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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.

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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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simple, heart stealing belgian wave


Alongside Pas de Deux and BeNe GeSSeRiT (see yesterday’s post), the eight track “Belgian Wave & Pop Songs From The 1980’s” v/a compilation lp (Popwave 01) also features tracks by Kaa Antilope, Vitor Hublot and SubjectCardiocleptomanie (Brabant, 1983, video by Walter Verdin) can also be found on “The Hidden Tapes – A Compilation Of Minimal Wave From Around the World ‘79-‘85” (Minimal Wave v/a lp cat. no. MW030, rel. 2011-05-17) … “Aller simple” (Hainaut, 1983) was already featured on 2006’s Bipp (French Synth-Wave 1979/85)” v/a comp (Born Bad 002).
http://rushhour.nl/store_detailed.php?item=59498
http://www.wallysgrooveworld.com/wgwShop/products-view.php?productid=150549
http://minimalwave.com/articles/article/mw030-v-a-the-hidden-tapes-lp-coming-soon
http://minimalwave.com/releases/release/the-hidden-tapes/

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/

wot’s dis storingen stuff man


… immer der Verdin, in 1979 already, together with JeanMarieJMXAerts, Stoy Stoffelen & Karel Vereertbruggen … This track is easy to find via this ubiquitous v/a lp

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: