Period : July 12 - 19, 1999
In this issue : dEUS, Zita Swoon, Neon Electronics, Das Pop, Beach Rock,
Vandal X, Claude Barzotti, Metal Molly, Telex, Les Nuits Botaniques.
July 19th, 1999
dEUS STOPS IN 2000 dEUS not only gave an impressive concert at Beach
Rock, last weekend, Tom Barman also had some news to announce : In an interview
with Studio Brussel, he told that the group will halt all activities next year
("everybody will go their own way for a small year"). This means that
the next dEUS-record won't come out before 2001, but it also means that next year
there will probably be some solo-projects (there are already some rumours going
on about a coöperation Barman-Stef Kamil Carlens).
Tom Barman also said that the group won't attempt to make it in the States ("To
tour there would cost too much. I don't think the album will be distributed there,
'cause the record company doesn't exist there anymore, it's now Universal-Interscope
or something. I really don't feel like going over there and shaking everybody's
hand again. No, we're doing ok over here and that's ok for us").
The group has already done 70 gigs during the first leg of the European tour.
The magagement is currently plotting the dates for the second part. It looks like
there will be three more gigs in Belgium : currently it looks like 14,15, 16 October
at the "Halles de Schaarbeek" in Brussels.
DIS-CO, DIS-CO Zita
Swoon wil this week release a mini-cd around their song "My
bond with you and your planet ... DISCO!"
- a song that was released on single about a month ago and that currently resides
at n°6 in "De Afrekening".
The cd will be called "Disco! Adventures" and contains 8 tracks, all
remixes of that same song by people such as Soulwax,
Daan Stuyven and Starflam.
There will also be version by Stef Kamil at home, a version by Tom Pintens and
a live-version. Lastly the video for the song will also be included.
July 14th, 1999
NEON ELECTRONICS MAKE LIVE DEBUT
July 30th, the group Neon Electronics will make it's live debut in Leuven and
on the internet.
Neon Electronics is the band from Dirk Da Davo - ex-member of the famous belgian
underground band The Neon Judgement
- and Remo Perotti - aka Mad Mix Man Reemoh - aka "het Sjamajee!-mannetje"
- who had recently released a first album on a new label - Dancedelic-D. The concert
on July 30th will be an invitee-only happening in the centre of Leuven.
Free tickets for the gig can be obtained by buying their
album at the Proxis-store, by answering a few questions at this
site, or by asking them in a friendly e-mail.
Those who can't get in this way, are being promised a live cybercast via the neon
electronics-website starting at midnight.
In a press statement, the band promises a "groove crossover of hard techno-beats,
housy electroloops, and some weird psychedelica" that will "beat your
lazy web-asses to a new dimension !".
July 13th, 1999
DAS POP ON DER BEACH
Sunday, Axion Beach Rock announced that Das Pop
has won this year's "People's Choice" voting for a place at the festival.
The votes that were cast by telephone were counted as follows :
This means that the britbelpoprockers will have the opportunity to kick off
the festival this Saturday at 10:30. Later on the same Main Stage follow Reef,
The Beautiful South, Lee 'Scratch' Perry, The Cardigans, Garbage, dEUS
and a 'Tribal Beach Night' with Massive Attack. On the smaller side stages there
are interesting danceable acts such as Urban Dance Squad, Les Rhythmes Digitales,
Buscemi, Groove Cartel, Rino Size and the likes. The first 55,000 tickets have
already been sold out completely, but the organisation is busy enlarging the festival-area
and printing tickets. More info can be found at the Axion
In the margins of "Zwemdokrock", last Saturday in Lummen, and the Dour-festival
last Friday in Dour, it was made public that the rift between Jo Boes and Bart
Timmermans - the two members of the noise-band Vandal
X - is complete and forever. Bart Timmermans will however keep on going with
the band and has recruited Davy Schroyen - the former drummer of Evil
Superstars - as a new ruthlessly stickwielding drummer. Those present have
testified that there was absolutely no decline in volume from the old Vandal X.
CLAUDE BARZOTTI ACQUITTED The
frenchspeaking charm singer Claude Barzotti - best known from his magnific slow
1980, but who has continued in the Walloon showbiz since, for instance as the
writer of the Belgian entry to Eurosong 1992 "Nous, on veut des violons"
- has recently been acquitted by the Brussels Court of Appeal in a trial for rape
that was being held against him.
Barzotti was accussed of this crime by a fan (a singer herself) who he had lured
to his appartment with the promise of writing a song for her and had ended in
his bed. The court followed the version of the facts that Barzotti and his lawyers
presented during the trials, so that the singer can now start thinking about his
career again after what he claims has been a "real nightmare".
July 12th, 1999
It had been known for some time that the group from Werchter Metal
Molly had been reunited after about a year of inactivity. Although the members
of the band are still swarming about in all directions (e.g. Cabbage,
Mitsoobishy Jacson), things are getting
more concrete now : the group has signed a deal with record company Double T (also
the home of other fine belgian products such as Noordkaap,
K's Choice, Arid,
Ozark Henry ...). They will record an album
in the fall, but that won't see the light before the year 2000.
Almost the entire band has also recently contributed to the latest album of Dutch
band Bettie Serveert.
It's not entirely "official", but rumour has is that later on this year,
Telex - the "legendary" belgian synth pop band - will reform : the occiasion
for this happening will be a show at "Les Nuits Botaniques", the festival
that will be held in Brussels from 21-25th September. During the party also a
number of contributors to the "I don't like remixes"-projects will be
present (carl craig, buckfunk3000 ...)
Other bands that have already been confirmed for "Les Nuits Botaniques"
include David Shea, The Walkabouts, Tindersticks ... but many more will follow
(see the site)
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