Archive for September, 2010

Charley says VIDEO! Rollergirl – Dear Jessie

September 18, 2010

German dance singer Rollergirl, real name Nicole Safft and currently married to producer Alex C., had her own take on Madonna’s ‘Dear Jessie‘ back in 1999.

This never fails to be as amazing as you remembered it to be.

Charley says ARTIST! Lords Of Acid

September 17, 2010

A month ago I was watching the ‘Sucker Punch‘ trailer and noticed a familiar song being used.

Vanessa Hudgens and Emily Browning were kicking ass to the 1994 Lords Of Acid single ‘The Crablouse‘!

I never got round to mentioning this on Charley says POP!, but I was just watching ‘De Vrijdagshow’, an entertainment news program, and apparently this is still considered ‘news’, so here I am posting about it anyway.

Lords Of Acid is a music project by Maurice Engelen. Maurice is also the man behind Praga Khan and late 90’s / early 00’s record label Antler Subway. Most recently he was an X Factor judge, co-founded the new label Sonic Angel and mentored Eurovision 2010 revelation Tom Dice.

In 1988 Lords Of Acid had their first hit with ‘I Sit On Acid‘, which would be ripped off years later on The Chemical Brother’s ‘Hey Boy Hey Girl‘. They went on to release four studio albums and were touring the States as recently as this year.

What with being born the year they broke through, I only got to known about this band around the time former ‘Wheel Of Fortune’-girl Deborah Ostrega was their lead singer.

In 2003 they released ‘Private Parts‘, an album which served as a collection of new songs and their greatest hits rerecorded with Deborah’s vocals.

It also includes the controversial video to ‘Gimme Gimme‘, which made a lasting impression to say the least!

Charley says LIST! My Secondhand Singles Spree

September 16, 2010

To celebrate a successful year at uni, I treated myself to a full-on visit to the secondhand record store in Ghent which I have stupidly ignored for the past four years. 

Today for my first proper visit I took my time to check out the entire store. With result, as I came home with a pile of rare singles for a ridiculously bargainous price!

Come and take a look! 


Zohra – Serious
One of former 2Fabiola singer Zohra’s solo efforts, which were sadly never collected on an album. 

ZohraSerious 
Zohra – Surrounded By A Dream 
ZohraLook Up
Nunca ft. Pat KrimsonHouse Of Doom
Nunca ft. Pat Krimson
Voodoo
ZipporaWhat About U


La Luna – Kisses Of Fire
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOoOnHh1bIo
Another Belgian dance singer from the late 90’s / early 00’s who despite being rather amazing never got round to releasing an album. Sofie Lambaerts, as La Luna is known off stage, later competed for the crown of Miss Belgian Beauty in 2005.

La LunaKisses Of Fire
La LunaTake Me 
La LunaVenus 
S-plendid – Harem Of Love
Girlz?! ft. Duchi Davoy – This Is My Life
D-Zire – Dippy-Do


Steffen – Gonna Lose You
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzmk0RGsFnM
Debut single by Stef Caers from ten years ago. Back then he was called Steffen, today he’s working on an album as Gustaph to follow up the Sam Sparro-ish ‘Try Something New‘.

SteffenGonna Lose You 
Linda, Roos & JessicaAdemnood 
Britney, P!nk & BeyoncéWe Will Rock You 
The Tamperer ft. MayaHammer To The Heart 
DJ Peter Project2 New York 
EstherWanna Be A Star 


Esther – Wanna Be A Star
Belgian Stars In Their Eyes 1998 winner (as Janet Jackson with ‘Together Again’) and Idool 2007 runner-up Esther Sels’ debut single, released in 1999 and co-written by Lasgo producer Peter Luts.

Charley says TV! KittyCrush

September 13, 2010

Meet KittyCrush, three Belgian babes who are ready to become the hottest DJ sensation on the scene.

From left to right, there’s former ‘Wheel Of Fortune’-girl Zoë Van Gastel, former Miss Belgium Alizée Poulicek and  model Anouk Matton.

As of today Life!tv will be airing a reality show in which these three blondes get trained to be a DJ collective.

This in line with the channel’s new ‘mentertainment’ profile. (Wait, when did that happen?)

Plans to make a proper girl group out of them seem to be vague at the moment. A debut single hasn’t been confirmed, but hasn’t been ruled out either.

If I can make a suggestion sticking with the ‘kitty’ theme, I’m sure Emma ‘Soraya’ Beard will gladly let them record her ‘Come Kitty (Cat Scratch)‘!

Charley says ARTIST! Richy Brown

September 12, 2010

Dutch singer and tv personality Gordon, who was part of the 2009 Dutch Eurovision entry De Toppers, premiered his new project on this week’s Holland’s Got Talent finale.

The group Los Angeles: The Voices is supposed to be a Dutch Il Divo with some Marco Borsato elements thrown in for good measure.

Those of you who watched the live performance of their debut single ‘Blijf Veilig Bij Mij‘ may have noticed a familiar face.

We first met Richy Brown during Dutch X Factor 2007, where Sharon Kips beat him in the finale to be the show’s very first winner.

Each finalist had their own song to release if they won. Sharon’s epic (that “That’s the beauty of GOOODBYYYYEEEEE” line!) ballad ‘Heartbreak Away‘ took the gold, but I’ll always have a soft spot for Richy’s ‘The Way‘. Claymates will remember the song as being previously released by American Idol 2 runner-up Clay Aiken.

After X Factor Richy took a shot at a music career, but hadn’t been heard from since his single ‘Ga Je Mee‘ failed to make an impact on the charts.

Until now that is! Hopefully his spot in Los Angeles: The Voices means we’ll get some more Richy in the future!

Charley says EUROVISION! Junior Eurosong 2010

September 4, 2010

This year’s Belgian national Junior Eurovision selection has been bumped from main public channel één to the kids oriented Ketnet. To ease the pain we’re getting videos for every entry now, whereas in previous years even the winners could consider themselves lucky if they got more than their live performance dubbed with the studio track.

So who am I backing to win? Well, based on the studio versions there’s three songs that really stand out for me.

First up, and the one I think will be most likely to get the approval of Charley says POP! visitors, is ‘Get Up!‘ by Jill & Lauren. Both first stepped into the limelight as part of KetnetPOP 3. KetnetPOP is a yearly album and concert series that has former Junior Eurosong stars and new talent release music together.

Jill & Lauren’s entry is probably the most proper pop song of the bunch and seems like it could have just as easily been recorded by Bo & Monica. Actually, ‘Get Up!‘ was co-written by Miguel Wiels, who was also responsible for Bo & Monica’s ‘Gonna Be A Star‘.

Then there’s Ferre. This 14-year-old easily has the best voice of the bunch. I love his pop/rock song, but if the JESC efforts of Oliver and Trust have proven us anything, it’s that Europe doesn’t seem to like it when we send in this kind of song. However, I’m pretty sure ‘(Met Mijn) Ogen Toe‘ is the one song I’ll keep coming back to in the years to come.

On production and co-writing duties is Jeroen Swinnen, who also had a hand in Tom Dice’s wildly successful Eurovision entry ‘Me And My Guitar‘. One last pop connection Ferre has going on is that his video was shot at the same place in Antwerp as Idool 2003 winner Peter Evrard’s debut video ‘For You’.

Finally, ‘Power Aan De Kids!‘ is my third favourite. Daan & Anne-Sophie of DnA penned this ‘So What‘ sounding anthem together with former Nailpin frontman Sean D’Hondt.

Other notable collaborators are Ingrid Mank and Born Crain on Ymke’s ‘Vive La Fête‘, Katerine Avgoustakis’ producer Yannic Fonderie and Flemish X Factor winner Udo on Ine’s ‘Kusje Van Mij‘ and actor / Eurosong 2006 contestant Tom Van Landuyt who co-wrote this year’s super catchy group song ‘Superidee‘.