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I've been really getting into the Jokers recently, and thought I'd write up something about them. The Jokers were a '60s Euro-instro band from Belgium, with a personal sound that unlike most of their Euro contemporaries didn't really owe much to the Shadows. Their sound was very much based on the virtousity of all four players. These guys could play!! The musicianship was off the charts! But it was always in the service of the song, never to show off. Interestingly enough, their guitar tools of choice were (sunburst) Jazzmasters, both the lead and rhythm guitarist always sporting one each in every video and photo I've seen of them. The lead guitar sound tended to not have a huge amount of echo or reverb on it, unlike many other Euro-instro bands of that era.

The Jokers are much more appreciated in Europe than they are in the US, which of course is to be expected. Their tracks have been covered quite widely, by Fifty Foot Combo from Belgium (who covered three songs by them: Taboo, Spanish Hully Gully, and Addis Abeba), the Looney Tunes from Germany (Taboo), Los Twang! Marvels from Germany (Sabre Dance), and even our own Secret Samurai from the USA (Carioca)! Unfortunately, the Jokers don't seem to have been much of songwriters, instead preferring to put their stamp on many already established tunes, and hunting quite widely for song selections. The interesting thing is that often their versions of these became the truly definitive ones, as evidenced by all the modern surf bands covering the above tracks note-for-note. They also released a LOT, including SIX albums, all between '64 and '66! You can see their entire discography here.

Their recording years were between '63 and '66, and apparently they broke up by '67. But they left an incredible legacy, which fortunately for us has been captured in full on four CDs: The Best of... Vols. 1-4. The CDs are almost impossible to track down now, BUT iTunes to the rescue!! They're all available there for only $9.99 each! Given that each CD has 20+ tracks on it, it's an amazing deal. The sound quality is fantastic, too. Here are the links:

http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-best-of-vol.-1/id424369008
http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-best-of-vol.-2/id424391677
http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/volume-3-rarities/id372592515
http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/volume-4-rare-recordings/id372711824

The most frustrating thing is that these comp CDs scrambled the track order, and there's no rhyme or reason to the tracklist at all. But this is where iTunes playlists can come in handy. I put the tracks chronologically in my iPod playlist, and thought I'd write up reviews of the five of their main albums (the sixth one was a Christmas album, and together with some very rare tracks and outtakes, it appears on the Best of, Vol. 3 CD, which I only got recently and haven't had a chance to listen to very much yet).

1964 BEAT GUITARS LP

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Football Boogie / Spanish Hully Gully / Black Eyes / You Are Always In My Heart / Moscow Guitar / Ronny Boy / Song of Delilah / Drina March / Carioca / Chattanooga Choo Choo / Gloria In Excelsis Deo / Sabre Dance / Tabou / Hully Gully-Stop!

This seems to be primarily a collection of their first 5-6 singles, As & Bs, plus a few extra tracks. Quite a bit of exotica stuff on here, in particular Tabou, Song of Delilah, Carioca, Black Eyes and Spanish Hully Gully. Each one of these is more amazing than the next, but probably the standout track is Tabou (originally written by Lecuona), which demonstrates a range of sounds on lead guitar, using a Bass VI (I think), a tone pedal, and a bunch of other stuff. As covered by both Fifty Food Combo and the Looney Tunes, and as great as both of those bands are, their versions still don't live up the original. Fifty Foot Combo also covered Spanish Hully Gully note-for-note, and did a great job with it. The Secret Samurai do a fantastic version of Carioca, too, and come really close to the original's genius.

There's a lot more on the album than the exotica-tinged stuff, of course! The simply astounding Sabre Dance shows off the band's chops in a spectacular manner, so much so that Alex Faide of Los Twang! Marvels, one of the greatest surf guitarists of the past decade, found it enough of a challenge to include it on their last album. Then there are the connections to the Shadows: Chattanooga Choo Choo was also done by the Shadows in '64 (and the Shads have the superior version, I think). Who came first? I'm not sure, but the Jokers definitely beat the Shadows with Drina March, an old Serbian song covered by the Shadows in '66 - though also done by the Spotnicks in '63, so the Jokers probably got it from them. Still, I think the Jokers version is the most interesting and most musical of the three.

The album is rounded off by several gorgeous ballads in more of a Shadows style (Danny Boy, Gloria in Excelsis Deo, You Are Always in My Heart - on all of them the lead guitarist using the beautiful DeArmond 610 Volume/Tone pedal); a bit of cheese in Hully Gully Stop, with an annoying girl voices overdub; a Shadoogie-style Football Boogie with cheesy football crowd overdubs, which doesn't work all that well; and finally two other standouts: the tough, uptempo Moscow Guitar, and a phenomenal version of Black Eyes that must have been influenced by Indo Rock bands from the neighboring Holland. It starts off midtempo, but soons goes into a frenzy of notes that is just stunning.

All in all, a truly classic album! No wonder so many bands have covered tracks from it! All surf music and Euro-instro fans should be familiar with this album.

1965 THE JOKERS GO DISCOTHEQUE! LP

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Umoresco / Diamond Strings / Perdido / Gemini Boogie / Instant Coffee / Harry Lime Theme / Caravan (#2) / Memphis Tennessee / Addis-Abeba / Down By The Riverside / One Way Ticket / Greyhound Express

On their second LP the Jokers changed their sound considerably, really toughening it up and creating a very distinctive style that I've not heard with any other instro band. They clearly took the "Go Discotheque!" theme very seriously, as this album is all about fast tracks that are very danceable. They still manage to weave an exotica thread through many of the tracks, though. Probably the most noticeable thing about this album is that drums and bass are brought way forward, both in the mix and the arrangements. The drummer and bassist seriously GROOVE on this album - damn, it gives me the chills each time! And if you want to hear truly virtouso bass playing in the '60s rock instro setting, then just listen to this album. Wow. Please let me repeat: WOW. Probably the two high points of the album are the simply mind-blowing fast version of Caravan that's completely unique and their own, and Instant Coffee, another fast track with a very similar feel as Caravan, an excellent melody and some phenomenal guitar and bass playing. Those two tracks sound like they were recorded at the same session, and the band must have been just ON that day. They give this same 'beat' makeover to Dvorak's Umoresco (Humoresque), which works fantastically well, and Duke Ellington's Perdido, with again some insane bass and guitar playing. They mix things up a bit by using an acoustic guitar for lead on Memphis, the Harry Lime Theme (also known as the Third Man Theme), and the old gospel tune Down by the Riverside, and quite surprisingly all three work really well - especially the Third Man Theme, which is sweet. What doesn't work so well is another boogie number, Gemini Boogie - this time instead of football (soccer) chanting, they have echoey, spacey guitar effects overdubbed on top of a fairly generic boogie riff. Addis Abeba (named after the capital city of Ethiopia) is a bluesier track with a string-bending main riff, and was also covered by Fifty Foot Combo on their amazing Evil A Go-Go album. The album ends with full-on jazz track Greyhound Express, where all the musicians have a chance to show what they're made of, and it's pretty mind-blowing. Have I mentioned these guys can play??? Holy s#!+!!!

It's hard to pick a favorite between the first two Jokers albums. The debut is a very diverse affair, while Go Discotheque! is a unified album. One thing that you could say as a critique of it is that since every song (except for the final jazz track) utilized exactly the same beat, the straight dance beat, and they're all about the same tempo (not a single ballad), it may get a bit monotonous. But I personally don't feel like that at all. I think it shows a band at the top of its powers, with utter confidence in their musicianship and their ability to get the butt shaking! They're two very different albums, but both copletely brilliant.

1966 THE JOKERS PLAY ALL TIME HITS! LP
Rock Around The Clock / Old Folks At Home / Summertime / Skokiaan / Misirlou / Annie Laurie / Man of Mystery / When The Saints / 12th. Street Rag / Apache / My Bonnie / My Blue Heaven / Home On The Range

After two amazing albums, the Jokers lose the plot. This frankly is a really dull album, full of uninspired track choices, played in a very non-distinct manner. The band sound bored and maybe a bit tired, though they still play well - with their chops, I don't think they could ever NOT play well! But c'mon, instrumental covers of Rock Around the Clock, My Bonnie, My Blue Heaven, Old Folks at Home, Home on the Range, and When the Saints? Yep, it's pretty much as dull as you would expect, not helped by the fact that the lead guitar is almost completely dry on all the tracks, no echo and very little reverb. There are a few redeeming moments, though. Misirlou sports a unique arrangement (that has no connection to DD's version) that works surprisingly well. Rather than aggressive and powerful, it sounds mysterious, despite it still being uptempo. They play Apache and Man of Mystery much slower, with a 12-string acoustic playing the lead, and it gives both tracks a very interesting and different feel. Neither comes close to the Shads' genius originals, but they're good reinterpretations. Summertime gets a bluesy treatment with some nimble lead guitar playing and the whole thing works OK. Annie Laurie is a pretty ballad, and they sound highly energetic on 12th Street Rag, clearly having fun and sounding like the Shadows on some of their material from that same era.

Overall, a less than inspiring album, and mostly a miss. Next!

1966 THE JOKERS GO LATIN! LP
Brasil / Besame Mucho / El Choclo (#2) / Magic Is The Moonlight / Frenesi / Adios Muchachos / Hawaiian War Chant / Perfidia / La Cucaracha / Tico Tico / Maria Elena / La Golondrina / El Cumbanchero

OK, this is much more like it again! The band completely returns to form with another inspiring album, their fourth in total (not counting the Christmas album from '65), and second of three in 1966 alone! Interesting that a Belgian band would find the Latin sounds and beats so attractive, and that it would do such a great job with them! Maybe inspired by the Shadows again? Anyway, there are too many highlights to list on this one - almost every track is a gem. The band sounds reinvegorated and energetic, and explores a wide variety of moods and sounds, adding the organ into their sound on several tracks. The interpretations of all the songs are creative and interesting, and full of rhythm (aided by plentiful percussion overdubs on most tracks). Though, I'm not sure how Hawaiian War Chant became a 'Latin' track, but close enough, I guess. El Choclo is a beautiful midtempo melody that I wasn't familiar with before, but it's probably one of the best on here. Magic Is the Moonlight is an amazingly gorgeous ballad with a 12-string acoustic on lead and a cheesy (in a good way) organ backing, complemented by bongos and other percussion. Too cool. Frenesi seems to be modeled a bit on the Shadows' version of Perfidia, and works really well. There's another Shadows connection in the form of a beautiful song Adios Muchachas, recorded by the Shads in '64 for their own Latin EP. The Jokers play a pretty straight version of it (with a slightly different rhythm), and do a fantastic job with it. Anyway, it's all great. Another top-notch album by the Fabulous Jokers!

1966 NEW SOUND LP
Walk Don't Run / Batman Theme / Nashville Turnpike / Our Man Flint / Napoleon Solo / Saturnus / Baia / Sampan / The Kilt / Erica (In Lerida) / Auld Lang Syne / Adeste Fidelis

The final Jokers album is (mostly) another collection of singles, As & Bs, and shows the band that was very much trying to expand their sound and explore new territory. Unfortunately, the experimentation, while usually very interesting, was not all that successful, and I'd have to say that, though better than "The Jokers Play All Time Hits" album, it's not all that good.

The band introduced all sorts of instruments and textures. Baia (not sure who originally did it, but the Bambi Molesters covered it) sports some HEAVY fuzz and vibes, plus a bunch of percussion and very much a psychadelic-lounge feel and sound. The Kilt starts and ends with some bagpipes - but in a different key from the rest of the song, which makes it clash pretty badly. The song is a mishmash of disparate riffs that really sound thrown together and just don't work. And none of it sounds very Scottish, either. Erica shows the band trying to outdo Herb Alpert with a trumpet lead - and the result is super-cheesy! And NOT in a good way! (Though at least the rhythm backing has the patented Jokers sound, which almost saves it - almost but not quite.) They give Walk, Don't Run a unique arrangement, speeding it way up and introducing some fuzz and multiple guitar overdubs. Does it work? Well, not really, but it's OK, it's not horrible. Nashville Turnpike is a country-ish 12-bar jam, with a some country-approved rolling pull-offs for the main riff, but not much more than that. Probably the worst is the Batman Theme, which is just too much for my taste. Like some lounge guys on LSD, they throw the kitchen sink into the proceedings, fuzz, organ, a girl choir, and I just can't bear to listen to it! Auld Lange Syne sports an acoustic lead, but it's certainly a leftover from the Christmas sessions, as the sound is very much of '64-'65 and it doesn't really fit on this album.

What does work on the album is the molasses-slow version of Our Man Flint with some timpani drums - very dramatic, and just too cool. Sampan is a beautiful ballad, as is Napoleon Solo, which starts with a very serious and creepy "I am Napoleon Solo", giving the track a mysterious quality. Finally, Saturnus also heavily flirts with mid-'60s lounge, with a girl-choir and an organ, but at least the lead guitar is cool enough to mostly save the track.

Overall, "New Sound" is clearly the sound of a band in crisis, looking to break out of the Euro-instro box and find a more contemporary sound in the fast-changing world of the mid-'60s, especially as '66 was ending and the watershed year of '67 was about to begin. A real shame they failed, they were truly remarkable. Probably their main weakness was the inability to write their own material, which was simply not acceptable in the post-Beatles world.

Anyway, I hope if you've made it all the way to the end of this review that you at least found this intro to the world of the Jokers interesting! Now, do yourselves a favor and download those four Best-of CDs from iTunes - and dig in!!!

Ivan
The Madeira Official Website
The Madeira on Facebook
The Blair-Pongracic Band on Facebook
The Space Cossacks on Facebook
The Madeira Channel on YouTube

Last edited: Feb 16, 2012 12:27:48

Wonderful overview!!
Thanks, Ivan!!! Thumbs Up

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Thanks Ivan the wifey got me some Itunes gift cards for V-day so now I know what to look for.

I wonder just how much pressure the record label put on them to record the "ALL TIME HITS! LP?

"Maybe there aren't any surf bands; there's only surf music?" Tuck

Wow thanks a lot Ivan!

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Thanks, Ivan. I'm a big fan of The Jokers, too, and I especially love the track "Tabou." Excellent atmosphere and all-around great musicianship. I'm glad to see these guys getting some love!

-Nick

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Great reviews Ivan! I remember seeing a couple years ago that Ronnie Sigo had reformed The Jokers and was playing a Strat now. Do you know if they're still playing and if they've aged well?

Shawn Martin
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http://www.facebook.com/drumuitar

Thanks, everybody, glad to see you enjoyed the reviews and maybe were turned on to this super cool band!

Shawn, I honestly don't have a clue about any recent activities by the Jokers, but what you say wouldn't be all that surprising. It seems all classic bands reunite at some point. If you find anything else out, please let us know here.

Here are a few YouTube videos of the Jokers. Not very good quality, and there are significant syncing issues, but still, it's something! (There are also brief skips in the sound to the Drina video, making the song sound kinda weird.) There used to be a great Sabre Dance video on YouTube, too, but it's now sadly long gone....

Ivan
The Madeira Official Website
The Madeira on Facebook
The Blair-Pongracic Band on Facebook
The Space Cossacks on Facebook
The Madeira Channel on YouTube

This got me thinking so I did a search, and it appears that they are indeed still playing. Here's their homepage:

http://www.thejokers-page.com/

Shawn Martin
http://www.drummerman.net
http://www.youtube.com/GKacedrummerman
http://www.facebook.com/drumuitar

Oooh! Some new vids as well! Here's Sigo's Youtube channel:

http://www.youtube.com/user/ronnysigo?feature=watch

Shawn Martin
http://www.drummerman.net
http://www.youtube.com/GKacedrummerman
http://www.facebook.com/drumuitar

OK, I found the Sabre Dance video!! Not on YouTube, though - see it here:

http://graceland52.multiply.com/video/item/8?&show_interstitial=1&u=%2Fvideo%2Fitem

Just awesome!

Ivan
The Madeira Official Website
The Madeira on Facebook
The Blair-Pongracic Band on Facebook
The Space Cossacks on Facebook
The Madeira Channel on YouTube

I love that video Smile Here's a current video of him playing Sabre Dance with the Cubase backing track, at home I presume:

http://youtu.be/m6-gfJQB44Y

Shawn Martin
http://www.drummerman.net
http://www.youtube.com/GKacedrummerman
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nice! he's still got the chops! He must be pushing 70 by now, so that's pretty impressive. (The computer makes a less-than-satisfying replacement for the Jokers, though!)

Ivan
The Madeira Official Website
The Madeira on Facebook
The Blair-Pongracic Band on Facebook
The Space Cossacks on Facebook
The Madeira Channel on YouTube

IvanP wrote:

nice! he's still got the chops! He must be pushing 70
by now, so that's pretty impressive. (The computer
makes a less-than-satisfying replacement for the
Jokers, though!)

Yup. I'm still going through their website and they have a reunion CDR and he has a solo CDR.

Shawn Martin
http://www.drummerman.net
http://www.youtube.com/GKacedrummerman
http://www.facebook.com/drumuitar

Wow, this thread has made me too happy for words. Big Grin

-Nick

Gypsy Moonshine on Reverbnation
Gypsy Moonshine on Facebook

Excellent write up Ivan! I really enjoyed that. And thanks so much for mentioning our version of Carioca. The minute I heard that tune, I knew we needed to cover it!

One of my favorite subtle parts of their version of that tune is in the last verse, where you can hear the lead guitarist do the call and response line where the first run is done on the Jazzmaster's neck pickup and the response is done on the neck-middle position. That requires some pretty quick pickup switching! If you listen closely, its unmistakable. Pretty damn cool!

It was probably your raving of The Jokers on sg101 several years ago that turned me on to them in the first place. So thanks!

Ryan
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Last edited: Feb 17, 2012 12:17:26

So, something really interesting just popped up on eBay! I guess the Jokers didn't actually break up in '66, but did at least one more album. Check out the (admittedly difficult to read) description from the auction:

THE JOKERS "Spider-8"

5 years later pressing on the Belgian DISCO label, STEREO (100 pressed in "Femme Fatale" sleeve). Both sleeves and pressing are completely different !! The original 1971 LP was on the Belgian REWARD label, STEREO (400 pressed in "Spider" sleeve). First pressing is 4 times on Popsike. Second pressing isn't on Popsike. Got 6 times the "Spider" sleeve in 25 years and ONLY 1 time the "Femme Fatale" sleeve. Both issues has the same track listing as following:

A1 Spider 8 5:46
A2 California Dreaming 2:36
A3 Gauchos 2:43
A4 Sunny 2:44
A5 Dunch, Dunch, Dunch 2:36
A6 Suicide Is Painless 2:54
B1 Good Morning Freedom 2:50
B2 Andromachae 2:11
B3 Dieyng Manta 3:30
B4 Sympathy 4:33
B5 The Pulsor 5:45

These give guys were busy exploring. The four of them played, one recording they cut into tapes, were drinking like apes and got up with headaches next morning. If any of that makes sense to you, either you’re from Antwerp, or you’re one of the original five Jokers who recorded Spider 8 on that drunken night in Belgium back in 1971 when these sessions were laid down. The Jokers were a prominent instrumental guitar rock band from Belgium who started in the early 60’s – kinda like the Shadows or the Spotnicks even – and by the time the Sixties had morphed unkindly into the more frightening Seventies, they apparently had resorted to drinking heavily, cutting up tapes recorded during sessions they forgot the next day, and carving up the English language into non-sensical things like “Dunch, Dunch and Dunch,” “Andromachae” and “Dieyng Manta,” all song titles on Spider 8. Even the title Spider 8 doesn’t make sense. Sounds cool, though, but makes no sense. But what do you expect from a group who thank “Big Mama Jeanne” for “drinks and drinks…and more drinks” on the back cover, then claim their engineer Jerry Clauwers has “a short leg.” They do like their ale over there.

Despite the Charlie Sheen-like stupor they claim to have recorded this under, you gotta give the Jokers credit for being the first band to cover the MASH staple “Suicide Is Painless,” just one year after the film came out. And four years before whats-his-name had a bit hit with it in the US. And two decades before Marilyn Manson put it to rest for good. They also do a nice job with Rare Bird’s spooky “Sympathy,” dragging out the sinister fuzz guitar for one last go-round. Elsewhere, they cover “California Dreaming” and “Sunny.” That’s Bobby Hebb, Rare Bird, the Mamas and the Papas and MASH all on one album – sweet baby Jesus, this record’s more scattershot than one of those old K-Tel compilations!

The Jokers are best, however, when they’re pumping out their own creations, almost always with nonsensical broken English titles. “Dieying Manta” is probably a typo, although I can’t for the life of me figure out what this groovy upbeat go-go beat number with distorted organ has to do with a stingray in its death throes if it is. A super-fun dancefloor groove with fuzz and wah wah overload is called “Gauchos,” but don’t expect to hear anything even slightly related to Spanish cowboys. The one song that sounds vaguely country/western, an ambling bit of jangly guitar prairie pickin’, is, for reasons beyond my sober comprehension, called “Dunch, Dunch & Dunch,” like some bad Belgian law firm. And a nifty little organ instrumental that sounds like an outtake from the first Procol Harum album is called “The Pulsor,” which makes me wonder if Gary Brooker didn’t do side work for Star Trek at one time during the late 60’s. And I don’t even know what an “Andromachae” is. But I’d probably use “the pulsor” on it if I ever met one.

Spider 8 is probably one of the rarest of the so-called “exploito” albums of the late 60’s/early 70’s – exemplified by the Crown label here in the US and the Saga label in the UK. It’s also one of the most fun, if not completely inexplicable. I have no doubt that what they say on the back cover is true. It really does sound like five guys drinking like apes, cutting up tapes, and engineering the whole thing with a short leg while Big Mama Jeanne keeps the Duvel flowing. Listening to it forty years on, I can safely say this. It makes me wanna dunch, dunch and dunch some more.

Ivan
The Madeira Official Website
The Madeira on Facebook
The Blair-Pongracic Band on Facebook
The Space Cossacks on Facebook
The Madeira Channel on YouTube

Last edited: Feb 25, 2012 08:11:53

Thanks Ivan for your extensive post regarding The Jokers. Nice to give this 'fabulous' sixties band some exposure. I'm sure some of you guys this will be a great new treasure. I'm from Antwerp and of course this is one of my favorite instro bands, ass you can see in this picture.

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In my opinion this guys really stand out of any other 'Low Countries' instro band of the '60. Their sound and skills are amazing, especially if you know the young age of this
musicians were.

On this website, you can find the whole story of the band.
www.pmouse.nl/jokers/jokers.htm

Unfortunately it's all written in dutch, maybe you can try to do a google translate on it ;) Any way there is a cool story of their 'Spanish adventure'. In the summer of 1963 the band was booked in the 'Florida Park' (Madrid). After installing their Fender guitars and Showman amps on the stage, they went to the hotel. Some time later, a producer of the Spanish Polidor label saw all the Fender gear and headed straight to the hotel, where the guys stayed (in '63 you couldn't buy Fender in Spain and it was considered as luxery and glamour). Without hearing the band, he instantly offered them an recording contract and so they end up in Spains fines music recording studio. In 1963 'Los Jokes' (as they where called in Spain) recorded there first stereo album 'Guitarras en Stereo', one year later it was released in Japan.

Some years ago I read an funny article in a newspaper titled 'Elvis lives (in Antwerp)'. In 1966 The Jokers bass player Jos Clauwers, was stand-in for a scene in the Elvis movie 'Double Trouble'.

If you like the Jokers, I suggest you should check out some other Belgian '60 bands like 'The Cousins' best know from there prety weird songs ‘Kili Watch’ and 'Kana Kapila'. They have some cool instros like this one called 'Boudha' ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Midjtxt6JmE&feature=related )

8-9 year ago I started a Surf/Euro instro/Indo-rock band called 'The Hydrosonics'. Including 2 band bandmembers from Los Venturas: Pieter Dedoncker (drums), Sébastien Fevry (Bass VI) and Jerry Soetewey from The Ohmmen (rhythm guitar). We did 2 simple demorecordings, you can listen to all 10 tracks on this website thehydrosonics.tk. Unfortunately the band was put to a stop in 2007. Any way, we played a lot of Jokers stuff, including 'Saber Dance', this was a great live song. Coincidental I was talking last weekend about this song with the other guys of Los Venturas, to maybe play this song again on SG'12.

If some one is intersted in CDs of vinyls from the Jokers, I can check for it in some shops here in Antwerp, just let me know.

BTW, Ivan I suggest you try some of that 'Duvel' as you mention in the last part regarding the Spider 8 recordings. That's our favorit beer and you can find it very easy in the States. After 3 of those you 'll soon know way this last Jokers album sounds so weird ;)

Grts,

Christoph

www.losventuras.be

Los Venturas

www.LosVenturas.be

Ivan,
thanks for all the info on the Jokers, that is one band I sadly missed the boat on, wish I could get all 4 cds. Cry

Chritoph,
thanks for the Info on the Cousins,
I had seen that video for Bouda before,
but thought it was the jokers, and couldn't find it recently.

Jeff(bigtikidude)

Last edited: Feb 27, 2012 12:19:48

as for Belgian beer, I will stick to Chimay, Wink
the Blue preferably.

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Last edited: Feb 27, 2012 12:35:58

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