Not only is Novastar's song "Lost & Blown Away" having
an unusually long stay in "de Afrekening", the visitors of this site
have appointed it now also as the best belgian song of the moment. The rest of
the current top remained pretty stable, while further down there were 5 new entries. New suggestions for the next edition (you can vote, and win a copy of Daan's
soundtrack to the movie "Vergeten te zuchten" with it):
- Sharko"I Went Down".
Great song that comes from the second album of David Bartholomé & C°,
- Wawadadakwa"Koken met Rachida".
Now this funny quartet from Antwerp has a single from their album "Voor
- Axelle Red "J'ai jamais dit",
although Axelle has a brand new live album out (with an extra DVD that's quite
worth seeing), she has also released one last single from her previous
- ABN "Alo, wa?",
another single from the album "Seriewoordenaar",
while the band is currently very busy recording what will become the new ABN-CD,
expected in the Spring.
- Starfighter "Beautiful Machine",
re-recorded single from this one-man band from Ghent (the leadsinger of The Shovels),
who have one release "No/Fi" on Kinky Star as yet on their conto.
- Vanilla Coke "Simple",
song that was named most often from the debut album "Supermarket"
by these winners of Concours Circuit in 99.
- Lunascape "Tears from the Moon" ,
the second single of this band with Kyoko Baertsoen (Hooverphonic before Geike
came), and the immediate precursor to the debut album that should arrive shortly
- Flavour'Dish "Queensland Trophy",
single from the 1st album of this band, named "Skin-tight", which was
released on a Dutch label "My First Sonny Weissmuller Recordings".
- Freestyle Fabriek "Vrijdagavond",
single from the album "De Konsensus van de klein dinges" by this
hiphopcrew rapping in the tongue of Antwerp.
- Das Pop "Forever",
second single of the "I luurve"-album,
while the band is currently targetting the Netherlands with a tour.
So go ahead and vote now ...
January 18, 2001
MUSIC CENTRE FLANDERS OPENED
Today, the official opening of what is becoming the "Music Centre Flanders"
(Muziekcentrum Vlaanderen) was held in Brussels. This organisation (which
was brought to life by the previous Flemish Government in 1998 aims to "promote
Flemish performers and composers and Flemish music life in general" and
will do so by building a documentation centre and targeting music professionals
in other countries. In doing so "a balance is aimed at between the different
musical genres from pop to contemporary music" (although strangely enough,
they are promoting the local scene at MIDEM next week with Hooverphonic,
Venus & Arid,
and not with Betty, Rudolf Werthen & Ah Cama Sotz).
To do all this, the music centre is gradually building a information database
on all things musical in Flanders, which will be made available through their
website at muziekcentrum.be.
BIG BROTHER IS STILL EVERYWHERE One
more reason to prefer "De Mol" over Big Brother is that now more than
a month after the "denoument" of the Flemish Big Brother, the charts
in this little country are being inundated by "music" that the ex-inhabitants
of the house are producting, and the end of it is still not quite in sight.
Thus last weeks charts had "Een brief voor Kertstmis" by Walter
& de bewoners at n° 2, "Leef" by Mozaïek
& Walter Grootaers at n°8, 4Ever ft. Katrijn with "It's
You" at n° 14, and Betty with "Come To Me"
at 15 (the highest newcomer).
And if you hadn't had enough yet, look out in the next weeks for Girlz ft.
Duchi Davoy, as that is Big Brother inhabitant Glenn, in drag, doing a remake
of the disco song "This is my life". He & his "girl"friends
will be presenting their CD at the Hot&Blue in Antwerp on January 27.
In the Flemish charts the situation is certainly no better, as that chart also
has "M'n Zeekapiting", a song by the aging singer from Ostend
Lucy Loes, which was made famous by the show when they played it over and
over again when Steven & Co were peeling shrimps. And two entries by the infamous
Dynamite vs. Cisco Kid, who are in the charts with "Sex met die blonde"
(sex with that blond girl, about Betty), and "Effe B.E.F.F.E"
(supposedly "let's phone, mail & fax", but in fact the same sound
in Dutch as "let's muffdive"). Toppie!
VRT Radio has even got so fed up with these last songs they are refusing to play
them any longer, outside the charts-shows.
has opened a shop with nothing but Big
Brother related stuff (see the blue tab on top).
JANEZ DETD. SUPPORTS THE OFFSPRING
If you want to see four excited boys, maybe you should check in early for the
concert The Offspring wil be doing next week in Forêt/Vorst. For on January
23rd, Belgium punkrockers Janez Detd.
will be the support-act for their Americian heroes at 19:30.
On February 2nd, the band will give the last concerts for some months to come
in "La Botanique" in Brussels, presenting already a few new songs and
featuring a full-fledged horn section. MCM (the TMF down South) will shoot the
gig. Tickets are just 300 fr.
January 16, 2001
JEFF BODART TO PIAS Jeff
Bodart, the friendly chansonnier who's trademark were his cap and pants-à-la-Tintin,
has taken his career in a new direction. Not only has he thrown away the cap,
he has also signed a deal with the independent record company PIAS. To announce
this event, they are releasing the 1-track single "le soleil fera le
in their words "the sort of catchy spring tune that catches the ear across
all language barriers at first, and will reveal more of its beauty at each hearing
On March 1st, the third album of this former Gangster D'Amour will be released,
which will carry the title "ça ne me suffit plus".
It was recorded with Erwin Autrique & Yannic Fonderie, another change from
the former musicians who worked of Jeff Bodart.
A BELGIAN LOVE PARADE
The Love Parade seems to be something like the title "Cultural capital of
Europe", it used to be a unique thing, but now you seem to find one in every
city you run into. Anyhow: it was announced yesterday that on June 23rd, there
will be a "City Parade" in the city of Liège.
The organisers are Denis Renard and Claude El Divno of dancing La Rocca, who have
been getting the necessary permits in the last couple of month. The event will
feature a "warming up party", a three km. long parade through the city,
and a large scale party at Place Saint-Lambert with sets by Superfunk and dj Tim
Deluxe of the London house-club Ministry of Sound. A fireworks-display which will
close the outside festivities at midnight.
So far, no protest has been heard from the inhabitants of Liège, which
goes to show that Walloons are so much more tolerant than the Flemish ;-)
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