Herman Brood started playing the piano at age 12. He founded beat band The Moans in 1964, which would later become Long Tall Ernie and the Shakers. Brood was asked to play with Cuby and the Blizzards, but was removed by management when the record company discovered he used drugs. For a number of years Brood was in jail (for dealing LSD), or abroad, and had a number of short-term engagements (with The Studs, the Flash & Dance Band, Vitesse).
In 1976, Brood started his own group, Herman Brood & His Wild Romance, (and started work with photographer Anton Corbijn) initially with Ferdi Karmelk (guitar), Gerrit Veen (bass), Peter Walrecht (drums), and Ellen Piebes and Ria Ruiters (vocals).
Rock & Roll Junkie, released 40 years ago, was their first single and the title of the song eventually became Herman's moniker. "Rock n Roll Junkie" was also the name of a 1994 Dutch documentary film about Herman Brood, directed by Jan Eilander.
The original 7" has always been hard to find, but on Record Store Day, 750 numbered copies, pressed on transparent red vinyl, will be available for all fans.
- 40th Anniversary of Classic Debut single
- Limited edition of 750 numbered copies on transparent red vinyl