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He didn't want to be tall...




Arno, real name Arnold Hintjens, was a Belgian singer who started his artistic career in a duo called 'Tjens Couter' in the early 70s, a duo that would become the group 'TC Matic' a few years later.


Group which separated in 1986 and which thus allowed the artist to fly on his own. Which released a first solo album the same year, an album with mixed success.


The albums "Charlatan", "Ratata" and "Idiots savants" which were released in 1988, 1990 and 1993 respectively did not do much better.


It was the following album "A la française" which finally allowed him in 1995 to see his solo career gain height. Notably thanks to titles like "Elle pense à lui", "Comme à Ostende" and "Les yeux de ma mère".


We find him 4 years later in 1999 with the album "A poil commercial", an album with certain success once again.


But it was above all the 2000s that would consecrate him with the production of the albums "Arno Charles Ernest" in 2002, "French bazaar" in 2004, "Jus de box" in 2007. Three albums which will remain as the best ranked of all his discography.


Other albums will be released later but none will be able to compete with those released during the 2010 decade.


Artist who will leave us on April 23, 2022 following pancreatic cancer.


To discover or rediscover.


Discography (among others…) :

  • Forget the cold sweat 1986

  • Yooh 1986

  • Bathroom singer 1988

  • Jive to the beat 1988

  • Lonesome Zorro 1990

  • Whoop that thing 1990

  • Les filles du bord de mer 1993

  • Dancing inside my head 1993

  • Vive ma liberté 1993

  • Boogie woogie into town 1994

  • A eux je montre mon derrière 1994

  • Elle pense à lui 1995

  • Comme à Ostende 1995

  • Seul 1995

  • Les yeux de ma mère 1995

  • Je ne veux pas être grand 1995

  • Martha ma douce 1997

  • I'm not myself 1997

  • Jean Baltazaarrr 1999

  • Dans mon lit 1999

  • Ils ont changé ma chanson 2000

  • Fantastique 2000

  • Lola etc. 2002

  • Hey sister 2002

  • Honky tonk 2002

  • Françoise 2004

  • 40 ans 2004

  • Chic et pas cher 2004

  • Fais gaffe 2005

  • Mourir à plusieurs 2007

  • Miss Amérique 2007

  • Jusqu'au bout 2007

  • Black dog day 2010

  • Brussels 2010

  • Elle pense quand elle danse 2010

  • Show of live 2012

  • I don't believe 2012

  • Die lie 2012

  • I'm just an old motherfucker 2015

  • Please exist 2015

  • Dance like a goose 2015

  • Santeboutique 2019

  • Court-circuit dans mon esprit 2019

  • Je veux vivre 2021


 

Clips :


1986...the TC Matic adventure over, the artist decides to strike out on his own from 1986. With a first solo title not devoid of interest, it is clear...



1986...whether in a group or solo, the artist does nothing like the others. An 'Arno' style which will always remain its trademark, for good or for bad unfortunately...



1988 ... even if he still does not stick to the standards of the time, he is still less whimsical than with TC Matic. The efforts are real to offer a face more in tune with the times...



1988...the solo take-off will not take place during the 80s, that's for sure. He will have to wait a few more years to see all his efforts rewarded...



1990...he can even do things with finesse and lightness when he wants, yes, yes, it's possible. The proof with this title which at least has the merit of showing another facet of his talent...



1990...we feel that something is happening at the beginning of the 90s and that it is no longer really the same Arno we are dealing with. An evolution that is necessarily going in the right direction...



1993...he loves to scramble the cards and go from one extreme to another. He delivers here a title totally out of time and which is not really likely to reach the general public. Party taken that he fully assumes...



1993...and he's back on track. The art of going from one extreme to another permanently but we won't remake him again as they say, that's for sure...



1993... the artist will begin to reach his full and total maturity during this decade of the 90s. A first half of a decade to gain momentum and the second to position himself in an ideal way for the following decade...



1994...and as always, those famous unclassifiable titles of which he has the secret. He loves to deliver titles that no one expects all the more during this 90s decade where everything goes at the speed of light...



1994...and still this exuberant and totally unbridled side which is as much its strength as its weakness. That's for sure, people like him, there aren't tons of them...



1995...a truly unique style which will inevitably have marginalized him and which will above all have prevented him from breaking through at the highest level, at least on a planetary level. Afterwards, is that really what he was looking for in the end, not sure...



1995...because if he had chased after international recognition, he would necessarily have adapted his style and sound to the standards imposed by the general public. A general public that has never really been its core target...



1995... with each title, you never know what style will be used. This is what makes all its charm, that is to say that it is capable of the worst as well as the best...



1995...it is certain that we prefer it in this type of calmer and more melodic register. But his inner demons make him do anything and everything and it is therefore the lottery each time in terms of title quality...



1995 ... we suspected that the peaceful side would not prevail over the rest for very long. Back in whimsical and unbridled mode as he likes to do so well...



1997... it is certain that the young generation is not likely to be interested in him with titles like this. Sensitive soul abstain as very often with him...



1997...in the same vein. We feel in him a very pronounced dark side which often prevails to the detriment of the peaceful, making certain titles a real auditory test...



1999...temporal paradox, this title will be released in 1999 while the original dates from 1966, it was enough just to reverse the last two 6s. He revisits here the title of Jacques Dutronc in the company of BJ Scott and gives an version much more rock but which will have difficulty to equal the original...



1999...a 90s decade that ended gently but in a style that was still just as obscure. A darkness that permeates the artist down to his fingertips...



2000...revisiting Dalida dating from 1970 and a bet that is audacious to say the least and so far removed from the universe of the 2 artists who venture there. Nice try anyway...



2000...seen how it starts, it's hard to imagine that it's this decade 2000 that will consecrate him at the solo level. And yet, it will be...



2002...as always, everything and its opposite. We constantly go from whimsical to unbridled, from unbridled to out of time, from out of time to finesse and lightness. A truly outstanding artist...



2002...out of the ordinary and out of the system. A status that he claims loud and clear and that will always set him apart from the rest of the competition, that's for sure...



2002...he multiplies glamorous duos but always in his own style. Suddenly, the glamor is erased in favor of duets for the less muscular...



2004...it was in the middle of the 2000s that he achieved the highest scores in his entire discography on the Charts Albums side. It will have taken time to obtain them but it is now done...



2004...return to dark and unclassifiable mode. From his beginnings with TC Matic until the end of his career, he will have maintained a very personal course...



2004... it is clear that no one will have dared to tell him to change anything. Or at least if some have tried, it will have had no effect on him...



2005...difficult to find its equivalent in other countries. He will have really marked his time by his totally atypical and totally uninhibited side...



2007...it's hard to believe that he can also do normally. We therefore suspect that this title can only be a mishap that is not likely to happen again...



2007...a Dance orientation that we didn't know about him at all. But what suddenly happens to him ? It's really to wonder if it's the same...



2007... drive out the natural, it comes back at a gallop. It was unthinkable that he had decided to join the ranks and comply with the requirements of the Star System...



2010...and here he is, proudly beginning his 5th decade of career. A longevity that we always find only among the greatest...



2010...a beginning of the 2010 decade which will make him definitively enter the musical Pantheon of this end of the 20th century. A place of choice but in a category where he will be one of the only ones to be there...



2010...it took some time to establish himself at the highest level but it's now done. The hardest part being done, everything that will come after will only be a bonus as they say...



2012... where most of the 'colleagues' who started at the same time as him have hung up their gloves for a long time, he manages, on the contrary, to be always present and above all to win the Grail at the end of his career. Who would've believed that...?



2012...especially since the style and sound have improved in quality. Admittedly, he still has this style of hoarse singing that sometimes stings the ears but there is something better in the end, it is clear...



2012...now remains to be seen whether he will hold the distance for much longer. For the moment it's holding but since his voice is disappearing over the years, there won't be much left of usable at the end of the decade...



2015 ... the voice does not get better, that's clear. The artist is really coming to an end and it is clear that the rest will not be easy to manage. Afterwards, it is him who sees how far he is ready to go...



2015...a will to believe in it until the end which commands respect in any case. Because it is clear that more than one in his place would have hung up the gloves a long time ago...



2015... it is now easier for him to sing on much softer tracks, which prevents him from getting too high on the voice side. And we also like it in this slightly more subdued register, which doesn't spoil anything...



2019...always and still there, who would have believed it ? An incredible resistance which comes from who knows where and which proves that this artist is truly outsized. From all points of view...



2019... we suffer for him so much singing becomes a real feat for him. But he will go all the way, no matter what, and nothing and no one can stop him...



2021...nothing, no one, can prevent him except...sickness. It is her who will decide to put a definitive end to the adventure, both literally and figuratively. And his sentence will unfortunately be irrevocable...




 

Wiki :

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arno_(singer)

Officiel Website :

https://www.arno.be/

Greatest hits :

https://www.deezer.com/us/artist/661

Discography :

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5Af3TK801DLLddm18EqCfA/featured


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