song : Bart Van den
Bossche & Zaman
Produced : Zaman
Year : 1990
Record co. : G-Rox-P
As so many bands in this Belgian Pop & Rock Archives, Ze Noiz
started their career by scoring in Humo's Rock Rally, in their case by winning
the 1988 edition "con brio" (with them on the rostrum were The
Romans and the B-Tunes, with the brothers Mosuse, later with The
Radios). The band's reputation came from the vocal qualities of singer "Rico"
(Bart van den Bossche) and the riffs of guitar-player "Zaman"
Note : it is clearly not the Bart van den Bossche who made his claim to
VTM-fame with "Heuveltjes van Erica" and other crap. Let there be no
mistake about that.
The group kept looking for a way to develop a sound of their own,
and this resulted in 1990 in the first album of the band ("Thy Will Be
Done") which revealed the true nature of Ze Noiz : popsongs mixed in
with rough & agressive tracks or slow, cut&bleed songs. Singles of this
album became CD "She's Alright" (tot date the best-known song
of Ze Noiz with the lyric "My baby she's alright, she's sleeping with another
man), the fast "G.G.Y.Y." and the bluesy "Hanging Down".
As Jan Delvaux wrote for Knack Magazine about this album: "After doing
away with the redundant tracks and sighing about the ramshackle production, what
remains is a vitamin course af a small half hour. The REM-taint that still sticks
on them since She's alright (reworked here), disappears under the biting detergent
of tracks such as "G.G.Y.Y" and "Didn't wanna shoot" (foot
on the peddle and not looking back) and the strangulating ballad "Prisonland".
Singer and lyricist Bart Van den Bossche surprises most in his encounter with
Nick Cave and Iggy Pop in "I hate Andy". And you can get it in any record
In 1992 the band had moved label from the Belgian G-Rox-P (an
experiment of PIAS) to the Dutch label Indisc, and recorded for them the CD "His
Master's Noize" (a first batch came with a free 7-track unplugged cd
containg acoustic versions of their songs). This was a production by Allard Jolles,
guitar-player from the Dutch band L'Attentat and producer of guitar-bands such
as Claw Boys Claw and The Paranoiacs, The Spanks
and The Slumbers. An album about which mxp in Humo wrote "the sleeve is
ugly, the title stinks, and the album is great.", but also "Ze
Noiz sound at their best in the dark: on a night with a thunderstorm rolling in,
a flickering TV and a view on a desterted, wet street ... This has to do with
the way VDB writes and sings: smothered, flustered, condensed ... Take for example
"Back", a slow, aashtrey, typical Ze Noiz-song: filled to the brim with
death, crime, faith and cripple emotions. Full of atmosphere. Touching".
About a year after "His Master's Noize" Ze Noiz disbanded.
Singer Bart van den Bossche, who was a photographer, later went to work as
a designer and world traveler, worked on a dadaïstic film with "Walbers
und Hansen", and made his debut as a writer at the end of 2000 with a well-received
book "Vuur" (Querido, ISBN 9021472600), which he published under
the name Bart Koubaa.
Rik Vermeir started a longlasting career in modrock with his band Golden
Green. Zaman became the guitarist in Mill and producer of a whole range of
beginning rockbands (bands such as Eden, De
Bossen, Looplizard and Nemo recorded their fist demo's
with him), even doing cd-recordings for Walter and the very same Golden
Band members :
- Bart van den Bossche (vocals)
- Frank Standaert / Johan De Bondt (bass)
- Frank Haelman (aka Zaman) (guitar)
- Rik Vermeir (guitar)
- Hans de Cock (drums)
Buy CD's of this band at
- She's Alright (S, 1989, Green)
- Thy will be done (LP/CD, 1990, G-Rox-P)
- G.G.Y.Y. (S, 1990, G-Rox-P)
- Hanging Down (S, 1990, G-Rox-P)
- His Master's Noiz (CD, Indisc, 1992)
- Name of God (S, Indisc, 1992)
- Fly in Time (S, Indisc, 1992)
- Back (S, Indisc, 1992)
- The Curtain (MCD, Liquid, 1993)
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