Posts Tagged ‘Geike Arnaert’

Charley says COVER! Hooverphonic / Ellektra – Identical Twin

November 26, 2010

Hooverphonic managed to do the unthinkable. They found a worthy replacement for Geike Arnaert!

New singer Noémie Wolfs immediately made an impact as the superb new single ‘The Night Before‘ shot into the top 3 in no time.

An album with the same name was released today and I’m sure it’s set to top the charts.

Now what surprised me when checking out the album samples on 7Digital, is that one of the tracks is a cover!

Yes, they previously released their own take on classics like ‘This Strange Effect‘, but this new track was only just released earlier this year! By Soapstar Superstar alum Eline De Munck no less!

Hooverphonic – Identical Twin

Identical Twin‘ was first released last February on ‘More Is More‘, the debut album of Eline’s musical alter ego Ellektra. An album that spawned the best first three singles run of any Belgian pop artist this year, if I might add.

But why would Hooverphonic cover an Ellektra album track? The answer’s in the writing credits. Hooverphonic mastermind Alex Callier penned the song himself! With the help of none other than Cathy Dennis!

Now that we have that cleared up, the question remains… Which of these twin songs do you like best?

Charley says ARTIST! Farewell Bobbejaan Schoepen…

May 18, 2010

Bobbejaan Schoepen has passed away at the age of 85.

Bobbejaan is a musical legend who was one of the first Belgian artists to make it internationally. ‘The Yodeling Whistler‘ from 1962 is just one of many songs that brought him success. Under his American moniker Bobby John he was even asked to perform on the Ed Sullivan Show.

Back in 1957 Bobbejaan was also the first Flemish entry at the Eurovision Song Contest. Legend has it that he didn’t know what song he was going to perform until he actually arrived in Frankfurt. ‘Straatdeuntje‘ is a jolly upbeat track that showcases Bobbejaan’s whistling, a talent he sadly lost later in life due to surgery at the mouth.


Bobbejaan’s biggest hit in Flanders is probably ‘De Lichtjes Van De Schelde‘. “When I see the lights of the river Scheldt, my heart starts beating faster…” The song tells the tale of a letter written by a seaman longing for his family. “I know that you will wait for me and that you will be standing at the quay…” Over the last 60 years the song has became one of the biggest Flemish evergreens. Deservedly so.

De Lichtjes Van De Schelde

Bobbejaan is also the only artist in Europe to have a themepark built around his career. Growing tired of touring the singer purchased 30 ha of wetland in 1959. What started out as simply a venue for him to perform in grew into Bobbejaanland, one of the most popular themeparks in Europe.

In recent years Bobbejaan returned to the music industry, recording a new album at the age of 83. The album consisted of new material and reworks of his old classics. Guest artists included Axelle Red and Daan. Below is the video for ‘Le Temps Des Cerises‘, the single he released with Geike Arnaert of Hooverphonic.

Farewell Bobbejaan…