Biography

Hooverphonic is a Belgian / group formed in 1995. Though initially placed in the genre, they quickly expanded their sound to the point where they could no longer be classified so easily. The band originally called themselves Hoover but later changed their name to Hooverphonic due to other groups using the Hoover name.

The band achieved international recognition through the inclusion of the track 2Wicky (from A New Stereophonic Sound Spectacular) on the to Bernardo Bertolucci’s 1996 film Stealing Beauty (Io Ballo da Sola).

The original members of the group were vocalist Liesje Sadonius, keyboardist Frank Duchêne, bass guitarist and programmer Alex Callier, and guitarist Raymond Geerts. Sadonius left Hooverphonic on amicable terms shortly after the release of A New Stereophonic Sound Spectacular and was replaced by Geike Arnaert in early 1998. Duchêne left the band after Blue Wonder Power Milk. Arnaert left the band in 2008 and was succeeded by Noémie Wolfs.

Hooverphonic released their fifth studio album No More Sweet Music in November 2005, featuring four singles: Wake Up, You Hurt Me, Dirty Lenses and We All Float. One year later they released a Best Of album called Singles 96-06. This was their last release under the Sony label.

Hooverphonic released their latest album The President Of The LSD Golf Club on 8th October 2007 in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium and Holland, which includes the single Expedition Impossible. European Release January 2008 (although available via mail-order). This was an independent release, recorded at the Willie Nelson studios in the USA. At the time of writing, it isn’t known if it was also released in North America. Let us know if you can confirm this.

On October 10th 2008, the management announced that Geike Arnaert would be leaving the band.

After Geike Arnaert and the band parted ways, it took them two years to find a worthy successor to Arnaert. In November 2010 Noémie Wolfs was announced as the new leading lady. A brand new album called The Night Before followed soon after. The new singer was introduced on Belgian television in State Broadcaster VRT’s late night show “De Laatste Show” on Thursday November 4th. The title track of the album is their biggest singles’ chart success to date. Also, the album soon equaled the success of A Magnificent Tree. Many fans liked the return to the original “Hooverphonic” sound and it seems Noémie Wolfs has effortlessly taken their harts as well.

Discography

A New Stereophonic Sound Spectacular (1996)
Blue Wonder Power Milk (1998)
The Magnificent Tree (2000)
Hooverphonic presents Jackie Cane (2002)
Sit Down And Listen To… (2003)
No More Sweet Music (2005/6)
Singles 96/06 (2006)
The President Of The LSD Golf Club (2007/2008)
The Night Before (2010)
With Orchestra (2012)
Reflections (2013)

Edited by roman2 on 16 Feb 2014, 22:25

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  • 1995
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