Shocking Blue was a Dutch rock band formed in The Hague in 1967. The band had a number of psychedelic rock songs throughout the counterculture movements era during the 1960s and early 1970s, including “Send Me a Postcard”, “Love Buzz”, and “Venus,” the last of which became their biggest hit, and reached #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and many other countries during 1969 and 1970.
“Venus” is a song by Dutch rock band Shocking Blue, released as a single from their second studio album, At Home (1969). Written by Robbie van Leeuwen, the song topped the charts in nine countries. In 1981, it was used to open the “Stars on 45” medley. In 1986, English girl group Bananarama covered “Venus” for their third studio album, True Confessions, reaching number one in six countries. The composition has been featured in numerous films, television shows and commercials, and covered dozens of times by artists around the world.