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Belgian music topic

As approved by our MC (master of ceremony) Tom, a topic to promote our musical export products to the rest of the world

Belgium may be a small country with not too many citizens, but it has produced some great music. From the chanson legends such as Salvatore Adamo and Jacques Brel (who does NOT know "Ne me quitte pas" ??) to top class pop (remember Plastic Bertrand), indie rock that is succesful all over Europe (Arid, K's Choice, dEUS, Front 242, the groundbreaking TC Matic), Dutch language musicians in all styles (varying from chanson such as Will Tura and Marva to indie rock like Gorki and Noordkaap) and more recently Belgium produced some of the finest electronic music of the last 15 years (highly succesful acts such as Milk Inc, 2 Fabiola, Sylver, Hooverphonic, ...)

Let's use this topic to present the world our finest music.



In order not to make the topic look silly I will start off with some music that is actually good. The cheesy "smartlappen" and the Get Ready's of this world can of course be named as well later on


A "kippevelmoment": Jacques Brel singing his masterpiece "Ne me quitte pas"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfqgFoIdeUE

Oostende based band TC Matic, featuring eccentric/iconic singer Arno, was groundbreaking in the seventies with their very renewing new wave music that included chanson influences and even some folky tunes from local seamen's songs. Their most famous song, Oh La La La:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8m6ceP6v5Y

A bit of Flemish folk, sung by Lais:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cE6gi2Qm664

Gorki, famous for Luc De Vos' bizarre lyrics, became one of the most profilic Dutch language acts of Belgium. Ironically they rose to stardom thanks to a song originally intended as a B-side, "Mia". The song was a B side for "Soms vraagt een mens zich af" but became Gorki's signature tune and one of the all-time greatest Dutch language songs.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6aFSp1V_mU0

My personal favourites in the Dutch language are the bands of Stijn Meuris, first Noordkaap and later he formed Monza. This is the debut of Monza that launched the new band: "Van God los"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xOi6DsZu5go

Maybe the most iconic of all rock bands in Belgium, dEUS:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6SwB_ZQsq4

K's Choice, the brainchild of singer Sarah Bettens, rose to fame with this song about drug addiction. Thanks to Bettens' lesbian partner from the US, the band often spent time in the USA and eventually built their own fanbase across the Atlantic.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsgssfjqA0k

Not really a fan of them (even though singer Geike is hot as hell ) but Hooverphonic is one of the bands most popular out of Belgium. This is one of the few songs I like of them:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AdTomqGJOLU

In recent times, Belgium became famous for their dance acts such as Milk Inc, Lasgo and Sylver. Probably Sylver can be named most succesful. Here is a song of them:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QenqTgnRkrA

Most popular Belgian musicians come from the Dutch-language part of the country. An exception is the hiphop band Starflam from Liege who gained success internationally with their French-language raps.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7AUgPxLzYg




OK, this is enough as intro I guess. I will leave the comments on Get Ready, Willy Sommers, Luc Steeno, Good Shape and more to the others
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I see clips of Sylver and Lasgo very often still at the gym

The most famous Belgian song is probably "Pump up the jam" from Technotronic, although nobody ever knows they were Belgian.

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Oh yes, how could I possibly forget that. Must say I don't really like the song though ; dance is not my cup of tea but Milk Inc and Sylver for example still have some tunes I appreciate. Technotronic isn't my cup of tea really.

Ca Plane Pour Moi is also one of the most famous Belgian songs ever. Even though as far as I know Plastic Bertrand was a bit of a one-hit-wonder?

I am not sure what I'd vote as best ever Belgian song. But I am a fan of Stijn Meuris' projects, so Noordkaap and Monza would definitely be my favourite Belgian bands without a doubt. I also think Arid and Admiral Freebee have the talent and potential to make it big, but I'd still name Monza as my favourite Belgian musical act. Since I emigrated out of Belgium it became more difficult to keep track of the Dutch language acts and I am not that enthousiast about most of them so I didn't really try to keep track of new events, though Monza is an exception as I did get lot of their new songs sent by my family.
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how about some Red Zebra here?? Classic!

http://youtu.be/id5miD_uZDk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lg0Re9aBJt4

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One of our more shameful music export products but they were huge in Mexico and Latin America apparently (at least that was what they claimed themselves after a concert in Mexico )

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2v1vW8C6yQ

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this song basically rocks

http://youtu.be/id5miD_uZDk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lg0Re9aBJt4

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On your request
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfaBZvvL_7M

Don't forget to clean your screen afterwards

She basically launched her career through the Eurovision preselections (she never represented Belgium at the festival though). I am not sure if she is still very popular, I guess most musicians thanking their fame to a contest (either Idool or Eurosong or so) have a short time of huge success, then the hype is over and success fades, until after a few years most disappear in anonimity.
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Or, one of the best schlagers ever from Belgium, "Ik schreeuw het van de daken!" from Toast! Great song Still very popular on the "marginale avond" parties organised by student unions.

Sam Gooris - Ik schreeuw het van de daken



And THE grandmothers and grandfathers classic of this moment:



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Although the original Toast version is a lot better, Sam Gooris has done a decent job. Must be the first decent Sam Gooris song he ever did in his career, although that song where he rhymes city names with partying is also not bad:


"Naar een bal in Mal
Naar een tent in Gent
We vieren feest in Leest
En tureluurs in Puurs
Uit de kleren in Mere
Uit de rits in Gits
Een mooie borst in Vorst
Een knappe maagd in Haacht"

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One of the all-time classics from Belgian music:
http://de.youtube.com/watch?v=7pYpX4vlviE


And that choreography makes it even more cult
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I still think he is a lot better with the Hof van Commerce, but a nice cult song from Flip Kowlier solo:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kzzWes1EHA
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In the beginning of the eighties there was this Belgian band (i think their name or the name of their song was Scooter, and no i'm not talking about the crappy 90's band Scooter)... Actually the title could have been "You", but i'm not sure about it... Anyways they had a world hit with this song, does anyone know which song I'm talking aobut??
Another classic is this one http://nl.youtube.com/watch?v=w5jB_T5vS5M

Maybe the best Belgian pop song ever...

http://youtu.be/id5miD_uZDk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lg0Re9aBJt4

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Ezekiel: the song from Scooter is indeed called "You" (although it is often wrongfully named "Number one" or "Don't believe in number one" as this is the line in the chorus. But the song's real title is "You")

Tien Om Te Zien fanatics (yes, those people exist ) may remember that Gunther Levi made a cover of that Scooter song. The cover was titled "Zonder woorden". Gunther Levi later gave up singing to become an actor, which was a bliss because his music was quite crap
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Front 242: geniuses

http://youtu.be/id5miD_uZDk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lg0Re9aBJt4

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And here is You by Scooter http://nl.youtube.com/watch?v=TWJmHITKFP0

http://youtu.be/id5miD_uZDk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lg0Re9aBJt4

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Daydream.... Superb song. Must admit I never realised it was a Belgian song.

Reminds me a bit of Nights In White Satin (which is not a Belgian song but the promo video was filmed in Belgium)

By the way, weren't The Pebbles from Belgium? "Seven horses in the sky" was a great song.
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