Period : June 13-19, 2001
In this issue : Moiano, Nathalie Chabas & Big Brother, Praga Khan, Roos
van Acker, Das Pop, Sue Daniels, Ghinzu.
June 19, 2001
DE PRIJS : PUTAIN PUTAIN
Studio Brussel is continuing their yearly challenge to have new & emerging bands
cover a Belgian rock-classic. This year the task at hand was to make a cover of
"Putain Putain", the not very official European anthem by TC
Matic. The five bands that have taken on the challenge are:
- AngeliCo. Made a coldwave version
of it. Strangely enough Martine Van Hoof has left out the lines "'k hem a kleintje,
mor 'k skiet verre".
- Mintzkov Luna. Whoohoo!
- Moiano. Disco-funk by Peter Lesage & co.
- Yum. have made a dirty elektronica-trash
version of it.
- Zornik. Have made it sound like O.M.D.
Voting can only be done this very week (until Thursday 13:00 CET) on the Stubru-site,
and more precisely on this
Update : the winner of this contest was Moiano.
OH LA LA LA: BIG BROTHER
Big Brother inhabitants of last year are at it again: now Nathalie Chabas
(aka "the bitch") has gone into the studio to record a single. Surprisingly, she
is the only one that didn't went for a commercial dance-tune, but instead showing
some taste in music, recording a cover of "Oh La La La" ,
that other classic by TC Matic. For
this, she got the assistance of Kloot Per W,
who also did the honours on the B-side "Big Brother is Watching You",
where Peter Klaesen of Neven also joined in
Slightly related to the above are the fact that Isabelle (another of the
dreaded house-inhabitants) is also making her musical debut ("Bust the Floor"),
Katrijn had a new dance-oriented single "Here we R", and that
Betty & Duchi Davoy have a full-cd coming up. Betty will be releasing
a new single soon, a dutch cover of "Boys" (a hit by the italian Sabrina).
On the receiving end, Studio Spillonimo (Jeroen & Steven) is reportedly
not going to be continued on JimTV after the holidays, and Los Papagueros
(Jeroen & Bart, who had a n°3 with "gran hermano") have ended their coöperation
(Bart will continue, and tour with 2 girls. A single called "La Bambolo"
is planned for July).
QUOTE - UNQUOTE : COPERNICUS! Stijn Kolacny (young Belgian classical talent, as was illustrated when
he & his brother performed with Arid last year)
about the project to have the youth choir Scala join Hooverphonic
on stage at Werchter next month :
"Dit was al gepland bij een optreden van Hooverphonic dat het kabinet-Verhofstadt
op 6 juni in Brussel wou organiseren voor EU-politici en journalisten, maar dit
evenment werd afgelast."
(This was already planned for a gig with Hooverphonic that the kabinet of Verhofstadt
wanted to organize for EU-politician and journalist, but this event was cancelled".
Alex Callier : "Dat optreden is niet doorgegaan omdat een of andere ambtenaar
was vergeten om de uitnodigingen te versturen". (That gig didn't happen because
some civil servant had forgotten to send out the invitations.
as reported by Gazet
June 14, 2001
PRAGA KHAN FALLING
his works were included in soundtracks for blockbusters such as Basic Instinct,
Sliver & Strange Days, Praga Khan
has now been ordered to write a soundtrack for the Belgo-U.K. movie "Falling".
A few weeks ago, a first single from the music Maurice Engelen & Co are making
for this music was arlready released : Rhythm ,
featuring a (sort of) vocal contribution by Roos van Acker (formerly of
Eden, now Stubru, TMF and apparently going to
experiment with familiarly named Luc van Acker).
On the full soundtrack (scheduled for October), there will be an even stranger
co-operation though : Axelle Red
will appear on a number of tracks.
There's already a website on the film with a synopsis & stuff at www.falling.be.
Good thing about all this is that Praga Khan & Lords
of Acid won't be too omnipresent thise festival summer: LOA will be at Marktrock,
Eurorock & Rock
Ternat, the first Praga Khan concerts is at Leffinge
THE DAS POP REMIX-LOVE PROGRAM On the radio (Belgian radio, that is) you have probably already heard the
new single by Das Pop "The Love Program".
This playful & funky remix of the song from the "I love" album was
done by Peter Revalk & Wim Tops, the two brothers in arms of the recently
departed Wizards of Ooze.
However, Das Pop weren't satisfied with just one remix, so they ordered a hundred
or so, and organized a remix-contest last month. Now they have selected the four
finest among these, and are calling upon you to decide which one's the best (voting
ends june 17). This remix will be included on the maxi-version of the single,
which will be presented at Werchter. The audio & voting form is this
On the other hand, other people are also asking Das Pop to remix things for them
: just out is the new single "R2D3" by the band Ghinzu,
in a Das Pop remix.
- UNQUOTE: SUE DANIELS deadbeattown.com about the album "Paris"
by Sue Daniels: "The entire album was written and arranged by Sue Daniels
himself (yes, it's a him), with the aid of several guest musicians. ...
I wouldn't expect to see Sue Daniels performing live sometime soon, as the album
is mostly 4-track, and the cd sleeve blatantly says: 'No management, no contact'...
internet about the album "Paris" by Sue Daniels" : "Voilà
une mademoiselle qui ne respire pas la joie de vivre, ses compositions
ne donnent pas vraiment envie de sourire. D'ailleurs la pochette, pour bien
souligner qu'il ne faut pas embêter la petite dame, mentionne explicitement
qu'il n'y pas de management ni de contact."
Now we now at least one real function of a manager: give us a clue about the sex
of the artist at hand.
June 13, 2001
BELGIAN PEOPLE'S CHOICE
As every year, the summer festival of Beach rock in Zeebruges is organizing
a popular vote to decide on which Belgian band will get the honours of opening
the festival on the 2nd day (last year it was Angelico
who won the contests, the year before Janez
Detd). This year the bands that were selected are :
Ghinzu : new talent
from Brussels, operating in the Radiohead/dEUs
corner of music-making, but with quite a bit of personality of their own and the
songs to prove it. Best known song is "Dolly Fisher"
Sharko : stubborn
and intense singer from the South, whose stubborn-ness and intensity can perhaps
be illustrated by the fact he has just re-recorded & re-released his album
of late last year. Meeuws is now Meeuws 2. And "I went down"
still an unbelievable song.
: the newest project of Harald Vanherf (Hoodoo
Club) who did release the curious album "Up With People" earlier
this year, on which they try to team country with Nine Inch Nails, for example
the song "Hey now, Summer's Here" .
Yum (eighties electro
meets rock with Reinert d'Haene & Lennert Busé), known from their debut
album "Monokid" and the single that is currently residing in de Afrekening
The rest of the program is much more beats-oriented then previous years, although
there is a starring role for K's Choice.
All info about this on the website axionbeachrock.com,
which is shaping up nicely once you get past the entrance port.
Update : the result of this vote was : "1. GHINZU : 60,8% 2. YUM :
21,7% 3. SHARKO : 11,6% 4. WICONA AIRBAG : 5,8%"
QUOTE - UNQUOTE: CD-SALES Erwin Goegebeur - EMI Belgium - about the IFPI-numbers on declines in the
sales of CD's, today in de
Standaard : "Een paar jaar geleden moest ik al erkennen dat een cd
gemiddeld nog vier weken leeft. Ik vrees dat het nu nog maar twee weken is, en
dat geldt voor commerciële toppers als Roxette en X-Session. Die laatste
haalde meteen de eerste plaats, maar was na een paar weken weer weg. Het lijkt
erop dat de echte fans dus de cd kopen en dat de rest dan kopieert."
(a few years ago, I already had to recognize that the average CD has a lifespan
of 4 weeks. I fear that now this has gone down to 2 weeks, and this is true for
commercial hits such as Roxette and X-Session. This last one got to n°1 right
away, but had all but vanished after a few weeks. It seems that only the real
fans buy the cd, and the rest copies them).
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