Bettie Serveert

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Bettie Serveert
Carol van Dijk singing in the Vondelpark theatre.jpg
Carol van Dijk, lead singer of Bettie Serveert, performing in Vondelpark in 2006
Background information
Origin Amsterdam, Netherlands
Genres Indie rock
Alternative rock
Years active 1990–present
Labels Matador
Beggars Banquet
Hidden Agenda
Minty Fresh
Second Motion Records
Associated acts Bauer
Members Carol van Dijk
Peter Visser
Herman Bunskoeke
Martijn Blankestijn
Gino Geudens
Past members Berend Dubbe
Reinier Veldman
Stoffel Verlackt
Jeroen Blankert

Bettie Serveert are a Dutch indie rock band. Their name translates to "Bettie Serves", or "Service to Bettie", which is the title of a book written by Dutch tennis player Betty Stöve, who made it to the Wimbledon ladies singles final in 1977.[1]


Composed of Carol van Dijk (or van Dyk, born 22 April 1962 in Vancouver, BC) (vocals and guitar), Peter Visser (guitar), Herman Bunskoeke (born c. 1961 in Amsterdam) (bass) and Berend Dubbe (born c. 1961 in Amsterdam) (drums), they originally formed in 1986 but split up after only one gig. They reformed in 1990 and released their debut album, Palomine, in 1992.[2] This was met with critical acclaim in the alternative music press.[3]

Subsequent releases[edit]

Three years later, the group released their second album, Lamprey, which also was well received,[3] and this aided them in obtaining tour slots alongside the likes of Belly, Dinosaur Jr, Buffalo Tom, Superchunk, Come and Jeff Buckley.[4]

After releasing the full-length album Dust Bunnies and the Velvet Underground cover album Venus in Furs, Dubbe decided to leave due to artistic differences. He went on to form his own band, Bauer.

Various drummers (such as Reinier Veldman, who played drums in the Bettie Serveert proto-band De Artsen) replaced Dubbe on their next album, Private Suit, later followed by Stoffel Verlackt, Jeroen Blankert and Gino Geudens who played drums on Log 22 and Attagirl. Bettie Serveert continues to tour extensively through Western Europe, Canada and the United States.

Their cover of the Bright Eyes track "Lover I Don't Have to Love" was featured in episode 18 of season 3 of the FOX show The OC. Palomine's title track can be heard playing in the background during episode 4 of My So-Called Life.

The band also covered Bob Dylan's "I'll Keep It with Mine" for the soundtrack of the 1996 indie film I Shot Andy Warhol.[5]

Bettie Serveert released an EP, Deny All, on Second Motion Records digital only, on 26 January 2010 in the United States. Their ninth full-length album, Pharmacy of Love, was also given a US release by Second Motion on 23 March of that year.[6]

Lead vocal[edit]

Carol van Dijk was born in Canada to Dutch parents, so her native tongue was English. However, her family moved to Holland in 1969 and the formerly outgoing child became reserved when confronted with the language barrier and she never completely mastered the Amsterdam variation of the Dutch language. Her voice is praised for its beauty and clarity, as well as its unusual pronunciations.[7]




  • 1992: "Tom Boy" (also on the soundtrack to Amateur)
  • 1993: "Palomine"
  • 1993: "Kids Alright"
  • 1993: "Palomine (new single edition)"
  • 1995: "Crutches"
  • 1995: "Something So Wild"
  • 1995: "Ray Ray Rain"
  • 1997: "Co-coward"
  • 1997: "Rudder"
  • 1997: "What Friends?"
  • 1999: Our New Demo
  • 2000: "White Tales"
  • 2000: "Private Suit"
  • 2003: "Smack"
  • 2003: "Wide Eyed Fools"
  • 2010: "Deny All"


  • 1998: Plays Venus in Furs and Other Velvet Underground Songs



  1. ^ Musician Guide website, Bettie Serveert, accessed 28 March 2011
  2. ^ Huey, Steve. "Bettie Serveert Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 7 May 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Musician Guide
  4. ^ "dinosaur-jr-at-leeds-town-and-country-club". Songkick. Retrieved 7 May 2012. 
  5. ^ Frey, Michael. "I Shot Andy Warhol". Allmusic. Retrieved 8 May 2012. 
  6. ^ Second Motion Records website
  7. ^ Musicians Guide

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