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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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matching mole two


Esoteric have reissued both Matching Mole albums as “Expanded Edition” 2cd’s with BBC Radio One ànd previously unreleased bonus tracks on a separate disc … There’s no significant overlaps with “Smoke Signals” (2001, live in Europe 1972) and “March” (2002, live in Europe 1972-03) on Cuneiform, though. These two tracks are off the second album “‘s Little Red Record” (CBS 1972, Esoteric 2012 cat. no. ECLEC 22312) as produced by Robert Fripp … Brian Eno plays VCS3 synth on Gloria Gloom(ulloder Richard D James), andGod songhas the most exquisite Robert Wyatt lyrics. “Starting in the middle of the day we can drink our politics away (take one)” and the utterly zany “Mutter” were recorded 1972-08 during album session recordings and have been previously unreleased hitherto.

in harmony

Magische Momente erzeugt man nicht per Knopfdruck, sie entstehen einfach so aus Zufall.



Fever arty style, auf Deutsch & à la française (IM Lizzy Mercier Descloux, 1956-12-15 W 2004-04-20) … Hey and check that brand new covers comp on Ültra Eczema (2011-09-03, cat. no. UE 106, sleeve depicted above)! Or those versions I posted earlier! And there’s more to come …
http://uzine.posterous.com/issn-13773828 [U0403 + U0406]

grizzly head and the talking bears


Grizzly Bear sound like a (mediocre) cross between Dez Mona and Fleet Foxes, but apparently there’s a funk pop influence as well. When I first heard Cheerleader(Warp 2009, featuring the Brooklyn Youth Choir-  choral arrangements by Nico Muhly) being played in a shop, its intro immediately struck a chord … as it borrows from Warning sign(Byrne / Frantz) by Talking Heads (Sire 1978, prod. Eno). See also http://stereogum.com/71811/grizzly_bear_bring_ready_able_cheerleader_to_the_i/video/ btw … Next up: Sonic Youth and the Stranglers



Robert Fripp & Brian Eno doin’ the James Brown!?!

paul & brian & peter & dudley


Sorry mate – history’s moving along. Recorded music equals whale blubber.From Paul “ZTT” Morley interviewing “Eno”, The Guardian, 2010-01-17, http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2010/jan/17/brian-eno-interview-paul-morleyvia http://lefsetz.com/wordpress/index.php/archives/2010/01/20/end-of-an-era-2/ (check the extra comments), itself discovered via the ever wonderful http://www.freaky.be/blog/2010/01/21/the-record-age-was-just-a-blip/ & see also http://uzine.posterous.com/3345-return-of-the-return-of-vinyl

The interview also brings ‘interesting’ observations on Abba to Zappa, e.g. “You don’t quite know where you are but you find yourself in the space left behind by the things you’ve rejected.” Yet also “Instead of shooting arrows at someone else’s target, which I’ve never been very good at, I make my own target around wherever my arrow happens to have landed. You shoot your arrow and then you paint your bulls eye around it, and therefore you have hit the target dead centre.” And so I’m always in two minds about Mr. Eno. I really enjoyed reading David Sheppard’s authorised Eno bio – http://www.orionbooks.co.uk/HB-39318/on-some-faraway-beach.htm – but I must admit that I got really bored by the bit beyond Talking Heads, the accounts of moving to a mansion, making high concept cd-roms, advising Tony “WMD” Bliar or producing James simply weren’t as exciting. Click the Eno tag for more on the man whom Colin Newman called a bunch of things, one which … is an incredibly adept bull****ter – he’s a brilliant opportunist”. I second that emotion every so often. And meanwhile, the BBC’s “Arena”, of all programmes, has broadcast this documentary on Eno: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00q9xqk ; see also this interview http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/bbcmusic/2010/01/a_brief_chat_with_brian_eno.html … Final bonus: Eno on the impact of the internet via http://www.edge.org/q2010/q10_2.html#eno

Re: Derek & Clive & Dudley & Pete: more on them in the next post.