Doe Maar

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Doe Maar was a Dutch ska band with punk and reggae influences. Their career ran from 1978 to 1984 and they were one of the most successful pop bands in Dutch history. Doe Maar translates as Go Ahead or Just do it, a phrase mostly used in a deprecatory, sulky manner.



Early years

Doe Maar was formed in 1978 as the resident band of that year's Festival of Fools. Afterwards the 10-piece line-up was reduced to four; Ernst Jansz (May 24, 1948; keyboards, sax, percussion), Jan Hendriks (September 20, 1949; guitar), Carel Copier (drums) and Piet Dekker (bass). In 1979 they appeared on a sampler-album (Uitholling Overdwars) made up of new bands singing in Dutch. They also released their self-titled debut on Telstar omitting the sampler-track Blozen (Blushing); the ska- and reggae-influences that permeated their best known stuff were practically absent and the critics weren't impressed either.

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