TV-presenter, who has a popular program on Flemish Television called "De
Drie Wijzen" (Three wisemen).
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song : Van Eeghem - Aerts
Year : 1982
Produced : J-M. Aerts
Record co. : Parsley
So how come he got a place in the Belgian Pop-Archives ??
1) he recorded a single with Jean-Marie Aerts (TC-Matic
and about half of the other groups in the Archive) in which he came out as being
a homosexual. Brave thing to do.
2) in the early 1980's he presented the TV-program "Hitring" through
which a lot of the groups who are now covered in the Archives gained a place in
the public eye. Although "Hitring" contained three parts (1. Flemish
schlagers, 2. Belgian music (like we cover in this archive) and 3. International
hits) it was the first time that the Belgian groups were given the opportunity
to record video-clips for their songs. The public (that was huge, since the show
was aired in prime-time) could decide each week what record would be re-aired
on the next edition. Kurt Van Eeghem introduced the clips as Raphaël Goossens
and in an impersonation of King Baudoin.
As Cas Van der Taelen (Lavvi Ebbel) recalls in "Big
in Belgium" by Jan Delvaux : "The groups that were selected for
Hitring immediately were known to the general public. Belgian pop finally got
though to all layers of music-loving Flanders.
The quality of the clips was not so important. The fact that the group was shown
a few times appealed to the audience. The way in which these clips were made,
nicely coincided with the general atmosphere of the time : fast, dynamic, creative.
Groups were given complete freedom of how their clip would look, as they got a
camera for one day at their disposition.
The result was often astonishingly fresh. Normal : the groups were young and enthusiastic,
and so were the camera crews and makers of the show."
Singles & 12'' :
- Cool hé, jongen / China jong (Parsley, 1982)
- Mafia (Parsley, 1982)
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