Van Dik Hout are a Dutch pop group from Den Helder in the north of the Netherlands. They formed in the late 1980s as a school band, but moved later to Amsterdam where they rechristened themselves into Van Dik Hout.
The band's biggest hit was 'Stil in mij' in 1994 from their first album 'Van Dik Hout', which became platinum in The Netherlands.
With this hit, the band also won a MTV Local Hero Award and a Zilveren Harp, a Dutch musical award.
In the early 2000's they partnered with Dutch duo Acda en de Munnik to form the band De Poema's, under which name they had a number one hit in 2001 with Zij maakt het verschil.
The band's name is a play on the Dutch saying "Van dik hout zaagt men planken", literally "Planks get sawn from thick wood". In Dutch it translates to "The hard work has been done, albeit not very neatly". It can also mean "without much nuance".
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