July 23, 2000
Have finally come to their senses and have released the song "XTC"of
their last album "Eindelijk vakantie"
as a (promo only) single. There's even a video for the thing (coming to
a TMF near you), which features Luk de Vos amidst hundreds (if not thousands?)
of very devoted and beautiful female fans & groupies screaming out of sheer
enthusiasm and hornyness (is that a word?) for the rockgod in question. Despite
the lyrics (and the high price for petrol these days), the video does not feature
have decided to group all the Belgian entries in the Werchter festival, from which
they have been airing the highlights in the past three weeks in the program "Plankenkoorts",
into one show. This means that next Saturday around 23:00hr (after inspector
Morse), Plankenkoorts on Canvas will have live songs and behind-the-scenes interviews
with Venus, Jan van Biesen, Praga
Khan, Dead Man Ray, Laïs,
Tattoo del Tigre, An Pierlé and of course
the inevitable Soulwax.
(singer who was elected in the Flemish parliament last year) has decided to give
away (some of) her music for free (exactly the value of it, might be argued).
On her ID21-website she has put three songs in MP3-format and a sort of "manifesto"
in which she makes a case for cheaper CD's, a "correct" payment of authors,
a music-industry-run Napster service ... saying that the consumer is right (in
embracing the MP3-format and home-copying CD's on a large scale) and that the
industry has to take steps to change.
See for yourself (listening not really a must) at http://www.firmcom.be/margriet/mp3.html
Alternatively (if those were convincing enough), you may go an shop for Margriet
Hermans albums at Frontstage
has finally stopped greeting the world (NME's review of Hello World went
"... Belle Perez make Billie and Britney sound like wild inner-city kids
teetering on the edge of heroin addiction. Lobotomised cheeriness aside, and with
brilliant synchronicity, the Belgian popstrel does offer ... some very sage advice.
"Seize the day", she urges, ... "Wear a big happy smile on your face". Advice
that'll also be very handy when she finds herself flipping burgers in the Ghent
branch of McDonald's.) and has gone on to new things : she has married (in
secret), has a new single (Honey Bee), and even a tv-show of her own (albeit
an internet one) at Channel
E ("the first Flemish television show made especially for the
internet", featuring a reportage about three playback-gigs in Ghent,
a few movie trailers, interviews with lifeguards in the rain, a Corrs-video and
people saying hello to their mums. All this of course held together by lots of
advertising : ex-ci-ting stuff !!!)
are taking the fact that they were "people's choice" at the washed
down Beach Rock festival very literally : now they are giving the public the chance
to also vote on what song will be their next single. The choice is between "Matter
of Time" and "Wrong side of right". Voting might win you a promo
of them, and can be done on the website of Studio
Update July 26: the song chosen was "Wrong Side of Right",
which will be released as a promo-single.
July 17, 2000
MARK T. OFF THE TEE
weekend's Belgian Rhythm & Blues Festival
in Peer, there was one Belgian act deemed good enough to have a spot high up on
the line-up : in hindsight this honour should've probably gone to Elmore D,
but on the night it was TEE, the new project of bluesmusician/producer
He started out in the eighties playing the harmonica and singing with bands such
as The Finsbury Park Empire, The Slime Hunters, The Healers, then learned to play
the guitar and drums and did so in flying style with The Electric Kings
or American guests, mixing all this with a growing reputation as a producer for
acts such as The Hoodoo Club, Noordkaap
.... A year or two ago, he left all this to travel in the States, where he started
touring in the clubs and working on songs. Together with Thomas Yeardsley
(of The Paladins), he recorded almost single-handedly an album in the States and
then came back to Belgium. This CD is now being released in the Benelux as "This
is ... TEE" on the Dutch label Cool
Buzz. For the live performances, he has put together a 7-piece band.
Also nice : A bit of video
of the Tee-performance at the BRBFestival at Surf-inn.
DOUBLE T EATEN BY SONY
The most successful independent record label built almost solely on Belgian acts
such as K's Choice, Ozark
Henry, Clement Peerens, Arid
and Noordkaap, is being overtaken by multinational
and major Sony. There was already a very close cooperation between the
two labels, as Double T distributed much of the their material through
Sony-chains. The name Double T will not vanish, but will become a brand within
the "Sony Family" (Epic, Columbia, C2, Sony Classical ...).
Double T was founded in Brussels 7 years ago by Jan Theys (Talent Factory)
and Christophe Turcksin (A&R for Polydor before that) with capital
by tv-producing company D&D. The Two T's will become Sony "advisors"
and will as such continue their mission : "stimulate artists and provide
them with the opportunities to give the best of themselves".
July 12, 2000
ANGELICO & RUMPLESTITCHKIN AT BEACH
The number of Belgian bands at the festival Axion Beach Rock of this weekend is
Novastar was already exclusive and
high up on the line-up, Vive-La-Fête
was already brought in to fill a gap on Saturday, and now the Irish band "One
Minute Silence" has been struck by an "angina" : they will be replaced
by everyones favorite "dull honeys" named Rumplestitchkin.
Less of a surprise is the fact that AngeliCo
has won the "People's Choice" with flying colours. They got 64% of votes
in a contest which set them up against Higgin's, Vanilla Coke, Mud Flow, and the
Patolie's. AngeliCo is the band which was announced with some sort of exaggeration
as a "Belgian superband" (as the members come from other bands with
some merit : Martine Van Hoof is ex-Sin Alley,
Axl Peleman is ex-Ashbury Faith and ex-Paranoiacs,
Mario Goossens is ex-Noordkaap, guitarist
Ruben Block is ex-Sin Alley, and ex-Trigger
Finger) with the excellent although very Garbage-like single "Good About
More on this band later, as they are recording a debut album for Universal already,
under supervision of Jo Franken (Noordkaap, Zita Swoon, ...).
More info on the festival at axionbeachrock.com
HELMUT LOTTI GOES LATINO ...
After four "Goes classic"-album, and one "Out of Africa",
Helmut Lotti (or his management) have selected to go Latino for their next
project. Think "Buena Vista Social Club" with Pampers. Think : mariachi's
in the streets of Ghent. Think "Guantanamera" Elvis Style. Think "La
Bamba" drenched in violins. The title of the album will be "Latino Classics".
The album will contain a number of Mexican, Brazilian, Cuban, Chilean, Argentian
and Puerto-Rican evergreens, sung in Spanish, Portuguese and - on two songs -
in English, such as 'Cuando caliente el sol', 'La Cuccaracha', 'La Bamba', 'La
Golondrina', 'Guantanamera', 'Marinero', 'Besame mucho', 'Eso beso'... The production
is once again in the hands of Peter Koelewijn, the orchestra in the hands of André
Walschaerts. A first single can be expected around August 20, the album itself
On the other hand : Helmut Lotti is the only Belgian to be invited to this year's
IFPI awards, which will be held on July 13th in Brussels, as these are presented
only to artists that have sold over 1,000,000 albums in Europe (he'll receive
an award for both Goes Classic 3 and 4). Currently, the Out of Africa CD is still
selling very well (eg Top 10 in Germany, double platinum in Holland ...).
SO DOES TECHNOTRONIC
There are some similarities between the previous message and the news that Technotronic
has a new single : this also involves an act which had sales-figures which can
match any international success, and it also involves a band that is going Latino.
Jo Bogaert has teamed up with Ya Kid K to do a song for a later to be released
album, and it has become a dance-goes-to-Mexico song called "The Mariachi"
fast on it's way to become the summer hit of 2000 here in Belgium.
It was with Ya Kid K (aka Manuela Kamosi), that Technotronic
had it's biggest hit, now 11 years ago. She rapped "Pump Up The Jam"
in the studio, although the initial "act" featured Felly with the blue
lips, and "Get Up". She went to live Westchester (New York) in the nineties,
but was recently spotted in Belgium once again. She also did a track on the recent
More about Technotronic at the website of ARS-productions.