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Buy this cd at ProxisCD OF THE WEEK (June 1999) :

Soul Sucker "is everything"
(Shut Up & Eat 1999, SUE!009)

Songs (click on the -icons for audio)
1. Dirty Thing
2. Sugar
3. I'll Be Gone
4. My Own Backdoor
5. Soul Sucker
6. Messengers From Space
7. Funky Beat
8. c.A.C.K.
9. Natural Green
10. The Hype
11. Melting In The Rain
12. In A Mood
13. Ordinary
14. Don't Lie To Your Mama

Written & Performed by Soul Sucker
Produced by Thomas De Prins & Gino Campenaerts

Musicians :
- Thomas De Prins : vocals, piano, percussion, melodica
- Jan Blieck : guitars, howling vocals
- Didier Heggerick : tuba, sousaphone
- Gino Campenaerts : drums, percussion, shouts
Guests :
The Housewives (An Carpentier, Carmen Vansteenkiste, Judith Elseviers, Katelijne Loete, Ingrid De Wit en Angélique Wilkie) : Backing vocals

Recorded at Louisstudio (Louis Jans) & Railroad Studio, December 1998-March 1999
Artwork : Mighty Sam Dams, Photo : Mark Tops

Press Release / Biography

Listen to this!

The unusual line-up of a piano - a tuba (!) - guitar - drums produces the absolute personal sound of SOUL SUCKER.
SOUL SUCKER selects tasty elements from a variety of styles (from R&B to film scores, pornorock and funky beats) and brews them into a delicious coctail sounding definitely up-to-date. Always with a wink and a crazy twist, never obvious. And they keep on dancing happily!
SOUL SUCKER are surely no bores...

Experts recognize that they are men of great parts:
OOR: "Arrangements à la John Barry or tricks that seem to come out of the magic box of the legendary producer Joe Meek"
HUMO: "Exciting and highly entertaining"
JOOLS HOLLAND: "Nice sound, good songs!"

Two years ago, the debut album LIGHT was greeted with approval by the press and the public alike. Followed by the MINI CD LIVE AT PARADISO after a smashing gig on the Dutch radio which established the band¹s solid performing reputation.

And here is SOUL SUCKER IS EVERYTHING. The unusual and thrilling new album confirms convincingly that on the Belgian music scene, SOUL SUCKER is the jewel to be discovered.
The single DIRTY THING announces the album, including a slightly kinky clip revealing more jokes at each viewing. Two slices of the album FUNKY BEAT and SOUL SUCKER, will appear on the soundtrack of the movie SHADES with Mickey Rourke.

SOUL SUCKER IS EVERYTHING demonstrates that the band is nervously ready for a European break through.

Sent in by Bob Campenaerts.

My opinion

A voluminous tuba-player, a drummer that outshines Ben Crabbé as far as expressive capabilities go, a guitarist that would find his strings even in te dark, a piano that was brought up in a saloon, and a singer with the cool of green bean : those are the ingredients that the gentlemen of Soul Sucker have to offer to persuade us this group "is everything". Maybe it is for themselves and their close family. But it's certainly not for me.
The general standard is relatively flat and uninspired compared to the things that made their debut "Light" in 1997 cause some stir. While the original mix of r&b, swamp, jazz, honky-tonk, boogie-woogie, musical etc. etc. was still surprising on that cd, the songs on "Is Everything" such as "Sugar", "Natural Green" and "The Hype" are much weaker. The single-choice "Dirty Thing" is even utterly boring and even the accompanying "kinky video" (also available on the cd) didn't manage to change that.
On this cd, the shaking (almost-)instrumentals ("In a Mood", "Funky Beat" and "Messengers From Space") are the tracks I like most. Also the songs with a dirty guitar-edge such as "I'll Be Gone" and especially the dark "Soul Sucker" are certainly okay.
"Funky Beat" is a distant relative to both "C in China" and "Lust for Life", but also contains a lyric that sadly sums up this cd for me : "Ain't this a funky beat ? Yeah ! But I don't Like It". Sorry guys.
My advice is : get to know this group by purchasing their previous cd "Light" : that one was excellent, varied, adventurous, swinging from the beginning to the end - or did I already mention this ?? - and advice #2 : get a second opinion on this one, since the other reviews the band is getting are quite favourable.

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This Album in the Press

- Metro (bijlage van De Morgen) : "Undiluted rhythm & blues with a jazz-injection. That is the merchandise of this Antwerp-based quartet that certainly doesn't seem to lack sense of perspective and sheer fun ... Pleasant cd with a high entertainment value."
- Tim Coene in Shuffle : "Next to El Fish & The Seatsniffers, Flanders now has a third young, wild & old-fashioned party pig, that's slurping soul from a pool of swinging musical history. ... Get on the table, cut a sigar, point your finger with a smoot move in gracious Elvis-style towards the stereo. Honky Tonky Wham Bam : Soul Sucker is in da house."

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More about this group :

- Meanwhile, the band has its own page in the Belgian Pop & Rock Archives
- The funny official website of the band is http://www.shutupeat.com
- Contact : Bob Campenaerts, Turnhoutsebaan 82, 2140 Borgerhout,. Tel : +32/(0)3/272.12.22. Fax : +32/(0)3/272.13.46. Mail : bob.campenaerts@planetinternet.be

Where to buy this CD ?

You can order this CD from a number of locations (prices researched on April 29th, 1999, but nothing guarantees they still are the same when you read this).

Shop
Price of the CD
Shipping + other expenses
Total
Direct Link
Frontstage
607
50
657 BEF
Azur
727
0
727 BEF
 
HVH-Megastore
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54
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Proxis
679
95
784 BEF

The lowest price is in yellow, the highest in red. This price comparison doesn't take things into account like deduction of shipping expenses when ordering more than 1 cd, bonus points, differences in guarantees ... Shipping prices are those for customers in Belgium.

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