Thursday 4 March is the day of many song reveals and now we have another. Belgian group Hooverphonic have released their entry for Eurovision 2021, “The Wrong Place”. The song was debuted on the MNM morning radio show, hosted by Belgium Eurovision commentator Peter Van de Veire.
The group describes the song as being about “a one night stand gone wrong” — a woman who wakes up and asks “What the f*** is he doing here?!” The song is more playful than 2020 entry “Release Me” and has the classic Hooverphonic sound.
Hooverphonic also explained that the song was not written specifically for Eurovision, but it’s vintage Hooverphonic. When the band first heard the song, they felt an instant effect and received a lot of enthusiastic reactions from their friends and family. The song has had a lot of work done on it — there have been 21 mixes of the song.
Lead singer Geike Arnaert, who recently returned to Hooverphonic says that the two male band members Alex Callier and Raymond Geerts have calmed down since her last time in Hooverphonic. “A lot has changed, but it still feels very familiar and I feel at home”.
The band is curious to see how Dutch listeners will react to the song. The Netherlands are able to vote for Belgium in the first semi-final of Eurovision.
Hooverphonic have already made their back-up performance for Eurovision 2021, having filmed it last Tuesday. At this stage, though, they aren’t saying anything about what will in store for their live performance in Rotterdam. However, the group have confirmed that the staging will be done by “Calm After the Storm” creative director Hans Pannecoucke.
Hooverphonic – “The Wrong Place” music video
Along with the audio, “The Wrong Place” music video has also been released. It is set in a spooky old mansion and stars lead singer Geike Arnaert. She’s dressed in white, evoking a bride — though there’s something a little creepy about things in this video.
The song tells the story of a woman waking up, full of regret to find herself dealing with a regrettable hook-up. “The Wrong Place” is full of evocative language, describing the guy as someone who gets up “because you need an organic cup of tea” (honey, that’s a red flag). She also asserts, “Don’t you ever wear my Johnny Cash t-shirt!”
“The Wrong” place conjures up a regretful morning after, but there’s very much the sense at the tea-drinking fellow may come to regret finding himself in the wrong place.
What do you think of “The Wrong Place”? What sort of performance do you think Hooverphonic will bring to Rotterdam in May? Tell us your thoughts below!
Additional reporting from Esma Jansen