8-7-09 The Nits
The Nits were recommended to me by a guy at Boudisque Record Shop in
These are the albums I can unconditionally recommend by The Nits:
LP NITS, THE SCRAMBLE NL 910.033
1978 12 TRKS
LP TENT CBS NL CBS 84051
1979 15 TRKS
CD TENT CBS NL CDCBS 32228
1979 18 TRKS (3 x bonus tracks)
LP NEW FLAT CBS NL CBS 84725
1980 14 TRKS
CD NEW FLAT CBS NL 461189.2
1980 14 TRKS
LP WORK CBS NL CBS 85427
1981 13 TRKS
CD WORK CBS NL 461190.2
1981 15 TRKS (2 x bonus tracks)
1983 12 TRKS
1983 15 TRKS (3 x bonus tracks)
LP ADIEU SWEET BAHNHOF CBS NL CBS 25985
1983 11 TRKS
CD ADIEU SWEET BAHNHOF CBS NL CDCBS 25985
1984 13 TRKS (2 x bonus tracks)
LP HENK CBS NL CBS 26870
1986 12 TRKS
CD HENK / KILO CBS NL 450471.2
1986 18 TRKS 2 on 1
LP IN THE
1987 12 TRKS
CD IN THE
1987 15 TRKS (3 x bonus tracks)
CDx2 URK CBS NL 465843.2
1989 29 TRKS Live
CD3 TORNI promo CBS NL PRO 597
1990 1 TRK CD Single CD3, promo
1990 14 TRKS
1990 14 TRKS
1992 15 TRKS
I was very friendly with The Nits from approx. ’82 – ’92. I visited
My favorite is likely still “New Flat” – which made a giant impression on me in 1981. I stayed with them through their fame & fortune in Holland (“In The Dutch Mountains” era), I was present when they made their video for “Radio Shoes”; I was also around for “La Grande Parade”, the LP of various artists that Henk Hofstede produced for Werf Records (The Nits’ label). I was who recommended Mam to Henk, for inclusion on this project.
Yes, I have tons of 7” & 12” singles – CD Singles etc. But if I listed everything here, it would make today’s blog too long. I also have lots of neat Nits video, which I’ve had ever since about ’85 or so – when the band gave it to me. In the new century, I understand it is possible to obtain Nits DVD’s. That’s great – it was so cool to have those videos 20+ years ago!
I really liked the single that goes with “Next”, their “Best Of” CD – “Broken Wing” – both English and French language versions. I was also fond of their ’98 CD “Alankomatt”. Alas, I have not followed The Nits much after ’98 – we lost track of one another.
I am also very friendly with their manager, Aad Link. I saw Aad less than 10 years ago, at ProgFest, when Supersister came and played live in
I must also admit that I really enjoy the solo album by Michiel Peters, the original Nits’ guitarist – “The Infant King” (Werf Records). Michiel was who answered my fan letter in the early 80’s – I am out of touch with him at present, which is unfortunate, as he & I used to talk “record collector” stuff with each other. He always wanted ‘mono’ records – because he had significant hearing loss!
In the mid-80’s, Henk and his girlfriend Riemke came to the west coast of the US for a visit – Warren & I drove them to San Francisco from L.A. in Warren’s convertible (which Henk always called “an open car”). Good times, good times.
The Nits were one of those bands that I “Johnny Appleseeded” to anybody who would LISTEN. How did you find out about The Nits? From me or Brian Ware or Mark Moerman? (both of whom I told about The Nits) What’s your favorite Nits album?
Vive Les Nits!