Gruppo Sportivo / Buddy Odor Stop - Buddy Odor is a Gas 12" Vinyl LP Album

The album "Buddy Odor Stop - Buddy Odor is a Gas" is the solo-album by "Gruppo Sportivo's" frontman Hans Vandenburg, this album was the first album produced after the breakup of Gruppo Sportivo.

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"Buddy Odor Stop - Buddy Odor is a Gas" is a notable album in the music career of Hans Vandenburg, best known as the frontman of the Dutch band Gruppo Sportivo. Released in 1979, this solo album marked Vandenburg's first endeavor after the breakup of Gruppo Sportivo. The album was produced by Hans Vandenburg himself, also known by his alias Van DeFruits, along with Robert Jan Stips.

The album cover design for "Buddy Odor Stop - Buddy Odor is a Gas" was created by Young and Ugly, while the photography was done by Anton Corbijn. Anton Corbijn, whose full name is Anton Johannes Gerrit Corbijn van Willenswaard, is a well-regarded Dutch photographer and director known for his work with various musicians and bands.

The album features a range of talented musicians who contributed to its unique sound. Gerard van Dooren and Ernst Glerum handle the bass and double bass, respectively, while Hans Vandenburg takes the lead vocals and plays the guitar. The horns section includes Fred Leeflang and Ruud Bos. Multiple drummers were involved in the album's production, namely Bart Terlaak, Huub Janssen, and Max Mollinger. The keyboards were played by Peter Calicher and Robert Jan Stips. In addition to Vandenburg's lead vocals, other vocalists on the album include Barry Hay, Josee Van Iersel, and Meike Touw.

"Buddy Odor Stop - Buddy Odor is a Gas" showcases Vandenburg's musical style, which blends elements of rock, pop, and new wave. The album's sound is characterized by catchy melodies, energetic guitar riffs, and playful lyrics. Vandenburg's songwriting skills shine through the album, with tracks that vary in tempo and mood, offering listeners a diverse listening experience.

The release of "Buddy Odor Stop - Buddy Odor is a Gas" contributed to the musical landscape of the Netherlands in the late 1970s. While the album may not have achieved widespread international recognition, it remains a significant piece of Vandenburg's discography and a testament to his talent as a musician and songwriter.

Music Genre:

Nederpop, New Wave , Post-Punk

Album Production Information:

Produced by: Hans Vandenburg (alias: Van DeFruits) , Robert Jan Stips

Hans Vandenburg , born on 26 April 1952, is a renowned Dutch musician, singer, and songwriter. With his distinctive voice and eclectic musical style, Vandenburg has left an indelible mark on the Dutch music scene, both as a solo artist and as a founding member of the influential band Gruppo Sportivo. Throughout his career, he has displayed a remarkable versatility, effortlessly transitioning between genres and leaving audiences captivated by his unique sound.

Early Life and Musical Beginnings
Hans Vandenburg was born and raised in The Hague, Netherlands. Growing up in a musically inclined family, he developed a deep passion for music from an early age. His parents recognized his talent and encouraged his musical pursuits, providing him with a supportive environment to nurture his skills.

In his teenage years, Vandenburg began playing the guitar and quickly showed an aptitude for the instrument. Inspired by the burgeoning rock 'n' roll movement of the 1960s, he immersed himself in the music of artists like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and Jimi Hendrix, among others. Their influence sparked his desire to pursue a career in music, and he started performing in local bands and honing his songwriting abilities.

The Formation of Gruppo Sportivo
In 1976, Vandenburg founded Gruppo Sportivo, a band that would go on to achieve both critical acclaim and commercial success. Blending elements of rock, new wave, and pop, the band's sound was characterized by catchy melodies, clever lyrics, and a distinct sense of humor. Vandenburg's songwriting prowess, combined with his charismatic stage presence, became the driving force behind the group's popularity.

Gruppo Sportivo released their debut album, "10 Mistakes", in 1977, which spawned the hit single "Hey Girl". The album showcased Vandenburg's ability to craft infectious pop songs while infusing them with his own unique style. With subsequent albums like "Back to 78" (1978) and "Copy Copy" (1980), the band continued to gain recognition both in the Netherlands and internationally.

Solo Career and Collaborations
Following the disbandment of Gruppo Sportivo in the early 1980s, Vandenburg embarked on a solo career. He released his first solo album, "The Escape", in 1982, which showcased a more introspective and intimate side of his musicality. The album demonstrated Vandenburg's versatility as he explored different musical genres, ranging from rock to folk and blues.

Throughout his solo career, Vandenburg collaborated with various artists, including Dutch musician and producer Robert Jan Stips. Together, they created albums like "Future Street" (1983) and "Stips" (1985), which demonstrated Vandenburg's ability to adapt his sound to different musical contexts while maintaining his artistic integrity.

Continued Influence and Legacy
Hans Vandenburg's contributions to the Dutch music scene have left an enduring impact. His innovative songwriting, coupled with his captivating performances, has earned him a dedicated following and admiration from fellow musicians. His work with Gruppo Sportivo and as a solo artist has inspired generations of musicians and continues to resonate with fans worldwide.

In recent years, Vandenburg has remained active in the music industry, participating in various projects and occasionally reuniting with Gruppo Sportivo for live performances. His talent, passion, and commitment to his craft serve as an inspiration for aspiring musicians, embodying the spirit of artistic exploration and innovation.

Biography of: Robert Jan Stips is a highly talented and versatile Dutch musician, singer, songwriter, and composer. Born on 4 December 1950, in The Hague, Netherlands, Stips has had a significant impact on the Dutch music scene and has garnered international recognition for his contributions. With a career spanning over five decades, Stips has showcased his exceptional skills across various genres and has been an influential figure in the progressive rock and pop music scenes.

Stips' musical journey began in the late 1960s when he formed his first band, Supersister. As the lead vocalist, keyboardist, and main songwriter for the group, he helped shape their unique sound, characterized by complex arrangements, witty lyrics, and a fusion of jazz, rock, and classical influences. Supersister achieved considerable success, releasing several critically acclaimed albums, including "Present from Nancy" and "To the Highest Bidder", and captivating audiences with their energetic live performances.


Following the disbandment of Supersister in 1974, Stips embarked on a diverse and illustrious career, collaborating with numerous renowned artists and bands. He became a member of the Dutch progressive rock band Golden Earring, lending his keyboard skills to their music and contributing to their albums "Contraband" and "Prisoner of the Night". Stips also collaborated with the legendary English musician Robert Fripp, known for his work with King Crimson, resulting in the creation of the album "God Save the Queen/Under Heavy Manners".

In the 1980s, Stips formed a new band called Sweet d'Buster, which explored a more pop-oriented sound. The group achieved considerable commercial success, releasing albums such as "Friction" and "Gigs". Stips also contributed his talents as a keyboardist and songwriter to other Dutch bands like Transister and Nits, further establishing his reputation as a sought-after musician and collaborator.

As a solo artist, Stips released several albums, showcasing his abilities as a singer-songwriter and exploring different musical styles. His solo work includes the albums "Egotrip", "Greyhound", and "Rum & Coca Cola". Each release demonstrated Stips' versatility, as he seamlessly transitioned between genres and experimented with innovative sounds and arrangements.

In addition to his work as a performer, Stips has made significant contributions as a composer for film, television, and theater. He has composed music for numerous Dutch films and theater productions, infusing his compositions with his distinctive style and musicality.

Throughout his career, Stips has received recognition and accolades for his contributions to the music industry. He was honored with the Edison Award, the most prestigious music award in the Netherlands, and has been recognized as one of the most influential Dutch musicians of his generation.

Album cover design: Young and Ugly

Album cover photography: Anton Corbijn

Anton Corbijn , in the world of photography, there are certain individuals who transcend the boundaries of their craft, creating a lasting impact through their unique vision and artistic prowess. One such luminary is Anton Corbijn, a Dutch photographer and filmmaker renowned for his exceptional ability to capture the essence of his subjects. With a portfolio that spans several decades and encompasses a diverse range of genres, Corbijn has firmly established himself as one of the world's most influential photographers.


Born on 20 May 1955, in Strijen, the Netherlands, Corbijn initially pursued a career in music journalism before realizing his true passion lay behind the camera. He gained recognition in the late 1970s and early 1980s for his distinctive black-and-white portraits of iconic musicians, particularly those within the burgeoning punk and new wave movements. Corbijn's ability to connect with his subjects on a personal level allowed him to capture their essence in a way that resonated with both the artists themselves and their fans.

One of Corbijn's most significant early collaborations was with the influential British band Joy Division. His iconic photograph of lead singer Ian Curtis, taken shortly before Curtis's tragic death in 1980, has become an enduring symbol of the band's legacy. Corbijn's ability to convey vulnerability and emotion through his images added a new dimension to music photography, elevating it from mere documentation to a form of art in its own right.

Corbijn's work extends far beyond the realm of music, with his evocative portraits of actors, directors, and other cultural figures capturing their innermost thoughts and emotions. His unique visual style, characterized by a careful use of light and shadow, often in monochromatic tones, adds a depth and intensity to his photographs, creating a sense of intimacy between the viewer and the subject.

Throughout his career, Corbijn has collaborated with some of the most influential figures in popular culture. His long-standing association with Irish rock band U2 has resulted in a series of iconic album covers and music videos that have helped shape the band's visual identity. Corbijn's ability to capture the raw energy and charisma of performers such as David Bowie, Tom Waits, and Patti Smith has made him a sought-after photographer in the world of music.

In addition to his photography, Corbijn has also made a name for himself as a filmmaker. He directed a number of critically acclaimed music videos, including Nirvana's "Heart-Shaped Box" and Depeche Mode's "Enjoy the Silence". In 2007, he made his feature film debut with "Control", a biographical film about Ian Curtis and Joy Division that received widespread acclaim for its artistry and emotional depth.

Corbijn's contributions to the world of photography have not gone unnoticed. He has received numerous awards and accolades throughout his career, including the prestigious Prince Bernhard Culture Fund Award for his outstanding achievements in the field of photography. His photographs have been exhibited in galleries and museums around the world, solidifying his status as a true master of the medium.

Beyond his artistic endeavors, Corbijn is known for his humility and down-to-earth nature. Despite his success, he remains dedicated to his craft, constantly seeking new ways to challenge himself and push the boundaries of his creativity. Whether photographing world-famous musicians or ordinary individuals, Corbijn has an uncanny ability to capture the humanity that resides within each subject, revealing their inner complexities and vulnerabilities.

Visit: Anton Corbijn his lens captures raw essence like no other, making him a true master of photography. Explore his timeless vision that has shaped decades of art

Record Label Information

Ariola 200.931

Media Format:

Record Format: 12" Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 230 gram  

Year & Country:

1979 Netherlands

Music Genre:

Nederpop, New Wave , Post-Punk

Label & Catalognr:

Ariola 200.931

Media Format:

Record Format: 12" Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 230 gram  

Year & Country:

1979 Netherlands

  • Gerard van Dooren - Bass
  • Ernst Glerum - Double Bass
  • Hans Vandenburg (Lead Vocals, Guitars)
  • Horns: Fred Leeflang, Ruud Bos
  • Drums: Bart Terlaak, Huub Janssen, Max Mollinger
  • Keyboards: Peter Calicher, Robert Jan Stips
  • Lead vocals:Barry Hay, Josee Van Iersel , Meike Touw
Tracklisting Side One:
  1. Buddy Odor Is A Gas! 2:34
  2. (Gimme That) Lipstick 2:22
  3. Redskins 2:26
  4. Lock Yourself Up 2:22
  5. I Want It Now 3:10
  6. If I Were You 1:44
  7. Teardrops And Two Broken Hearts 3:32
Tracklisting Side Two:
  1. I Love You Madly 2:33
  2. Cats Hiss 2:24
  3. For Pim 0:55
  4. It Feels So Good 3:26
  5. Men 1:52
  6. My Little Man And I 2:17
  7. Jazz It Up! 1:59
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