Posts Tagged ‘Zo Is Er Maar Één 2008’

Charley says ALBUM! Andes – Andes

July 28, 2010

I hadn’t really gotten round to doing a proper review of Andes’ debut album yet.

I have to admit that has to do with the fact that the album as a whole hasn’t quite managed to capture me the way ‘Vergeef Me‘ and ‘Een Dag Meer / One More Day‘ have.

Which isn’t to say that the Zo Is Er Maar Één alums’ eponymous album isn’t decent. How could an album containing ‘Vergeef Me‘ not be?

Plus, with Jeroen Swinnen on production duties and the likes of Stefaan Fernande and Nailpin singer Sean D’Hondt collaborating on the songwriting, there were some great musicians helping Andes a hand.

Besides the three singles, ‘Dit Is Anders‘ was independently released before the band signed to Universal, the album tracks just haven’t really clicked yet.

That is, except for one in particular.

Sinds Je Weg Bent‘ should surely be the next single? The hook “Sinds je weg bent, ben je overal” (“Since you’re gone, you’re everywhere”) is simple, but great. When the only comment I can think of is that the line “Woorden schieten soms te kort” (“Words fail me sometimes”) tends to make me want to listen to ‘Hou Me Vast‘ by Volumia, you know you’re onto a winner. ‘Sinds Je Weg Bent‘ is most definitely the one album track I keep going back to.

You can check out an acoustic rendition in the incorrectly titled YouTube video below!

See also: Charley says VIDEO! Andes – Vergeef Me
See also: Charley says SONG! Andes ft. James Walsh of Starsailor – Een Dag Meer / One More Day

Charley says SONG! Nicole & Hugo – Baby Baby

May 27, 2010

If you have just been watching the second semi final of the Eurovision Song Contest you may have spotted this immortal duo in the red lantern montage.

Nicole & Hugo were originally supposed to represent Belgium back in 1971 with ‘Goeimorgen, Morgen‘. Unfortunately Nicole became ill right before the contest and the couple had to be replaced with Jacques Raymond and Lily Castel.

Determined to get there, they tried again in 1973. ‘Baby Baby‘ was the song that got them to Luxembourg. Despite their flashy outfits and dance moves, which could be described as revolutionary for the Eurovision Song Contests at the time, they failed to get Europe behind them.

Not hindered by their last place, the real life couple became pop icons in Belgium.

Almost 30 years on, Nicole & Hugo are still married, still performing and aren’t thinking of quitting any time soon.

And the purple outfits? They still fit!