Night Owl’s pick of some Belgian music…

4:40 am… on Vancouver Island…   ♫♫ ▄ █ ▄  oh yeah… ▄ █ ▄ █ ▄ █ ▄ █ ▄ ♫♫▄ █ ▄ █ ▄ █ ▄ █ ▄ █ ▄ █ … ♫♫

Had coffee late.  It’s been one of them midnight oil burner nights…   I was streaming grooves from Radio Scorpio, broadcasting out of Leuven, Belgium.  Then I read somewhere… not sure where that was actually…  that the instrumental dance hit, Housewife by the Belgian band DAAN, from a couple years ago, was just voted “best dance tune” by Studio Brussels’ (another radio station’s) listeners.  Kinda cool video:

And so -from one nostalgic or reminiscing click came another- eventually I picked some Belgian songs, including some stuff I basically “learned to dance to” (or whatever it would be called) as a teenager, and some really old goodies, closing off with (SO wrong! :-) ) hilarious Jon Stewart jokes about Belgium.

  • Operating Tracks, by Front 242, 1982 (early Industrial awesomeness)

  • Rave City, by Yves Deruyter, 1993:

  • Anasthasia, by T99, 1991 (old time Rave music)

  • Oh la la, by TC Matic, 1981 (a classic, I’ve never heard it outside Europe. Close your eyes and ignore this absurdly seemingly unrelated video.):

  • The Fashion Party, by The Neon Judgement, 1983:

  • I Love this ‘Venus in Furs’ cover version (the original is by the Velvet Underground if I’m not mistaken. Lyrics here.), done by Company of State:

  • Something, by Lasgo, …

  • Alors On Danse, by Stromae, … fairly new.

  • “…trouble is my middle namebut in the end i’m not too bad…”   :-)

                  – Mad About You, by Hooverphonic, 2000:

  • Dans le Port d’Amsterdam, by Jacques Brel, (dead but never forgotten / chanson), 1964:

  • Tombe la neige” [Falling Snow], by Salvatore Adamo, (Belgian-Italian artist, another classic French-language chanson), 1964:

  • Haha.  Jon Steward joking about Belgium (as passed along through Dutch TV – hilarisch) ;-D

Alright…  This is one of many ways I sometimes choose to entertain myself when I can’t sleep.  Tired at last.  Off to bed…  Tomorrow is another gorgeous day.

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