Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Trapped in a Topaz globe

Continuing the countdown to our mass invasion of Amsterdam this coming weekend (there are seventeen of us there for my birthday, at the last count!) - it is about time I revisited the very lovely and talented Liesbeth List, one of the Netherlands' finest singers and entertainers.

Read my blog about her in 2009.

She is, of course, most beloved here at Dolores Delargo Towers for her rousing sing-a-long number Kinderen een Kwaartje ("Children Go-karting", I believe), but even before she made that "oompah" ditty her own, she was quite a star in the hazy, crazy days of the late 60s, more often than not in duet with that other massive Dutch star of the time Ramses Shaffy.

So here, for your delectation, is possibly their most esoteric (yet evidently most famous) collaboration, Pastorale from 1969. The accompanying footage features (for some baffling reason) Mr Shaffy in what can only be described as a gold sequinned strongman costume, trapped in a topaz globe, while Miss List reclines nonchalantly and appears to sing a completely different song. No drugs involved there, then.

I love the Dutch!

Liesbeth List


  1. Hehe - you and me both!

    17 people going to the Netherlands for your birthday? Wow, that IS an invasion!

    1. I'm not sure the 'Dam knows what's going to hit it... Jx

  2. kinderen eeen kwartje, as kwartje was 25c in the guilder days, translates to something like a nickle for thekids . . .

    1. Thank you, Ad, for clearing that up! I have heard so many conflicting explanations over the years... Jx


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