“Musical archaeology” – procurement gurus and their favourites

I’ve taken some stick from friends about my musical taste, as evidenced by our monthly review column (if you’re a weekday only reader, they appear at the weekend...) “Why can’t you write about bands we’ve heard of” is a typical complaint I've had.

But now I’m fighting back, by turning things round on certain people and starting a new series today - and every Friday until we run out of victims (I mean volunteers)! An initial group of senior procurement leaders with a keen musical interest have agreed to write about their all-time favourite artists – with the caveat that it can’t be too obvious (no Beatles or Stones).

So starting the series, we're delighted to welcome David Smith, Commercial Director of the Department of Work and Pensions, and Deputy Director of Government Procurement. He’s also Vice President of CIPS  - but he is also known to many as a still-active musician, and you can check out his band, The Front Covers, here. (David sings and plays guitar).

They will also be playing at the CIPS Supply Management Awards dinner next month – and very good they are too. They do a very varied covers set, and are guaranteed to get the audience dancing and singing along (a scary sight at the Awards dinner, I can tell you – up to 1,000 procurement pros in full boogie...)

Take it away, David...

Dutch Masters from the 70s!

If I asked you name three Dutch masters then you might suggest Rembrandt, Vermeer or Van Gogh. My choice is more likely to be Eddie Van Halen (yes he is Dutch!), George Kooymans and the marvellous Jan Akkerman - three axe wielding gods from the land of Orange!

The first will likely be better known as David Lee Roth's sidekick from Van Halen or the soloist on Michael Jackson's 'Beat It'. I will concentrate on the latter two being 'Les Paul' carrying virtuosos from Golden Earring and Focus. As a teenager in the early 70s, this was the music for me, Dutch rock that eventually found me traipsing through the streets of Amsterdam looking for early vinyls (well that's my story!)

I first saw Golden Earring at East Ham Granada on the same bill as Lynyrd Skynyrd (another marvellous band but that is for another day) and was captivated. Best known for 'Radar Love', but let me commend the album 'Moontan', and particularly the tracks Vanilla Queen and Candy's Going Bad.

Focus, in the words of Bob Harris, broke The Old Grey Whistle Test as the music programme of discerning choice in 1972 with their performance of 'Hocus Pocus' from the album 'Moving Waves' but you may know or prefer 'Sylvia'.

Do give them a try - if you under 40 you may never have heard anything like this before!


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  1. The Guitar Man:

    Wise words PlanBee!

    Here is al ink to the Moontan Cover (for those who are intrigued by your reference)


    When the time came to update my vinyl Moontan to CD (about 10 years ago), I had real trouble sourcing a copy and could only get one from the States. It had a much watered down cover!

  2. PlanBee:

    And I thought I was the only one with Golden Earring LP’s. Kill Me(Ce Soir) is my favourite track, a brooding building beast of a song. Wouldnt get away with the cover of Moontan these days!

  3. Ian Burdon:

    I first picked up a guitar in the 1970s to learn how to play Sylvia. All these years later I still can’t.

  4. Christine Morton:

    Beg your pardon Peter! Golden Earring were big in the US – especially with “Twilight Zone.” And I’m very much under 40. (ok 3 years under, but who’s counting?!)

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