October 18 @ 22:00 - October 19 @ 02:30€7,50
The essence of a great pop song became clear to me in 1978, when the Shirts from Brooklyn hit the Dutch Top 10 within a matter of days with Tell Me Your Plans, an Arthur Lamonica song. It was the first international break for the band, as the song did not draw massive attention in the USA or the UK. As their record company promo man I accompanied the Shirts during this lightning visit to Holland. In two days we saw all the TV studios, all the radio stations and spoke to all the music journalists and concert promoters in the country. When we finally arrived back in Amsterdam, exhausted and proud, we heard a paper boy on his bike sing this Shirts’ song. First I cried with emotion – so did some of these tough New Yorkers in their leather jackets – then I realized there is no better and faster means of communication than a great pop song. The rest is history: Tell Me Your Plans still has regular airplay in Holland and acquired a monumental pop status here.
Live: Arhur Lamonica