THE ROMANS SPLIT
The Good news first : The Romans have compiled
the best of their material they have recorded in the period from 1989 until 2000
on an excellent compilation album, called "So Far". There even is the release
of a single, "Burn 2000", a new version of the song that appeared on the
mini-album "Ball & Chain", got a lot of airplay but never got out on single-format.
In his latest newsletter to the fans, Laurens Leurs said "After 12 years of
sweating, labouring, amusing us, rehearsing, manifesting us, we make a round-up
of what the Romans have done to this day. This brings to an end an important period
of the Romans. What now?! With this, the pages of the nineties' book is definitely
turned over. New ambitions need to found, new goals to be set. "You gotta walk
and don't look back".
Only a few weeks later, the decision has been made : The Romans split.
The reason are no "artistic differences", "ego-clashes" or solo-plans, but a feeling
that everything has been done.
Sources : The Romans, Orange
May 8, 2000
PUT THOU IN TUNE
It was a close shave, but Thou has finally
found a record company to release the album that they went to record in Bristol
with John Parish (PJ Harvey ...) last year. "Put us in Tune"
is the name of newborn, and it has become an enigmatic and colourful album, with
guest-appearances of musicians of Roni Size or PJ Harvey, and Mauro
Pawlowski or Bart Maris & friends. A single is also out, the track "Weak
"Put us in Tune" is for sale at Frontstage
for 669 fr.
CHAT WITH A LONELY BELGIAN IN ENGLAND
Apparently, one poor single guy named David
Dewaele on a trip to good ol' England is feeling very homesick and desperately
in need of a good chat with some polite young people from Belgium and Holland.
The chat session, Sunday May 14 at 21:00 CET is part of the celebration of the
1000nd hour webcasting by BuZz. (Dutch radio). Tune in at www.soulwax.com
This is probably already very old news, but as it was new to me, I mention it
anyhow : ABN has released a second CD on
the Dutch DJAX-label called "Seriewoordenaar".
With guest-appearances of Adriaan van Hoof (nog nen tango?), Luc Devos (of Gorki),
Sint-Andries MC's, Philibustas (rock-rally
final), Ya Kid K (of Technotronic) and
Def P (Osdorp Posse), this is the first ABN-release without Pita, who now has
his own crew with Nest. These days the ABN-cru consists of Quinte,
MC LVA, Popol en DJ Money Pi. Be sure to check out the old-school
raging mad single that was taken from the album, the track "'k geef gene
fok" (I don't give a fuck).
"Seriewoordenaar" is on sale at Frontstage
for 659 fr.
THE EL FISH WISTERIA
Hip Hip Hooray, but only months after the inbetween-album Hooked
the Belgian pride of the blues-scene is releasing a new studio-album, their third.
"Wisteria" will be the title, and the thing will be presented
in the AB in Brussels this Thursday. Check out your speakers the next days, cause
this is gonna surprise 'em ...
"Wisteria" is on pre-sale already at Frontstage
for 699 fr.
PEERENS ON THE ROAD
Good news for little people : The Clement Peerens
Explosition is exploding once again, and more in particular with a new
single which has a short title (namely "Moeder" - mother), and
a rather longer one (namely "de wraak van moeder fazant op gescheiden vrouwen
met een rotsmoel" - the revenge of mother feasant on divorced women with
an ugly face. The single will be in the shops as of May 27, and serves as a reminder
to all concert-organizers that they are here and willing to play on top of every
decent beercrate in this country.
There is already an impressive list of gigs (24) up at the website of Double-T.
FIRST NAMES FOR PUKKELPOP
Politician and festival-organizer Chokri Mahassine released the first names of
this year's edition of Pukkelpop : they are Placebo, Eminem, Reprazent,
Les Rythmes Digitales, Bentley Rhythm Ace, Spain, Underworld,
Limp Bizkit, Boss Hog, Motorpsycho, Ween and Junkie
The plan is to have two full days of music on August 25 and 26, on 6 different
stages (Main Stage, Marquee, Club, Skate Stage, Hip Hop Stage en Dance Hall/Boiler
Room). The full line-up won't be complete until somewhere in June, but tickets
(1500-2400fr) will be available soon through OMusic.
NEW ANN CHRISTY ALBUM
Edwin Ysebaert reports that the travels on the new cd of Ann
Christy, with nothing but unreleased material of the Flemish singer (+1984),
are well and truly on the way. The releasedate of "Liefde voor het mooie" (love
for the beautiful) is now set at September 22. The CD will contain not less than
40 tracks (26 are finished already) which where found by the husband of Ann Christy.
Before the release of the album, there will be two new singles from the cd called
"De Nieuwe Roos, een hommage aan Ann Christy", and "Iemand" - a translated
cover of "People".
May 4, 2000
did you evah" and "that calls for a drink" must be the reaction
in the camp of Katastroof, the unlikely folk-fun threesome from Antwerp,
as it turns out that no less than two of their songs are at the head of the Flemish
top 10 this week. For the first time in their existence (and that is : since 1974)
Zjos Smos, Zjuul Krapuul and Rob de Snob have gotten to number
one, with a new version of the song "Zuipe"
(boozing). The wacky trio (think : Benny Hill on bad glue, Zjef Vanuytsel in a
nuthouse, heavy supporters of football club Antwerp) was previously best known
the subtle songs "Met de wijven niks as last"
(birds are nothing but trouble) and "den homofiele rijkswachter" (the
gay policeman). Earlier this year, Katastroof bundled the 25 years of their music
and wit (?) on the cd "De Beste Van", which didn't even include
"Zuipe" (but does now).
Even more unlikely is the fact that the song that occupies the n°2 spot at
the moment is also of Katastroof: the song "Al wie da nie springt (is
(that is "everybody who is not jumping now, must be gay") is a cover
of an old Katastroof-song which was recorded for the carnaval-festivities in Aalst.
After a few appearance in Luc Alloo's show on TV, it was now also confined to
disc by T.N.T. (Tom & Tony) and released on CNR. Together with such fine songs
as "Een windje maken" of Big & Betsy, "de Kabouterdans"
by Kabouter Plop & Sergio's "Allez Allez Allez" in the top 10, this
must be another landmark moment for Flemish showbizz.
"Zuipe" or "De Beste Van" are for sale at Frontstage
(but who can blame them, they are a shop)
LYNDO ON TOUR IN FRANCE
Not that it will have a gigantic impact on the course of history, but Flexa Lyndo
have just started a tour in France as an opener for the interesting bands Tahiti
80 from France and Papas Fritas from Texas (papa fried ass??), who are also distributed
by the independent label 62TV-records.
A few month ago, their Pixies-like album "45 minutes" (not a debut,
because the band had already released some material, then under the name "De
Profundis") was released with our Southern neighbours, and received quite
a bit of good press at that occasion (les Inrockuptibles, Rocksound ...). The
best known song of Flexa Lyndo still is "Girls on the Screen".
Or check out the nice Flexa Lyndo site.