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“I Shot My Manager” – Gruppo Sportivo

Gruppo Sportivo are a Dutch pop band, from The Hague, formed in 1976, who enjoyed some measure of international success in the late 1970s and 1980s. The frontman of the band, and writer of the material, is Hans Vandenburg.

Their first ever single was Out There In The Jungle (Polydor 1976), but the height of their career came with the two albums Ten Mistakes (1977) and Back to ’78 (1978). They came to popularity just after the height of Punk rock, but were regarded as more post-punk, veering more towards the mainstream pop. Their track “Dreamin'” off of Mistakes received much college station airplay in the US. They were much admired for their live performances, which had great humour even slapstick.

Their most well-known song is “Beep Beep Love” (from the album Ten Mistakes), which enjoyed some success both in the UK and USA. The UK’s Radio & Records voted them “Top Newcomer ’78”. In July 2006 the Japanese girl band Puffy AmiYumi recorded a new version of Tokyo, originally recorded by Gruppo Sportivo in 1978.

Gruppo Sportivo is still alive and kicking and antihero Hans Vandenburg aka Van DeFruits is constantly working on new material. For more info/ pics/ vids & music surf to: http://www.myspace.com/grupposportivo or visit Hans Vandenburg’s YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/mietv

 

To buy the music of Gruppo Sportivo click HERE

 

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December 4, 2009 - Posted by | Humour, Old Music, Video | ,

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