Period : February 4-6 1999
In this issue : dEUS, El Fish, De Afrekening, Coco Junior, Neeka, Zita Swoon,
Saturday February 6th, 1999
dEUS (it doesn't stop)
About an hour ago Studio Brussel breadcasted the long awaited and much heralded
new single of dEUS in "world-première" : unfortunately, they
didn't play "Instant Street" - the new single -, but "Sister Dew"-
an album track. Smout's Fault ? Anyhow, that song was already very good, so you
can listen to a little piece of it.
- the CD "The Ideal Crash" will not carry a Rudy Trouvé-painting
on the cover as their other albums, but a woman in red falling down on a pedestrian
- On the Frontstage-site
you can already start pre-ordering the new album, but why you would want to do
that at the price of 799 BEF beats me.
- For those going bonkers because they didn't open their internet or mail last
weekend, and thus were too late for the 4.000 rare tickets for the concerts in
the Ancienne Belgique, there's good news : elsewhere in Europe there are a lot
of concerts planned, and most of them are no sold out yet. The official tourdates
are being put together and put on a website by their management Musickness.
- For lazy bums, Germans or couch potatoes there's even better news : one of the
stops on the tour will be the pittoresk & sympathethic Düsseldorf, where
TV-channel WDR is already getting their material ready to broadcast the April
4th dEUS-concert live in the show RockPalast. Geil ! Stock up on plastic
cups and lukewarm beer, invite your tallest friends & relatives, put your
dolby surround on maximum and live it as if you were actually there.
- Meanwhile the record has already landed on the doormat of a selected number
of journalists (not mine of course, but then I'm not a journalist) : the first
reactions out of their mouths range from "whoohoo" to "ho".
More eloquent specimen of the same profession already revealed that the tracklisting
on the album is : Put all the Freaks up Front / Sister Dew / One Advice, Space
/ Magic Hour / The Ideal Crash / Instant Street / Magdalena / Everybody's Weird
/ Let's See Who Goes Down First / Dream Sequence #1. Only 10 songs, but very
Who wants to meet up with Steven de Bruyn & Co on one of their steaming live
gigs, or who wants to learn more about this mean new bluesgroup than is mentioned
on their page in this archive, now has the
opportunity to do so at the brand new and official El Fish-site.
Roel Bex has put together a trilingual and concise website with concert dates,
bio, discography, press-quotes and links. There's not a lot of "news"
to gather at the site at this point, so we suppose that for El Fish "no
news is good news".
Url : http://gallery.uunet.be/elfish/index.htm
Friday February 5th, 1999
DE AFREKENING Belgium
is (almost) on top in "de Afrekening" (Flemish Alternative chart) at
the moment. Those in doubt about the current health-condition of inland rock,
can safely go back to bed knowing that from the 30 records in that chart, last
Saturday no less than 9 were of Belgian descent (30 %) :
30 Das Pop "The Little Boy"(dixit
Humo : "irrisistible ... the young Bowie incarnated")
28 Sint-Andries MC's "Represent 2000 Antwaarpe"(Rap
from Antwerp by MC's Too Tuff & KG, discovered by Quinte of ABN)
25 K's Choice "God in my bed"
(quiet single released only in Holland)
22 ABN "Vet en Fonky"
(their best single so far - my opinion - with A-team sample)
18 Hooverphonic "Eden"
(gorgeous song, still from "Blue Wonder Power Milk")
the past, there was already the example of publicity by Levi's showing that ads
can produce or relaunch hits, but in Belgium this must be a new thing : de clip
of bank KBC is nothing less than a hit. This song, written and sung by Coco
Jr. (see Dinky Toys) is just about the
"talk of the town" - disgusting half of the audience, charming the other
part with this piece of mellow "image-building".
The KBC, that has added a big part on her website
about the song & video (you can find even the notes & lyrics) will be
On the website there's a little film with the auteur in which he says "the
melody was right from the very first try, the lyrics needed a bit of adjusting".
See the Dutch version for what his original
Thursday February 4th, 1999
those wondering who has been asking Sheryll Crow-wise & passionately "Baby
baby baby baby, come and let me show my garden to you" (looks like the most
stupid excuse since "can I show my stamp collection to you" )
: the singer involved is called "The Gardener" and is the debut of NEEKA,
a group formed around singer-songwriter Ilse Goovaerts. This young girl has assembled
quite an impressive line-up for her band : Roland
van Campenhout, Lange Polle - known from BJ
Scott, Wolfbanes, Guy
Swinnen - and two jazz-oriënted musicians - drummer Bart Meeus and bass-player
Bart De Nolf.
The first full CD of NEEKA will be available in the shops at the end of March,
or the beginning of April. In a stunning performance of news-gathering, the Belgian
Pop & Rock Archives has found out for you that the cd will be called "NEEKA".
For more info you can visit the not-completely-finished-yet-already-quite-impressive
site of Oyster Records.
last Saturday, the song "About The Successful Emotional Recovery of a
Gal Named Maria", sometimes shortened to "Maria",
is in the shops. On this Zita Swoon EP,
there are besides title-track a new version of an "Everyday I paint Pictures
on a Wedding Dress"-track and two completely new songs :
1. Maria (About the successful emotional recovery of a gal named Maria)
2. Spacelight One
3. A Stranger Came to Our Party and Changed Things
4. 50 Years In Dope Jittery (Homerecording)
The union of Belgian popjournalists has just decided to award Stef Kamil with
a special price : that of "We are sóóoo grateful to you because
our columns are already half-filled if we only mention one of your song- or album-titles".
Boys & girls that start drooling with the prospect of a new CD by K's
Choice, have something to be happy about this month : in the shops you can
find "All Access : Extra Cocoon", a disc of the duo from Kapellen &
Co. This "Behind the scenes" consists of some outtakes from a "Twee
Meter Sessie", a remix of "If You're Not Scared", a few B-sides,
"Not An Addict" in an acoustic version, a song from the soundtrack of
Ad Fundum (when Sarah Bettens was still Sarah
Beth) and a cover of Tom Waits "Ol'55".
Besides that, a number of bits and bytes on the compact disc were kept free for
some stamp-sized video's with excerpts of videoclips & images of the group
backstage. This cd was released only in a limited edition : : 10,000 in Belgium,
10,000 in France and 20,000 in Holland (disgruntled opponents of the group are
considering pressing charges to K's Choice for "criminal insult" : calling
40,000 copies a "limited edition" has a devastating effect on the moral
of Belgian musicians ).
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