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Bram Vermeulen

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's-Gravenhage, Netherlands (1968 – 2004)

Bram Vermeulen (13 October 1946 – 4 September 2004) was a Dutch artist born in The Hague active in both theatre and music. In fact these were his second and third careers respectively - as at the age of 16 he shot to fame for being the youngest international volleybal player in Dutch history.

He played all kinds of instruments, but mostly . He had a raw voice. The themes of his songs vary from philosophical (De Steen for example) to simple (like Een Doodgewone Jongen). His lyrics have the eerie feel of 1960s suburbs with misted windows, potatoes on the dinner table and hard-working parents who lost all joy in life. He also tackled serious themes like domestic abuse (Bont & blauw), divorce (Rode Wijn), modern parenting (Pauline) and teenage anxiety (De Wedstrijd), while songs like Klein Liedje and 1+1=1 contrastingly deal with the sheer joy of life and love.

In 1968 he started his career in music with Neerlands Hoop in Bange Dagen, a group consisting of Bram Vermeulen and Freek de Jonge. But when Freek went solo, Bram decided to do the same. In an interview Bram said: “Neerlands Hoop was Freek’s development, after the split my development started.” He started the group Bram Vermeulen en de Toekomst.

Bram Vermeulen is seen as one of the first people to truly make ‘’ (Dutch pop music) after he split with Freek de Jonge. On a musical level, Dutch pop music was initially just English pop music with Dutch lyrics. Bram Vermeulen is credited as being one of the first - if not the first - to actually create pop music that accommodates for the use of Dutch lyrics.

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  • Sjeem

    Wie heeft de CD "Terugblik" en kan mij hieraan helpen? Ik zou deze heruitgave van de eerste 4 lp's heel graag hebben, maar zover ik kan nagaan is hij nergens meer te koop......

    8 Dec 2009 Reply
  • Maxiimuss

    Ik ken zijn muziek pas sinds kort, maar hij heeft nu al een diepe indruk op mij gemaakt. Woorden die je raken, vergezeld met een heerlijke muzikaliteit. Wat een artiest...

    1 Nov 2009 Reply
  • lofnar

    Iedereen mist Bram denk ik, zelfs degenen die hem niet kennen...

    21 Jan 2009 Reply
  • vanmaekelbergh

    ik mis je !!

    18 Oct 2007 Reply
  • jellevc

    Bram Vermeulen group, dus.

    27 Feb 2007 Reply
  • chainsaw87

    you shut up, boyscout fondler

    27 Nov 2006 Reply
  • jellevc

    Alle bewonderaars van Bram Vermeulen zijn meer dan welkom in de Bram Vermeulen group!

    6 Aug 2006 Reply
  • jellevc

    Bram Vermeulen is de man naar het schijnt.

    11 Feb 2006 Reply