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TC Matic was a Belgian rock band, originating in 1980 from the duo Tjens Couter (Arno Hintjens, vocals and Paul Decoutere, guitar). Decoutere was replaced shortly after the establishment of TC Matic by Jean-Marie Aerts, who cooperated with Hintjens in the majority of the band’s compositions.

TC Matic mixed diverse styles: new wave, blues, funk, hard rock, avant-garde and even French chanson, resulting in nervous metropolitan rock with American influences but a distinct European character. TC Matic’s sound of the early 1980s can be called unique, and had quite an influence on musical contemporaries, notably in the Benelux.

The band released four albums (“TC Matic”, “L’Apache”, “Choco”, “Ye Ye”) that received excellent reviews. In 1981, the band scored a Belgian hit with “Oh La La La”. “Putain Putain” (from the album “Choco”) became an alternative European hymn among fans.

The band was celebrated especially for its live performances, focussing on the intense singing by Hintjens. It performed all over Europe, but a real international break through didn’t happen. After a disappointing tour with the Simple Minds in 1986, the band ceased to exist.

Arno Hintjes started a solo career as Arno, receiving quite some approval in Europe. He continued to cooperate with Jean-Marie Aerts, who is now working as a producer (for Jo Lemaire and the Urban Dance Squad, among others), and with two other ex-TC Matic-members, drummer Rudy Cloet and keyboard player Serge Feys. In 1984, the Dutch bass player Michael Peet replaced Ferre Baelen.


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  • anti-frequency

    oh la la la is a minimal wave hit in greece :)

    17 Feb 8:35am Reply
  • Vampiro_Rockero

    Oh La La La!!!

    4 Jan 2012 Reply
  • sierraFM

    With or without dots, one of my favourite bands ever!

    16 Apr 2009 Reply
  • DrMuller

    Well done! ;-)

    17 Oct 2008 Reply
  • PeeZz

    I made them fix it :)

    21 Aug 2008 Reply
  • huug69

    Just imported a CD in iTunes => The tags say T.C. MATIC Fix it

    4 Jun 2008 Reply
  • SevenStones

    Geesh... the official covers from each cd spell T.C. Matic (with dots). So it's officialy with... Sorry last fm, u're completely wrong, fix ur artist tags ;)

    25 Jan 2008 Reply
  • Horoma should be able to handle alternate spellings like this. This band is more often than not written as T.C. Matic. Really ridiculous.

    21 Jul 2007 Reply
  • bvdv

    Indeed, very strange. All albums, as well as MusicBrainz and spell it with the dots.

    6 Apr 2007 Reply
  • kshanti

    strange, my official cd's play it like T.C. Matic and it's always been with the dots.

    18 Mar 2007 Reply

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