British singer celebrates Herman Van Rompuy
Mister John is a Liverpool-born folk musician, who lives in Brussels. In 1998, he scored a hit in Belgium with 'Potverdekke! It's great to be a Belgian', together with Doctor Rob.
His latest song is an "affectionate" parody on Belgium and the Belgians, paying tribute to the first President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy. And yes, he's a Belgian!
The Belgian Press, TV and Radio, amazed that anybody, especially an obscure Liverpool-born song-writer, could be saying positive things about their much-maligned country, gave the song all the encouragement it deserved to help it to Number 6 in the National Hit Parade.
In a new rendition of the song Mister John and his sidekick Doctor Rob sing the praises of Herman Van Rompuy who has been appointed the very first President of the European Council, shooting from obscurity to the top man in Europe. He will take up his new post on January 1, 2010.
Both Herman Van Rompuy and Mister John with Potverdekke! It’s Great to be a Belgian! did not escape the attention of the BBC’s Jeremy Paxman and Newsnight. Click here