Das Pop

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Das Pop
OriginGhent, Belgium
GenresIndie pop, pop rock
Years active1994-2012 (on indefinite hiatus)
LabelsPIAS, Capitol, EMI, N.E.W.S.
Associated actsSoulwax, School is Cool, The Hickey Underworld, Drums are for Parades, Goose
MembersBent Van Looy
Niek Meul
Reindhard Vanbergen
Matt Ecles
Past membersLieven Moors
Tom Kenstens
Bent Van Looy
Niek Meul

Das Pop was a Belgian band founded in Ghent by schoolfriends Reinhard Vanbergen, Niek Meul, Lieven Moors and Bent Van Looy.


Das Pop was initially called Things to Come, but the band changed its name to Das Pop when Tom Kestens joined the band. In 1998, they won Belgium's influential HUMO's Rock Rally contest.

Tom Kestens and Lieven Moors later left the band, and in 2007 New Zealander Matt Eccles (formerly drums in Betchadupa) joined the band as the new drummer. In January 2008 Das Pop released "Fool For Love" on UK independent label Prestel Records. The release featured remixes from French DJ SebastiAn and Yuksek, and was called a "monumental new single from the Belgian electro band" in the Culture section of UK newspaper The Sunday Times.

In 2008 Das Pop toured extensively with other acts including Soulwax, The Feeling, Gossip, The Kills, Alphabeat and Justice. They also played at many festivals including Rockness, V Festival, Reading and Leeds, Pukkelpop as well as Lovebox and Glastonbury where they played three sets in one day across three different stages.

In 2010 the song "Never Get Enough" was featured in Gossip Girl episode "Goodbye, Columbia".[1]

In 2011 the band recorded their album "The Game" in Hoboken, New Jersey at Water Music Studios, produced and engineered by Terry Manning. The album was mixed in Manning's Nassau, Bahamas studio.

Bent van Looy toured as MC through Europe along concert halls like Ethias Arena, Brixton Academy, Telefonica Open de Madrid, Palacio da bolsa and many others with Soulwaxmas. That is the Christmas party organised by Soulwax

Das Pop member Reinhard Vanbergen produced albums for The Hickey Underworld, Drums Are For Parades and Goose. Entropology, the debut album of School is Cool, was recorded at Motormusic Studios and was also produced & mixed by Vanbergen. The album was released in 2011.

On November 24, 2012, Van Looy announced a break. The band wouldn't perform for a year. The last concert was given on December 20 that year in Eeklo.



Year Album Peak positions Notes

2000 I ♥ 16
2003 The Human Thing 6
2009 Das Pop 7 Track list
  1. Underground
  2. You Don't Wanna Know
  3. Wings
  4. Saturday Night pt. 1
  5. Never Get Enough
  6. The Last Night
  7. Fool for Love
  8. Try Again
  9. Let Me In
  10. Saturday Night pt. 2
  11. Girl Be a Man
  12. September
  13. Feelgood Factors
  14. Tired (bonus track)
2011 The Game 13 Track list
  1. The Game
  2. Skip The Rope
  3. Flowers In The Dirt
  4. Girl Wolf
  5. Fair Weather Friends
  6. Wronging The Rights
  7. I Me Mine
  8. The Thunder
  9. Gold
  10. A Kiss is Not a Crime
  11. Yesterday


Year Album Peak positions Album

1998 "A Different Beat"  – I ♥
1998 "The Little Boy"  –
2003 "Telephone love"  – 13 The Human Thing
2008 "Fool for Love"  – 7 Das Pop
"Underground"  – 6
2009 "Never Get Enough" 9
2010 "Wings" 30
2011 "The Game" 15 The Game
"Skip the Rope"  – 8
"Gold"  – 21
"Yesterday"  – 18
2010 "Thunder & Lightning"  – 9


  1. ^ http://www.cwtv.com/music/gossip-girl/season-4/episode-405
  2. ^ a b "Das Pop discography". ultratop.be/nl. Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 July 2014.

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