Artist: Shocking Blue

Venus ~ Shocking Blue

Shocking Blue were a Dutch rock band from the Hague, Netherlands. The group first got together in 1967. The line-up was: Mariska Veres (lead singer), Robbie van Leeuwen (vocals/guitar/sitar), Klaasje van der Wal (bass guitar), and Cornelius van der Beek (drums). Shocking Blue had two minor hit singles in 1969 with “Long and Lonesome Road” and “Send Me a Postcard.”  The group scored a massive international smash with their breakthrough song “Venus.” With its incredibly bouncy’n’catchy guitar riff, urgent driving beat, and a powerhouse fiery vocal by stunning brunette beauty Veres, “Venus” peaked at #1 on the US pop charts in February, 1970 and sold over a million copies.

It would be their only major chart success in the US.  After that they never had much success outside Europe, but they generated enough hits in enough parts of the world to warrant a compilation on Rhino Records.

Nirvana covered the Shocking Blue song “Love Buzz” as their debut single in 1988 and it also appeared on the re-release of their 1989 album Bleach.

Venus

With a catchy guitar riff borrowed from “Pinball Wizard,” this Dutch group had a worldwide hit in late 1969 with “Venus,” which was later covered by Bananarama.

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A 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,
Yeah, baby, she’s got it.
Well, I’m your Venus,
I’m your fire at your desire.
Well, I’m your Venus,
I’m your fire at your desire.

Her weapon were her crystal eyes
Making ev’ry man mad;
Black as a dark night she was,
Got what no one else had.
Wow!

She’s got it,
Yeah, baby, she’s got it.
Well, I’m your Venus,
I’m your fire at your desire.
Well, I’m your Venus,
I’m your fire at your desire.

Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah!
Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah!

She’s got it,
Yeah, baby, she’s got it.
Well, I’m your Venus,
I’m your fire at your desire.
Well, I’m your Venus,
I’m your fire at your desire.

  • Audio from the 1969 album,  At Home:

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