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' (Silent inside of me) 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 2000s they partnered with Dutch duo Acda & 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 (She makes the difference). The band's name (literally "Of thick wood") is a play on the Dutch saying "Van dik hout zaagt men planken", which refers to something that is over the top.