Day 49 of the Covid19 quarantine: 'Pretty Vacant' from the Sex Pistols. One of the songs Piet used to play at all possible open stages during his university years - still on guitar at the time; then the guitar got broke, stayed several years at the repairman; got replaced by an accordion and the rest is history... :)
Punk on accordion is NOT dead!
Nu we door de Corona-maatregelen allemaal thuis moeten blijven, zijn we nog eens ons archief gedoken.
We vonden beelden van onze concertreeks op Boterhammen in het Park in 2012, mét de dansers van Bal Moderne die het publiek elke dag een nieuwe choreografie aanleerden.
Dans lekker mee!
Bekijk de video hier beneden!
Op hetzelfde moment gaat ook een Franstalige versie van de clip in première
Day 48 of the Covid19 quarantine:
“Accordéon”, by Jaune Toujours, performed by Piet Maris, from the very early Jaune Toujours days: It was on several demo-cassettes (early 90’s), on the debute-EP O (1998) en recently it has been compiled on the collector’s album 20sth (2016).
Written on a grey day, on the passing away of an old accordion player… For the record (pun intended): Piet asked and got the ok from no lesser than Serge Gainsbourg’s editor, to paraphrase his ‘Accordeon’ in his song: as a sort of bridge, he used a verse and chorus from the song he wrote for Juliette Gréco.
Listen to the original studio version from the EP 'O'
(1998) on Bandcamp
A small excerpt of yesterday's concert: La Paloma-Café.
What can a band possibly do during this Covid-19 lockdown period, when all concerts are canceled, to make themselves useful?
Play a concert where social distancing can be respected and where the audience is really in need of some diversion.
The elderly residents at Home Brugmann and Domaine du Neckersgat Uccle/Ukkel can not receive visitors just yet, so in order to cheer them up a little, their caretakers asked Jaune Toujours if they would consider playing a concert in their front yard.
The members of Jaune Toujours jumped at the opportunity to play live together again and thus everyone had as pleasant an afternoon as possible in these times of restrictions.
5 Mini-concerts at different spots around the buildings, to be sure that every resident could hear us. Theo on his self-made mobile drum kit - horns accoustically - bass, accordion and voice together on a compact (but efficient) speaker. With a lot of enthusiasm and warmth coming back from the inside, to us playing outside. Thanks OCMW/CPAS Uccle/Ukkel for making this possible!
After note: on their way back, police control:
- what was the reason of your transport?
- making music for people and staff in homes and care centers
- ah, very good, very good, have a nice day!
(all social and other distancing were respected - no musicians were harmed in the making of this music)
From the 'Lockdown Cheer Up Sessions' - Covid19 quarantine
Filmed by Cathérine Cossyns
Day 47 of the Covid19 quarantine:
“Tshaje Tshaje”, a Roma traditional, performed by Piet Maris
Mec Yek 'Tshaje Tshaje' from the album SuperDiverCity (2015). One of the first songs Piet learned from Laci, the Rom singer white whom the whole Gipsy adventure begun, mid '90s...
James-Joyce-stream-of-conciousness-wise: misty woods - smokey tiny block huts - the tiny house Piet lived in at the lakes near an abbey in Leuven - discovery of/concerts in Brasserie De L'union - endless travelling in an R4's, busses, planes - taking musicians, photographers, journalists, radio makers on a stroll - stubborn policeman at the checkpoints - passport problems - la chaconne (Bach) full force on a blaster while travelling - dancing in the snow at midnight at minus 20 - discotek in a small Roma living room - discovery of/concerts in Bazaar Brussels - passing midnight at new year's eve with a bunch of Roma musicians in a small van while driving passed the Brussels Royal Palace in Laeken while fireworks burst out everywhere... But most important of all, the music, always taking the lead...
Listen to the original studio version from the album SuperDiverCity by Mec Yek on Bandcamp
Piet has some realy fond memories of this album and Manu Chao:
"'King of Bongo', a solo version... Youth heroes, you know the phenomenon? :) I remember the release of 'King of Bongo' the album by Mano Negra as it was yesterday... What a blast: Bring the Fire! King of Bongo! Don't Want You No More! Le bruit du frigo! Letter To The Censors (concurrency for Ace of Spades!) El Jako! It's My Heart! Mad Man's Dead! Out of Time Man! Madam Oscar! Welcome In Occident! Furious Fiesta! The Fool! Paris la nuit! (when I think of it, I could cover quite some more from this album!)... Good Times... Happily revived afterwards with Manu Chao (he made a new version of King of Bongo), of whom I was so honoured to play as support act with Jaune Toujours in 2003 at Les Halles de Schaerbeek for the protest movement Nunca Mais (against the reign of the Spanish government then, who mismanaged the catastrophe with an oli tanker which polluted the Gallician coast) to go out with him afterwards in Brussels... "
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”