Period : February 8-12 1999
In this issue : De Mens, Philly Bustaz, Bluestown, Nekka, Machiavel, Torhout-Werchter,
Beverly Jo Scott, dEUS
Friday February 12th, 1999
the new record of De Mens "Sex verandert
alles" (sex changes everything) airs for the first time on Studio Brussel.
From tomorrow on, the record will be available in the shops.
Two years after a "Best Of", this is an important step back on the good
track for Frank vander Linden & his gang. It's also the first album of De
Mens for the Belgium "major independent" label Play It Again Sam! (PIAS).
According to the firm, the record is "the best De Mens has ever produced",
with not only firm rocking songs, but also the triphop-ish "Sex
, or the JSBE-ish "Mijn Bloem".
Another threath of a "gangsta-war" breaking out among the crews of the
fastly growing Flemish hip-hop scene is rising (after the presumed feud between
't Hof van Commerce & ABN)
: this time there might be a row between the MC's of the group from Leuven named
Philly Bustaz and the commercial rap-group from Aarschot Krapoel in Axe. The Leuven-posse,
who made their debut only a few months ago on the compilation album "Frithop
is dood" (frithop's dead), now have an EP out, with on it a song which feature
the lyrics :
Dat wordt sterven man, sterven man, bloeden als een lul -
that'll be dying man, dying, bleeding like a dick
geniet nog even van de glamour met je mooi-gemerkte pull - enjoy your glamour
for a while with a fancy pull
kotsen en braken, ik mep je op je kaken - I'll hit you on the jaws
als de KIA-boot verzuipt, terwijl je fake botten kraken. - when the KIA-boat
goes down, while your fake bones crunch.
... 1 2 3 4 5 6 7, tellen kunnen ze wel, maar rappen niet die KIA-teven -
they do now how to count, but they don't know how to rap, those KIA-bitches
14 13 12 11 10 9 8, je bent niet eens krapuul, lul, maar halfzacht - you're
not even scum, prick, but soft-boiled.
So, if you read a message in the paper Cliffke has been knocked
down in Leuven, the police'll have a serious lead already.
Thursday February 11th, 1999
Tomorrow evening, at 21:00, Live on Studio Brussels : El
Fish & P. Van Sant (Peter Vansantevoet, ex-Boxcars now with a good low-budget
cd "Me & The Guitarman", Toe Records). The concerts will be broadcasted
live from put "The Borderline" in Diest, to celebrate the 250th airing
of the "spreading the news about the blues" radioshow "Bluestown".
The traditional culminating point of the year for "the song in dutch",
Nekka, this year takes place on the 30th of April in the "Sportpaleis"
of Antwerp, after a few years of exile to Ghent.
The central figure of the year will be Raymond
van het Groenewoud, according to the organisers "one of the biggest
innovators of songs in Dutch and the standard bearer of complete generations of
Flemish musicians" Around the central figure, a number of groups are
programmed that will "pay hommage" to the artist in question (with their
own songs and a cover).
The line-up : Johan Verminnen, Boudewijn
de Groot, Willem Vermandere, The Clement Peerens
Explosition, De Mens, Geert Hautekiet. On
top of that, there's also a duet with Raymond and Sarah "K's
Choice" Bettens scheduled, and a suprise guest. Jean Blaute'll lead the
Reservaties: Tele Ticket Service 070/345.345
Wednesday February 10th, 1999
symphonic rock band Machiavel, who were
incredibly popular in the seventies, had retreated for almost 10 years, came back
twice and regrouped again for their "20 years of existence" in 1996,
now have found the energy to record a completely new album. "Virtual Sun"
was released onto the unsuspecting world on January 20th and still seems to raise
some enthusiasm in Wallonia. North of the language frontier the reaction can be
summarized with the two words "So what".
For Fans, or for people who want to get to know the enemy, there's now an extensive
official website of the group at http://www.machiavelmusic.com.
If you go there really fast (before the 12th of February), you can get a coupon
for a 100 BEF reduction on the purchase of "Virtual Sun" !!!
TORHOUT - WERCHTER
In Belgium the news has been difficult to miss, but for those abroad or without
radio & newspaper : Herman Sherman have decided that their famous & world-renound
double festival Torhout-Werchter from this year on will no longer be a double
festival again, but a two-day event that will take place at Werchter uniquely.
In Torhout they will host a new, smaller, alternative festival, although nothing
more precise has been announced about that.
In the meantime, the two first headliners for Rock Werchter have
been announced : R.E.M. & Metallica aren't bothered about the split and will
visit Belgium on the first weekend of July.
Tuesday February 9th, 1999
Beverly Jo Scott has presented her new cd "Amnesty
For Eve" last friday night at the AB in front of a select public of journalists,
friends & fans (I'm neither - so this is all hear-say again). The crowd was
not pleased to find out that there was no duet with Arno
but that's because he is busy finishing up his next album. Bart Steenhaut awarded
poor BJ the title of "Ugliest cd-cover" in De Morgen.
- To celebrate the release, there's now also a brand new website at the url BJScott.com,
where the Alabamian (alabama-woman, alaba-whatever) greets us with "Welcome
to my new baby ! I've had a long standing dream to communicate with as many people
as possible during this lifetime and thanks to this wonderful media tool, i can
say BINGO !". For the time being, this communication is restricted to
a bit of peptalk on the single and the cd, but who knows ....
In the meantime,
the song "Instant Street" ,
the new dEUS-single has lived it's radio-debut today, so we can offer you a bit
of this calm song (that steps seriously on the pedal later on). At first sight
not a very evident choice of single, but it is certainly a song that keeps growing
on each hearing. I'm not sure it'll be a hit, but it certainly promises a lot
for the album.
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