Hooverphonic

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The Belgian band Hooverphonic formed in 1995 by original members Alex Callier, Frank Duchêne, and Raymond Geerts. The three first met up and formed a band called The Love Letter Boxes in 1994. The format of music they played can best be described as "60's-inspired naive pop".

Alex and Frank had been attending the Rits Film School in Brussels.. Alex knew Raymond, who had been playing in a local band from Sint-Niklaas, and asked him if he would be interested in joining the band. Along with two other mutual friends who played bass and drums, the guys wrote songs with Alex singing vocals and playing guitar, Frank playing keyboards, and Raymond playing guitars as well. They made a demo tape and sent it to a record company. The demo tape was rejected and the bass player and drummer left the line-up.

Alex, Frank and Raymond continued on to write more music, but this time around the music took a different direction. Alex began working for the Belgian National TV station as a sound engineer. Frank was employed as a sound engineer and Raymond was at his day-job at the tax department.

Alex had already acquired a drum machine and along with a sampler he bought which allowed the three to work quicker and more efficiently. It also allowed them to develop their new musical direction.

At this time Alex was still doing the vocals but needed a girl to do backing vocals on some of the tracks. He asked a friend by the name of Esther if she could sing a few backing vocals. They realized that female vocals were actually more conducive to their music and asked Esther if she would sing the tracks.

They began recording these tracks with Esther as the lead vocalist in a firehouse in Sint-Niklaas. The track that made Hooverphonic realize its niche was "Inhaler". The song gave birth to the inspiration to record the other tracks that later made their way onto their first album A New Stereophonic Sound Spectacular.

Frank played the demo tape for Luc Van Acker (Lords of Acid, Revolting Cocks, Shreikback, Ministry) who was the studio manager at Galaxy Studios at that time. Van Acker was quite impressed by it and recommended that the band send the demo tape to international record labels.

At first the reaction from the record labels was rather skeptical. But the break in the skepticism came by an enthusiastic response from an A & R person at Sony UK. Suddenly the band found messages on their answering machines from such labels as 4AD, Sony Belgium, EMI, and Play It Again Sam. The band decided to sign with Sony Belgium.

The band first set out to re-record "2Wicky" with Liesje's vocals for Stealing Beauty and that demo version was the one that was used in the movie and subsequently on the soundtrack.
Hooverphonic began recording their first album in their home studio and in Galaxy Studios. British producer/mixer Roland Harrington (Soul II Soul, Björk, Simply Red, Catatonia) mixed A New Stereophonic Sound Spectacular at Whitfield Studios in London. The album was released in Europe on July 29, 1996 and had its U.S. release on April 15, 1997.

The first single was "Wardrope" and the release of "2wicky" was a radio hit in several countries. The band instantly gained notoriety as an underground buzz band. Hooverphoinc started touring shortly thereafter. Also around this same time the band had to change their name from Hoover to Hooverphonic because there was already a German and an American band by the same moniker.

Hooverphonic's Alex Callier had been asked to write the score and soundtrack to the Belgian film Shades starring Mickey Rourke. Due to a release conflict with "Lung", Hooverphonic recorded the title track under the alias Milk Fisk.

In March 2000 Alex was given the ZAMU award for Best Producer in Belgium for the Shades soundtrack and film score. An award most deservedly earned.
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Albums

484389 2, COL 484389 2 A New Stereophonic Sound Spectacular — Hooverphonic Hooverphonic A New Stereophonic Sound Spectacular (Album) Columbia, Columbia 484389 2, COL 484389 2 Belgium 1996 Sell This Version
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COL 489810 8 Blue Wonder Power Milk — Hooverphonic Hooverphonic Blue Wonder Power Milk (Album) Columbia COL 489810 8 Belgium 1998 Sell This Version
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AEK 62209 S1 The Magnificent Tree — Hooverphonic Hooverphonic The Magnificent Tree (Album, Single) Columbia, Columbia AEK 62209 S1 US 2000 Sell This Version
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SMA 504246 5 Hooverphonic Presents Jackie Cane — Hooverphonic Hooverphonic Hooverphonic Presents Jackie Cane (Album) Columbia, Columbia, Columbia SMA 504246 5 France 2002 Sell This Version
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COL 513650 0 Sit Down And Listen To — Hooverphonic Hooverphonic Sit Down And Listen To (Album) Columbia, Columbia, Sony Music, Sony Music COL 513650 0 Belgium 2003 Sell This Version
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82876 746702 No More Sweet Music — Hooverphonic Hooverphonic No More Sweet Music (Album) Columbia, Sony BMG Music Entertainment 82876 746702 Europe 2005 Sell This Version
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TRACKS 103 The President Of The LSD Golf Club — Hooverphonic Hooverphonic The President Of The LSD Golf Club (Album) Tracks TRACKS 103 Europe 2007 Sell This Version
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88697816752 The Night Before — Hooverphonic Hooverphonic The Night Before (Album) Columbia 88697816752 Europe 2010 Sell This Version
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88765425632 With Orchestra Live (Koningin Elisabethzaal 2012) — Hooverphonic Hooverphonic With Orchestra Live (Koningin Elisabethzaal 2012) (Album) Columbia, Sony Music 88765425632 Europe 2012 Sell This Version
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88691964412 With Orchestra — Hooverphonic Hooverphonic With Orchestra (Album) Columbia, Sony Music 88691964412 Europe 2012 Sell This Version
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88883780282 Reflection — Hooverphonic Hooverphonic Reflection (Album) Columbia 88883780282 Europe 2013 Sell This Version
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none In Wonderland — Hooverphonic Hooverphonic In Wonderland (Album) Columbia none Belgium 2016 Sell This Version
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6792208 Looking For Stars — Hooverphonic Hooverphonic Looking For Stars (Album) Universal Music 6792208 Europe 2018 Sell This Version
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3592708 Hidden Stories — Hooverphonic Hooverphonic Hidden Stories (Album) Universal Music Belgium 3592708 Europe 2021 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

COL 663559 6 2Wicky — Hooverphonic Hooverphonic 2Wicky (Maxi, Single) Columbia COL 663559 6 Europe 1996 Sell This Version
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663947 2, COL 663947 2 Inhaler — Hooverphonic Hooverphonic Inhaler (Maxi) Columbia, Columbia 663947 2, COL 663947 2 Belgium 1996 Sell This Version
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none Battersea EP — Hooverphonic Hooverphonic Battersea EP (EP, Single) Epic none UK 1998 Sell This Version
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ESK 41321 Club Montepulciano — Hooverphonic Hooverphonic Club Montepulciano (Maxi, Single) Columbia, Columbia ESK 41321 US 1998 Sell This Version
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SAMPMS 5925 This Strange Effect — Hooverphonic Hooverphonic This Strange Effect (Maxi, Single) Columbia SAMPMS 5925 Belgium 1998 Sell This Version
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SAMPCS 5185 One Way Ride — Hooverphonic Hooverphonic One Way Ride(CD, Single, Promo, Car) Columbia SAMPCS 5185 Belgium 1998 Sell This Version
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28-666826-20, COL 666826-6 Eden — Hooverphonic Hooverphonic Eden (Maxi, Single) Columbia 28-666826-20, COL 666826-6 Belgium 1999 Sell This Version
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COL 667418 1, 6674181000, 667418 1 Lung — Hooverphonic Hooverphonic Lung (Single) Columbia, Columbia, Columbia COL 667418 1, 6674181000, 667418 1 Belgium 1999 Sell This Version
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none Vinegar & Salt — Hooverphonic Hooverphonic Vinegar & Salt (Maxi, Single) Columbia none Belgium 2000 Sell This Version
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none Mad About You — Hooverphonic Hooverphonic Mad About You (Maxi, Single) Columbia none 2000 Sell This Version
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none Renaissance Affair — Hooverphonic Hooverphonic Renaissance Affair(CDr, Single, Promo) Epic none USA & Canada 2000 Sell This Version

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Derekmusicman2015

Derekmusicman2015

October 10, 2020
The 2020 Smoked vinyl Reissue also sounds fantastic.. Quiet and I had no noise at all..
konpa78

konpa78

January 25, 2020
Stunning Pressing. Probably the most quiet record in my collection. There are maybe 3-4 clicks per side out of the box. Enornous dynamics, spectacular stereo image (from a live theatre recording), huge levels of detail and clarity against an inky black background. A record to show off your system...

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