Monday, July 24, 2017

Netherlands - Calm After The Storm - The Common Linnets

2 - 238 pts / 1 - 150 pts in semi 1
The Netherlands were represented in Copenhagen by The Common Linnets. The Common Linnets are Ilse DeLange and Waylon, both established solo artists in their home country.
Calm After The Storm won the first semi-final held on Tuesday May 6. The 2nd place in the final is the best result for the Netherlands since the 1975 victory by Teach In in Stockholm, 39 years ago.

The duo, who know each other since childhood, had been working on a country roots album together for some time and the Eurovision entry is one of the albums tracks.
The song title Calm After The Storm was announced on March 4. The first song intruduction was on March 12, the Eurovision version was premiered on March 13.
Listen to the studio version at th'Linnets Tube
Calm After The Storm is written by Ilse DeLange, JB Meijers, Rob Crosby, Matthew Crosby and Jake Etheridge.

Single Releases
Calm After The Storm was released digitally on March 14, a 1-track cd single a week later (Universal 0602537788972).
A promo edition includes the same track and an added disc (cd-rom) with info, photos and other press material.
A 2-track cdsingle is expected in Europe on May 30, it includes Hungry Hands from the Common Linnets album as track 2. (Universal 0602537888559).
A 1 track promo (cd-r) was issued in the U.K. by Polydor.
U.K. promo
The Album
The Common Linnets album is out since May 9 (Universal 0602537800957)
A deluxe edition CD includes a DVD (Universal 0602537803897)
A week later the album was also released on LP.
The digital release is out in most territories but not in the USA. CD release is May 26 for other European countries.
The album has 13 tracks, Calm After The Storm features in a longer version with a different intro.
See below for full tracklist.
The Common Linnets album reaches platinum in the Netherlands within a week (50.000 copies sold).
The album enters the Dutch charts at #1 (not surprising with a platinum award) and also at #45 in Ireland, # 40 in the U.K., #20 in Germany, #15 in Austria, #12 in Denmark, 16 in Switzerland, 42 in Spain, 14 in Belgium (FL), 52 in Belgium (WA)
The Common Linnets Album

Common Linnets EP
A new digital EP is released on November 14. It features five acoustic versions of tracks of the Common Linnets album plus a Christmas song Christmas Around Me.
One of the Acoustic tracks is Calm After The Storm, this time recorded without Waylon.
The EP will also be included with a physical re-release of the Common Linnets album. In Germany this comes in a special sleeve with a dedication to the fans (see pic).
The German 2CD The Common Linnets (Limited Deluxe Edition) is on on Universal on November 14. (Universal 00602547072603)

The Common Linnets (Limited Deluxe Edition, Germany)

Calm After The Storm - single version
- cd single, Copenhagen CD
Calm After The Storm - album version
- on the album The Common Linnets
Calm After The Storm - Acoustic version
- on digital EP and German Deluxe edition album
Calm After The Storm - Karaoke
- on the official karaoke album, digital release

The Linnets enter the Dutch singles charts at #1, reportedly the day after release they outsold the # 2 by twenty times. In the week of the Eurovision semi the song exploded on the international iTunes charts and in the Dutch top 100 the song went back to #1 (from 49) in its 8th week on charts.
In the Flemish charts CATS enters at #1, the first Dutch entry to reach the top spot in any Belgian chart ever.
Netherlands sales charts top 100: [1-27]:  1, 11, 30, 36, 31, 26, 49, 1, 1, 2, 1, 2, 11, 16, 22, 29, 32, 41, 50, 42, 55, 56, 72, 83, 64, 91, 99, -,
Germany top 100: [3-41]: 3, 21, 20, 20, 21, 18, 13, 10, 10, 10, 12, 10, 12, 11, 15, 16, 22, 29, 29, 33, 35, 40, 43, 47, 46, 43, 41, 49. 69, 71, 62, 77, 87, 82, 56, 86, 90, - re-entry in March 97, -, 98, -, 79, 70
Austria top 75: [2-34]: 45, 3, 5, 2, 2, 2, 4, 3, 4, 7, 8, 5, 8, 10, 12, 16, 17, 17, 21, 23, 29, 30, 36, 40, 40, 44, 46, 22, 28, 48, 54, 56, -, 69, 52, -
Switzerland top 75: [3-20]: 71, 3, 23, 49, 56, 68, 67, 62, -, 51, 57, 42, 41, 48, 38, 49, 40, 44, -, 70, 62, -, 72, -, 73, -
Belgium (Flemish charts): [1-12]: 1, 4, 7, 11, 13, 20, 30, 37, 39, 37, 37, 49, -
Ireland top 100: [4-6]: 50, 4, 29, 38, 64, 78, -
U.K. Top 100: [9-3]: 95, 9, 54, (145), -
Belgium (Walloon charts): 25, 20, -
France top 200: [102-2]: 102, 143, -
Denmark top 40: [2-5]: 2, 2, 11, 25, 38, -
Spain top 50: [5-4]: 5, 5, 14, 40, -
Sweden top 60: [36-2]: 36, 55, -
Sweden Digilistan top 60*: [1-6]: 1, 1, 21, 19, 42, -, re 47, -
* The official charts in Sweden have gone crap, with mainly Spotify as source. The Digilistan is now the main sales based Swedish chart.
Australia top 100: [66-1]: 66, -
CATS also charts in various lists in Estonia, Latvia, Lithania, Malta, Greece, Cyprus, Luxembourg, Iceland, Slovenia, Poland and Slovakia.
In july CATS charts in the iTunes charts of Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and Macau.

After The Hurricane
Ilse DeLange has enjoyed chart success with 13 albums, seven going #1 in the Dutch charts.
Her debut album World Of Hurt (1998) sold five times platinum in the Netherlands and also charted in Belgium (17/30).
Her second album Dear John is a live album dedicated to the songs of John Hiatt.
10 years after her debut another album reached the 5x platinum status: Incredible was a #1 1 and spent 97 weeks on the Dutch charts.
All Ilse de Lange albums went top 5 in the NL album charts. 8 reached the Belgian (Flemish) top 100.

Her most recent album is a greatest hits collection After The Hurricane - Greatest Hits and More, released in November (of 2013).
She scored 23 chart hits since 1998 including #1 So Incredible from 2008.
In 2005 Ilse recorded Blue (co-written by u2's Bono) with Zucchero and the single was a #10 hit.

Heaven after midnight
Waylon (Willem Bijkerk) has enjoyed six chart hits and two top 10 albums.
He released two solo albums as Waylon Young, but got his big break after finishing second in Holland Got Talent.
Eurovision anoraks may know him from his Dutch National Final attempt in 2005. With Rachel (Kramer) he sang Leven Als Een Beest (Living like an animal) but the song stranded in the semi rounds.
(Youtube, a studio solo version is here at YT)

After All
Waylons most succesful album is Wicked Ways from 2009. Released on Motown (no less), the album reached #3 and spent 80 weeks on the Dutch album top 100. It also includes the single Wicked Way, his biggest chart hit (8/10).

In 2012 Waylon had a duet, You Are, on Lionel Ritchies country music project Tuskegee.
Waylons most recent album is After All from 2011, his new solo album Heaven After Midnight is postponed to September.

More Netherlands
The whole country rejoiced when Anouk took her Birds to the Eurovision final after 8 years of missing out.
Joan Franka (2012), 3JS (2011) and Sieneke and her organ (2010) all scored a #1 hit at home but failed to impress Europe. The Toppers got the coveted closing slot in their semi in Moscow, but ended with only 11 points, of which 10 came from the Albanian jury.

Links and sources:
The Common Linnets FB
Ilse DeLange website
Waylon website
The Common Linnets at BeaRecords
Common Linnets page at Universal Germany (in German)
Thanks to Jean-François.

For a full list of coverversions please check out this Eurocovers post. (Updated 2018)

Lisa Del Bo, Belgiums 1996 Eurovision singer has recorded a Dutch/Flemish version of CATS.
It's titled Stilte Na De Storm and it is released as her new single (itunes).
Later it was released on the CD Voor Een Moeder, Door Een Moeder (APR Works 217)
The Waylon bits are sung by Lisa's son Eli. Watch the video here at CNR's Youtube.
Lisa Del Bo facebook

A version in Gronings (A Dutch regional language) is recorded by the band Zuver Scheerwol.
They recorded CATS as Piene In Mien Haart (Pain in my heart) for their album Doalders released in 2015. (Amlow records 0150028, also on CD and Spotify)

In Finland Calm After The Storm becomes Myrskyn Jälkeen Kirkastuu and it was recorded by Tommi Soidinmäki ja Saija Tuupanen who released it as a digital single in September (Listen here at Magnum music). 

A Swedish version titled Lugn Efter En Storm is recorded by 
Andreas from dansband Sannex and Erica from Drifters. It is released on the Drifters CD Blå blå Känslor (Neptun records, out November 5).
Neither Drifters or Sannex are strangers to the occasional Eurocover. Drifters recorded The Dutch and Danish entries of 2010, Sannex recorded Lyssna Till Ditt Hjärta, Swedens 2001 entry.

Another coverversion (in English) is by juniors Polle and Myrthe.
Watch, listen and find out more here at Eurocovers.

U.K. New Age composer and spiritual musician Asher Quinn a.k.a. Asha also recorded a version of Calm After The Storm for his album Sun, Sorrow, Flowers, Moon. out on Novermber 1.

Gab Veläzquez is a dutch DJ who has a stab at creating a clubby version of CATS.
It's on his album The Remixes out on december 2. (digital release through Ethernal Works)

An acoustic version with guitar only is released by Josh Oudendijk. You can find his CATS on his album Nylon. It's available (even on CD) through Bandcamp.
Josh Oudendijk website and FB.

2015: Acoustic guitar outfit Urban Beach from Germany release a live version of CATS on their CD Urban Vibes-Live in Hamburg.
Urban Beach are Farhad Heet and Martin Röttger.
Urban Beach website

There's also quite a few versions very similar to the original and sometimes the same version is available under different artists names. Here you go: The Campfires, Mix factor, MC Flipside, New Tribute Kings, Clara Oaks, Cream Cuts etc...

Tracklist The Common Linnets CD
1.  Calm After The Storm (album version)
2 . Hungry Hands
3 . Arms Of Salvation
4 . Still Loving After You
5 . Sun Song
6 . Lovers & Liars
7 . Broken But Home
8 . Before Complete Surrender
9 . Where Do I Go With Me
10. Time Has No Mercy
11. Give Me A Reason
12 . When Love Was King

13 . Love Goes On

Bonus EP
1. Broken But Home (Acoustic)
2. Calm After The Storm (Acoustic)
3. Time Has No Mercy (Acoustic)
4. Hungry Hands (Acoustic)
5. Still Loving After You (Acoustic)
6. Christmas Around Me


  1. Cool!

    Do you know where to buy the 1-track single?

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  3. It's at BeaRecords