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Shocking Blue was a rock band from The Hague, The Netherlands that existed from 1967 to 1974. Fronted by singer, Mariska Veres, and with guitarist/songwriter, Robbie van Leeuwen, as its creative force, the band enjoyed international chart success and are one of the most successful bands ever to come out of The Netherlands.Read More...
Shocking Blue's by far biggest hit was Venus, which went to #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in February 1970. 'Venus' returned to the top of the U.S. charts in 1981 as part of the Stars on 45 Medley and was also successfully covered by artists such as Greece's Olympians (1970), Bananarama (1986), Japanese singer Yoko Nagayama (1986).
Nirvana covered the song Love Buzz for their debut album Bleach in 1989, and it was released as their first single. The British Group The Prodigy also sampled Love Buzz for their song 'Phoenix' on their 2004 album Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned.
Before 'Venus' the group had only had two minor Dutch hits in 1969: Long Lonesome Road and Send Me A Postcard. In 1970 two more hits followed: Mighty Joe and Never Marry A Railroad Man, the latter almost provoking a strike by workers on the London Underground when posters advertising the single in the Underground stations were put on display.
Shocking Blue had several more hits in The Netherlands and beyond. The group started to dissolve in 1973 when Van Leeuwen called it quits. Singer Mariska Veres left the group to start a solo-career in 1974 and Shocking Blue folded.
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- LyricsA Goddess on a mountain top
Was burning like a silver flame
The summit of beauty and love
And Venus was her name
She's got it,
- Send Me A Postcard - 271,213 plays
- Long And Lonesome Road - 144,213 plays
- Love Buzz - 89,765 plays
- LyricsWe're shocking you until you turn to blue
We're shocking you see what we're gonna do
Look out it's like electricity
Don't think it's fantasy
The sound of guitar is sparkling lightning
- Never Marry a Railroad Man - 124,311 plays
- Never Married a Railroad Man - 55,417 plays
- Blossom Lady - 48,166 plays
- Mighty Joe - 47,985 plays
- Hot Sand - 44,027 plays