The Live Music Show guest curated by Ssssound Blog
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Twee Belgen - Lena (1985)
Twee Belgen (two Belgians) consisted of, as their name suggests, two Belgian guys from Ghent. More precisely, there were two when they started out, from their second album onwards they also took on a band. This video dates from around 1985 and is in fact a newer, more dance-friendly version of the original Lena (released in 1982). Huge hit at the time, they would never really achieve this amount of success again.
New Order interview (1983)
Hilarious interview, the Dutch interviewer is trying to get an in-depth peak into the gear New Order is using, but they're just having a laugh and he's not really getting it.
The Woodentops - Why Why Why (1986)
This must be Balearic Beat at its absolute height. It's a band I would've loved to have seen live back then (ignoring the fact that I just wasn't born yet). This particular live version is especially great because of the build-up to the moment when the song finally kicks in around 1:30 … genius.
Jacno - Rectangle (1980)
A classic… I love the music he produced for Lio, but Rectangle must be his biggest tune. One for the synth geeks! Also, the cinematography of this clip is brilliant, the playing synths on a balcony & the "casually posing on the roof"-part = priceless.
Expo 58 - Why Am I
I probably would never have discovered this were it not for the fact that this is a professor of mine, haha. It's typical lightheaded eighties synthpop, really great. Their name and logo refers to the World Fair in Belgium in 1958, an architect's insider joke I suppose.
Falco - Der Kommissar (1985)
What a stage presence this guy had. The combination of singing + talking (or should I call it rapping?) is a risky operation in this genre, but here it just works.
The Human League - Do Or Die (1982)
TV-performances are always a bit unnatural. The Human League themselves pull it off pretty well here but there's something off with the public - the fact that they face each other rather than the artists and thus watch a screen instead of the band beside them is not helping of course. I wonder if they weren't allowed to move much on their chairs or if they were genuinely that uninterested. Not that it matters of course, it doesn't affect the quality of the music!
Front 242 - Take One (1983)
Another Belgian band, pioneers of the EBM genre - together with The Neon Judgement. Innovative because of the high-energy music, often accompanied on stage by military outfits & sharp dance moves on stage. They were quite influential in Belgium and are still a major inspiration to a lot of bands.
Elisa Waut - Vanilla
There's not much to be told about them actually, another Belgian band, they released a few singles and albums, had a bit of success in Belgium and Japan and then disappeared.
Yello - Bostisch (1983)
Another one of those electronic music pionneers. Weird yet amazing live performance, both visually and musically.
Haddaway - Rock My Heart (1994)
"What Is Loooove?" ahh, big fan of mister Haddaway. I hear he's one of the guest vocals on Wolfram's new album so expect a total Haddaway comeback, whether you like it or not!
Leopold Nord et Vous - C'est L'amour ( 1987)
Last Belgian band in this list. C'est L'amour was originally written and recorded in English, in an English studio, with top musicians etc, yet no label wanted to sign it; the English labels because they thought it was too French, the French because it was too English. Consequently, they made a quick re-recording of the vocals in French that didn't take more than 15 minutes, a French label signed them and released it, they didn't even need a proper recording of the vocals.
Chaka Khan - I Know You, I Live You (1981)
I feel like I've already talked too much about the previous videos in the list, this one speaks for itself I think!
Sofie Devriendt is a Belgian architecture student interested in a variety of aspects of contemporary culture - one of which happens to be music. She blogs about it (every now and then) at http://ssssound.blogspot.com/