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    I've been doing a bunch of interviews with DJs and scenesters on Belgian new beat and a big track on that scene was mentioned that I'm sure I know, but the person concerned couldn't remember what its title was is.

    She says it's by Pierre Henry and it's got bells on it. Ring any, ahem, bells?

    Psyche Rock, maybe?
    http://www.djhistory.com

  • #2
    That would be the most likely Bill. You were saying they were into EVA - so this is a similar kinda thing...

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    • #3
      That was big on the Belgian New Beat scene ? Wow.... all we got to hear 'round my way was that blessed 'Cocaine' by The Maxx.
      Matt Hero

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      • #4
        You'd be amazed at what was big on that scene. I certainly was. Serge Gainsbourg's Requiem Pour Un Con, for instance. Max Berlins' Elle Et Moi, Aphrodite's Child, I Wanna Be Your Dog by The Stooges etc etc.
        http://www.djhistory.com

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        • #5
          What's the Belgian New Beat scene?

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            This is a thing that appeared in the NME in 91 by Richard Norris from the Grid:
            http://poesienoire.free.fr/mirrors/w...is/nation.html

            This was in i-D about 89 or 90:
            http://www.jahsonic.com/MatthewCollin.html

            It was what happened after Electronic Body Music emerged from northern Europe and house started arriving from Chicago. They played electronic-y type records, often played at 33 instead of 45 (Split Second's Flesh was the prototype for this). average tempo was aboiut 108, instead of the 120 that house was.

            It was also the forerunner for European techno, too, I suppose, and also those ravey-gravy records that were key in the beginnings of jungle, by guys like T-99, Praga Khan etc.
            http://www.djhistory.com

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            • #7
              I always think of it as industrial Belgian electronic music that was briefly in vogue over here (1989ish?) after acciieed house had gone big. Trax Records in London always used to have a lot of it, I think my mate bought his copy of 'I Sit On Acid' by Lords Of Acid from there. Rhythm Device's 'Acid Rock' and 'Rock To The Beat' (by 101???) were other New Beat records I recall.

              There were a number of New Beat complilation albums at the time, all featuring scantily clad/topless women.

              *EDIT* Whoops LBG beat me to it as I was typing this. Bloody journalists and their fast typing skills!
              He also contributed songs for the Jim Henson movie vehicle 'Muppets From Space'.

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                Most of the actiual new beat records, were rip offs of house and techno tunes (The Residents Diskomo was also used on one of them). Most of them were shit, to be honest, but the scene itself and the music played is what is interesting... The early parts of it are not unlike the Italian Afro Cosmic scene, like the stuff Fat Ronnie was playing at Ancienne Belgique in Antwerp and even Jean-Claude Maury at Mirano in Brussels, which is pre-new beat but interesting nonetheless.

                Also, anyone know anything about Belgian popcorn? Got a few leads, but there's not much on the net, though I interviewed Frie, who owns USA Imports, about it the other day.
                http://www.djhistory.com

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                • #9
                  No doubt you have seen this article then:
                  http://www.uppers.org/showArticle.asp?article=503

                  You might want to have a butchers at these:
                  http://go.to/raresoulmusic/

                  http://www.totorecords.com/

                  http://groups.msn.com/popcornoldiestime

                  One of my best mates has lived in Belgium for about 8 years. He still hasn't turned up a copy of Sam Fletcher for me yet
                  He also contributed songs for the Jim Henson movie vehicle 'Muppets From Space'.

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                  • #10
                    That's really interesting stuff - it just goes to show there's these interlinked scenes over the years and that you can never think of an old records as a "new discovery". The Sam Fletcher sums that up - as it was termed a "newie" or new discovery - on the Northern and Mods scenes in the late 80s weren't it?

                    Also on those playlists was Ray Terrace - You've Been Talking About Me Baby - again this was a late 80s jazz scene "discovery"

                    The whole mixtures and styles of music played in the 70s at these Belgium clubs is so similar to the stuff that was played on the 80s mod scene - and interestingly poles apart from the Northern scene in Britain in the 70s with the exception of one or two records !

                    Good stuff mate.

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                    • #11
                      Cheers ladyboygrimsby and Mr Elephant. I don't recall it although I used to read pretty much every music publication obsessively back then so I really should remember it. Damn pot! 'Psyche Rock' was a big 'Big Beat' record too. I think I still have the reissued twelve inch with the Fatboy Slim remix. Should I be admitting that? Ah well.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by ladyboygrimsby
                        Also, anyone know anything about Belgian popcorn? Got a few leads, but there's not much on the net, though I interviewed Frie, who owns USA Imports, about it the other day.
                        I'd guess that Thierry Steuve, next Thursday's H,F&S guest, maybe able to help you with this Bill...
                        You freeking scientologists are all the same, quible, dribble and then demand ice creams. Ohhhhhhhhhhh.

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