Sunday, 30 October 2016

DE STRANGERS - Punk 7'' 1978

Here is another 7inch with the sounding title 'Punk', therefore here. De Strangers was an Antwerp group especially gained fame by humorous - often socially critical - to sing lyrics in Antwerp dialect on well-known hit melodies. In this case they do a nice version of Plastic Bertrand' hit Ça Plane Pour Moi and it's not really vital but if you do not know them you will have fun, like me. The group was founded on May 1952 by Gust Torfs, Alex Boeye, Pol Bollansee and John De Wilde, though they sang then in Standard dutch. Their first performance was in Hoboken on 7.January 1953. By 1965 they had already performed 1000 times. Lots of records were released but nothing for my taste so. The flip is probably a typical De Strangers song, funny & danceable. The bands last performance took place on 14.May 2002 at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in Antwerp, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the group. In 2003, they donated their entire archive to the city of Antwerp. In 2006, a one-off reunion concert took place in honor of the Mayor's Ball in Antwerp. That's it!

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