The scene’s nom de guerre
, was taken from a club named after James Brown
’s hit “Mother Popcorn”
. That club was opened in Vrasene, in northern Belgium, near Antwerp, in late 1969. From there, its peculiar style of dance and penchant for soul music spread to other Belgian clubs, and even to the Netherlands and France. In the minidocumentary Belgian Popcorn
, the director Lander Lenaerts
travels back to those four walls where it was all cooked up by Gilbert Govaert
and Gerry Franken
, two proud pioneers of the Popcorn scene. Here is the documentary and a broad assortment of classics from the era.