Hooverphonic

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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Hooverphonic Discography

Albums

484389 2, COL 484389 2 Hooverphonic A New Stereophonic Sound Spectacular (Album) Columbia, Columbia 484389 2, COL 484389 2 Belgium 1996 Sell This Version
COL 489810 8 Hooverphonic Blue Wonder Power Milk (Album) Columbia COL 489810 8 Belgium 1998 Sell This Version
SMA 498243 8 Hooverphonic The Magnificent Tree (Album, Single) Columbia SMA 498243 8 France 2000 Sell This Version
SMA 504246 5 Hooverphonic Hooverphonic Presents Jackie Cane (Album) Columbia SMA 504246 5 Belgium 2002 Sell This Version
COL 513650 0 Hooverphonic Sit Down And Listen To (Album) Columbia, Columbia, Sony Music, Sony Music COL 513650 0 Belgium 2003 Sell This Version
82876 746702 Hooverphonic No More Sweet Music (Album) Columbia, Sony BMG Music Entertainment 82876 746702 Europe 2005 Sell This Version
TRACKS 103 Hooverphonic The President Of The LSD Golf Club (Album) Tracks TRACKS 103 Europe 2007 Sell This Version
88697816752 Hooverphonic The Night Before (Album) Columbia 88697816752 Belgium 2010 Sell This Version
88765425632 Hooverphonic With Orchestra Live (Album) Columbia 88765425632 Europe 2012 Sell This Version
88691964412 Hooverphonic With Orchestra(CD, Album) Columbia 88691964412 Europe 2012 Sell This Version
88883780282 Hooverphonic Reflection (Album) Columbia 88883780282 Europe 2013 Sell This Version
none Hooverphonic In Wonderland (Album, Single) Columbia none Belgium 2016 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

COL 663559 6 Hooverphonic 2Wicky (Maxi, Single) Columbia COL 663559 6 Belgium 1996 Sell This Version
663947 2, COL 663947 2 Hooverphonic Inhaler (Maxi) Columbia, Columbia 663947 2, COL 663947 2 Belgium 1996 Sell This Version
none Hooverphonic Battersea EP (EP, Single) Epic none UK 1998 Sell This Version
SAMPMS 5925 Hooverphonic This Strange Effect (Maxi, Single) Columbia SAMPMS 5925 Belgium 1998 Sell This Version
ESK 41321 Hooverphonic Club Montepulciano (Maxi, Single) Dance Pool ESK 41321 US 1998 Sell This Version
SAMPCS 5185 Hooverphonic One Way Ride(CD, Single, Promo, Car) Columbia SAMPCS 5185 Belgium 1998 Sell This Version
SAMPCS 6489 Hooverphonic Eden (Maxi, Single) Columbia SAMPCS 6489 Belgium 1998 Sell This Version
667418 1 Hooverphonic Lung(CD, Single) Columbia 667418 1 Belgium 1999 Sell This Version
COL 670885 2, 6708852000 Hooverphonic Out Of Sight (Best Friends) (Single) Columbia, Columbia COL 670885 2, 6708852000 Belgium 2000 Sell This Version
COL 669180 1, 6691801000 Hooverphonic Mad About You (Maxi, Single) Epic COL 669180 1, 6691801000 Belgium 2000 Sell This Version
none Hooverphonic Vinegar & Salt (Single, Maxi) Columbia none Belgium 2000 Sell This Version
none Hooverphonic Renaissance Affair(CDr, Single, Promo) Epic none USA & Canada 2000 Sell This Version
SAMPCS10526 Hooverphonic Jackie Cane (Single, Maxi) Columbia, Columbia SAMPCS10526 Belgium 2001 Sell This Version