Musical Trivia

Posted on Jul 31, 2013 | 7 comments

What do Belgians know about Americans? Well… if you watch Belgian TV you might think it’s only The Simpsons (another post about the Belgian addiction to The Simpsons here), Swamp People, and country music. Needless to say I’m doing my best to change the stereotype. Anyway, I saw this artist performing this song on Belgian TV the other day and just had to laugh. I immediately recognized the music to this song and it took me straight back to my childhood when my sister and I used to play our tapes in our boombox and dance and sing on the picnic table. Can you tell which country song this is?

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  • D.C. Blommaert

    Omg, now all Americans will think Jo Vally is the “typical Belgian” … Please explain them it isn’t so! Lol 😉

    • http://www.oppositeocean.com/ Leah@OppositeOcean

      :) Jo Vally is probably a better stereotype than the men from Swamp People. 😉

  • Ariane

    Lol……Jo Vally. Leah, sounds like “My Achy Breaky Heart”……Billy Ray Cyrus. Don’t feel bad….. I am still trying to break the “American” stereotype here too. Loads of people think we all only eat hamburgers and drink coke. I don’t get that as America/US is a land of more than 300 millions folks……lots of life styles.

    • http://www.oppositeocean.com/ Leah@OppositeOcean

      It’s so true. Even my own boyfriend mentions hamburgers as American food all too frequently. I haven’t eaten a hamburger in years… in fact, I protested in all manners to avoid eating them as a child. :) I think it’s good to focus on positive stereotypes… but this Jo Vally video (and schlager music in general) was just too good to pass up. 😉

  • Someone

    You have hit us where it hurt shame wise miss…

    Where Americans have their bible belt christian extremists. Egyptians have their Muslim brotherhood. Afghans the Taliban. Flanders has thier 10 om te zien crowd of schlager music aficionado’s.

    Oh… The… Shame ….

    Please don’t confront me with this too much .. As you said in your post , a country shouldn’t be judged by it’s stereotypes so please add de afrekening van Studio Brussel or something as a counterpoint. Have mercy.

    • http://www.oppositeocean.com/ Leah@OppositeOcean

      Mercy will be shown. :) I’ve been planning to do a little post about Flemish musicians for a while (other than the schlager singers) so hopefully that will regain a bit of respect. 😉

  • geertd

    doh it could have been much much worse

    could have been eddy wally or bobbejaanschoepen
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XxRF7OKCqIg
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLC06_TM1Yk