Tag Archives: Eurovision

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.

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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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telex’ neurovision 1980-04-19


“‘Euro-Vision‘ […] has in fact become known as one of the landmarks of Eurovision, as it was the first entry ever to mention the Contest by name as part of what is generally agreed to have been a send-up of the whole event” + “The Eurovision audience seemed unsure how to react to the performance, and after the band stopped playing, there was mostly stunned silence, with scattered polite applause; Michel Moers took a photograph of the bewildered audience. The band walked off amid sounds of muttering.” Dixit Wikipedia-the-Free-Encyclopedia. But our quiz question reads: what’s the name of Telex’ master choreographer?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eurovision_Song_Contest_1980
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Euro-Vision
https://uzine.wordpress.com/tag/eurovision
https://uzine.wordpress.com/tag/telex
http://www.diggiloo.net/?1980be

1983: pas de deux & bobbejaan still going strong


Do check Bobbejaan at 3’40” too!
https://uzine.wordpress.com/2010/03/11/eurovision-1983/
http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bobbejaan_Schoepen
http://www.bobbejaan.be/

eurovision 1983


1983-03-19: big riot in Belgium over this song by the fantastic Pas de Deux as broadcast Eurovisionwide on 1983-04-23 (downloadable version here) during the 28th Eurovision Song ContestMore explanations hereand only here, though also a bit here … sadly, some inglorious b. removed the full story … at least in our region. Or? Oh and completists do note: there’s a cover version too …

Pas de Deux were Dett Peyskens (musician & actress – check her impressive cv), Hilde van Roy (now a journalist) and Walter Verdin (artist, videast). See also our 2001 interview with Mr. Verdin in U0107 + erratum in U0109 + these links:
http://houbi.com/belpop/groups/pasdedeux.htm
http://www.muziekarchief.be/identitydetails.php?ID=50217
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pas_de_Deux_(band)
http://www.myspace.com/pasde2
http://www.walterverdin.com/RNDZVS.html
http://www.walterverdin.com/
http://www.myspace.com/walterverdin
http://www.myspace.com/ELECTROVISUAL
http://myspace.com/wltrvrdn
http://houbi.com/belpop/groups/verdin.htm
http://www.muziekarchief.be/identitydetails.php?ID=132333
http://www.bamart.be/persons/detail/nl/345
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eurovision_Song_Contest_1983
http://www.garagetv.be/video-galerij/ondemandmadness/Eurosong_83_Pas_De_Deux_Rendez_vous.aspx

& lest you think our most favourite avantgarde surrealist Belgian trio ever were a novelty band, here’s their fantastic manic post punk funk “Mani meme” from the same year:

ain’t but one dice man


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dice_Man
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surfing_on_Sine_Waves
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Dice
… lest we forget Laughin’ Sam
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Stars_That_Play_with_Laughing_Sam’s_Dice

#1: the back catalogue (aka ISSN 13773828)

[uzine] used to be a music e-zine between 1999 and 2006, run by a threesome and then some (from the mid to end nineties, it was a webzine called ultra – hence the u -, run by (kf) & (hs) a.o. ). The e-zine (now defunct, don’t dream of sending stuff for review) had about 3000 subscribers and even more dedicated readers. We did interviews and reviews and provided the playlists of our radio shows (expect those here later on as well) plus a lot of links, favelists, best of the year overviews, etc. … annexed is the the whole shebang in a 2,6 MB zip featuring txt files and a contents pdf …

Incidentally, everything here is “for demonstration & (internet) conversation purposes”. This here blog will not be making any media files downloadable; such are our settings on this here Posterous platform. If they are presented here, the purpose is to promote artists by providing tangible examples of their art & craft, and to have you, o dear readership, become equally enthusiastic about the art on display, perhaps even tempting you to purchase it legally. As the financial crisis of 2008 has shown, we’re living in a consumer society (and a services economy, and an attention economy, and a spectacle society), so everyone has to be aware of and do what it takes to keep the wheels going (without harming the planet). Also, it is our intent to always provide direct links to artist or label sites, and to the sources we got our information or data from … as well as other relevant and informative links, cf. this site’s subtitle. Conversely (vice versa, mutatis mutandis), we hope to be quoted whenever material of ours is used, including all stuff from the issues of [uzine] contained in this here zip containing our own writings. Do contact us if you have issues or questions …

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Update: since the switch from Posterous to WordPress, it’s no longer possible to offer a zip. Here’s the contents table instead, and an example issue. When there’s time, we’ll make a separate blogpost of each e-zine.