Brainbox is a Dutch rock group from the late 1960s/early 1970s. The band was founded in Amsterdam by guitarist Jan Akkerman[1] , drummer Pierre van der Linden and singer Kazimir Lux (Kaz). Their debut single was "Down Man", which established their progressive blues sound. They had several hit singles in the Netherlands, including "Between Alpha and Omega", "Doomsday Train", "Reason to Believe" and "Smile". In late 1969, soon after they released their first album, Akkerman left to join Focus, later recruiting van der Linden as well, then Brainbox bass player Cyril Havermans.

OriginAmsterdam, The Netherlands
GenresRock, progressive rock, Jazz fusion, blues rock
Years active1968–1972, 2009-now
LabelsImperial, Harvest, E-sound, Bovema, Pop One
Associated actsThe Hunters, Focus
MembersKaz Lux
Pierre van der Linden
Rudy de Queljoe
Cees van der Laarse
Past membersJan Akkerman
Cyril Havermans
André Reijnen
Herman Meijer
John Schuursma
Frans Smit
Michel van Dijk
Robert Vererwij
Tonny de Queljoe
Ronnie Meyes

They were replaced by guitarists Herman Meyer and Rudie de Queljoe and drummer Frans Smit. Meyer was later replaced by John Schuursma. After Kaz Lux left Brainbox in 1971, popularity waned and they split up in 1972. Lux reassembled the band in 2004 (though without Akkerman) and they performed in the Netherlands. In 2010 and 2011, the band performed again and recorded a new studio album, The 3rd Flood.


Studio albums
  • Brainbox (1969)
  • The Best of Brainbox (1971)
  • Parts (1972)
  • To You (1972)
  • A History (1979)
  • Brainbox (1979)
  • The Very Best Brainbox Album Ever (2002)
  • The Last Train live (2004)
  • The 3rd Flood (2011)
  • "Down Man" / "Woman's Gone" (1969)
  • "Sea of Delight" / "Amsterdam, the First Days" (1969)
  • "Summertime / Dark Rose" (1969)
  • "To You" / "So Helpless" (1970)
  • "Between Alpha And Omega" / "Cruel Train" (1970)
  • "Doomsday Train" / "Good Morning Day" (1970)
  • "The Smile (Old Friends Have a Right To)" / "The Flight" (1970)
  • "Virgin" / "Mobilae" (1971)
  • "Dilemma" / "If You Could Only Feel It" (1971)
  • "A Part of Me Is a Part of You" / "When I Was Poor" (1971)


  1. ^ Randell, David (2002). In and Out of Focus: The Music of Jan Akkerman & focus (1 ed.). London: SAF Publishing Ltd. p. 224. ISBN 0-946719-44-6.

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