heard on the wire

Just a wooer

I think it’s safe to say that Belgium isn’t known for it pop music. Comic books, beer and chocolate, cycling, fin de siècle architecture and an apparent lack of famous people, yes, but the cheesy new wave of Ça Plane Pour Moi is just about the beginning and end of the post-Jacques Brel¹ Belgian music industry.

But in 1984 Belgium produced three minutes of pop perfection that in a sane and just world would have been number one in at least 12 countries.

And since this is a sane and just blog, it’s a song-from-each-year-of-my-life, despite competition from my sometime favourite Smiths song, Girl Afraid, sometimes favourite New Order song, Lonesome Tonight, or very favourite Billy Bragg song, Saturday Boy. But you’ve heard all those, right?

Bernthøler :: My Suitor
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¹ And Brel did almost all his work in Paris.

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