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Record Label Sony EMI
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BioHooverphonic is a band that started in 1995. Back then it was still Hoover. The founding members of Hoover were Alex Callier, Frank Duchène and Raymond Geerts. Alex and Frank were sound technicians for the national TV (BRT back then) and Raymond was a tax collector. They first teamed up as ‘The Love Letter Boxes’, with Alex doing to vocals, but they soon realised that they could do better. The first thing they did was finding a singer. Esther Lybeert was the lucky one. After some try-outs they changed their name to Hoover (a brand of vacuum cleaners), because someone said that the band had a sound, which sucked the audience in a special mood. After writing some song, they contacted a bunch of record labels. At the same time, Esther left the band and was replaced by Liesje Sadonius, due to the young age of Esther. The band made a record deal with Sony, and in 1996 they made their first album (A New Stereophonic Sound Spectacular). One of the reasons why this album became so popular is that Bernardo Bertolucci used ‘2wicky’ (the first single of the CD) as one of the songs in his movie ‘Stealing Beauty’. Because of the success, the band had an opportunity to tour all over Europe and the United States. Unfortunately Liesje didn’t want to do a big tour outside of Europe, so the band had to look for a new singer again. The year was 1997 and the new singer was Kyoko Baertsoen. Because of a diffrent sorts of problems about the band name, ‘Hoover’ was changed to ‘Hooverphonic’. Not only the name of the band changed, but also the replacement of Liesje was not working out. Kyoko was replaced by a girl who was barely 18, but that tried out the same audition as Kyoko, Geike Arnaert. The band felt that they now had the singer they were always looking for, and in 1998 they released a second album, Blue Wonder Power Milk. This album has 3 people who are doing the vocal section. Geike, Alex and Liesje on an old track. The band still had some problems in the line-up. Alex and Frank didn’t get along anymore. Alex temporarily left the band, with the excuse to work on a soundtrack for the movie ‘Shades’. He was shortly replaced by Bert Embrechts, but because this didn’t work, and some other reasons, Alex, Frank and the band decided that Alex would stay in the band and Frank quit. After all these changes, the band had a very quite year (1999). In that year there were just a few festival concerts, and the preperation of a new album. The third album was a sort of new begining. It was (ironically) called The Magnificent Tree. The ‘magnificent’ year was 2000 and the band grew out to become one of Belgium’s leading bands, that did good on international market as well. 2000 was also the year, that Hooverphonic was asked to play in the opening ceremony for Euro 2000, and it was the year of ‘Mad About You’. It’s also in the period after ‘TMT’ that the band grew out do be a “studio band” that did great live shows on top. The 2000-2001 period was used for touring in the US and Europe, and then the band went back in the studio to work on a new project. The result was the release of a fourth album in 2002. The album (Hooverphonic Presents) Jackie Cane, a concept album about the rise and fall a fictional star in the late fifties. The album was a mix of different styles, and was a confirmation of the bands abilities. With this Album came a new Tour, and for the first time in the bands history, they stayed in Europe. After the Jackie Cane Tour, the band didn’t waste time, and so they started working on a new album. The result was a ‘Live’ album, called “Sit Down And Listen To Hooverphonic”. This album only had 3 new songs, but it also featured some of the more popular songs, but with a Stringquartet to back-up the band. The band used this line up to do a large tour, just in Belgium. In just over 3 months, the band had 35 sold out concerts. Due to the popularity of this line up, the band decided to do a European tour aswell. After this touring period the band ended 2004 with 3 concert, were they played the song of the next studio album, that should be officially presented around late 2005. The band made over 40 songs for the new album. After a carefull selection (nicknamed "killing our darlings" by the band) 11 songs were chosen. However, those 11 songs were released in 2 version, a softer string orchetra based version called "More Sweet Music" and a stripped down electronic version dubbed "No More Sweet Music". The dual disc album was released as "(No) More Sweet Music". To promote the album a tour was made all over Europe reaching from Spain to Russia. In 2006 the band anounced that they wouldn't renew their contract with Sony/EMI and to close this deal a "best of" was released including 20 singles, all videoclips and a live DVD of the last tour. The band worked on a new album in the meantime, this was to be the PIAS released The President of the LSD Golf Club. After touring to support the Album Geike chose to part with the band. After the a year and a half in silence Hooverphonic returned with a new singer and a new Album. ..
Members..Hooverphonic:.... Noémie Wolfs.. ...... Alex Callier.. ...... Raymond Geerts.. ...... .. ..Hooverology:.... Zzzab & Chimiel.. ..
Influences..Alex:.. Beck - Beth Gibbons - Serge Gainsbourg - Goldfrapp - David Sylvain - Mazzy Star - Smiths - Massive Attack - Scott Walker - Pixies - Neil Young.... ..Raymond:.. The Brian Setzer Orchestra - KISS - Pink Floyd - Chris Isaak - Cousteau - Goldfrapp - David Sylvain - Portishead - Serge Gainsbourg - Fiona Apple..
Sounds LikeSophisticated pop
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