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2 Belgen

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2 Belgen was founded in Ghent, Belgium, and initially consisted of guitar player (later multi-instrumentalist) Rembert De Smet and drummer Herman Celis. The name (“two belgians”) was jokingly explained as “the only thing we had in common : our nationality”.


Almost all the songs are written by Rembert De Smet, who also characterizes the music by the extensive use of the guitar-synthesizer (then a small revolution), playing bass & rhythm on the same guitar and by his quite unique singing style.

They sign a deal with Antler (a firm in Aarschot best known for its productions in the alternative genre, eg. Chowchow, Poesie Noire, Nacht Und Nebel, Siglo XX …) and record a first single with Roland Beelen as producer : this is the single “Quand le film est triste / Lena”, of which they immediately sell more than 5,000 copies.

As Roland Beelen explained in Wit-Lof from Belgium : “The very first success came almost automatic. It was a very attractive formula : Herman & Rembert were only two, but between the two of them they did almost all the instruments of a complete band. They had their own material and consequently could perform live at a very low cost. 2 Belgen where kind of a curiosity and had very nice melodies too. We didn’t have the means of producing those songs very well, but that wasn’t necessary : the quality was there”.

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  • jazzthieve

    'Lena' en 'Operation coup de poing' worden nu nog steeds grijs gedraaid op de radio, ze zouden beter eens bijvoorbeeld 'Soulsmasking' of 'Fever' wat vaker draaien.

    24 Jul 2012 Reply
  • Doorchaser

    If you like this artist. You can join this group: http://www.last.fm/group/Belgian+Electronics. Just a way of having a complete overview of Belgian electronic artists. You can talk about your favorite artist, recommend the artists that are not yet connected and find other Belgian Beauties in your recommendations Cheers

    3 Aug 2007 Reply

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