Tag Archives: Telex

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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ann cacciapaglia & roberto steel

Ann Steel was masterminded by Roberto Cacciapaglia. They recorded an untitled lp in 1979 (dedicated to the life and work of Guglielmo Marconi), of which My timewas pulled as a single … and covered by Telex in 1980, on their Neurovisionlp (both the English and the French version). Later on they released the disappointing Media7″ (1980, not on the original lp, bonus on the way too expensive cd via Recording Arts). Half Machine have reissued the lp (HMR020) on 2011-10-24 … by hipster demand, I’m sure ;-)

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

vernonmeulen evergreens

Art_meulenRocketboysEver-meulen-27Ever-meulen-19StroffEvermoulintelexTelex_neurovision-aTelex_neurovision-bTelexsoulwavesTelexweoldaTelexweoldb

For loads more images that go perfectly with this music, and accompanying links, click here – and speed it, ‘cos the Ever Meulen & cars expo ends 2010-12-12. As for the music:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vernon_Green

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Medallions

http://www.electricearl.com/dws/medallions.html

http://www.acerecords.co.uk/content.php?page_id=59&release=857

http://www.acerecords.co.uk/content.php?page_id=59&release=554

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(I.M. Marc Moulin.)