Tag Archives: 1983

verdinterview / pas de deux over brussels

Sunday nigth 2014-01-26 at 22 o’locco Pas de Deux will reform and perform at the Ancienne Belgique in Brussels as closing cat of “The Sound of the Belgian Underground 2014”, a festival with mostly young & new acts, e.g. Hantrax and Miaux. Links below.

To celebrate the occasion there’s lots of interviews in Belgian media today & earlier this month. Here’s an interview we did with Walter Verdin in 2001: taken 2001-04-18, e-mailed 2001-05-04 as part of [uzine 01.07]. The 2001-06-28 erratum of [uzine 01.09] has been processed in the text below.


Walter Verdin is one of Belgium’s finest artists, especially as a videast (see also his website – cf. the URL below), but ironically Verdin is still best-known for his appearance at the Eurovision Songfestival with Pas de Deux, who represented Belgium in München anno 1983. Backed by the big band of Freddy Sunder (another Belgian legend), a trio consisting of Walter Verdin, Dett Peyskens and Hilde Van Roy (now a journalist for VRT-tv, who interviews royalty a.o. people) danced their way onto the stage to give a maximalist ((the big band’s belting “baaa-waaa baaa-waaa ba-bààà”)), almost dadaist performance ((the lyrics “Rendez-vous / Maar de maat is vol / En m’n kop is toe” were delivered by two brilliantly coiffured women dancing metronomically)) that would earn Belgium little or no points. Thus, it was a performance that was up to a par with Telex’s minimalist meta-pun on the songfestival in 1980 (Den Haag), which had already ranked Belgium among the most surreal countries Eurosongwise and other…  Later on the band would split (with the Parsley record label going broke at about the same time).

The following interview was conducted around April 18th & mailed out May 4th 2001. Readers who have access to the free weekly newspaper “Brussel Deze Week” might also want to read Michaël Bellon’s elaborate interview with Mr. Verdin in 2001’s June 20th issue (no.793, p.7), in which it is revealed that Verdin even designed record sleeves, e.g. for the Neon Judgement.

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two or three beefheart rarities

Cathy’s cloneby the Tubes, featuring Don (Van) Vliet aka Captain Beefheart on alto saxophone … off their third lp Now(1977), where you’ll also find a cover version of My head is my only house unless it rains“. And below: Coati Mundi (Andy Hernandez of Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band ànd Kid Creole & the Coconuts fame) covering Beefheart’s Tropical hot dog night– off his Little Coati Mundi The Former 12 Year Old Geniuslp (1983).

beefheart’s dust sucker of a bat chain puller

= 1980 French tv (“Chorus”) … 2012-02-22: Vaulternative / Zappa records have finally released the original 1976 “Bat Chain Puller” album by Captain Beefheart. Officially. It’s outrageously expensive but it sounds much, much better than the unofficial “Dust Sucker” release by the Ozit leeches, said to contain the 1976 recordings as well, well … The title track’s rhythm is said to be based on the sound of Don Van Vliet’s Volvo car’s windscreen wipers. And the blues, of course. Webcore, webcore.

Beefbonus: Vliet phases Letterman!

greg hawkes’ victory

The title track of the Cars‘ keyboardist’s solo lp “Niagara Falls” from 1983 … and the single taken off it, “Twenty seven shirts”. More recently, Greg Hawkes has taken up an interest in the ukulele … see this Beatles cover below …


pete shelley’s zx spectrum

Bit dated, no? Most of all, I’ve forever been curious for those ZX Spectrum computer graphics “which displayed in time with the music” of Pete Shelley’s “XL1” lp (1983) … Didn’t find anything on YT but did find a few screenshots via the links below … not very encouraging. Oh well. Below is the first track I heard by Shelley (beyond Buzzcocks) … to me it’s still his best solo work – “Witness the change” (coproduced by Martin Rushent, 1981).

H17 C64

Heaven 17 using a Commodore 64 in 1983 … halfway between thìs vanguard masterpiece 12″ ep (1979) and thàt Detroitish slice of pre techno (1984) … Hey! and don’t forget to check that brand new Sid Chip Sounds: The Music Of The Commodore 64v/a 2lp (19 tracks) or cd (18 tracks) on Robot Elephant … and do check our review of “Micro_superstarz_2000” (Domizil 2000) via http://uzine.posterous.com/issn-13773828 … or those Input 64 (A Collection Of Commodore 64 Game Music 1984-1989)and Output 64 (Input 64 Remixed – 15 Ideas How To Treat Commodore 64 Game Tunes In The 21st Century)v/a comps on Enduro / LadoMat (2001) … (RIP Jack Tramiel 1928-2012.)

kashif’s mood

Michael Jones aka Kashif Saleem, master of slick soul & moody grooves, and musician, songwriter and producer for other acts as well – including Whitney Houston. His 1983 debut is being reissued with bonus tracks by Funky Town Grooves