’t Hof Van Commerce is twenty, but is still a balorige teenager. The first concert of the – ever expanding – mini tour was a good morsig party.
It is twenty years ago that ‘Dommestik and Levrancier’ of ’t Hof van Commerce, suddenly, was everywhere – well, not in the charts, I have only this week discovered: although the single in all …
It is twenty years ago that ‘Dommestik and Levrancier’ of ’t Hof van Commerce, suddenly, was everywhere – well, not in the charts, I have only this week discovered: although the single in all of the annual summaries, it was not a commercial hit. Maybe it was the first single just played enough to ‘bubbling under’, but a year long. Maybe there were more albums sold: And in Izzegem took, however, the Ultratop. The albums that followed, sometimes after long gaps, were bona fide hits, Tough Second Herman . But in our memories, which are totally scientific judge of what is classic pop music, ’t Hof van Commerce from ‘Dommestik and Levrancier’ a crucial group.
Onnôzelaers all tegoare
So the question was: they will open the first concert (after two try-outs) of their verjaardagstournee with that number? Or with the lustily sing along with the hymn “Kom mor ip”? It was ‘Investeern in a twad different’, the opening track from And in Izzegem, after Flip Kowlier and Serge Buyse with raised arms and a thick minute were welcomed and Kristof ‘dj 4T4’ Michiels already was working behind his mixing console. (4T4, the wife of ’t Hof.) That song also continued to clear the way: ‘k come from the West Vloanders, Izzegem, the best stemn komm of doare, onnôzeloars ol tegoare’. First shout out to Izegem, West-Vlaanderen, first bluff on the own can, first song of the first album.
Of the time it is still from the first to fifteenth track to listen to without fast-forward, so we do not complain. It was a happy reunion with ‘Without, not’, ‘Izzegem’ and especially ‘IV’. Driving though the turborap that that number terminates on plate, live a bit slower. It sounded sometimes also casual: the synths of ‘Dommestik were not to hear the whistle from ‘Sure shot’ by the Beastie Boys was what ‘Without not’ mixed in. She had to admit that they are there mainly for their pleasure were there, said Serge or Flip – it is difficult to decipher, my notebook seems to be made of papier-mâché, so sweaty was the Cactus Club. The use of Buyse and Kowlier not a bad word: after three songs, they had all regularly for a towel to grab to dry off.
The highlights, we also have no notes to remember: the bass line of the new song ‘Bam!’, as usually at ’t Hof of top quality. ‘Stuntmann’, the moment 4T4 from behind his mixing console is allowed to come to rapping, but the audience himself, his ‘I have your mama called, she is going to you seffens come and get it’ cried. The ascending klavierstoten that the mass meegebrulde ‘Kom mor ip inleidden. Every time Kowlier and Buyse in question-antwoordstijl with each other rapten. Laugh between the songs that ranged from the pocherige – the angry rhymes of Buyse are always a joy to the mercantile. During a verkoopspraatje for the merchandising were also ‘zweetafdrukken of Serge B’ advertised: ‘a little bit like the shroud of Christ’. We have ’t Hof already tighter, but the broad smile that everyone came outside, spoke volumes.
Seen in Cactus Club, Brugge, 23 march