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Disc 1
01
Chakachas Stories
02 :38
02
Mad Unity Funky Tramway
04 :40
03
Rene Costy Ostinato Bass
03 :08
04
Alex Scorier Topless
04 :14
05
Open Sky Unit Sunshine Star
04 :58
06 04 :30
07
Andre Brasseur Funky
04 :54
08
Chicken Curry & His Pop Percussion Orchestra Librium
03 :50
09
Placebo Balek
04 :17
10
Les Hélions Music & C
04 :53
11
Black Blood Avenue Louise
02 :56
13
Nico Gomez & His Afro Percussion Inc. Ritual
03 :54
14
Andre Brasseur Saturnus
03 :25
15
Chocolat's El Caravanero
10 :37
Disc 2
01
Chicken Curry & His Pop Percussion Orchestra Malaria Fever
03 :24
02
Amadeo Memories
03 :58
03
El Chicles Funky Chicken
05 :21
04 03 :18
05
The Mol Percussion Band Tileto
02 :50
06
Cos Viva Boma
02 :35
07
Rene Costy & His Orchestra Scrabble
04 :12
08
The Rapture Pop in Three
04 :18
09
Doug Lucas One for You
06 :22
10
Hein Huysmans Kwintet Marakesh
07 :30
11
Placebo Humpty Dumpty
02 :31
12
Leo Cavallo Smoke
03 :41
13
Chakachas Turtle Soup
03 :52
14
Super Funk Special Lord Funk
20 :56
ARTIST
TITLE
Funky Chicken: Belgian Grooves from the 70's
FORMAT
2CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
SDBAN 001CD SDBAN 001CD
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RELEASE DATE
11/18/2014

The best Belgian dance tracks from the beginning of the '70s. Dire times, they were, full of poverty and hardship. To make a living out of popular music was a near-impossibility in a small country like Belgium. This precarious situation, though, proved to be a blessing in disguise for creative minds. When it's hard to get your hands on some money, trying out as many things as you can seems the logical thing to do. On the other hand, if there's hardly any money to be gained anyway, you may just as well play what you bloody well like. That's what Belgians like to do anyway. Moreover, living in a country where virtually every musical wave passes through also inspires. In the early '70s, those waves were (Afro-)funk, soul, and Latin. The situation as a whole was a favorable one for some visionary musical entrepreneurs. Jean and Roland Kluger created a musical dynasty, American-style, with successful acts like Chakachas and Two Man Sound. Their rival, Marcel De Keukeleire, scored worldwide hits with Amadeo, Chocolat's, and "The Birdy Song." Relying on zealous energy and a shamelessly commercial logic, every effort was aimed at success, so they jumped on as many international bandwagons as they could and tried out their own variants on the local market. Nearly every style in the post-war scene is represented here: Hein Huysmans' jazz-funk, the jazzy prog-rock of Cos, or the fusion of Open Sky Unit. And of course there's Marc Moulin, a name that needs little or no introduction. This is the missing link between the variety orchestras of the '60s and the electronic triumphs of Telex in the late '70s and early '80s. These tracks offer the same sense of adventure and slightly surreal pigheadedness that are also present in the best Belgian contributions to dance music. Think Front 242, Technotronic, or Soulwax/2manydjs. This is the ground they built upon. Artists include: Chakachas, Mad Unity, Rene Costy, Alex Scorier, Open Sky Unit, Plus, Andre Brasseur, Chicken Curry & His Pop Percussion Orchestra, Placebo, Les Hélions, Black Blood, S.S.O. (feat. Douglas Lucas & The Sugar Sisters ), Nico Gomez & His Afro Percussion Inc., Chocolat's, Amadeo, El Chicles, The Mol Percussion Band, Cos, Rene Costy & His Orchestra, The Rapture, Doug Lucas, Hein Huysmans Kwintet, Leo Cavallo, and Super Funk Special.