Jaune Toujours 20sth

Jaune Toujours are overlooking 20 years (and even some more) in music.  On this occasion they release 20sth (2017), a collector’s album (2 cd's with all singles + extra's) and box-set (a wooden box, limited edition, with 8 albums/9 cd's re-mastered and reprinted for this occasion), breathing the vibes for which they are being internationally appreciated: no linguistic or other borders (singing in French, English and Dutch), catchy songs, punky attitude, drum&brass, Balkan madness, accordion dub and Belgian ska.

20sth Box Set - limited edition

Special limited edition box set celebrating 20(?) years of Jaune Toujours - 8 piece collector's box, including all albums from the band and a collector's album with lots of extra's!
In 2016 and 2017, Jaune Toujours celebrates "Jaune Toujours 20sth" - 2 years in which they set up several projects, releases, collaborations etc. as they celebrate their 20 sth birthday (actually, the band already exists from 1991 on, but it only got serious from 1996, when frontman Piet Maris moved to Brussels and 1997, when Theophane Raballand and Bart Maris joined on respectively drums & trumpet).

 

20Sth - Collector's album - Singles & Extras

20sth, the collector’s album, comes as a hardcover booklet with 2 cd’s : all Jaune Toujours singles on one cd next to extra’s on another one, with plenty of previously unreleased tracks, such as live recordings featuring the Bravo Big Band (2015), the remastered debute-EP (1998) and even a "punky" demo from an early Jaune Toujours-constellation. All well illustrated with pictures from the Jaune Toujours history, from the early days 'till now.

Jaune Toujours' 20sth collector's album features pictures from the band's history, starting at the earliest beginnings. This was their first demos on cassette tape - remember those? They were packaged as match boxes and the first (1992) had a nude torso surprise in the centerfold. The line up of the band changed in between both demos, due to the passing of drummer Jaak Thielen. Artwork demo by Piet Maris, pictures by Roel Ruttens.

Piet Maris at 't Gesticht, Leuven in 1992. Yes, he had hair! And yes, that's a guitar he's holding! Piet picked up the accordion when his guitar went into repair and only came out if it years later. Talk about a game changer! This picture is taken from the collector's album '20 sth' and yes, it has a song on it from those early years. Leuven was the city where Piet studied and where he formed the first version of Jaune Toujours. He's standing outside the student house that also served as his recording space, called 't Gesticht (the Asylum). Picture by Roel Ruttens.

A lot of hair in this one also, clothes not so much... It just keeps getting better every day! This is Jaune Toujours in 1992 at Piet's student house/party cave/rehearsal and recording studio 't Gesticht (The Asylum) in Leuven. Angels in a centerfold-left to right: Jaak Thielen†, Piet Maris, Koen Peters, Sam Versweyveld. Sam still plays with Jaune Toujours occasionally, but he switched from bass to trumpet. Picture by Roel Ruttens.

This picture of the third - all stars - line up in the band's early years was also taken at 't Gesticht in Leuven in 1993. From left to right: Yvan DeBoeck - such a brilliant mind he was headhunted and now works and lives in the States, Pieter Van Hees - now one of Belgium's finest film directors, Olav Grondelaers - radio presenter at national radio station Klara, Piet Maris and Sam Versweyveld - both still going strong in various bands. Picture by Roel Ruttens

Jaune Toujours at the Roma-village of Rakusy, Slovakia-tour 1996. After Piet Maris had been invited to play accordion with Roma singer Laci Polhos on his tour in Belgium, he started making trips back and forth to his village, recording and making notes on the traditional Roma songs, that eventually became the Mec Yek repertoire. On this occasion Piet asked his band members to tag along for an open air concert. People often think of Roma as a travelling people, but actually most of them are sedentary. They often face fierce racism. Villages like Rakusy weren't even on the map, as they didn't officially exist. It had one electricity point, where every household would have to tap from. No sewage, no roads, no jobs and in school the children were treated like retards. Kosice, a town in Slovakia, also has a large Roma population and that's where Katia and Milka - singers with Mec Yek - originate from. Life in town was very different from what you see in the picture here. Still, their family had to flee, trying to find a way to escape the rampant racism. So proud of where they are now in life, with the next generation trampling at the gates.

By 1996 Piet had left Leuven and his job at art centre STUK for Brussels, after playing a wild gig at a local bar called Brasserie de l'Union, after the soccer club Union Saint-Gilloise. The line up had changed and would change again. When Jaune Toujours recorded their first professional EP in 1997-1998 called 'O' (phonetic for water in french), the guitar had been replaced by violin, played by Nicolas Hauzeur or Wouter Vanden Abeele. To find a new drummer after Yvan DeBoeck moved to the States, Piet scouted french Théophane Raballand at the pre-selections of the Biënnale de la chanson française, where he played with Philmarie. They've been best friends ever since. Bert Bernaerts played upright bass and Piet's brother Bart Maris joined on trumpet. O was a co-production between Ancienne Belgique and Festival Dranouter, recorded by Stef Van Alsenoy. It featured 3 studio tracks and 2 live tracks. Piet made the artwork by sticking a yellow submarine-shaped thermometer to his television set and making a polaroid picture of it. DIY in true punk style. The EP sold out, but it was remastered by Uwe Teichert for the 20 sth collector's album. Frank De Crits wrote about O: Highrise-tango, metro-fado and café-rembetika. The urban element in the band's - at that point -folksy-chanson style had been noticed. Picture and artwork by Piet Maris.

Jaune Toujours recorded their first EP 'O' in this line up. Nantes born drummer Théophane Raballand played with Bubble Blue She Said and Philmarie before joining JT. He is the second leg of Ik en den Theo/Moi et le Théo, a music project for children. He also plays with Mec Yek. Piet Maris on accordion and vocals initiated Jaune Toujours, Mec Yek, Ik en de Theo/Moi et le Théo and other projects at Choux de Bruxelles. He also plays with Qotob Trio. Bert Bernaerts on upright bass was the only remaining musician from the period in Leuven. He stayed for a few more albums until he started his own projects John Torso and Hop Frog. He works mostly in theatre these days. Nicolas Hauzeur on violin was also part of the embryonic Mec Yek (Caravan 2000). He moved on to work with multiple bands specialising in music from the Balkans. Trumpet player Bart Maris probably needs no introduction. He's Piet's older brother and Belgiums most active musician. He's played with multiple bands from dEUS, X-Legged Sally over Zita Swoon and Flat Earth Society to his own recordings (Krommekeer) and many, many other projects. His heart lies in jazz, but his mind is open to all genres. Wouter Vandenabeele is a renowned folk musician. He composes and plays violin. You might know him from Ambrozijn and Olla Vogala. The EP 'O' sold out, but the tracks were remastered and feature on the collector's album '20 sth'.

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