Period : April 21 - 26, 1999
In this issue : Golden Green , CPEx, Schoolrock, Raymond van het Groenewoud,
Suikerrock, Neeka, Help Kosovo, Limbomania, Axelle Red.
April 26th 1999
GOLDEN GREEN are INCOMPLETE! Golden
Green, regular customers of the Rock Rally including ex-Ze
Noiz Rik Vermeir and a few ex-The Japs also, already had a few singles on
their conto (on which according to the record firm also 200,000 fr. debt). Soon
though, they'll attack the world with renewed courage and a full-cd : "Modbeats!"
will be launched on Oyster Records in
May. If the furious & catchy single "Incomplete!
/ Run Samantha Run"that
was launched as a precursor is any way near representive for the rest of the material,
this seems to be an event to look forward to.
Or as the press-release said "tsal pataat in a bakkes zijn !!"
("it'll be smack dab in your face", or something like that - my dutch-english
dictionary doesn't have "pataat" & "bakkes").
CPEX GIVES VALUE FOR MONEY Vettig
Swake, Aertbeliën Sylvain & Clement Peerens, or the Clement Peerens Explositions
in full, are not only very angry with the female part of mankind, they also appear
to have a few nuts & bolts missing : on what normally would've been a simple
EP to sell the new single "Vinde gij mijn gat",
these gentlemen have planted no less than nine extra tracks : you'll get the complete
and "Foorwijf" CD's for free "because we like you so sympathy",
as they say themselves. If this isn't an example for the rest ... ?
I can't tell if it's in any way related to this prize-competition, but "Vindegij
Mijn Gat (niet te dik in deze rok)" - which by the way translates as "Don't
you think my bum looks fat in this skirt ?" - is starting to pose a serious
treat to the realm of dEUS in de Afrekening : is has risen to the n°5 spot
SINT-RITA IN KONTICH ROCKT Next week (May 1st) at the Sint-Rita college in Kontich : The
Seatsniffers, Jane's Detd (remember the punky single "Beaver Fever"),
Laberinto (latin-metal from Amsterdam), Buadee & The Walkers (former singer
of The Skyblasters, with a second solo-cd
coming up) and Head First (dance from Holland). On a smaller stage, you'll also
get a number of more modest and louder bands such as Pissing Granny Blue, Humb,
Facedown en Gwyllions for the same 400 fr. (or 300 fr. during presales).
More info can be found on the website
that was built specifically for the occasion.
April 23 1999
RAYMOND HAS A NEW SINGLE, NEKKA COMING UP Raymond van het Groenewoud, the musical
poet from Bruges, has launched a new single from his most recent album "Tot
Morgen" this week : the choice fell on the quiet "In Mijn Hoofd"("In
my head, everything is very simple, in my head, everything falls into place, No
rot, no stupid ads, welcome welcome, into my head").
Next week, April 30, Raymond will be the central figure of the Nekka-night in
the "Sportpaleis" in Antwerp. Around him, a number of bands have been
selected who will "pay hommage" (with their own songs and a cover).
The line-up : Johan Verminnen, Boudewijn
de Groot, Willem Vermandere, The Clement Peerens
Explosition, Geert Hautekiet.
Last week, Raymond also invaded the news-colums of the papers, with his action
against advertising (and stupid radio-ads in particular). He came to defend his
point of view on "De Zevende Dag" (a sunday morning show with a lot
of politics) and, according to Het Nieuwsblad, even made more sense than the complete
first big election debate there.
SUIKERROCK Suikerrock, the free festival in Tienen, has changed it's line-up for July
31st : the walloon progrockers of Machiavel
apperently have some trouble (they have cancelled their entire summer-tour due
to "personal problems of 1 of the band members) and are being replaced by
The Bollock Brothers (shitty punkband from the early '80, best-known songs "Horror
Movies" & "Harley David Son of A Bitch").
The organizers have also completed the programme for the smaller stage : on Saturday
there will be the local bands Oversized, Black Valley & Circle. After which
Lt. Sprüdel (disco-tech-house duo known for their song 'Jack the disco'), Lime's
(trip-hop) and a 'technonight' with Vaporheadz (junglediscotechno) and G-Force
(mix of techfunk & acid techno). on Sunday there'll be local bands High Five,
The Sketch and Glorious, followed by Q (alternative rock), Stonedigger
(nonsense-rock) & Mark Foggo's Skasters (ska from Holland).
More info : http://www.suikerrock.be
April 22, 1999
or singer Ilse Goovaerts and her backing group that includes Roland and Lange
Polle, has just released a second single from her debut album "Neeka".
A month or so after "The Gardener" (which did well on Radio 1 but also
received some airplay from Studio Brussels), there is now the beautiful "This
is not my home".
Or as record company Oyster Records
says it in the press release "If the full cd had to carry a title, the titlesong
without a doubt would've been "This is not my home". Apart from the
fact that the cover picutre perfectly represents exactly what this song is about
- or is it the other way round ? - the lyrics of this track are a nice summary
of the complete cd. Accompanied by fragile tones, it expresses the intense quest
for the warmth of a home, far from all artificiality and cheating."
Those who want to hear her perform on stage can do so on May 14th in Machelen
(JH Sjaloom), on May 23rd in Zichem (Den Hemel) and on May 28th in Aarschot (De
April 21, 1999
De big fundraising action for Kosovo (that will reach it's culminating point
on Monday during a grand finale) now also has gotten a musical part : a number
of singers & musicians lend their hands to record a song "Song for Kosovo"
under the supervisionn of Kris Wauters. The track - a song à la "We
are the world" - was written by Mark Vanhie (see The
Bet and the recent cd of Sarah) and has vocals in three languages : Helmut
Lotti in Dutch, Sandra Kim in French and Paul
Michiels (in English). It should be available in the record stores starting
More info about the action (with also the possility the deposit money online)
at the URL http://www.helpkosovo.nu. The
action "www.stopbombarding.now" still seems to have some difficulty
taking off though.
LIMBOMANIA Limbomania, the talent contest for young music groups from Limburg organised
by the provincial government, is nearing it's second edition. A first time it
was held 2 years ago, and had Nostoc, Vandal X, Freak Accident and Debris as winners
and Chief Joseph, Ernie Dexter, It, Lokkiwoot, Meklar and Salome as empty-handed-finalists.
With the exception of Vandal X (who recently
recorded a second cd under the supervision of noise-god Steve Albini) and a collective
resurgence during the preselections of the Rock Rally, sadly not a lot was heard
of this small dozen. Last year they held Technomania, with Geschmacksverstärker
as a winner. I rest my case.
Anyway : with a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
or by a visit to the website of Limbomania,
you can learn all about how & where to send a demo with three songs. There'll
be 5 preselections with 50 groups in all, so there's no need to push & shove.
The "dénouement" of this exiting event will follow in December.
That'll be a good time to see if the "rock-policy" of this province
is already bearing some fruits.
AXELLE RED in Vorst
I believe it was already mentioned in this telex before, but now there are also
precise details known : who wants to see Axelle Red this year on a Belgian stage
(your last change this milennium) will have to go to Vorst Nationaal (Forêt
National) on November 2nd. Or be really fast, and get a place at the Kosovo-telethon,
where she'll perform.
The ticket-reservation for the concert in November is already on the way, says
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