Video. Boris, almost 30 years after “Disco evening”: “I was No. 1 in the Top 50 even though I never sang”

His character was born a bit by chance. Her person was far from having a clear line to become number one in the Top 50 one day. After a failed literary baccalaureate, her father found her a job in the construction industry. “It wasn’t for me. He then attempted the gendarmerie competition, which he also failed, then that of the police, which he passed. “What I saw in the police was the CRS on the beach, spending their summer in their underwear. But I knew very well that I was first going to be a peacekeeper in Paris. So when a local radio station in his native north offered him a small contract paid for with a slingshot, he jumped at the chance. From there, Philippe Dhondt dipped into his delirious imagination, with…

His character was born a bit by chance. Her person was far from having a clear line to become number one in the Top 50 one day. After a failed literary baccalaureate, her father found her a job in the construction industry. “It wasn’t for me. He then attempted the gendarmerie competition, which he also failed, then that of the police, which he passed. “What I saw in the police was the CRS on the beach, spending their summer in their underwear. But I knew very well that I was first going to be a peacekeeper in Paris. So when a local radio station in his native north offered him a small contract paid for with a slingshot, he jumped at the chance. From there, Philippe Dhondt drew on his delirious imagination, culminating in this title on which the teenagers of the 1990s sweated so much: “Disco Evening”. The Boris legend was on.

Birth of Boris

Back to the late 1980s-early 1990s. Philippe is a host and DJ on Galaxie Radio, which broadcasts in the north of France. “At the time, we were the only ones broadcasting electro. I was alone during my show and the last hour I was a little bored. So I started to invent a character to whom bizarre adventures happened. His name was Murphy, in reference to ”Robocop”. »

“Today, no one would broadcast me. There are times to go out »

Until the day when a listener calls out to him and asks him for a dedication, with his name. A listener so insistent that Philippe finally grants his request and invents an extravagant story for two minutes before the launch of the piece of music. “I mentioned his name six times. His name was Boris. It was a bit rare at the time, a bit international. The character was born. Boris lived for a year, all in improvisation. In parallel, Philippe integrates other projects, always a little hidden. The Pleasure Game mummy, who chants “The Sleeper must wake up”, is him. The sentence that we hear both in the stadiums and in the depths of the countryside at the aperitif, “he is really phenomenal, lalalalala”, it is him too.

Nostalgia and rave party

He dares, he tests, he tries. With desire, but without necessarily great conviction. “I’m not a singer, I’m not a musician, I don’t rhyme, I tell psychedelic delusions inspired by the stories that everyone tells me… But with a powerful bass line, I go out “Evening Disco”, which the discotheques will broadcast before it is taken up by all the radios. This title, but also the next one, ”Miss Camping”, is aimed at a popular, dancing audience. The other titles of the album are more psychedelic, impossible to broadcast on the radio. It’s really a different audience. »

Two audiences for which Boris is broadcast today both at parties nostalgic for the 1990s and at rave parties. And even being taken over by teenagers in TikTok videos. His music continues to live its life, without the influence of radios or nightclubs. “Anyway, today, nobody would broadcast me. There are times to go out. » The time when the phrasing was still in many heads, with the tubes of Taxi Girl or Jakie Quartz, inspirations of Philippe Dhondt. “In the stories of Boris, there is also Genesis from the 1970s.”

Philippe Dhondt has lived since 2006 in the Villeneuvoise countryside, near Monflanquin.


Philippe Dhondt has lived since 2006 in the Villeneuvoise countryside, near Monflanquin.

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Backstage and stage side

Today, Philippe is far from having hung up his bell-bottoms. From March to December, he spends his weekends on stage, often accompanied by the stars of the 1980s and 1990s. But “mainly in the north of France. There, the public is very festive, very reactive. We bring our songs back to life without the pressure of selling records. There are both nostalgic 40-45 year olds and 17 year olds who have fun like their parents at the time. “If at the end of the 2000s, ten years after the success, “I became a little old-fashioned”, the wave resumed ten years later. “There is a milestone after 20 years,” he smiles, a mischievous gleam in his eye. And since last year, Boris has even been broadcast on Radio Nostalgie. So much for getting old.

Boris continues to survey the stages and always knows how to warm up his audience. His trademark ? “Top delirium mega groove”, of course, but also knowing how to make the spectators sing choruses.


Boris continues to survey the stages and always knows how to warm up his audience. His trademark ? “Top delirium mega groove”, of course, but also knowing how to make the spectators sing choruses.

Philippe Dhondt

Alongside his stage character, Philippe Dhondt is a voice-over actor, mainly for radio commercials. “I’ve always had these two strings to my bow, two professions, which I adore. As long as I can talk, I will never worry about tomorrow. If on stage you have to continue to pay attention to your image, this is not the case for the radio. And even, with age, the voice improves. I am better today than ten years ago. This job, Philippe also appreciates for its anonymous side.

The Villeneuvois refuge

As a child, he spent all his holidays near Monflanquin.


As a child, he spent all his holidays near Monflanquin.

Philippe Dhondt

This anonymity, but also the calm far from the spots and glitter, Philippe Dhondt found it on a daily basis, in a small village in Villeneuvois. “I’ve been coming here since 1974, I spent all my summers there with my parents, near Monflanquin. They ended up building their vacation home there. The day broadband arrived, in 2006, with the ability to work from home, I moved there. A place kept secret, which will never have seen a journalist’s camera or a television camera cross the threshold.

The young Philippe, in 1976, milking goats in the Villeneuvoise countryside.


The young Philippe, in 1976, milking goats in the Villeneuvoise countryside.

Philippe Dhondt

There flows the peaceful days of a lambda citizen, “I do my shopping at Casino and at Gammvert”, “even if I work seven days a week between the radio and the galas”. And he also participates in small local events, such as the evening organized in Boudy-de-Beauregard to support Louis, the evening of the “Star Academy” final. “It’s not a good memory, because I really thought he was going to win. He’s radiant, he’s really good. For me, he was the winner. I was in the Top 50 without singing. He is full of talent, different from everything we see and it does not pay off? »

The young Louis and the old techno veteran, the one who knows how to warm up an audience like no other, nevertheless have this point in common: they transform when they have a microphone in their hand. “Why do we all keep shooting? Because it’s not just a Dalida song, it’s reality: we all want to die on stage. »

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Video. Boris, almost 30 years after “Disco evening”: “I was No. 1 in the Top 50 even though I never sang”


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