all this Lazer talking about ???
I Think it was the
7th of August 1991!!! When i was listinging again on my new
bought stereo system from
JVC, i decided to scan the FM band again. Then it stopped at th 97.0 MHz.... and then, I heard some "strange" music I almost never heard on the radio before....For Me, it was the first time, a Radiostation was playing
non-stop house in stereo, without any talkings and commercials, just
some jingles that indicated Lazer was back on
air on the AM576 Khz. But i looked again on my
tuner, and i saw 97.0 FM Stereo !!! So, these
jingles were "borrowed"
for some good reasons, you can read
below (the text from the creators of Lazer
Radio !!!) why. But the
jingles sounded perfecly
together with the music! Another free
commercial sweep..., Where
the others are talking,
we keep on rocking,
Maximum Power, More Hits, Back back back back back
to back, More New Music. etc !!!!
But, man, this music, it was awesome ! It sounded like detroit house / techno. But they played
also a lot of belgian
releases from Music Man and R&S Records !!!! It was mixed perfectly for that time. Later I heard some rumors they were also playing
music from the famous club The Globe (Stabroek) with
DJ Yves de Ruyter (not famous that time). I will give you
some examples of tracks
that were played on Lazer:
Neon - Waves, Joey
Beltram - Energy Flash + My Sound + The Melody,
The Prodigy - Charly,
Lhasa - The Attic, RJ's
Rule - Rave The Nation, MNO - God of Abraham, Robert Armani -
Circus Bells, Linea
Alba - Space Travel, Set Up System - Fairy Dust and Music and Noise, Science Lab- Flesh And Blood, Suburban Knight - The Art of Stalking, Digital Boy - Kokko,
D.H.S. - The House Of God, Human Resourse - Dominator, Frank
De Wulf (B-Sides) - Traffic
+ Imagination, Second Phase - Mentasm and the B-side Mind To Mind ! Okay, I will stop now, I can put here thousands of good tracks !!!
A couple of weeks later, they
had their first
commercials. Blitz Recordstore !! I still know there were some problems the first times the commercial
was played. It sounded to sharp, and the
stereo indicator started to act as a stroboscope !!! Later I will add more memories from this great station !!!
At the end of August 1991, a commercial was played,
saying: from now on La Rocca
is also open on Fridays. Also they played in August a whole day the complete CD: Houseparty
Vol.1 from Arcade.
An official note from the creators of Lazer Hot Hits:
Just to put things in perspective:
this crew has no relationship whatsoever with the original LASER, or LASER 558, (notice the S) that broadcasted on AM from the ship 'mv communicator'
located in international waters in the North Sea during
1983-1987. But of course
we share some principles, so you will understand
when you read on.
During the early nineties,
New Beat was in its last phase,
and a new music phenomenon was about to
spread: HOUSE. As all new music
styles, House was adored
by the youngsters, but outcasted by the established government, national press and radio stations. House was presented
to stimulate young people to take drugs, participate in acts of violence,
and other, more negative
aspects of our society.
Just imagine that these
people, who now condemn House, were the same generation that loved 'Rock and Roll' 20 years earlier!
(Of course, history has
proved them wrong, and today House music has been recognised as the most important musical revolution of the nineties...)
As a direct result however,
DJs and record labels did
not get any airplay on the national media and the
Internet was not really
developed yet. At that time LAZER was started off.
AT first, LAZER was a pirate
radio station, playing non-stop house music in 1991 . Tapes were recorded during weekend nights in famous clubs and by various top DJs. Later on they were broadcasted
on FM in their original versions. All mixed,
with no real spoken anchor men.
What's in a name?
The name LAZER was chosen, because
of several reasons:
The original LASER did
not exist anymore.
A direct 'feeling' with the background of a pirate radio station.
The English spoken jingles of the original Laser were a good 'fit' with our music style
and were available immediately, without real investments.
The original concept of using
a laser effect sound signal, containing
a long-short-long tone,
which --in marine terms--
means 'I want to communicate',
reflects the same basic principles of this crew: trying to promote House and Dance music.
The first transmissions
were broadcasted from Antwerp, Belgium, on the frequency 97.1 FM.
The result was astonishing!
In a few weeks time, LAZER became enormously popular and was heard in all 'boom-cars' on the road. But nobody knew where the signal came from, nor who was behind the project. Several news reports indicated that LASER, the original AM
radio station from the eighties,
had begun to transmit again, but this time on FM and from a ship on the North Sea, or near
the Antwerp harbour.
Unnecessary to say that at the time we heard those news reports, we were rolling on the floor, laughing!
The whole dance and
house scene immediately supported
LAZER with the newest
records, advertising and co-marketing.
The first LAZER parties
were organised at the famous club 'La Rocca', located in Lier (nearby Antwerp, Belgium). For the first time in Belgian history, a house party was live broadcasted
on the radio. Party people
who arrived by car at the party, were already listening to the live music from the club they were about to visit. This really gave a 'special touch' to our
During 1989 and 1993, several frequencies
(87.7 FM, 88.6 FM, 100.3 FM, etc) were tested and new locations (Ghent, Brussels, Ostend, and
even several cities in
The Netherlands) were added. At its peak, you could
hear LAZER all over Flanders,
Brussels, and half of the Netherlands territory in stereo. (At that
time it was forbidden for local radio stations to broadcast a stereo signal)
The main revenues of
LAZER came from advertisements of the many new emerging House discotheques and from organising LAZER parties in many clubs. However, the main losses came from confiscations
of the radio- and studio equipment by the Belgian government (LAZER never got a license and was confiscated several times, because 'we were the devil'). Even legal radio stations, who had
an official license, were harassed, and in one case a license was even revoked, because they played House music and mentioned the LAZER
But more and more legal radio stations began to capture the signal and relay it, others saw the potential of this new House scene and began to promote House music on their
own. Finally, a national radio station, Studio Brussel, could not ignore
this new music trend any longer, and began its own radio shows with House music, organising their own parties with live music from the clubs.
By the time LAZER had to stop its
transmissions in 1994, House music
could not be stopped anymore...
If you have info which
is helpful to complete this
story, or if you were a listener or party visitor at that time, maybe you have old tapes, stickers, etc? Please let us know!
And then, there was
the Internet opportunity. Finally
we could broadcast worldwide without having to fear governments. Although there are many rules and regulations that apply to Internet broadcasting,
we believe we will be able to create something unique.
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Pictures / Flyers:
Soundclips: (all clips are recorded from Lazer Hot Hits from 1991
Lazer Club Night Commercial
at New Prestige (Aired between
December '92 and March '93)
Second Erotic Lazer Clubnight Commercial
(Aired in March
Usa Import Commercial
(Famous Recordstore in Antwerp,
aired in 91, 92 and In 1993)
La Rocca on Fridays Commercial
( This one was broadcasted between spring
and summer '93)
The home of Bonzai Commercial
Dancing La Rocca: From the 23rd of August 1991, it's
also open on fridays !!! Commercial
Qupid Housenight with Lazer Hot
Hits in July 1993 !!! Commercial
Special Horror Party in Disco Fauna September
La Rocca presents La Rocca behind Curtis September
Lazer Club Night Commercial
every friday @ La Rocca (spring and summer
Lazer Hot Hits presents
The Visions Club in Lier, named
after the Visions of
Lazer Hot Hits presents
Visions of Trance, every
thursday with DJ's Max la Menace and The Fly