Period : March 17 - 22th, 1999
In this issue : Windorock, Soulwax, Women On Stage, Telex, Urban Dance Squad,
Wim Mertens, Vandal X, de BaSsTaard.
Monday March 22th, 1999
Those who want to see the band Front 242
performing live on Belgian soil this year (the rest of the time they'll be touring
the U.S. and starting up new projects), have only once chance to do so : Windorock
'99. This spring-festival in Oosterzele is preparing everything for it's 9th edition
and has been split into three musically distinct parts :
- Windo Dance (Friday April 2nd), with lots of band from the Belgian commercial
dance-scene, like Marshall Masters, Milk. Inc., Mackenzie feat. Jessy, Virtual
Zone, Da Rick, Viper, Mc. Yannick
- Windo Retro (Saturday April 3rd), party with oldies-DJ Guy Deprez
- Windo Rock (Sunday April 4th), with a line-up of Izemo, The Grail, Chaos, The
Nothing Bastards, Golden Green, My
Velma (the band of ex-Soulsister Jan Leyers), Manic Movement, Within Temptation,
ABN, Jane's Detd (remember "Beaver
Def. P. & onderhonden, Noordkaap (with
the new cd "Massis" to present),
Golden Earing, Anne Clark, and top of the bill Front 242.
More info on pricing, hours ... on the website
Saturday March 20th, 1999
Flying Dewaele Brothers have just released the fourth single from last year's
splendid album "Much Against Everyone's Advice". After their cooperation
with Tracy Bonham on "My Cruel Joke", the titletrack and "Conversation
Intercom", now the choice has gone to the poppy "Saturday"
(including the bass-riff that is a very close relative of Coutin's "J'aime
regarder les filles"). Apparently there will be also an acoustic version
of the song on the single, as well as a remix by Les Rhytmes Digitales (Hey you,
what's that sound ?").
Meanwhile, the breaktrough in Holland is a fact for Soulwax,
witnessed by an article in Oor two weeks ago "the most remarkable Belgian
band", their place at the Pinkpop-festival and the fact that the Dutch TMF
is now airing their programme "@lter8".
The Soulwax-website has also gone through
some changes. The looks are great, but it still is need for some content, seems
WOMEN ON STAGE
USA had the "Lilith Fair"-tour, Flanders now has the "Women on
Stage"-event : a festival at de Vooruit in Ghent on April 10th, with nothing
but females on the bill : BJ Scott (by then
back from Switserland promoting her "Amnesty
for Eve"), Lunascape (triphop with the voice of Kyoko Baertsoen, who
was part of Hooverphonic before), 360 Degrees
(singer Sophie Veldeman & band, according to the bio somewhere in between
PJ Harvey & Anne Clark), Black Widows (emancipated indierock) and About Queens
of the Blues (overview of the history of women in blues with Pascale Michiels
and Kathleen Vandenhoudt). Annabel of Ketnet presents the whole thing.
This project, an organisation of the vwz Fem-Fest, wants to promote the role of
women in the musicbizee. Because although there is a clear tendency towards more
female voices, they are still a minority in the current music landscape.
More info : http://tinpan.fortunecity.com/gallagher/258/index.htm
Friday March 19th, 1999
TELEX Telex, the electropop-formation from the beginning
of the eighties that had a flourish of activity last year with "I don't like
remixes" (a best of) and "I don't like music" (the remixes), continues
to grow in cult-status. To celebrate this, the American label SSR will now release
a second album of remixes : "I still don't like music, Telex-remixes vol.
According to the record firm : "And the good news is that this volume is
even stronger than the 1st one... It's an extremely attractive combination of
driving club tracks (the Stacey Pullen, Ian Pooley, DJ D, Maurice Fulton, Eddie
Flashin' Fowlkes and T-Power mixes) and of electro-pop tracks which both recapture
and update the sound and spirit of the original Telex cuts (Buckfunk 3000, The
Tellurians [Rainy City], Pulsinger/Tunakan), while some of them even stay close
to a classic pop song structure (Morgan Geist, Juan Atkins, Seven Dub)".
The album is released in CD and 2LP formats, and is preceded by a 12" entitled
"Snakes & Music", featuring remixes by Stacey Pullen and Maurice
More info : Crammed Discs
Thursday March 18th, 1999
URBAN DANCE SQUAD - HERMAN BRUSSELMANS
Rude Boy, the singer of UDS, the band that single-handedly got Holland back onto
the international music maps at the end of the eighties, & singer of Junkie
XL ("Saturday Teenage Kick") has a troubled reletionship with our country.
Because although the reünited Squad (so with DJ DNA) has just released a
new album (Artantica), Rude Boy refuses all contact with Belgian journalists.
The reason : in the last edition of Oor, there is an interview with flemish writer
& enfant terrible Herman Brusselmans with in it the next rather rude statement
: "... that fake American stuff is is seeping through much faster in Holland
than in Belgium. Junkie Xl is a typical example of that. They jump on the bandwagon,
suddenly put a mixer, toaster or DJ on the stage and start going to the fitness-center
to inject themselves hormones in order to become a very mean nigger. But he's
not a mean nigger at all. Here in Ghent there are a lot of niggers that are meaner
than Rudeboy. Pffh ... that name alone ... Rudeboy ... Jezus! That's thirteenth-rate
music in my opinion."
I can't help but feeling sympathy for the Dutch singer, but if everyone who has
ever been offended by HB would keep away from the press ... Humo, P-Magazine &
Dag Allemaal would be out of subjects since a very long time !
afraid : this not a picture of Wim Mertens
new style, but the face of Father Damien, the Flemish priest that went to take
care of the lepers on the Hawaïan island of Molokaï. The link with Wim
Mertens travels by the film that has been made about this Saint's live ("Father
Damien", "Damiaan"), for which he (and the ever so productive companion
OST) have written the soundtrack.
The cd, with mainly instrumental music by Belgiums best known minimal composer,
should be in the shops right about now (distribution EMI Classics) in Belgium
(elsewhere around the date of the release of the film).
In April, there is probably going to be another release by Mertens : a boxed set
with the complete performance of "Integer Valor".
More info on the web
synopsis of the film : http://www.vine-international.co.uk/father.htm
Damien De Veuster, aka Father Damien : http://www2.glauco.it/sscc/english/damian.htm
X, the noisy duo from Houthalen that made quite a few speakers flip with their
debut "Louder Then Anyone", now has a second cd "Songs From The
Heart" in the stores. Although this title would suggest a slightly softer
approach to music, there not a lot amidst the 20 songs on the cd (released by
Labelman) that would substantiate this.
For the production, Bart T. & Jo B. had the chance to work with no one other
than Steve Albini (known as a musician from Big Black & Shellac, and as a
producer from his work with The Pixies, Gore, Nirvana ...). They taped the album
during 6 days in November in Albini's studio in Chicago.
Soon, more in the "CD of the week"-section of the site.
The contest on the Flemish radio station Studio Brussel "de Basstaard",
in which 7 beginning Belgian bands had to make a version of the song "My
Suitor" by the eighties-band Bernthöler,
now is reaching it's unfolding. Were participating : 1
2 Vive la Fete
3 De Bossen
4 The Nothing Bastards
6 Das Pop
Now, everybody has a few days (until friday march 19th at midnight CET) to cast
their votes at the tel +0900/27.444. According to the Pop-Archives, it will be
a race between the contributions of Buscemi and Das Pop (who managed to turn even
this song into an irrisistable britpop-song with a few nice hooks).
De winner will receive an original art-work by Wim Delvoye during the first emission
(April 3) of "Club Brussel", the new show that will air on Saturdays
between 18 en 20 uur from the AB in Brussels.
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