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Biography 1980 - 1989



In november 1980 NEW FLAT releases and sounds cool and mathematically,
but it seems to strike abroad.
Reason to go on tour, including West-Germany.

Tracklist:

1. NEW FLAT
2. HOLIDAY ON ICE
3. SARAGOSSA
4. OFFICE AT NIGHT
5. UNCLE ON MARS
6. STATUE
7. HIS FIRST OBJECT
8. DIFFERENT KITCHEN
9. SAFETY IN NUMBERS
10. BOBBY SOLO
11. ZEBRA
12. RUBBER GLOVES
13. BITE BETTER BARK
14. ALOHA DRUMS



Musicassette.



BOBBY SOLO / TABLES AND CHAIRS (LONG VERSION).



NEW FLAT / HER SECOND ZEBRA.



HOLIDAY ON ICE / DIFFERENT KITCHEN.



NEW FLAT badge.



Ticket for two persons.



Dutch promotional ad.




WORK releases in november 1981 and knows a lot of Kraftwerk-influences.

Tracklist:

1. THE LODGER
2. FOOTPRINT
3. HOBBYLAND
4. EMPTY ROOM
5. UMBRELLA ARMY
6. SLIP OF THE TONGUE
7. TABLES AND CHAIRS
8. RED TAPE
9. BUILDINGS
10. HANDS OF THE WATCH
11. MAN-FRIDAY
12. SUDDENLY I MET YOUR FACE
13. UMBRELLA ARMY II
14. GOODBYE, MR. CHIPS!
15. ORIENTAL SKIES



Musicassette.



This time they reach the Dutch Top 40 with the single RED TAPE.



SLIP OF THE TONGUE / ORIENTAL SKIES.



WORK badge.



In the eve of an extensive German tour, bassist Alex Roelofs
decides to quit. He is replaced by keyboardist Robert Jan Stips.




Approximately simultaneously appears the solo album U.P. of Robert Jan Stips.

Tracklist:

1. MONEY MAKERS
2. WAKE UP
3. TOMORROW (IS ANOTHER DAY)
4. SHIVERS
5. NUTS IN A SHELL
6. CAMERA
7. NO MORE MONDAYS
8. MUCH BETTER
9. WELCOME TOURISTS
10. FORTUNE & FAME
11. HOW THE WEST GOT LOST
12. FORTUNE & FAME (INSTRUMENTAL)




In march 1983 OMSK releases and sounds partly because of Robert Jan Stips
warmer, more artistic and colorful than ever. This album also gives them an Edison.

Tracklist:

1. A TOUCH OF HENRY MOORE
2. UNPLEASANT SURPRISE
3. VERMILLION PENCIL
4. SPRINGTIME COMING SOON
5. TONS OF INK
6. JARDIN 'D HIVER
7. NESCIO
8. WALLS HAVE EARS
9. SPIRITS AWAKE
10. WALTER AND CONNY
11. THE COLD EYE
12. SHADOW OF A DOUBT
13. INDOOR PAINTING (OUTDOOR SKETCHING)
14. CLEAN SHIRT IN PARIS
15. MAN OF STRAW



Musicassette.



If you don't recognize them at once, these are clockwise from the upper left:
Michiel Peters, Rob Kloet, Henk Hofstede en Robert Jan Stips.



NESCIO becomes in the Top 10 of all time. This is the final breakthrough of the Nits.



THE VERMILLION PENCIL / CLEAN SHIRT IN PARIS.




Autumn 1983 the mini-album KILO releases with the hit SKETCHES OF SPAIN.

Tracklist:

1. SKETCHES OF SPAIN
2. BILD AM SONNTAG (AS USUAL)
3. ACRES OF TINTORETTO
4. DAPPERSTREET
5. MEMORIES ARE NEW III
6. YOUR NEXT TYRES



SKETCHES OF SPAIN / BILD AM SONNTAG (ACAPELLA).



BILD AM SONNTAG / NICKEL & WOOD.




A small promotion sticker from 1983 or 1984.




Using Jaap Eggermont, producer of Stars on 45, ADIEU,
SWEET BAHNHOF
 is recorded and releases in September 1984.


Tracklist:

1. WOMAN CACTUS
2. SILLY FOOL
3. THINK IT OVER
4. MASK
5. ADIEU, SWEET BAHNHOF
6. THE TENDER TRAP
7. THE INFANT KING
8. VAH HOLLANDA SENI SENI
9. MOUNTAINS IN MINUTES
10. FANFARE
11. POOR MAN'S POUND
12. VILLA HOMESICK
13. THE BALLROOM OF ROMANCE



Musicassette.



Very rare Japanese release.



MASK / MOUNTAINS IN MINUTES.



VAH HOLLANDA SENI SENI / FANFARE.



ADIEU, SWEET BAHNHOF / MASK (LIVE).



The result didn't bring the success the band has hoped for and thereafter
the singer and guitarist Michiel Peters leaves the band and goes to law school.




In may 1986 a new Nits-album appears:
the witty and innovative HENK. The title refers to the fact that
Henk Hofstede is now the only singer of the band after the departure of
Michiel Peters. Bassist Joke bassist sings on the album and joined the band later.


Tracklist:

1. BIKE IN HEAD
2. PORT OF AMSTERDAM
3. TYPIST OF CANDY
4. HOME BEFORE DARK
5. THE SINGING TELEGRAM
6. EROM ON
7. SLEEP (WHAT HAPPENS TO YOUR EYES)
8. PILLOW TALK
9. CABINS
10. UNDER A CANOE
11. CRANE-DRIVER
12. 5 HAMMERING MEN



Musicassette.



SLEEP (WHAT HAPPENS TO YOUR EYES) / POTATOE EATERS.



TYPIST OF CANDY / HER SECOND OFFICE.



CABINS / CABINS (LIVE).



Test pressing of the LP HENK.




In the summer of 1987, they recorded IN THE DUTCH MOUNTAINS live in
their own
werf-studio in Amsterdam. Joke Geraets is now a permanently member the
Nits. The title track becomes a world wide hit where the band their greatest fame owes.


Tracklist:

1. IN THE DUTCH MOUNTAINS
2. J.O.S. DAYS
3. TWO SKATERS
4. PELICAN & PENGUIN
5. IN A PLAY (DAS M─DCHEN IM PELZ)
6. OOM-PAH-PAH
7. THE PANORAMA MAN
8. MOUNTAIN JAN
9. ONE EYE OPEN
10. AN EATING HOUSE
11. THE SWIMMER
12. GOODNIGHT
13. STRANGERS OF THE NIGHT
14. THE MAGIC OF LASSIE
15. MOON AND STARS



Musicassette.



IN THE DUTCH MOUNTAINS / STRANGERS OF THE NIGHT.



J.O.S. DAYS / YKSI KAKSI KOLME.



THE PANORAMA MAN / THE PANORAMA MAN (RETIRED).



IN A PLAY (DAS M─DCHEN IM PELZ) / THE PANORAMA MAN (RETIRED).




In november 1988 appears the melancholy tinged mini-album HAT.
With the song THE DREAM they reached the 26th place in the Top 40.

Tracklist:

1. THE TRAIN
2. BLUE
3. THE DREAM
4. THE BAUHAUS CHAIR
5. THE HAT
6. THE HOUSE



Musicassette.



THE DREAM / THE HOUSE.



THE TRAIN / HANDS OF THE WATCH / HOOK OF HOLLAND / ADIEU, SWEET BAHNHOF.




The solo-album INFANT KING of Michiel Peters appears in 1989. 

Tracklist:

1. THIS OLD TOWN
2. SILENCE ON THE BLOCK
3. THE BAUHAUS CHAIR
4. THE EMPTY HOUR
5. THERE IS NOTHING IN THE DARK
6. X-MAS COMES ONLY (ONCE IN THE YEAR)
7. INFANT KING
8. BABY IT'S YOU
9. THIS IS THE DAY (TO BUILD THE CITY)
10. ALONG THE WAY
11. I DON'T KNOW
12. IN THE NIGHT
13. OVER AND OVER AGAIN
14. MAGPIE
15. HOUSE BY THE WATER




At the end of 1989 appears the live-album URK. It contains 29 songs,
recorded in Amsterdam, Utrecht and Moscow in the winter of 1988/1989.

Tracklist CD 1:

1. THE TRAIN
2. ADIEU, SWEET BAHNHOF
3. J.O.S. DAYS
4. SKETCHES OF SPAIN
5. IN THE DUTCH MOUNTAINS
6. THE DREAM
7. THE SWIMMER
8. THE HOUSE
9. TWO SKATERS
10. CABINS
11. NESCIO
12. PELICAN & PENGUIN
13. TELEPHONE SONG
14. DAPPERSTREET

Tracklist CD 2:

1. PORT OF AMSTERDAM
2. BIKE IN HEAD
3. MOUNTAIN JAN
4. WALTER & CONNIE
5. A TOUCH OF HENRY MOORE
6. THE BAUHAUS CHAIR
7. UNDER A CANOE
8. SHADOW OF DOUBT
9. MASK
10. HOME BEFORE DARK
11. THE PANORAMA MAN
12. SLIP OF THE TONGUE
13. AN EATING HOUSE
14. RED TAPE
15. TONS OF INK

            

2 musicassettes and 3 LP's.



There also appears in a limited edition a box with the live album and a book,
written by Pieter Cramer with 112 pages of the history of the group between 1974-1989.




ADIEU, SWEET BAHNHOF / IN THE DUTCH MOUNTAINS (LIVE).



HOME BEFORE DARK / JARDIN 'D HIVER.



At the beginning of 1990, URK also appears on videocassette.
Filmed live in the Stadsschouwburg in Amsterdam on november 25th, 1988.

Tracklist:

1. THE DREAM
2. TWO SKATERS
3. SKETCHES OF SPAIN
4. ADIEU, SWEET BAHNHOF
5. A TOUCH OF HENRY MOORE
6. AN EATING HOUSE
7. NESCIO
8. THE HAT
9. PORT OF AMSTERDAM
10. MASK
11. IN THE DUTCH MOUNTAINS
12. CABINS
13. TONS OF INK



The Greek release called YPK.



This release is just 1 LP with selected songs from the 3 Dutch LP's.

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