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The Interweb can be strange and surprising – or, Welcome to Belgium

A Greek blog posts an item in French, with a misspelled English title, about a Belgian singer influence by current British soul singers like Duffy, and by reggae, which you stumble across while doing some research on austerity measures in Greece…

(insert awed observation about globalization and the internet, the impact of the EC, etc., here…)

ΗΜΕΡΟΛΟΓΙΟ ΑΝΤΩΝΗΣ ΤΡΙΦΥΛΛΗΣ: Selah Sue a du cran : elle reprend Amy Winehouse et Duffy avec une voix soul impressionnante de maturité qui suscite l’engouement sur la toile… (via ΗΜΕΡΟΛΟΓΙΟ ΑΝΤΩΝΗΣ ΤΡΙΦΥΛΛΗΣ: A RARE LITTLE PERL: SELAH SUE 19 years old!.

Here’s this young singer, Selah Sue, in another performance:

How often do we think of Belgium, really? A tiny little country, sandwiched between France and The Netherlands, and increasingly split between its two main linguistic and cultural groupings, Flemish and Walloon. There’s a good chance you’ve only ever run across the term “Belgian” in relation to chocolate (yum) or maybe Trappist beer (yum) – unless of course you are into tennis (Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin) or cycling (Robbie McEwen, Ronde van Vlaanderen). (Or perhaps, much less pleasantly, in relation to a notorious child sex abuse case in the 1990s.)

Funnily enough, though, I’d been listening to some other music from Belgium literally only the day before – K’s Choice, an Antwerp band fronted by the raspy voiced Sarah Bettens that was active from the mid-1990s through around 2003, before going into an extended hiatus that ended only this past February with the release of a new album, “Echo Mountain.”

K’s Choice had some success with another tasty portion of euro pudding – songs they recorded with the tasty Dutch singer Anouk (“I Alone” and “My Best Wasn’t Good Enough”). They got a lot of fresh attention and new fans in 1999 after  the band appeared on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, in one of the show’s best episodes, “Doppelgängland,” performing their song “Virgin State of Mind.” The song was later included on Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Album. But the biggest hit for K’s Choice so far has probably been “Not an Addict”:

Here they are in a couple of other videos:

(If you’re looking for the secret of Sarah Bettens’ sultry raspy voice, it’s because she smokes a lot…)

Turns out, there’s a whole Belgian music scene out there – who knew?

For more on K’s Choice…

(Finally, check out the funny mashup of K’s Choice “I Smoke a Lot” with scenes of smoking from Cowboy Bebop…)

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is an over-caffeinated and under-employed grad school dropout, aspiring leftwing intellectual and cultural studies academic, cinéaste, and former poet. Raised in San Francisco on classic film, radical politics, burritos and soul music, then set loose upon the world. He spends his time in coffee shops with his laptop and headphones, caffeinating and trying to construct a post-whatever life.


What's in a name... The handle "zerode" is a contraction of Zéro de Conduite, the title of Jean Vigo's 1933 movie masterpiece about schoolboy rebellion.

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