Down a place


Hands up if you remember the Dutch arm of EMI issuing Child In Time as an A- sided 7″ single? The sleeve (shown here from Simon’s collection)) was decorated with Dutch charts to show the track had been Number One in the Veronica Top 100 for three years since 1972. Amazingly the equivalent chart for 2018 shows the track is still high in the annual listing, although it has slipped one place from last year, down from 5 to 6.  The tracks keeping it down were Bohemian Rhapsody and Hotel California at 1 and 2 again, then Piano Man by Billy Joel (how strange is that!), Stairway To Heaven and Wish You Were Here.  The chart also picks up Smoke On The Water (at 119) but you need to go to 1380 to find the next entry, Black Night.  I’ve no idea how these are compiled any more, clearly not physical sales, but however they do so it’s good to see the track is still well liked by one of European neighbours. Thanks to Tonny Steenhagen who sent me the info.  The story of the track is told in great detail in the Deep Purple In Rock history Wait For The Ricochet (just in case you haven’t bought the book yet!).  And of course 2019 marks the 50th Anniversary of DPMk 2.  I did try to hire Hanwell for an event but sadly they cannot allow any more than 200 people in the function room, and there is no guarantee that the rehearsal rooms we’d wish to see will not be occupied by judo classes!


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4 Responses to “Down a place”

  1. Rock Voorne Says:

    One could vote for it online Simon. I tried to suggest Gates of Babylon but to no avail.

  2. Bernard Maasdijk Says:

    Hi Simon,
    Really amazing that Child in Time is still so high up in this chart as Deep Purple must be about the most neglected seventies rockband on Dutch radio and television. Last year, like most years, I forgot to vote.
    The Dutch Top 2000 of all time is compiled every year on the basis of votes cast online by the general public for their favourite songs. You can choose from an extensive list but you also get to add a number of your own preferences.
    The list is then broadcast on public NPO Radio 2 for 24 hours a day, starting on Christmas Day with nr. 2000 and finishing on New Year’s Eve at midnight, almost always with the gong ending Bohemian Rhapsody. It was displaced only 2 or 3 times in 20 years. During the week of the broadcast there’s a daily TV show with stories, short documentaries, music clips and a quiz with celebrities (yippee!) participating.
    Though the top 100 of the list is relatively heavy on classic rock, it’s mostly a hotchpotch of new “classics” (lots of Coldplay and Adele), pop tunes, disco music, singer-songwriters etcetera. You get the idea. In principle every entry is played in full, even Pink Floyd’s Echoes, in 2018 at 307.

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