Hermes House Band

The Hermes House Band is a Dutch party band established in 1984 by members of the Hermes student society in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.


From the band's establishment onward, a member of the band that finishes his/her studies has to leave the band immediately. Currently the band has about 75 former members. The Hermes House Band has now released more than 25 albums and singles.


History


The band became famous in 1994 in both the Netherlands and Belgium with their cover of the hit single, "I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor from 1979; the song has since sold over 2.5 million copies.


"I Will Survive" was used as a stadium tune for many sports events, including the Rotterdam based football club, Feyenoord; the song is still played for each goal scored when playing at Home. In 1998 the single scored a hit in Germany and singer Judith Ansems was asked to promote the song there. The band got a local contract at record label Polydor and alongside Ansems, former singers Jop Wijlacker and Robin Maas were asked to record other singles such as "Country Roads" and "Que Sera Sera" in Germany under HHB International. Several of these 'other' singles were also released in the Netherlands.


In 2001, HHB joined with DJ ??tzi to cover of "Live Is Life", originally by Opus, and reached #2 in the French chart.


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