Day 45 of the Covid19 quarantine: Jaune Toujours 'Voor Wat Het Is', from the album Brusk (2000).
Long time, this one... Such a long time ago, that we can even remember Radio 1 playing it, in rotation! :) The lyrics were inspired on a friend of Piet, a guitar player from a Belgian band, who were really making it at the time he wrote the song, but whom he visited in his last days, before he lost his battle against cancer... Musically Piet was inspired by some of his musical heroes back then, Lo'Jo Triban & Les Négresses Vertes... Long time...❤️
Listen to the original studio version from the album BRUSK (2000) on Bandcamp
Day 44 of the Covid19 quarantine:
“Superheld // Super-héro”, by Ik en den Theo / Moi et le Theo, performed by Piet Maris.
Ik zonder/sans den Theo: ’Superheld / Superhéro' from the album Ik en den Theo / Moi et le Theo (2011). Here mixed up in both Dutch and French, as they often do on their live (and pretty wild :) ) kids concerts (on the album, we have a version in Dutch and one in French). For all superheroes of yesterday, today and tomorrow!
Day 43 of the Covid19 quarantine:
“Question Réponse”, by Jaune Toujours from the album EUROPEANA (2018), performed by Piet Maris
Listen to the original studio version from the album Europeana on Bandcamp
"Si on se saluait comme les motards, peut-être ça aiderait les grognards / Et si on reparait nos rêves cassés, on pourrait continuer à les rêver / Et si on vivait sans papiers, on n’aurait pas besoin de les montrer”
The original recording has a nice trombone solo on it, played by Martial from the Gangbé Brass Band from Benin. This is socially committed feelgood New Orleans.
Jaune Toujours used the song to support “Time To Go” one of the actions by Vrede vzw to get nuclear weapons (imposed by the Nato) out of Belgium and we made a clip out of it to show the world what really happened at the Belgian national anti austerity manifestation of november ’14 (hundreds of thousands of protesters, that was what mattered instead of those handful of provocateurs who made it to the world news)
C’est Parti, the clip on Youtube
Time to Go on Youtube
Listen to the original studio version from the album Routes on Bandcamp
Day 41 of the Covid19 quarantine:
“Kaskere ola duj tshavore”, a Roma traditional, performed by Piet Maris from the album Antikrisis (2008).
The Roma traditional repertoire where this song comes from is pretty straightforward, most of the songs are in 4/4 actually (or without rythm in the “halgads” the slow ballads, very slow and sad) - Piet even remembers from his first visits mid 90’s to the small village of Rakusy, at the feet of the high Tatra mountains, at the Slowakian-Polish border, when he played a waltz, 3/4, it was perceived as pretty exotic… For this song, to open up the borders a bit more, we turned its 4/4 into 7/8, kind of moving over to the balkans...
Day 40 of the Covid19 quarantine:
Jaune Toujours ‘Réfugiés sans Frontières’ from the album Barricade (2004).
These days, the lobby is on, putting pressure to start up the schools, the economy etc. (Arts coming in the last place, I guess). But if we have to bring in one reality in the first place, it’s this one: refugees, asylum seekers, newcomers, people without a roof above their head, these are the people who ar probably hit the hardest in this crisis.
Let’s put things right at last: Niemand is illegaal . No one is illegal . Personne n'est illegal
Listen to the studio version from the album Barricade on Bandcamp
Jaune Toujours ‘Mr. Theo’ from their first EP 0 (1998), lateron compiled on the collector’s album 20sth (2016). Piet's father used to run a thrift store, he invented that concept even before ‘Troc’ or ‘Kringwinkel’ existed. And he made a good living out of it for his family. As the store was situated on the illustrious “chaussée de Ninove” = "chaussée de Bruxelles”, he had all sorts of customers, from Ninove, from Brussels, and from elsewhere. One of them was a very kind asylum seeker, who really liked to pass by and have a chat with him. Until one day, he received orders to leave this country… Before obeying, he went to my father’s, to take a picture with him, a polaroid selfie, to be able to show “over there” that there were real good people in Belgium… Mr. Theo… As we’re not able to visit you these days: high five from Brussels!
Listen to the original studio version from the very first EP "O" HERE
Jaune Toujours 'Ciel Orange' which can be found in a first version on the EP AfroBelBeat (2012) and later in an more edited version on the album ROUTES (2013) - created together with the incredible Gangbé Brass Band from Cotonou in Benin where we had a tour in 2012. Hence the yellow shirt, a very known piece of clothing in Cotonou, worn by the Zemidjan (the taxi motorbike drivers - Zem-i-gens = les gens des "zems", Zem is/was a brand of motorbikes, if I'm not mistaken). We all bought such a shirt, all Jaune Toujours musicians, which made us a real exotic revelation over there: yovo's (white guys) in yellow shirts of the Zemidjan, calling themselves 'Jaune Toujours'.
Day 37 of the Covid19 quarantine:
Ik zonder/ Moi sans den Theo: 'Robots' from the album Ik en den Theo / Moi et le Theo 2.0 (2016) incl. power cut at the end! (but no panic the guitar is still operational: I managed to get the sound switch button in between 2 positions - a first! never happened before!)
Bilingual in French and Dutch for all those lovely wee ones out there!
Listen to the original version from the second album on Bandcamp!
Here's some nice anecdote about this guitar: it hung as decoration in Piet's room in the small house he used to live in at the end of his university years. When he had Timothy "T.V." Smith (yes, from 70's punk band The Adverts!) staying over after a concert in - at that time - the smallest Belgian music club Jeugdhuis Het Uur, which he started up with the incredible Filip van Ongevalle (and to be honest, we started it up together, but he really did run that club). Long story short: TV Smith advised Piet to get the guitar of the wall and have it repaired, as he recognised it as a genuine Hoffner Galaxy (yes the guitar the Beatles played on!). And the rest is history!