Herman Brood – Wait A Minute (1980)

FrontCover1Herman Brood was born in Zwolle on November 5, 1946. In the early years, his influences included Fats Domino and Little Richard. He always liked to paint and play piano. Upon turning 17, he entered an art school. In 1964, Brood started his music career, The Moans becoming his first group (later to become Long Tall Ernie And The Shakers). But his stint with the group didn’t prove to be long-lived, as Harry Muskee asked him to join his group Cuby And The Blizzards shortly thereafter.

After a short lull, which lasted just a few years, Brood bounced back on the scene in 1974. His next group was Stud, but its span was also very short, and in 1975 he launched his own Flash & Dance Band; one LP, Showbiz Blues (Universe – 1975) got recorded and released as a result. He subsequently teamed up with Herman van Boeyen in the creation of Vitesse. Their first LP, Vitesse (Reprise – 1976) was released shortly after this new partnership was forged.

Following a meeting with Koos van Dijk, who became his manager, Herman started working on the creation of yet another group, his own Wild Romance. The first line-up included: Ferdi Karmelk (guitar), Gerrit Veen (bass), Peter Walrecht (drums). After numerous club gigs, their first LP, Street (Bubble – 1977) was released, followed by Shpritsz (Bubble -1978), and the hit single, Saturday Night. Brood became a star virtually overnight. By that time, however, the line-up has changed: Danny Lademacher (guitar), Freddie Cavalli (real name: Van Kampen) (bass) and Ani Meerman (real name: Cees Meerman) (drums) replaced their respective predecessors in the group. After Cha Cha (Ariola – 1978) and another smash single, Still Believe, Brood’s popularity rapidly spread outside his homeland, particularly into Germany and France.  He starred in his first movie, Cha Cha, with Lena Lovich and Nina Hagen.

In July 1979, the Wild Romance left for the USA.  Slowly but surely, Brood was establishing himself as a worldwide rock sensation, as his singles kept steadily creeping up the Top 100 charts.  However, too much publicity can sometimes kill an artist; due to the media overkill, Brood career unexpectedly took a plunge, and the fortunes reversed, in the typical Brood fashion, once again, overnight… One of Brood’s best albums to date, the U.S.-recorded Go Nutz (Ariola -1980) was torn apart by vicious reviews in the music press, although Wait A Minute (Ariola – 1980), Modern Times Revive (Ariola – 1981) and Frisz & Sympatisz (Ariola – 1982) did much better, critical acclaim and sales-wise.(by Alex Gitlin)

Wait a Minute is the fourth studio album by Dutch rock and roll and blues group Herman Brood & His Wild Romance. After the commercial and artistic debacle of Go Nutz and the disastrous recording of that album, the Wild Romance fell apart, though Danny Lademacher and Freddy Cavalli still played on this album, the last recorded with the “old” Wild Romance.

On the Dutch album chart, the album reached #26 on 20 September 1980, and stayed on the chart for five weeks. (by wikipedia)

Toward the end of his life, Brood vowed to abstain from most drugs, reducing his drug use to alcohol and a daily shot of speed (“2 grams per day”). In 2001, depressed by the failure of his drug rehabilitation program and facing serious medical problems because of his prolonged drug use, he committed suicide on 11 July by jumping from the roof of the Amsterdam Hilton Hotel at the age of 54.

Herman Brood (keyboards, vocals)
Freddy Cavalli (bass)
Danny Lademacher (guitar)
Ani Meerman (drums)
Peter Bootsman (guitar)
Bertus Borgers (saxophone)
Dee Dee (background vocals)
Ruud van Dijk (saxophone)
Jan Hollander (trumpet)
Bert Jansen (harmonica)
Monica Tjen A Kwoei (background vocals)
Martin Oosterwijk (trombone)
Ad Schaap (saxophone)
Robert-Jan Stips (synthesizer)
Gino Vain (bass)
Peter Walrecht (drums)


01. Dynamite (Brood/Fowley) 3.20
02. Girl Of My Dreams (Schrievers/Fowley) 2.46
03. Time To Split (Brood/Fowley) 2.29
04. Keep Playin That Rock ‘n’ Roll (Winter) 3.08
05. Outside Lookin’ In (Lademacher/Brood) 2.41
06. Propaganda (Brood/Fowley) 2.44
07. All The Girls ‘re Crazy (Kossoff) 3.31
08. Brickyard Blues (Toussaint) 3.13
09. Workin’ Girl (Bootsman/Brood/Fowley) 3.55
10. Voices (Brood/Fowley) 3.16
11. Blew My Cool (Alberts) 3.06