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's-Gravenhage, Netherlands (1967 – 1974)

Shocking Blue were a Dutch rock band from The Hague that existed from 1967 to 1974. They had a hit world-wide with the song “Venus,” which went to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in February 1970. The song was immediately covered at the year of its release by Greek pop band Olympians, with entirely different lyrics in Greek and retitled as “Το Κορίτσι Του Μάη” (To koritsi tou Mai - The girl of May). It was later part of the Stars on 45 Medley (which put it at #1 in 1981), and covered by British girl band Bananarama in the 1980s (1986) and Japanese singer Yoko Nagayama (also in 1986).

Nirvana covered the song Love Buzz for their debut album Bleach in 1989, and it was released as their first single. The British Group The Prodigy also sampled Love Buzz for their song ‘Phoenix’ on their 2004 album Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned.

Before the breakthrough of “Venus,” the group had two minor hits in 1969: “Long Lonesome Road” and “Send me a postcard.” The flip-side of “Venus” was also heavily plugged on Dutch radio (“Hot Sand”). In 1970 two more hits followed: “Mighty Joe” and “Never Marry a Railroad Man” (flip-side “roll engine roll”) - which almost provoked a strike by workers on the London Underground when it was proposed to display posters advertising the single in the Underground stations. In 1971 “Hello Darkness,” “Shocking You” and “Blossom Lady.” In 1972 “Inkpot,” “Out of Sight Out of Mind” and “Eve and the Apple,” and in 1973 “Rock in the sea” - just to name the big hits. In 1974 female singer Mariska Veres left the group to start a solo-career. She had a hit, “Take me high” that same year.


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  • InDie_Rocker_

    Это лучшая рок-н-ролльная группа из всех, что я слышал. Про живые выступления говорить не буду, но их студийные записи просто рвут. Столько мегадрайвовых рок-н-ролльных композиций нет ни у одной группы на этой планете. А самое главное - это шикарнейший вокал Маришки!

    6 Apr 3:25am Reply
  • sbirkoff

    Try japanese version of Venus ヴィーナス.

    28 Feb 5:17pm Reply
  • murmler3

    @yerbyderby : Definitly not a 1 Hit wonder, but yeah, from the netherlands. There are a lot of great songs on their albums. Great Influence for most of the so called "Occult Rockers", as far as I know.

    18 Feb 8:41pm Reply
  • yerbyderby

    One Hit Wonder from the Netherlands.

    15 Feb 5:39pm Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    мне представляются криминально недооцененными везде кроме рашки, а очень жаль. и песни очень крутые, и голос маришки это нечто, конечно

    8 Feb 6:50am Reply
  • Inna__Osennyaya

    Маришка няша :)

    27 Jan 10:32am Reply
  • FuneralZeppelin


    24 Jan 8:11pm Reply
  • rrrrrrrie

    damn, they're good :O

    11 Jan 2:50am Reply
  • GriendClub

    The Shisgara х2х

    25 Dec 2013 Reply
  • AbsShop

    Отлично, почти уже классика. Видео с Караоке + Редизайн клипа в высоком качестве на

    13 Dec 2013 Reply
  • nisparel

    The Shisgara

    18 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Timekeeperrr

    Mariska is my favourite female vocalist.

    12 Nov 2013 Reply
  • lonelybird

    I'll follow the sun | That's what I gonna do | Trying to forget | All about you [3] ♥

    12 Nov 2013 Reply
  • BlackMilk-666

    Mariska Veres <3

    11 Oct 2013 Reply
  • AnaCSodre


    14 Sep 2013 Reply
  • CarolinaAFer

    Geez, they had the worst album covers ever, but at least were damn great. Love this band!

    14 May 2013 Reply
  • nicorebel

    very good band. sexy front woman.

    18 Apr 2013 Reply
  • scream-it

    I'll follow the sun | That's what I gonna do | Trying to forget | All about you [2] ♥

    19 Mar 2013 Reply
  • herman78

    well done, that was the most stupid thing i read on the internet in 2013 so far.

    16 Feb 2013 Reply
  • JunScribbleman

    someone told me that Mariska Veres is a guy

    31 Jan 2013 Reply
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