‘Incroyable!, cried Marc Collin on his Facebook when he clicked on the link to the video above. Someone had just shown him this, which triggered me to introduce him to Hansje (Ravesteijn). I posted about her earlier (here), but now that the video has been uploaded on YT, I feel it’s time for a repost. The former model, dancer, Debbie Harry-lookalike contest winner and singer made a couple of singles in the late seventies and early 80s. Automobile and the Plastic Bertrand-ripoff Silex Pistols Piew Piew made her a star in Germany.  The video was shot for the music show Musikladen. Another claim to fame was her show in 1982 for Dutch military in the Lebanon. When Hansje revealed a tiny leopard skin dress under her soldier’s uniform, the local Muslim militia was offended, and started shooting.  Several Dutchbatters were injured. This Dutch article tells the whole story. When I first posted about Hansje, Belgian breakcore-heroes Mascotte were so excited by the track that they made a remix. Now, with the video, Collin’s enthusiasm and more people responding quite good, who knows what might happen next…
UPDATE: Thanks to Swie Tio, now I know that Silex Pistols is actually a cover of Belgian punkband Too Much. The whole song is in French. More details (and download) here.

Hansje – Silex Pistols Piew Piew
Hansje – Automobile (video!)
Hansje – Tu es belle
Hansje – Silex Pistols Piew Piew (Mascotte RNR Breakcore remix)

Written by guuzbourg

French girls, singing. No, sighing. Making me sigh. Ah.

This article has 3 comments

  1. mokumhammer

    The reason why possibly we like music is it’s ‘dark side’ – The building blocks of 20th century contemporary music is a complex subject, but there are some who champion its ‘jolly’ side, or simply dismiss it as a banal. It is of course both, but much more…..This video in question is an example of everything that is wrong with music, in the late 70’s/early 80’s. Music, as in nature needs to die to be reborn.

  2. Hansje Ravesteijn

    Thank you for watching me…..love Hansje