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Tropers: Midnight Rambler
And if you ever catch the Midnight Rambler
I'll steal your mistress from under your nose
I'll go easy with your cold fandango
I'll stick my knife right down your throat, baby - and it hurts.

All right, ramblers, let's get ramblin'.
Joe Cabot, Reservoir Dogs

Why, hello there.

I hail from the Great and Glorious Kingdom of the Netherlands - more specifically, from its second-largest city, Rotterdam. I was spawned there in 1993, carrying a beautiful set of XY chromosomes. Right now, I am a student of Electrical Engineering. That's right... taste my lightning.

I like beer, cheese, singing, cycling trips, women, tea, Feyenoord, playing keyboards, cheap Scotch whisky, European history, George Orwell and Frank Zappa.

Tropes that apply to me:

    A lot of tropes 

Stuff I like:

    Board Games 

    Comic Books 



Lit Fic - Dutch
  • Bernlef
    • De onzichtbare jongen
    • Hersenschimmen
    • De rode droom
    • Verloren zoon
    • De pianoman
    • Onder ijsbergen
    • Een jongensoorlog
  • Ferdinand Bordewijk
    • Karakter
    • Blokken
    • Bint
  • Louis Couperus
  • Willem Frederik Hermans
    • Nooit meer slapen: Quite possibly the greatest novel in all of Dutch literature.
    • De donkere kamer van Damokles
    • Ik heb altijd gelijk: The title means "I am always right", and neatly sums up WFH's attitude to just about anything.
    • Onder professoren
    • De elektriseermachine van Wimshurst (short story)
  • Multatuli
  • Simon Vestdijk
    • De koperen tuin

Lit Fic - English

Lit Fic - German

Non-Fiction Literature

Other stuff

  • NOTE: Not meant as an exhaustive list of everything I listen to. The list is long enough as it is. My favourite favourite favourites - the All-Star Platinum Hall of Fame - are in bold.
  • Genres are sorted by how long they've been around. Artists are sorted alphabetically within genres (going by the surname rather than the first name, when it's a personal name).
  • None of the artist names link to their pages. Why not? Because I'm not going through the trouble of finding out which ones have a page and if so, in which namespace, that's why not.

Classical Music
  • I listen to a lot of old Socialist anthems, patriotic songs from several different countries, and war film themes - sometimes because of the beautiful political and/or patriotic messages in the lyrics, but more often than not, just for ham. As these songs come from a lot of different artists/composers, many of whom I only know one song of, I thought I'd mention them separately.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Franz Liszt
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Sergey Rachmaninov
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
  • Richard Wagner

Folk and Country
  • J.J. Cale
  • Captain Gumbo
  • Jim Croce
  • Johnny Cash
  • The Decemberists
  • Bob Dylan
  • Free Beer
  • The Golden Gate Quartet: Swing low, sweet chariot!
  • Paul Kuhn
  • Leadbelly
  • Steeleye Span

  • Canned Heat: One of the great bands of The Sixties... AND I'VE SEEN THEM LIVE.
  • Cuby & The Blizzards
  • Fats Domino: The greatest boogie-woogie pianist ever, period.
  • Fleetwood Mac (first incarnation)
  • Buddy Guy
  • John Lee Hooker
  • Son House
  • Howlin’ Wolf
  • Robert Johnson
  • Albert King
  • Alexis Korner
  • Little Walter
  • Livin’ Blues
  • Mississippi Fred McDowell
  • Muddy Waters
  • Professor Longhair
  • Screamin' Jay Hawkins
  • Seasick Steve
  • Hound Dog Taylor & The House Rockers
  • Big Joe Turner
  • T-Bone Walker
  • Sonny Boy Williamson II

Rock & Roll
  • Chuck Berry: The most important of the '50s rock and roll stars.
  • Bo Diddley
  • Buddy Holly
  • Jerry Lee Lewis: The most fun of the '50s rock and roll stars. Goodness gracious, GREAT BALLS OF FIRE!
  • Little Richard
  • The Ventures

Reggae and Ska
  • Prince Buster
  • Madness
  • Bob Marley
  • The Police
  • The Selecter
  • The Specials
  • UB40

Soul and Funk
  • The Blues Brothers
  • Booker T. & The M.G.s
  • James Brown
  • Aretha Franklin
  • Wilson Pickett
  • Otis Redding
  • Sam & Dave
  • Sly & The Family Stone
  • Swamp Dogg
  • Ike & Tina Turner
  • War

The British Invasion

Blues Rock
  • The Allman Brothers Band
  • The Blues Project
  • Alice Cooper
  • Cream
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • Grand Funk Railroad
  • Jimi Hendrix: The Creator I Worship.
  • Little Feat
  • Lonnie Mack: The forgotten hero of Blues Rock guitar, even more so than Buddy Guy. This man put out an album full of guitar solos that would put Eric Clapton to shame, in fucking 1963 - and yet I only heard about him in the first place because he guest-starred on Morrison Hotel, playing bass.
  • Santana
  • The Sheepdogs
  • Status Quo
  • Steppenwolf
  • Ten Years After
  • The Yardbirds
  • ZZ Top

Psychedelic Rock
  • Blue Cheer
  • Arthur Brown
  • Grateful Dead
  • DeWolff
  • The Doors
  • Iron Butterfly: Dun dun, da da doo dun DAN dan dan...
  • Jefferson Airplane
  • Traffic
  • Quicksilver Messenger Service
  • The Velvet Underground

Hard Rock
  • AC/DC
  • Aerosmith
  • Black Sabbath
  • Deep Purple
  • Led Zeppelin
  • Pretty Maids
  • Uriah Heep
  • Wishbone Ash

Progressive Rock
  • Amon Düül II
  • Birth Control
  • Ekseption
  • Emerson, Lake & Palmer
  • Focus
  • Gentle Giant
  • Jethro Tull
  • King Crimson
  • Pink Floyd

Arena Rock
  • Meat Loaf
  • Queen
  • Bruce Springsteen: The Boss!

  • De Boegies
  • The Clash
  • Dead Kennedys
  • MC5
  • Nina Hagen
  • The Levellers
  • Nashville Pussy
  • Peter Pan Speedrock
  • The Pogues
  • Iggy Pop
  • The Sex Pistols
  • The Stooges
  • Die Toten Hosen

Heavy Metal of old
  • Diamond Head
  • Forbidden
  • Gamma Ray
  • Helloween: AAAAAAAH! It's Halloween.
  • Iron Maiden
  • Judas Priest
  • Kreator
  • Metallica (strictly the first three albums, though)
  • Motörhead
  • Saxon
  • Sepultura
  • Slayer
  • Sodom: Rrrrrrrhhhh.... A-GENT ORANGE!
  • Testament
  • Venom

More recent Heavy Metal
  • Alestorm
  • Onkel Tom Angelripper
  • Children Of Bodom
  • Dimmu Borgir
  • Ensiferum
  • Finntroll
  • Forefather
  • Knorkator: Their lyrics are really Zappa-level funny. If you know German, that is.
  • Korpiklaani
  • TrollfesT: The future of metal!

Stuff from other genres
  • The Amazing Stroopwafels
  • David Bowie
  • Dire Straits
  • Gruppo Sportivo
  • Joe Jackson: Now that's one man who knows how to snark.
  • Janis Joplin
  • Robert Long
  • Steve Miller
  • Drs. P: A true master of the Dutch language.
  • Lou Reed
  • Simon & Garfunkel
  • Kurt Weill & Bertolt Brecht: Erst kommt das Fressen, dann kommt die Moral!
  • Marius Müller-Westernhagen

Defies categorisation
  • The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band
  • Raymond Van Het Groenewoud: Quite possibly the most awesome human being ever to come from Belgium.
  • Frank Zappa

'You are aware that there's an invention called "television" and on this invention they show shows, right?' Barely. Which is why this list is awfully short.

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