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Hooverphonic is a Belgian band.

Originally consisting of vocalist Esther Lybeert, keyboardist Frank Duchêne, bassist Alex Callier, and guitarist Raymond Geerts, Hooverphonic began as a product of the '90s trip hop scene, but have since been more broadly described as an electronic pop-rock band.

Since their founding, Hooverphonic has seen frequent turnover in personnel, specifically regarding the band's lead vocalist. Liesje Sadonius replaced original singer Lybeert before the release of their debut album A New Stereophonic Sound Spectacular in 1996, but departed herself shortly after. Following a brief stint fronted by Kyoko Bartsoen, Geike Arnaert became Hooverphonic's permanent vocalist from 1997 to 2008, the longest tenure to date. Noémie Wolfs then replaced Arnaert from 2010 to 2015. Hooverphonic proceeded without a vocalist for three years until Luka Cruysberghs joined in 2018.


Though they may not be familiar by name to those outside Belgium, Hooverphonic's music has been used in a variety of American film and television projects, including the likes of I Know What You Did Last Summer, Entourage, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and The Umbrella Academy.

In October 2019, it was announced that Hooverphonic would represent Belgium in the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest, having the distinction of being the first act confirmed for the competition that year. However, it was later decided they would represent Belgium the following year (in 2021) after the 2020 edition was canceled due to concerns over the coronavirus pandmemic. They did, however, elicit anger for being the only act to not participate in the cover of Love Shine a Light that involved all other would be 2020 entries, and was the centerpiece of the replacement telethon.


Selected filmography:

  • A New Stereophonic Sound Spectacular (1996)
  • Blue Wonder Power Milk (1998)
  • The Magnificent Tree (2000)
  • Hooverphonic Presents Jackie Cane (2002)
  • No More Sweet Music/More Sweet Music (2005)
  • The President of the LSD Golf Club (2007)
  • The Night Before (2010)
  • Reflection (2013)
  • In Wonderland (2016)
  • The Best of Hooverphonic (2016)
  • Looking For Stars (2018)

Blue Wonder Power Tropes

  • Grief Song: "Release Me", their Eurovision song, was written by Callier while he was going through his father's death. The end result is a calm yet harrowing example of this trope.
  • Name's the Same: They originally played as Hoover, but changed their name to Hooverphonic after the release of Stereophonic to avoid confusions with the domestic appliances brand.
  • Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly: Their distinctive style mixes Trip Hop with Dream Pop and Alternative Rock elements.
  • Torch Song: "Mad About You", arguably their most famous song, is about the narrator being hopelessly in love with an unnamed recipient whose feelings are left nebulous.

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