Period : February 28th - March 5th, 1999
In this issue : Arno, Vanessa Chinitor, Debuutrock 1999, Flexa Lyndo, Beyond
The Labyrinth, Humo's Pop Poll, Culturele Ambassadeurs, Eddy Wally, Eurosong.
Friday March 5th, 1999
Today the first date was disclosed of the tour that Arno
will be undertaking, surrounding the planned release of his next cd, scheduled
for May 18th. The records will btw be called "Le European Cowboy", in
the best Franglais tradition.
The first concert (dixit OLWR "exclusive") will take place at "Les
Halles de Schaerbeek" (Brussels)on June 12. Tickets for the concert are 670BEF.
in presale and can be reserved at the website of On-line
Vanessa Chinitor is allowed to represent Flanders at the Eurosong-festival in
Jerusalem with "Like The Wind"and
isn't forced to come up with a Dutch version of the song. The VRT has reached
this decision today - as was asked by the artist & her management.
Following her election on Sunday, there was quite a bit of pushing & pulling
going on about sending in a Flemish entrance to the Eurosongcontest with a song
in the English language (something that the regulations allow for the first time
this year). The "reader's letters" of the newspapers were filled with
arguments pro & contra ("we want to win" versus "we want to
export our culture and stop the English hegemony" - both a lost battle IMHO).
The "Flemish side" wasn't the only to try and make political gains from
the song though : the mayor from Dendermonde, Norbert De Batselier announced there
will be a big happening in the hometown of the singer ... on May 29th ... purely
coïncidental the week before the national & european elections.
On April 17th, the 1999 edition of Debuut-rock 1999 will be held (a live-gig for
new groups in front of the assembled Belgian record-firms + a place on the debuutrock-cd).
From the demo-tapes that were sent in 9 groups were selected : Freestyle Fabrik,
Zornik Breknov, Venus in Flames, BAR
8, Vliegend Wild, Zodar Orchestra, Sunscape, Poseydon, Etronic. Possibly the
names of these debutants will sound as familiar to us within a couple of years
as earlier debuutrock-laureats such as Metal
Molly or The Nothing Bastards.
Thursday March 4th, 1999
Since March the 1st in the shops (on the 62TV-label) : the debut full CD "45
minutes" of the group from Namur Flexa Lyndo, previously known as "De
Profundis" (a name that was abandoned because of the goth- a black metal
connotations that were raising false expectations for their gigs).
The music can be classified in the "Lo Fi"-corner, with a definite pop/rock
twist (genre Pixies, Yo La Tengo, Sebadoh ...) The single "Girls
on the screen"already
is receiving quite a bit of airplay on Studio Brussel & Radio 21, where the
CD was introduced today during "Rock à Gogo".
BEYOND THE LABYRINTH
Fieeuw, webmaster and guitarist of the band Beyond the Labyrinth, lets us know
that from today onwards the group has a fixed spot on the web.
The group has yet to release their first recordings, but is distributing a single
"Shine" that was release by Geert solo last year. Coming from all kinds
of metal, AOR & symphonic backgrounds, (o.a. Hellfire, Midrange, Faith, Infinity
...) the group is into a "mixture of sympho metal and A.O.R. - call it progressive
if you like. Influences range from Dream Theater, Savatage over Saga and Bon Jovi
to Marillion." If these examples don't make you run to the toilet, do pay
a visit to http://users.skynet.be/Beyond.The.Labyrinth/btl.html.
Wednesday March 3rd, 1999
If you would like to be present at the award ceremony of Humo's Popularity Poll,
you can get free tickets for next weeks performance by phoning in on the (special
rate) telephone number : +32/900.20.886 (only on March 3rd till midnight). The
award ceremony (always a pleasant mixture of humour, rock & beer) will be
held Tuesday March 9th from 19:30 at the Ancienne Belgique in Brussels.
Already announced to appear are : Soulwax,
Rob Vanoudenhoven, Stereophonics, Kamagurka, and an afterparty with DJ's Jan Van
Biesen, Tom Barman & Deep Danny.
CULTURAL AMBASSADORS Last Friday, the Flemish Government announced this year's "Flemish Cultural
Ambassadors". No less than four artists who feature in this webarchive were
awarded this title (for some of them it isn't only a title, but also a sum of
money) : Zita Swoon (who find their way
to the money vault for the second time in a row), DAAU
(also known as Die Anarchistische Abendunterhaltung), Peter Vermeersch (X-legged
Sally, A Group, Flat
Earth Society, ballet music ...) and the brilliant Wim
Mertens (minimal composer known from many radio & tv-jingles, the soundtrack
for "The Belly of an Architect", etc ...).
On the award ceremony, Zita Swoon performed some bits of music together with "Les
Ballets C de la B", another ambassador, for their joint project "Plage
Tattoo" that will debut at the "Holland Festival" next June.
Earlier Cultural Ambassadors from the pop-world include De
Nieuwe Snaar and last year's dEUS.
news for the Flemish internet-community : no, we're not referring to the plans
of the Flemish government to apply for an independent .vl-domain (who cares),
but to the arrival of a Flemish phenomenon on the net : Eddy
Wally heeft een eigen website (in dutch only, sadly). For the rest of the
world : Eddy W. is a flemish singer (biggest hit : Chérie) & market
vendor , sort of a Engelbert Humperdinck-type, kitsch to the bone.
The amount of woman's handbags is rather thin (a missed e-commerce opportunity!),
but the all-around-the-world-I'm-a-superstar -boasting is very prominently present.
The section of the site called "Sucessstory" is rather hilarious. Also
fun is the section "Realaudio", where you can download a few soundsamples,
featuring his contribution to history "Wow, Geweldig!", according to
himself "ideal as the startup-sound for your PC". In the section "Guestbook"
there's also room for laughter because of sincere fans mingled in with ironic
Sunday February 28th, 1999
the Belgian participant for the Eurovision Song Contest of 1999 was selected in
Brussels by the Flemish Televison VRT.
After a - not too - exciting final with Wendy Fierce, Natural High, Voice Male,
Medusa, Alana Dante, Petra and Sarah, most of the public- & professional jury's
thought that the Vanessa Chinitor was the best. This girl from Dendermonde, a
protégé of procuer John Terra
& manager Ilia Beyens, will represent Belgium in Jerusalem with the song "Like
although the VRT will possibly try to insist on bringing a Dutch version on the
festival night itself.
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