September 28, 2009

Achille Johnny

I know absolutely nothing about this artist, but his name evokes visions of Belgian sporting legends, or comic book heroes.

Achille Johnny.....
....The first Belgian to cycle around the world. Or the threefold winner (in consecutive years!) of Liège-Bastogne-Liège. Or the hero of "Achille Johnny et la collusion diabolique".

Reality tends to be more prosaic, - but maybe (or hopefully) not in this case. A quick search reveals that our Johnny has gathered some fame for his song "Mede Woui" (which can be found here), a wonderful slow ballad of the haunting dramatic kind.

One of these two singles contains a similar (but maybe not as haunting) slow ballad, titled "Kou We Mi Djo Na". The B-side "Johnny A Une Femme" features a song with references to - presumably - winning the national lottery, which suggests that Johnny's good looks weren't enough to get him hooked up...

The second single is less spectacular, but nevertheless pleasant. I like the guitar, but the drummer should have been recorded in another room.

Disques ISB SBL209002
Disque Sachey DN No.1

PS: does anyone (Oro?) have a photo of Johnny?

EDIT: and here is (a small version of) the sleeve, supplied by the ever helpful Zim.
I have to admit I am slightly disappointed....

5 comments:

Oro said...

Hello world,

I will even try to find you the sleeve... Thank you very much for this unknown post.

icastico said...

One of my favs...Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Wellcome back and many many thanks...
Kostas from Greece.

legrandmaitre said...

Liege Bastogne Liege? That'll be lost on the Brits here - didn't you know the BBC banned cycling years ago?

David said...

Hurrah - Achille Johnny is back! I enjoyed this; and thanks for the picture too. Too excited to be disappointed by it!