"Satan is in my ass"
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song : Evil Superstars.
Procuder : ??
Year : 1995
Record co. : Paradox
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song : Evil Superstars
Procuder : Dave Sardy
Year : 1998
Record co. : Brinkman
"Have been wrong before"
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song : Evil Superstars
Procuder : Dave Sardy
Year : 1998
Record co. : Brinkman
Evil Superstars is the band of (genius?, fool?) Mauro Pawlowski
and was first noticed when it played a few gigs as an opener for Mucky Pup. It
came to the spotlight when it won the 1994 edition of the Rock Rally, Belgium's
prime rock-music contest (In the same edition, Sweater
came third). In the same year, they tour Belgium together with the Dildo
In a review of the final the organizing weekly Humo named them the most
solid and technically gifted bunch of musicians in the Rock Rally '94: a quartet
of young men who are not afraid of the stage and who mix a stunning variety
of styles and genres with a natural virtuosity. Their conclusion: they're
worthy and convincing winners, who will no doubt find a place of their own in
the crowded house of Belgian rockmusic."
In 1995, the Superstars toured all across Europe. On stage, they balance even
closer on the line between insanity and talent. Mauro reveals himself as the king
of the one-liners between the songs : "Tonight, the tough language is
cut in half 'cause my parents are in the building", "We are
Evil Superstars : don't blame us, blame our parents"... The comparison
most often heard after their gigs : the Marx Brothers on speed.
The first full fledged album "Love is okay" was released in
February 1996. In a spirited review of the album, het Nieuwsblad wrote : This
album "was conceived in the brain of one man they'll give a statue in
Heusden-Zolder one day : Mauro Pawlowski. He writes the music, the rest of the
band plays the tunes. He writes the tunes by walking around in the discotheque
of his head. ... Mauro walks trough the alleys, browses through the shelves and
takes home more than he's allowed to : Beatles, Zappa, the whole top-100 of all
time, but also an obscure B-side from a lo-fi band. Or twisted modern jazz by
John Zorn. Or a record of Rage Against The Machine. Or Mariah Cary. If you were
to ask Mauro if he's ever stolen something, he'd say : "do you have a weekend
free, then I'll be able to answer truthfully. But before you think we find that
everything has been ripped, we want to add that there's nobody who steals so stylishly
as Mr. Pawlowski.
Evil Superstars in fact make avant-garde music, but they know how wrap it disguise
it so funny, catchy and with so many oeoeoeoe's and golden melodies, that it's
The other bandmembers don't seem to mind standing in the shadow of their frontman
: "We used to play in groups that were constantly in the rehearsing room
and where everybody wrote the songs. But then you rehearse for 5 minutes and discuss
for an hour. Waste of time, ain't it. With the Superstars, Mauro hands us a tape
that we rehearse at home. No, that isn't frustrating. There's no music we like
playing more than his. We are all fans of Mauro."
Some years later, Mauro replied : "We are a group. We play with Mark,
Bart, Dave, Tim en I. Earlier on I was the only one writing the songs. The rest
just played their instruments. Then Tim joined and he also writes songs. We are
the five of us, we get along very well, but it could well be that in a year time
I will be accompanying the group of Tim and that the Superstars go in the freezer
for a while."
Mauro didn't live on Evil Superstars alone, as he was also a member of Kiss
My Jazz, has worked with X-legged Sally (he
sang "Lulu" on their album "Eggs and Ashes") and he has formed
a band together with Peter Houben, the singer of Nemo (for
who Mauro had been a roadie before starting with the Evils). This group was called
Mitsoobishy Jacson and has released the album "Nougat
In 1997 the Superstars release the "Remix Apocalyps E.P.",
with on it the poppy hit "It's a sad sad planet" ("even if
you're Michael or Janet"). Mauro about the song : "I make those
poppy songs on command. It goes like this : the record company asks 'How many
songs are on the demo ? Twelve ? Haven't got any more ? You(re in the studio with
a good producer now'. And I go 'Yes okay. What should that be ?' 'Oh, there not
really a single on it, not that we think that's a disaster but ...' They didn't
force me at all. But that's how songs like "I've been wrong before",
"Oh girl" and "It's a sad sad planet" came about."
At the beginning of April 1998, the long awaited successor to "Love is
okay" is released. The album is called "Boogie Children-R-Us"
- a reference to Boogie Children, blues heroes of Mauro, and Toys-R-Us,
the U.S. toy manufacturer.
The new album has been finished since September 1997, but the release has been
postponed due to marketing reasons. As an advanced single the song "Baby"
has been released : this song (and the accompanying video, which has been shot
at the set of a snuff movie) has again caused some controversy : MTV refused to
promote the video. Guess they don't want to "have smart sex with a winner".
As De Morgen wrote about the song : "Mauro Pawlowski has come to the
conclusion that simplicity is possible. An irresistable bass-line and one guitar-riff
sometimes are sufficient to hit the listener midship"
And as Humo wrote : "the new CD of Evil Superstars is out and it is terrific.
... The samples don't need to blow everything away, hectic chord changes make
way for óne groove. It's just as radical as before, just a little more 'professional'.
'Professional' as in 'de group has been working and skipping, so it becomes less
of a task listening to them."
The album has been produced by Dave Sardy, who is part of the band Barkmarket
and who has worked with Helmet, Slayer and Orange 9mm before. He will also produce
the new album of another Belgian band Soulwax.
In the summer of 1998, the Evils get to play all the big summer festivals in
Belgium and Holland (Torhout/Werchter, Lokerse Feesten, Pukkelpop ...), but amidst
the popular acclaim, rumors of an imminent split started appearing. Musickness,
their management, tried to put a halt to the news in august : "Evil Superstars
are not planning on splitting, but the group has decided to halt it's activities
for an undefined period". The reason : Paradox, their record company,
was a sublabel of A&M, which was recently acquired by Polygram. Now A&M
has ceased to exist, and Polygram doesn't seem to be interested in the Evil Superstars.
So now the group had to start looking for a new record company. Musickness initially
denied rumors that the groups is in debt because of the not-so-good sales of Boogie
Children 'R Us and insisted the band was planning a new CD somewhere next year.
On august 25th however, Mauro announced that Evil Superstars were no longer and
the concert at Pukkelpop would be a farewell gig. Mauro about this : "The
Evil Superstars have split for purely artistic reasons. But I don't quite get
why there was such a fuss about our split-up: of all the "successful"
bands we sold by far the least albums. We usually performed in front of only 20
to 25 people. Only at Pukkelpop, after we had announced the break-up, there was
a lot of animo. That news apparently touched a nerve or something. But for ourselves,
we always have thought of the Evil Superstars as a huge success, especially since
we had a great time and gave ourselves completely in the music.".
Tim Vanhamel had already a few demo's lying about at the time of the split,
and - after he went to play with dEUS in the Ideal Crash
tour - this later would become Millionaire. Mauro came up with a new cd
for Mitsoobishy Jacson shortly after the split,
and started plotting a solo-comeback that would later take the shape of Mauro.
Band members :
- Mauro Pawlowski (vocals, guitar)
- Johan Vandebergh / Dave Schroyen (drums)
- Marc Requilé (samples, keyboard)
- Bart Vandebroek (bass)
- Tim Vanhamel (guitar)
Buy CD's of this band at
- Hairfacts (Poznan Rekordsky, 1994)
- Love is okay (Island / Polygram, 1996)
- Pantomiming with her parent (Paradox, 1996)
- Boogie Chilren-R-US (Brinkman/Rough Trade, 1998)
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