Hooverphonic The Wrong Place Eurovision 2021 Belgium

Hooverphonic will represent Belgium at Eurovision 2021 in Rotterdam with their song “The Wrong Place”.

Hooverphonic were originally due to sing “Release Me” at Eurovision 2020. However, the contest was cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. But, just like several other countries, Belgium opted to reselect its 2020 act for this year’s competition.

And now we’ve compiled 10 facts you need to know about Hooverphonic. Let’s do this!

Belgium at Eurovision 2021: Facts about Hooverphonic

1. They’re a trio

Hooverphonic’s membership has changed multiple times through the years, but Alex Callier and Raymond Geerts have been the band’s backbone since its beginning in 1995. The group currently consists of three core members.

Geike Arnaert (41) — Geike is the lead singer. She first joined Hooverphonic in 1997 and is the voice most associated with the band. However, she left the group in 2008 and only returned to the fold in late 2020.

Raymond Geerts (61) — Born in Sint-Niklaas, Raymond is a founding member of Hooverphonic. He’s been the group’s guitarist since 1995. He has also written on a couple of Hooverphonic tracks, including “Inhaler” and “2 Wicky”. Raymond was also a member of The Ditch for a while. He played the drums with that band, his original instrument. He only started guitar after teaching himself.

Alex Callier (48) — Also born in Sint-Niklaas, Alex is the second founding member. He is the group’s bassist and composer/producer. From 1990 to 1993, Alex studied a degree in Image, Sound and Editing at the Royal Institute for Theatre, Cinema and Sound in Brussels. Funnily enough, after graduating, he started working as a sound technician at VRT — the same broadcaster that selected the band for Eurovision.

2. Their lineup has changed a few times

It’s no secret that Hooverphonic’s lineup has changed several times. The group has had six lead singers since 1995. They are Esther Lybeert, Liesje Sadonius, Kyoko Bartsoen, Geike Arnaert, Noémie Wolfs and Luka Cruysberghs. In fact, their Eurovision 2021 effort “Release Me” had Luka on vocals. She was also expected to sing in this year’s contest. But then in November 2020, much to the surprise of fans and Luka herself, Hooverphonic announced that Geike would be returning to the group and taking her place. The turnover rate may seem high, but it should be remembered that Hooverphonic has been on the go since 1995. In any walk of life, people tend to come and go over a period of 25 years.

3. They were originally called Hoover

In the early 1990s, Alex Callier met Frank Duchêne. They connected over their love for the music of Pierre Henry. His work would influence the typical Hooverphonic sound. Together with Raymond Geerts, Alex and Frank created Hoover in 1995. They soon discovered that there was already a group with that name, so they switched to Hooverphonic. Allegedly, this was also to avoid a clash with the world-famous vacuum cleaner manufacturer. Nonetheless, their debut album was released under the name Hoover. Frank Duchêne left in 1998 due to musical differences.

4. Geike is a solo star

Geike Arnaert has been with Hooverphonic on and off for over 11 years. However, Belgian and Dutch fans might recognise her voice from elsewhere without realising it. She is the female vocal on the big 2017/2018 BeNeLux hit “Zoutelande”. She recorded the song with Dutch band BLØFUpon returning to the group, Geike confirmed that she will continue with her solo work, including new material and performances.

5. They used guest singers like Madame Monsieur’s Emili Satt

After Noémie Wolfs’ departure in 2015, the group worked with several guest vocalists before their partnership with Luka began in 2018. One of these singers was Emili Satt. Yes, the frontwoman from Madame Monsieur — France’s Eurovision 2018 act. She can be heard on “Badaboum”.

6. They have collaborated with famous artists and songwriters

In 1998, Hooverphonic went on a European tour supporting, among others, Moloko, Fiona Apple and Massive Attack. Alex says that they learned much from touring with these acts, lessons they still use today. They would later cover Massive Attack’s “Unfinished Sympathy”. For their second LP Blue Wonder Power Milk they collaborated with American producer Mark Plati. He has worked with acts such as The Cure, David Bowie and Fleetwood Mac. Although Alex writes most of Hooverphonic’s material himself,  he occasionally writes with others. One of these is Cathy Dennis. Best known for the very non-Hooverphonic sounding “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head” (Kylie Minogue) and “Toxic” (Britney Spears), she chipped in on “Jacky Cane” and “The Last Thing I Need Is You”.

7. They performed at the opening ceremony of Euro 2000

Although Hooverphonic has quite some experience to fall back on, their most nerve-wracking gig, according to Alex Callier, was performing at the opening of the UEFA European Football Championship in 2000. The ceremony was held in King Boudwijn stadium in Brussels. Alex composed “Visions” for the occasion. Over 50,000 attendees watched on in the stadium, while about 1.5 billion more tuned in from home.

8. Alex composed Sennek’s “A Matter of Time”

Sennek represented Belgium at Eurovision 2018 with “A Matter Of Time”, a song composed by Alex. However, he revealed that the original version was very different from the one performed in Lisbon. “The evolution of the song went really weird. I started writing with her and then she finished it with somebody else. My version had a choir during the entire song. My idea for her staging was that she would be surrounded by a cool band, like rockabillies. So surrounded by them, singing along, taking you in. But they didn’t do that, they made it more a diva song, but then you have to be a real diva. That was the advantage for Blanche, she didn’t have to be a diva, because her song was so fragile”.

9. They have released 16 albums

Since their foundation in 1995, Hooverphonic have brought out 16 albums. In 1996 they released their debut A New Stereophonic Sound Spectacular. This spawned the international hit “2 Wicky“. Eleven more studio albums followed along with two live LPs and three compilation records. From an artistic point of view, “Eden” is considered to be one of their classics. Their latest album, Looking For Stars, is from 2018.

10. Hollywood has a taste for Hooverphonic

The music of Hooverphonic has proven to be very popular in other media, soundtracking films, commercials and TV series.

  • “2 Wicky” — Movies: Stealing Beauty, Finalemente Soli, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, My Best Friend and Permanent Midnight. TV: Entourage.
  • “Sarangi” — Movies: Charlie’s Angels and The Dance. TV: Baywatch.
  • “Eden” — Movies: I Still Know What You Did Last Summer. Commercials: Repsol (Spain) and Alpro (Belgium). TV: Zone Stad and Thuis.
  • “Mad About You” — Driven, South Kensington, New Best Friend. Commercials: Smart Car, Autoroutes (France), Volvo and Eurotel Image (Czech Republic). TV: Las Vegas, Cold Case and Third Watch.
  • “Inhaler” — Movies: The Real Blonde. TV: CSI.
  • “Waves” —  TV: Sex And The City.

Other featured songs include “This Strange Effect” (La Femme Nikita), “The World is Mine” (Mile High), “Battersea” (Third Watch and Goodbye To Camelot, Jaguar commercial), “Wardrope” (commercial for J.P. Morgan), “Renaissance Affair” (commercial for Volkswagen), “Jackie Cane” (commercial for Toyota) and “Amalfi” (commercial for Danone).

Alex Callier also composed three songs for the Mickey Rourke movie Shades“This Strange Effect”, “Renaissance Affair” and “Shades”.

 

What do you think of Hooverponic’s track record? Are you excited to see them in Rotterdam? Let us know in the comment section below.

Read more Eurovision 2021 artist facts here.

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Sanne
Sanne
7 days ago

Mad about you is their most famous classic, it’s such a masterpiece, with Geike.

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
1 month ago

“I Still Know What You Did Last Summer” is such a bad, bad film.

Linde
Linde
1 month ago

Check their spotify profile

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 month ago

I remember listening to “Badaboum”, but back then I didn’t know who Madame Monsieur were, so I only figured out it was Émilie singing in the track by reading the article. Alex may be a difficult character, but he’s very talented. I guess 30 years from now I’ll be still listening to things like “A Matter of Time” and “Mad About You” and being happy with it.

Dawid
Dawid
1 month ago

Matter of time is one of my favorite ESC songs ever. Damn

TD303
TD303
1 month ago

Internationally, maybe yes. But in Belgium, they had many hits with Noémie: Anger Never Dies, The Night Before, Amalfi, etc.

Stephanie
Stephanie
1 month ago

For those who keep bringing up the Luka case. Even some of the biggest groups in musical history had their “problems”. Oasis, Blondie, The Police, The Everly Brothers and etc.. So why keep on bringing this up? Are there not more important things in the world right now? I think so…. something I am confronted with every day…

Jofty
Jofty
1 month ago
Reply to  Stephanie

And even Bucks Fizz/The Fizz

Bella
Bella
1 month ago

Eden, Badaboum, Amalfi (my favorite), The World is Mine, Jackie Cane, … Mad About You is not even their most successful song.

Dawid
Dawid
1 month ago
Reply to  Bella

Tbh, I’ve found them from Badaboom

Linde
Linde
1 month ago
Reply to  Bella

check their international palmares

Bella
Bella
1 month ago
Reply to  Bella

I’m not a “fan”, but ok lol

Sanne
Sanne
7 days ago
Reply to  Bella

It is…

Cammy Singh-Claire
Cammy Singh-Claire
1 month ago

Hooverphonic are long established artists who have many accomplishments under their belt so they don’t maybe feel the need to fit the “Eurovision mould” as much & have certainly given us, this year, a catchy & sophisticated, mature pop song of high quality which I’m sure will do well especially with Juries, even if the stereotypical “Eurofan” (not the same as a “Music fan who likes Eurovision”) doesn’t appreciate it.

Last edited 1 month ago by Cammy Singh-Claire
Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
1 month ago

I would call this quality music. When I heard “The Wrong Place” for first time. I thought it was good and quite faultless but I wasn’t excited. But it is music that lasts, meaning I can listen to it over and over and it’s still good. I prefer this to a flash in the pan. Also, shame that “A Matter Of Time” went to waste. Maybe with Alex’ vision, it could have challenged for the victory, as it should have. I still love that song. Man, I would love to hear the original version. Can’t they re-record with Geike, as… Read more »

Ben
Ben
1 month ago

They totally screwed Luka over. Not cool at all.

WannaEatMySpaghetti
WannaEatMySpaghetti
1 month ago
Reply to  Ben

Once again, nobody knows what happened in the group. We can’t judge. But we can judge the way it was done.

TD303
TD303
1 month ago
Reply to  Ben

Ugh, get over it already! Yeah, Luka was done wrong but try to see this entry apart from that situation. I’m sure Luka will have a great solo career as she actually won The Voice of Flanders before she started at Hooverphonic.

Linde
Linde
1 month ago
Reply to  Ben

what if one day she decided to leave the group? How often has Hooverphonic been obliged to sail a new road? Alex and co never gave up. Their chemistry is strongest with Geike.That’s life!

Sanne
Sanne
7 days ago
Reply to  Ben

She is over it already. And Alex didn’t let her go completely, he is still her coach and he still helps her with her solo career.

Alphalpha
Alphalpha
1 month ago

I used a Hooverphonic as a suction device. INCREDIBLE!