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Wednesday 11 February 2015

Haarlem Shake, Utrecht Stomp

I am indebted to my old friend Mister F for introducing me to the work of Bonnie St. Claire. Bonnie was a sort of Dutch Suzi Quatro, and her classic "Clap Your Hands And Stamp Your Feet" is the stand-out track - and title track - on a fine compilation of vintage "Nederglam" available on Excelsior Records.

There are plenty of other goodies on there as well. I particularly like "Powerful Jim" by Serpentine and this track by the Heavy Dwarfs, which bears the distinct influence of That Unspeakable Man.

"Clap Your Hands And Stamp Your Feet" - Bonnie St. Claire & Unit Gloria

"Moeder Natuur" - The Heavy Dwarfs

If you want to see a clip of Bonnie and the boys in action - and I am sure you do - head on over to Mister F's place. If, on the other hand, you want to see the original Suzi's most magical mellow moment, stick around. You can do both, of course.


  1. Should be Moeder Natuur actually - mother nature in Dutch. No Lemming or Catapult? Scary stuff...

    1. Thanks for the correction - I just copied it off the sleeve notes. Now put right!

  2. That woman is NO Suzi Quatro! But the Heavy Dwarfs' track is pretty good. For Dutch Glam, that is............

  3. Hi,

    Obviously, apart from Doctors of Madness, you like the strangest stuff.. So do I.
    But Bonnie St Claire does not deserve the credits you give her, she was a producer's (drunken) puppet. If you want to get cured, look at Dokter Bernard at youtube! Yek!
    Heavy Dwarfs on the other hand, is mysterious and underrated. It was a promo record from a bank! Not a real band. If you are interested, I have a spare copy of the 45!

    Jan, Nijmegen, NL