Eurovision 2020: Meet Belgium’s Act, Hooverphonic

The Belgian public broadcaster VRT were quick off the mark in unveiling their selection for the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest. The Belgians chose established trip hop/electronica group, Hooverphonic, who sit alongside Spain’s already announced Blas Cantó . Although the group have had success in their native Belgium and The Netherlands, we’ve attempted to compile this post exploring their career and sound for those that are unfamiliar.

Who are they?
Alex Callier, Raymond Geerts and Luka Cruysberghs are the current line-up for this band formed in 1995 which originated as a trip-hop group (hip hop meets electronica). Their sound has broadened over their eight studio albums – the most recent being Looking for the Stars in 2018 – and their line-up has changed numerous times.

What are their biggest hits?
We’ve compiled a non exclusive list of some of the group’s biggest hits over the course of their career.

Eden (1998 #12 BEL)
Mad About You (2000 #23 BEL, #8 ITA)
Expedition Impossible (2007 #30 BEL)
The Night Before (2010 #3 BEL)
Angel Never Dies (2011 #5 BEL, #15 ITA)
Amalfi (2013 #4 BEL)
Badaboum (2015 #3 BEL)
Romantic (2018 #14 BEL)

Will I have heard them before in the UK?
The group’s debut track 2Wicky has featured in films I Know What You Did Last Summer and Stealing Beauty. It reached #105 in the UK charts. Their 2000 single Mad About You made it to #104 in the UK charts.

When will we hear the song?
The official Eurovision.TV website notes:
“Band members Alex Callier, Raymond Geerts and Luka Cruysberghs are currently working on their entry. The song will be in English, is in the demo stage right now and the final version will be unveiled in early 2020.