Sunday, May 29, 2011

Belgian of the week: Jan Fabre

Jan Fabre (born 1958 in Antwerp) is a multidisciplinary artist, playwright, stage director, choreographer and designer.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Jukebox Friday: Technotronic - Pump Up The Jam

Technotronic.
Technotronic is a studio-based music project formed by Thomas DeQuincey AKA Jo Bogaert (b. 1954 in Aalst) in 1988. Together with vocalist Ya Kid K (born Manuela Barbara Kamosi Moaso Djogi in Zaire in 1973), he produced the hit single "Pump Up the Jam" in 1989. An image for the act was later put together, utilizing Congolese-born fashion model Felly Kilingi as its album/single cover art, and supposed singer in the music video.

The song has been covered many times, for instance by Werner Wichtig, who changed the lyrics to Pump ab das bier ("pump away the beer"), and "Weird Al" Yankovic, who included a part of the song in his 1992 polka medley "Polka Your Eyes Out".

It was also used in several films, TV series and ad campaigns, including Saturday Night Live, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Space Jam. More recently it was used in a 2008 cellphone commercial in Argentina, which explained "why translated songs aren't as good". The song was translated as "Infla la mermelada" (roughly translates as "inflate the marmelade").


The single sold over one million copies in the U.S., and peaked at number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and the UK Singles Chart. (In Norway, it made it all the way up to number 5). According to Wikipedia, Technotronic has sold approximately 14 million albums and singles worldwide.



Lyrics:

Pump up the jam
pump it up
while your feet are stomping
And the jam is pumping
look ahead the crowd is jumpin'

pump it up a little more
get the party goin' on the dance floor
see 'cause that's where the party's at
and you'll find out if you do that

(chorus)
I want a place to say:
"get your booty on the floor tonight"
make my day
I want a place to say:
"get your booty on the floor tonight"
make my day

make my day (x5)

Yo! Pump up the jam
pump it up
while your feet are stomping
And the jam is pumping
look ahead the crowd is jumpin'

pump it up a little more
get the party goin' on the dance floor
see 'cause that's where the party's at
and you'll find out if you do that

(chorus)

make my day (x4)

Yo! Pump up the jam
pump it up
pump it up
Yo! Pump it!
pump up the jam
pump it up
pump it up
Yo! Pump it
pump up the jam
pump it up
pump it up
Yo! Pump it
pump up the jam
pump it (echo)

Pump up the jam,
Pump up the jam,
Pump up the jam
pump it up
pump it,
pump it,
pump it,

Pump up the jam,
Pump up the jam,
Pump up the jam,
pump it (echo)

Pump up the jam
pump it up
while your feet are stomping
And the jam is pumping
look ahead the crowd is jumpin'

pump it up a little more
get the party goin' on the dance floor
see 'cause that's where the party's at
and you'll find out if you do that

(chorus)

Pump up the jam
pump it up
pump it up
Yo! Pump it!
pump up the jam
pump it up
pump it up
Yo! Pump up the jam
pump it up
pump it up
Yo! Pump it!
pump up the jam
pump it (echo)


BONUS: The Argentinians weren't the only ones who had trouble with understanding the lyrics, as you can see in this short clip.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Song of the week: Arsenal - Estupendo

Photo © Rob Walbers
Arsenal is one of those bands you can't believe you haven't heard about before.

The band consists of DJs Hendrik Willemyns and John Roan plus a mysterious group of musicians who accompany them on record and on tour. Their sound is electronica-tinged pop rock with equal parts latin music and hip hop thrown into the mix. The result is sexy, smooth, rough and perfectly listenable.

"Estupendo" is the opening track from Arsenal's second-to-last album, 2008's Lotuk. The amazing video was made by Javier Longobardo.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Trip-hop in Belgium

I can't say whether or not trip-hop is particularly popular in Belgium, but it sure is visible here. If you're into trip-hop, I'll give you some Belgian input.

Belgian of the week: Michèle Martin

Michèle Martin, the ex-wife of Belgium's infamous child killer Marc Dutroux, is about to be released from prison.

From BBC:
A court ruled in favour of freeing Michelle Martin, who is halfway through a 30-year jail sentence she received for complicity in the Dutroux case.
Prosecutors said there were no grounds to appeal against the decision.
Dutroux was detained along with Martin in 1996. He was given a life sentence in 2004.
In a case that shocked Belgium, Dutroux was convicted of the kidnap and rape of six girls, teenage or younger. He also killed two of the girls and caused the deaths of two others.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Terug naar Oosterdonk (1997)

Terug naar Oosterdonk ("Back to Oosterdonk") is a Flemish mini-series in six parts directed by Frank Van Passel and written by Guido Van Meir. It is set mostly in Oosterdonk, a fictional Flemish village that is levelled to the ground by the Belgian government during the late 1950s.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

The Belgian Malinois

On May 2, Osama bin Laden was killed in a raid by United States special operations forces. The team consisted of 79 US Navy SEAL operators and one Belgian Malinois named Cairo. Let's find out more about this type of dog. What follows is an amazing display of cut-and-paste prowess, courtesy of Wikipedia.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Song of the week: Eva De Roovere - Tijger

Eva De Roovere. (Source)
Eva De Roovere (b. 1978) is a singer-songwriter from Lier, a city near Antwerp. She was the vocalist for the successful folk group Kadril between 1996 and 2004, and their 1999 album Eva is named after her. She has since released three albums, the most recent of which, Mijn huis, was released this April.

"Tijger" is a track from her solo debut album, De Jager (2006). For personal reasons (and because it's a mighty track), this is my favourite Eva De Roovere song.

I dedicate this song to my amazing wife-to-be, Bika.