October 12, 2000
BIG BROTHER NOW ALSO ON CD
Flemish version of the Endemol-television voyeur-soap Big Brother is turning
out to be a growing success (all info you could possibly want is at bigbrother.be),
and now there's a musical extension to the hype as well. The A-side is the song
"Leef" (live), the theme tune of the show which was recorded
in a "flemish" version with the band Mozaïek, assisted (?)
by the voice of presenter and Kreuner Walter
Grootaers. On the flipside is the song that the inhabitants of the house sung
during their first week, making their own lyrics to the tune of the song "Big
City" by Tol Hanse.
When the same single was released in Germany and Holland, the tune sold massive
amounts, so this might well be a smash hit here as well. Don't say I didn't warn
"Leef" at ,
where you can also find the "music choices" of the inhabitants of the
Big Brother house. Almost exactly as predictable as the answer to the question
: who is going to show her boobs to the camera today?
October 10, 2000
SHARKO ON MEEUWS
wayward musician David Bartholomé has struck again, with a second
full-cd, strangely enough entitled "Meeuws". The singer explains
the title with "there's an opportunistic reason, to strike the eye of
the Dutch-speaking audiences. A second reason is that is was the name of a great
football player of Standard Liège, Walter Meeuws. And third : is that Meeuws
is a six-letter word with only two syllabes, so the word is potentially very simple,
yet it is a difficult word: that sums up my music quite good".
On this album, for the Bang!-label again just as the precursor "Feuded",
Sharko is David Bartholomé, Teuk Henri (from Rawfrucht) and Thomas
van Cottom (of the band Venus), although
he admits it's stil not a band, but a "personality with the aid of two
musicians". The result is emotional and personal rock with an eye for
Here's an interview with Sharko at the Cucamonga-site.
"Meeuws" by Sharko at.
PAT ON HIS OWN, ANN IN THE NUDE
At a busy press-conference by last week, Patrick Claessen (known from his
work in the flemish showbizz & dance, first as on of the trio Leopold 3, later
as the dance producer Pat Crimson with projects such as Nunca & 2 Fabiola)
had some news to tell : 2 Fabiola is no more. Not that this was a big surprise
to many, as the two members of that band (Pat & the ravishing Zohra) already
have been staying away from each other for ages. But now it's official.
Of course, the number of journalists at the press-conference might also come from
the fact that this occasion was also the presentation of the Dennis Black Magic
nude calendar that was shot of his soon-to-be wife and ex-Milk
Inc. singer Ann Vervoort.
The pair will now go off to Ibiza, where they will get married in March, and will
be trying to get a new dance label off the ground: Benimusa. Pat Claessen vowed
that he will return on the dance scene in big style : "I'm going for the
MTV Awards, Jos van Oosterwijck and De Muziekdoos cannot satisfy me any longer"
he was quoted as saying. A first release should come out in May 2001. The nude
calendar of the ex-Milk Inc. singer however is already on sale (costs 1.500 Bfr.
and can be bought at 0800/57.057).
October 9, 2000
|Hooverphonic "Vinegar &
|Mauro "Faint Smile"
|An Pierlé "Tower"
|Dead Man Ray "Woods"
|Arid "All Will Wait"
|K's Choice "Almost Happy"
|Janez Detd "Take on me"
|-> Vote Here
On the left you can see the brand new edition of the Belpoptop. I didn't
want to make the mistake of putting something related to voting and Belgium on
the right, you see ;-(
Anyhow, this list is supposed to be the cream of the crop of Belgian songs decided
on by the visitors to this website. If you don't like the list, go ahead and change
it. Please do, cause there are plenty of new song that are quite eager (and
talented enough) to enter. Some suggestions include :
- Kamino "How Can I Miss You If You Won't Go Away" ,
third single from this Antwerp band.
- Novastar "Lost & Blown
fourth single from the debut album of this soon to be internationally acclaimed
- Hooverphonic "Vinegar &
second single from the wonderful album "The Magnificent Tree".
- ABN & Luc de Vos "Ex-Liefdadigheid"
: strange cooperation between hiphopcrew ABN and the soft cookie from Gorki.
- Das Pop "The One" :
the first single from the album that's coming any day now, entitled "I love
- Praga Khan "Sayonara Greetings"
: third single of the "Mutant Funk" album, Sisters of Mercy revisited.
- Tongue "La Scène"
: First single of this Brussels-based band from their debut album "[a]venture"
on Magnet Records.
- Jan Leyers "Only Your Love Will Do"
: theme-song from the brand new Jan Verheyen movie "Team Spirit" by
So go ahead and vote now ... You can even
win a copy of Betty Goes Green's latest CD "Dreamers
& Lovers" in doing so.
DEAD MAN RAY IN FRANCE
from Antwerp that's worth exporting, hmm. Well, there was a band playing at the
"Rock The Vote"-concert last Saturday that was quite good ...
Dead Man Ray has been released in France
since last week. For that market, they have compiled an album "Berchem/Trap",
which is exactly what it sounds like : a mixture of the best from both their Berchem
and Trap albums, being : Beegee, Inc.,
Stain, Bread, Moid, Perfo, Chemical, Horse, Copy Of 78, Woods, Toothpaste, Brenner,
Jahwe, Ham, Nezt, Tunnels, Tham, Preset, making it exactly 9 songs from each of
Some of the reactions/presentations of the French to this album can already be
seen on "ze web". Les
Inrockuptibles has an interview with Daan, even including streamed video of
the thing. And labels.fr
has set up a presentation of the band (nice typo in the introducing alinea : I
also "Miss My Jazz").
October 5, 2000
ROOS VAN ACKER LEAVES EDEN
Roos van Acker - TMF Deejay, radio-DJ and one of the female singers in front of
Eden - announced she will leave the band.
She cites "lack of time" and some differences of opinion about the direction
the band was heading in. It is unclear if she will make some music on her own,
although she acknowledged she wanted to "do something" with triphop
or drum'n'bass. The other members of the band declared they will continue with
the band. They'll audition a new singer and continue working on a third CD.
Tonight, she gave her last performance with the band at the Cultuurcafé
in Brussel, although Roos said the performance was only "so-so", due
to the mixed feeling everybody on stage was having about her decision.
VERA COOMANS & TOM THEUNS FIND "SOMETHING WITHIN"
After two incredibly heartwrenching albums with accordion-player Filip Hoesen
(Sad Eyes of 1996 and Silent House of last year), Vera Coomans (formerly
the singer of Rum and in the eighties briefly but unforgettable as Madou) has
found a new compagnon in arms: with guitarist/mandolinplayer Tom Theuns
(also one of the members of the new folk band Ambrozijn)
she has recorded a CD for Wild Boar Music. The title of the album is "Something
Within", and it contains mostly American traditionals and blues-songs
(The Cuckoo, When A Train Come' Alone, Careless Love, Saint James Infirmary ...)
and a few songs of the Black Heart Procession. The album was produced by Tom Theuns,
who was assisted by Thomas Devos (actually the son of Vera Coomans, and the guitarist
of the promising band Rumplestitchkin)
and also features guest-appearances of Steven De
Bruyn (harp) and Dajo De Cauter (standing bass). It'll be in the shops as
of the middle of October.
- K's Choice webcast from the fan club
convention in Brussels, on October 7th. Throughout the day, there will be a number
of chats with bandmembers and fans, and a webcast of two concerts : an acoustic
one in the afternoon (appr. 16:15 CET) and an electric show between 21 and 22
10 PM. The page to keep your eyes peeled on for details is kschoice.wanadoo.be
- Das Pop are actively promoting the
fact that they have a first album coming up : in conjunction with Humo, they are
giving away the current single ("The One") for free as an MP3, even
including the artwork of it. And it doesn't stop there, as each day they are presenting
a new track of the album (not in MP3 but in a realaudio stream of about 2 minutes).