Allez Allez

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Allez Allez
OriginBrussels, Belgium
Genresfunk pop
Years active1981-1984, 2017-present
Associated actsMarka (singer), Hooverphonic
Websitehttp://www.allez-allez.be/
Members
  • Kris Debusscher (guitar)
  • Marka (bass)
  • Robbie Bindels (drums)
  • Roland Bindi (percussion)
  • Paul Curtiz (guitar)
  • Thom Dewatt (keyboards)
  • Kyoko Baertsoen (vocals)
  • Marie Delsaux (vocals)
Past members
  • Nicolas Fransolet (guitar)
  • Sarah Osbourne (vocals)
  • Jackie Irwin (vocals)

Allez Allez was a successful but short lived Belgian funk band founded in 1981 and disbanded in 1985. They subsequently reformed with a line-up change for several concerts in 2017.[1]

History[edit]

On the verge of an international breakthrough in 1981, funky Belgian new wave band Marine lost their singer Marc Marine while in London to record a Peel session. Quickly replaced by Sarah Osborne of Repetition, they recorded the planned Peel session and changed their name to Allez Allez.[2]

The group had local hits with "She's Stirring Up", "Allez Allez" and "African Queen", the latter a tribute to Grace Jones. Their mini-album "African Queen" achieved gold status and earned them an appearance at the Torhout-Werchter festival in 1982.[3]

The band then signed with major label Virgin and released the polished pop album "Promises" in November 1982, though Osborne subsequently left the group and married Glenn Gregory of Heaven 17. American singer Jackie Irwin replaced Osborne, but mainstream success still eluded the band.[4]

Under the name Marka their bass player later became a well-known singer in French music circles. Christian Debusscher and Nico Fransolet became some of the members of Les Snuls, and both have subsequently worked as directors.

Members of the band decided to reunite to do some gigs in 2017, including their first appearance at the Les Francofolies de Spa festival in July. This was followed by several other dates. As two key members - Fransolet and Osborne - declined to be involved, the group chose to work with two female singers: Kyoko Bartsoen (who had sung with Hooverphonic) and Marie. Paul Curtiz also joined them on guitar.[5]

At the same time, bassist Marka wrote a book of memoirs about his time in the band, "Allez Allez", published by Lamiroy. [6]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • African Queen (1981 - EMI/Scalp)
  • Promises (1982 - Virgin)
  • African Queen + Promises (1997 - Virgin CD)
  • Best Of Allez Allez (2008 - Eskimo CD)
  • Promises + African Queen (2013 - Les Disques du Crepuscule CD)

Singles[edit]

  • She's Stirring Up (1981, Scalp)
  • Allez Allez/African Queen (1981, Scalp)
  • Valley of the Kings/Wrap Your Legs (1982, Virgin)
  • Flesh and Blood/The Time You Cost Me (1982, Virgin)
  • Don't Bother Me/Strange People (1984, Vogue)
  • Boom Boom/The Brain (1984, Sounds of the Future)

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