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"
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:
A bit of Flemish folk, sung by Lais:
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.
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"
Maybe the most iconic of all rock bands in Belgium, dEUS:
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.
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:
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:
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.
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