Members: Frank "Frans" Holvoet (Bass Guitar), Lucien Callewaert (Vocals), Rik Masselis (Drums), Peter Coppens (Guitar)
It was sheer enthousiasm when punk-craze hit Kortrijk in the late seventies.
Frank Holvoet didn't really know how to handle a guitar but that didn't really matter: he gathered
drummer Rik Masselis (see also P.I.G.Z.), Peter Coppens and local wild boy Lucien Callewaert:
Definitivos were Portuguese cigarettes and also the name of the band.
In 1980 the band recorded 'The Modern Dance', which became an instant indie hit in Belgium and France.
They grew as a band touring with acts such as Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft and 999
'Courtrai Tonight' (1982), produced by T.C. Matic's Serge Feys, got rave reviews and once again hit the
alternative charts. The band did some TV work and toured in Holland and France.
Later that year they recorded songs for their break-through album that unfortunately never got released.
In 1985 Coppens and Callewaert were replaced by Philippe De Coene (now a well-known politician) and
Dominiek De Candt. During that period Definitivos did some major gigs such as De Melkweg in Amsterdam.
A 12" single was released on Himalaya featuring sublime cold wave tracks as 'Sight'Seeing' and 'Besse'.
But in the late eighties depression hit the Belgian music scene and Definitivos silently came to an end.
Still, things never got completely quiet or forgotten: collectors are paying hard cash for a
genuine copy of The Modern Dance / Mister C, a song that - and this counts also for Courtrai Tonight / Take Over -
achieved the status of international punk cult classic.
In 2010, all this led to renewed interests and the band rose up from their ashes,
releasing a 'best of'-CD and playing many shows.
Today, quite a few contemporary bands have been influenced by the (post-) punk and
cold wave scene of the eighties which make the Definitivos songs sound remarkably
sharp and fresh today.