory Tower ITL 7509 1976 LP Chalk Farm Ivory Tower ITL 7615 1977 Come on/Dealin' Scramble SRS 510050 LP Pluggin' In Your Socket Ivory Tower ITL 7724 1978 LP Flavium (phonetic symbols) Ivory Tower ELF 2536 1979 Save Me From Sorrow/Easy Lovin’ Ivory Tower ELF 65161 LP No kiddin' Polydor 2925096 Rock & Roll In Your Car/Nightlife Polydor 2050601 1980 Nightlife/New Love Polydor 2050609 LP A Night Live Polydor 2925110 LP The Best (comp.) Ivory Tower ELF 9586 1981 Snowball (live)/Be careful Polydor 2050644 LP Decade Polydor 2441129 Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out/You Just Can't Close The Door Polydor 2050664 Love In My Bones/Home Cooked Polydor 2050684 Put the music on/Hey you Polydor 2050723 1982 What Am I Living For/What Can A Poor Man Do Polydor 2050747 LP Against The Grain Polydor 2925138 The rockin' pneumonia and the boogie woogie flu/Oh Sweet Mama Polydor 30571 1983 LP Closer To You Polydor 815500-1 Shilene/Feelin’fine Polydor 815543-7 1985 LP Live Eighty Five BONI 2850431 Framed/Jack's Drugstore BONI 285091-7 1986 Resurrection shuffle/Daisy-Daisy BONI 285117-7 Nightlife (with Jody Pijper)/Night life (instr.) Corduroy CS 6118 1987 LP Backdoor Man Ivory Tower ITL 25196 1988 CD Bad Luck Ivory Tower CDSP 25109 CD Chalkfarm Ivory Tower CDSP 26109 CD Plugging’ in your socet Ivory Tower CDSP 27109 CD Flavium (phonetic symbols) Ivory Tower CDSP 28109 CD Backdoor Man Ivory Tower CDSP 29109 1989 CD 20 Years Of Blues Power Polydor 841 717-2 Night life/First love (re) Polydor 877690-7 1991 Night life/Walking the blues Arcade 01595901 CDs Nightlife/Walkin’ the blues Arcade 01595002 1992 CD Slowburn Polydor 517 464-2 (producer George Kooymans) CDs Slowburn/All your love Polydor 861406-2 1993 CDs Southside Of The City Polydor 8617142 1998 CD Nightlife (comp.) Rotation 5577822
A beat group from Apeldoorn, formed by Ton Hauwer (v, dr, to Railway), Rob Goedkoop (v, g, to Railway), Hans Driesten (g, p, to Flavium) and Wim Feddema (b, to Album). The band was active around 1966.
Apeldoorn based hard rock group, founded in 1972. Line-up: Rob Goedkoop (v, g, ex-Channels), Nico Groen (dr, to Specs Hildebrand and Splinterfunk, replacing Ton Hauwer in 1974, ex-Channels) and Doeuwe Munk (v, b, ex-Flavium). By the end of 1975, the group broke up following plans for a new trio consisting of Rob, Doeuwe and Hans Lafaille.
1974 Witchy woman/Full of sorrow Basf 05-15321-6
FLAVIUM 8-3-80 SINGLE tip NIGHTLIFE 21-3-81 SINGLE tip NOBODY KNOWS YOU WHEN YOU'RE DOWN AND OUT
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