BELGIUM – The Belgian band Hooverphonic will perform “The Wrong Place” at the 65th Eurovision Song Contest in the Netherlands.
The Belgian band have been releasing music that blurs lines between symphonic soundscapes and highly infectious pop tunes for over 2 decades now.
The song is written by the band’s bassist Alex Callier and Charlotte Foret, who caught Callier’s eye with her indie single Wasted Time, though The Wrong Place wasn’t penned with the Eurovision Song Contest in mind, explains Alex:
“Not at all. But it kept popping up as a possible candidate. There was something about that song that made an impression. As per usual, this is a Hooverphonic tune that could be the soundtrack to a non-existing movie.
The lyrics are inspired by Lee Hazelwood, who wrote These Boots Are Made For Walkin’ for Nancy Sinatra, and countless other classics. With the whiff of sarcasm, some sardonic humour, and the well-defined attitude as a result.”
The Americana influence continues throughout the song as Alex goes on to explain:
“We heard Johnny Cash on the radio during a songwriting session. In jest, we gave ourselves the challenge to incorporate Johnny Cash in our new song. This resulted in the lyric: ‘Don’t you ever dare to wear my Johnny Cash T-shirt’. The rest of the song is built around this phrase.”
The group’s singer Geike Arnaert was keen to share her thoughts about the Eurovision Song Contest:
“When I joined the band again last fall, Alex mentioned the Eurovision Song Contest and a voice in my head said: ‘Oh, right, there’s that …’ International attention of this magnitude is decidedly outside of my comfort zone. But then again, I have to admit that 9-year old Geike looked up to Belgian candidates like Sandra Kim and Liliane Saint-Pierre. I even imitated them in my own backyard. The contest has always fascinated me, and might as well have planted the seed that put me on the path of becoming a singer.”
Lead guitarist Raymond Geerts has his own memories too:
“Even as a kid, me and the Eurovision Song Contest had a bond. The jukebox in my grandmother’s café had all the winners’ singles. The diversity of the festival have always been dear to me. I really dig Non ho l’età (by Italy’s 1964 winner Gigliola Cinquetti) and ABBA’s Waterloo from 1974, the Belgian entries from Jean Valé, Louis Neefs and Bob Benny, and the revolutionary trailblazing song Rendez-vous by Pas De Deux from 1983. I’m looking forward to representing Belgium this year.”
Hooverphonic will perform in the second half of the first Semi-Final on Tuesday 18 May.
Last year they celebrated the 20th anniversary of their landmark album The Magnificent Tree and to celebrate they re-released an updated version of its lead single Mad About You; widely considered a fan favourite and Hooverphonic’s biggest success worldwide so far.
I wake up and I think I could use another drink
I’m reaching for a smoke to forget about last night, last night
I get up ’cause I need a shot of instant remedy
I put a record on, it makes me think about last night, last night