Charley says ARTIST! Da Boy Tommy

What better day to tell you guys about Da Boy Tommy than October 31st?

But first, true story: Tommy Debie, as he is known offstage, was the first artist I ever interviewed! When I was in sixth grade I used to run a class newspaper. It was only a couple of pages long and I would write one every couple of months on my computer at home. (Yes, I was that geek)

In between scandalous cover stories (“Did Britney get a boobjob for the ‘Sometimes’ video?”) and music recommendations (This new singer by the name of Jennifer Lopez who seemed like she’d be around for a while) I managed to score an interview with that year’s number one Belgian artist!

12 year old me had gathered all his courage and sent in some questions to the contact info on the back of one of Da Boy Tommy’s singles. And got a reply! My first exclusive interview! It was all very very exciting.

So why am I telling you all this on October 31st? Well, because I wanted to make sure that if you guys were hosting Halloween parties tonight, that at least you have the ultimate Halloween songs set on your playlist!

Da Boy Tommy – Kol Nedra
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lHwyno_cn

In 1999 Da Boy Tommy released ‘Halloween‘. Just like its follow-up ‘Candyman‘ it would become huge and grab the number one spot in the Flemish charts.

What makes these songs equal parts creepy and amazing is their references to all your favourite slasher films! ‘Halloween‘ samples the theme of the Michael Myers movies, while ‘Candyman‘ uses the melody of ‘Tubular Bells‘, best known as the opening theme from ‘The Exorcist’.

And if that’s not enough ‘Halloween‘ also has Ann Duerinckx reciting dialogue from ‘A Nightmare On Elm Street’. ‘Candyman‘ on the other hand has, as you’ve probably suspected by now, people making the fatal error of calling up the Candyman by repeating his name into a mirror. Finally, a “Theeeey’re heeeeeeere” from ‘Poltergeist’ is thrown in for good measure.

Mix all this into some of the, if not the very first mainstream jumpstyle tracks (long before its Dutch revival in the late 00’s) and you’ve got some classic songs that to this day can make a dancefloor go crazy.

Da Boy Tommy went on to release one album, ‘I Love School‘, and a string of singles that included ‘Kol Nedra‘, ‘Full Moon‘ and the ‘The Sixth Sense’ inspired ‘Dead People‘.

Tommy was also involved in Da Rick and Drive By Shooters, all the while aided by Flor Theeuwes who you may know from DHT ft. Edmée.

PS: While we’re talking about scary movies, let me take this opportunity to link you to Vegan Voorhees. An excellent blog about slasher movies, both for people too chicken to watch them themselves (like yours truly) and people looking for well written, fun and honest reviews of the genre’s obvious classics and hidden gems.


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