Watts in a Tank

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Watts in a Tank
Studio album by
Released1980 (Netherlands), 1981 (United States)
StudioDMC Studio (Baarn)
Genre Rock
Language English
Label Regency
Producer Pim Koopman [1]
Diesel chronology
Watts in a Tank
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Watts in a Tank is the first album released by the Dutch musical group Diesel. It was first released in the Netherlands in 1980 by Polydor, [3] and was released in the United States by Regency in 1981. [4] The album was reissued on compact disc by One Way in 2002. [4]

Netherlands Constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Europe

The Netherlands is a country located in Northwestern Europe with some overseas territories. In Europe, it consists of 12 provinces that border Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, with maritime borders in the North Sea with Belgium, Germany and the United Kingdom. Together with three island territories in the Caribbean Sea—Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba—it forms a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The official language is Dutch, but a secondary official language in the province of Friesland is West Frisian.

Diesel is a Dutch pop/rock group that became one of the relatively few Dutch acts to chart in the U.S. when their song "Sausalito Summernight" entered the U.S. Top 40 in 1981.

United States Federal republic in North America

The United States of America (USA), commonly known as the United States or America, is a country comprising 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, and various possessions. At 3.8 million square miles, the United States is the world's third or fourth largest country by total area and is slightly smaller than the entire continent of Europe, which is 3.9 million square miles. With a population of over 327 million people, the U.S. is the third most populous country. The capital is Washington, D.C., and the most populous city is New York City. Most of the country is located contiguously in North America between Canada and Mexico.


The album, in-between rock and power pop, contained several polished soft metal ballads and was compared by some to Tom Petty's work, [5] [6] while the biggest hit from the album, "Sausalito Summernight" (which peaked on the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 25) has been compared to (and frequently misattributed to) the Steve Miller Band. [4] The album reached No. 68 on the US Billboard chart in 1981. [7] Four of the tracks from this album (the aforementioned "Sausalito Summernight", "Goin' Back to China" (US No. 105), "Alibi", and "Down in the Silvermine") were released as singles. [3] Worldwide sales of 350,000 units were reported for Watts in a Tank in December 1981. [8]

Power pop is a form of pop rock based on the early music of bands such as the Who, the Beatles, the Beach Boys, and the Byrds. It originated in the late 1960s as young music fans began to rebel against the emerging pretensions of rock music, and developed mainly among American musicians who came of age during the British Invasion. The genre typically incorporates melodic hooks, vocal harmonies, an energetic performance, and "happy"-sounding music underpinned by a sense of yearning, longing, or despair.

Tom Petty American musician

Thomas Earl Petty was an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and actor. He was the lead singer of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, formed in 1976. He previously led the band Mudcrutch. He was also a member of the late 1980s supergroup the Traveling Wilburys.

Sausalito Summernight

"Sausalito Summernight" is the title of a 1981 U.S. Top 40 hit by Nederpop band Diesel. It was the greatest hit from the LP. It was fourth of four singles taken from the band's 1980 debut album Watts in a Tank, the final three of which became chart hits.

The album charted at #68 in the U.S. and #19 in Canada. It reached #38 in the Netherlands.

Track listing

  1. "Sausalito Summernight" – 5:08
  2. "Goin' Back to China" – 3:04
  3. "Alibi" – 2:48
  4. "My Kind of Woman" – 3:21
  5. "All Because of You" – 3:46
  6. "Down in the Silvermine" – 3:01
  7. "Good Mornin', Day" – 3:48
  8. "Ready for Love" – 2:33
  9. "The Harness" – 2:49
  10. "Remember the Romans" – 2:51
  11. "Bite Back" – 2:38 [4]


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The guitar is a fretted musical instrument that usually has six strings. It is typically played with both hands by strumming or plucking the strings with either a guitar pick or the finger(s)/fingernails of one hand, while simultaneously fretting with the fingers of the other hand. The sound of the vibrating strings is projected either acoustically, by means of the hollow chamber of the guitar, or through an electrical amplifier and a speaker.

The lead vocalist in popular music is typically the member of a group or band whose voice is the most prominent in a performance where multiple voices may be heard. The lead singer either leads the vocal ensemble, or sets against the ensemble as the dominant sound. In vocal group performances, notably in soul and gospel music, and early rock and roll, the lead singer takes the main vocal part, with a chorus provided by other band members as backing vocalists.

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