"In Flanders fields" - 16 lovely Lowlands losers


In The Trashcan Records       GARBAGE03
All but two songs are from Flanders, the Dutch speaking part of Belgium. The other two hail from the Netherlands. Nine are sung in Dutch, the other seven in English. Some are covers some are originals, but all but two were recorded in the sixties. This is the first of three Belgian volumes, listen to vol 26 and vol 31..."

(Flora 127 from 1967) 1. midnight train - the sonny boys

And more trains after volume 2???? Just coincidence! This is one of those impossible to find Belgian 60's beat singles, certainly with a picture sleeve. These five guys came from the province of Antwerp, in the North of Belgium, from a little town called Essen. A super fast beat fuzz punker which would never have seen the chance to get the attention it sure deserved. The flip "You and me" is available on volume 18.
9. toen viel de bril van m'n neus - egbert douwe

And again one Dutch recording on this Belgian volume and again it's been written by Peter Koelewijn. The song (it means "Then my glasses fell from my nose") is sung in Dutch as are the following tracks on this volume. If you can keep your feet from dancing while listening to this fabulous beat stomper, you're deaf or dead. I think it was released around 1966. The A-side is "Mamma, o mamma", a silly ballad.
(Philips 334 500 JF)
(Fly 30 from 1973) 2. mr. taxi man - midgets

Fly was a part of Ronnex, one of Belgium's most productive labels from the 50s till the early 70s. If this 45 had been released 6 years earlier, it would have been a cult classic. But in 1973 nobody was waiting for psych-beat  stuff. Distorted high-pitched vocals, fast rhythm, wah-wah pedals, car sounds, and lyrics about a young guy who takes a taxi down town to meet his baby. This was the last of 5 singles by this Antwerp based foursome. "Spooky" is on the b-side.
10. rozengeur en maneschijn - kinky

Nobody I've talked to knows anything about this Flemish boy who must've been 14 or 15, just look at the sleeve! A fast rhythm, an organ on the back, steady drum beat and this all about Kinky who's dreaming of his girlfriend he met at the prom. Well, he's a liar as he was too young to even go to a pub. A great discovery on a Dutch label.
(Rainbow RB131)
(Decca  23720 from 1967) 3. m.t. - the new inspiration

Hailing from Ghent these 5 guys recorded 5 albums and a lot more 45s, but people didn't know back then that most of the early recordings were actually singer Dave Sinclair backed by London studio musicians. But live this band was a real sensation and accompanied a lot of 'stars' such as Dave Berry. This was their second 45 and it's the flip to "You made a fool of me" which was also issued together with The Cousins' "Rainbow".
11. satan in eigen persoon - fabien collin

Or "Satan himself" by the Antwerp Bob Dylan. When the provo-movement arrived from Holland in Antwerp, the local pub "De Muze" was thee place to be. Fabien Collin, being 16, came under the wings of the world famous Antwerp protest singer Ferre Grignard (remember his "Ring ring I've got to sing". I've seen only three singles listed in various books, but this one is the missing fourth.
(Polydor 3228 from 1967)
(Discostar DST2002 from 1966) 4. oh susy - ronnie & de ronnies

Ronnie En De Ronnies came from Holland, but their hit record "Beestjes" (="Small animals") was a huge hit in Belgium as well. Listen to Ronnie Schutte singing about animals and bugs you see after drinking too much alcohol. The flipside is "Oh susy", a great Dutch sung r&r tune that hardly ever got any airplay over here. Both songs were written by Peter Koelewijn, the Dutch godfather of rock 'n' roll. Their follow-up single was "Zo lui" and can be found on the great Dutch compilation "Biet het vol 2"
12. 't zen wer boelette - de knoefters

This is "Tell me" (yes the Rolling Stones song) sung in the Antwerp dialect. It's about meatballs being served every day at home, in the army, everywhere. Nobody will confirm this, but actually this is The Pebbles in disguise (the same Antwerp band that had a big hit with "Seven horses in the sky").
(Dino 10.504)
(His Master's Voice GBP236 from 1967) 5. i don't wanna loose you - 5 from dave

It's their first of three singles and certainly their best effort. These five guys came from Boom, a town about 15 km from Antwerp. Although they didn't last very long, they had a loyal following and their concerts always were a great experience. They were very influenced by the British mid-60's bands. Dave Munro was also the author of their songs.
13. hoe was da - de geuzen

And yet another Antwerp band singing in their own dialect: this is a translation of "Zabadak", the hit single of Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich. In Antwerp there was another band that were famous for translating foreign hits into Antwerp dialect: De Strangers who started in 1951 and stopped in 2001 and breaking a world record as three of the original members still were active after 50 years. I don't know who's behind De Geuzen.
(His Master's Voice GBP243 from 1967)
(Palette PB25455 from 1966) 6. already mine - the klan

These four Brussels guys were teen heroes and even now this 45 is much sought after in the European mod scene. It was also issued on an EP on Palette (EP7277) one year earlier. Forget the boring ballad on the b-side "Stop little girl" and dance to "Already mine".
14. 'k heb het gere - de knoefters

I know Kinks fans all over the world are looking for this one because it contains a Flemish version of a Ray Davies song: this is "This strange effect on me", made famous by Dave Berry. I'm not sure about the release date, but it must be around 1969.
(Dino 10.504)
(Ronnex R 1428 from 1970) 7. you're lying - john woolley & just born

John Woolley lived in Aalst, a small town between Brussels and Ghent, also known as Carnival City. "You're lying" is their second of five 45's. If this were 1967, it would be amongst the best psych-beat recordings of that year, but as I said before, in 1970 nobody was interested anymore in this kind of teen noise. "Look and you will find" on the b-side is more 1970 rock style, but still a lot better than most of the beginning prog rock bands of those days. Oh, these songs were recorded in London, as it's proubly printed on the label.
15. helikopter u.s. navy '66 - samantha

Two years later Samantha had a big hit with "Eviva Espana", but here she is with her debut, a teen beat tune about a girl lost at sea and rescued by an American helicopter pilot. You can hear the heli flying over from time to time. The organ and the fuzz guitar complete this recording that is undoubtedly her wildest effort ever.
(Basart BRI 217 from 1970)
(Monopole S.088 from 1970) 8. shout - georgy & the nightbirds

Another 1970 release and little bit less heavy than the previous one. It was their second and their last effort on vinyl. Six guys with horns, harmony vocals and that typical late 60s hippie feeling. "How will I feel" is the other side and is extremely boring. No wonder they stopped after two singles.
16. meisjelief "i want you" - paul severs & the criminals

As last another Flemish schlager singer who started with a beat song. It's clear that the backing band has got nothing to do with Paul Severs. I even think he must have been surprised by the result; it was also released on his debut album. But after that he became a teenage idol singing only ballads and the most incredible stupid pop songs, all in Dutch of course.
(CBS 2628 from 1967)