Q 65

The ‘Kjoe, as they were called by there fans, were partly a continuation of the ‘Leadbelly’s Limited’. Their manager Peter van Rooyen had given this outfit an opportunity to play in his own nightclub were he regularly organized dance events. With there first performance they didn't attract a huge crowd. Peter van Rooyen advised the band to fire the less skillful members. His advise was taken and soon after they also changed the name into Q65.

In the beginning of their career a lot of stagetrics were thought by the manager. Supposedly he had given the singer Wim Bieler a lesson in how to move as a rock and roll artist by doing some strange turns and twists on the floor.

Their first gig took place in de Houtrust at the 8th of may 1965. The lessons had helped and the audience went mad.


Q65 wouldn't become The Haigs most popular band, but it definitely was the wildest one. They had big similarities with the British Pretty Things. Not only did their material consisted out of a large portion of Things covers, they had the same dress code and hare do.

It was a rough bunch of youngsters alright. If they wouldn’t have succeeded in music they probably had spend their lives working in some kind of local factory. But their aggressive nature had a lot of advantages when they were touring the country, and playing in sleazy nightclubs.  “ When a club didn’t want to pay the group, we went inside and terre the whole place upside down” as Peter Vink told a reporter in an interview.

Even when the were writing their own material the style remained the same: raw primitive beat mixed with old blues. A employer of Dutch recordlabel Phonogram saw them playing in the Club ‘ De Drie Stoepen’, and tipped of Peter Koelewijn. This was one of the most important figures in the industry at that time.

An invitation followed to do a testrecording in the Phonogram studios. Soon after their first vinyl was released on the Decca label. The production of “ You’re the victor/And your Kind was organized by Peter Koelewijn and Jan Audier. It’s an incredible punkrecord and to the amazement of the recordcompany it became a hitsingle which sold about 20.000. The fact that this, one take recording, had such a success showed beatmusic had become a serious business.

 After a few other hitsingles like ‘ The Life i live’ they released their debut album ‘Revolution’. It was produced by number one beatproducer Hans van Hemert. It seems that this Decca recording was first planned to be called ‘ Lava’.

The dutchbeat fans and even their critics unanimously claimed this one to be outstanding. Besides their own compositions, even covers like ‘Spoonfull’ are exceptional. A new  direction in dutchbeat was taken with the usage of classical instruments like the harmonium and flute.