The accordion is not a musical instrument you would easily associate with a succesful popsong.

But music producer Jan Neef (from Lembeek, Belgium) and his band The Klaxons had a worldwide hit with the track “CLAP CLAP SOUND” (written by Burt Blanca/Jean-Marie Lucien Troisfontaine) of which the main sound was…the accordion. And this track holds the promise to become a huge hit once more!


Recently, the song was rediscovered, cleaned up and used in a German short movie for kids and since this use the track is extremely popular again!

It is so successful that Jan Neef – in a joint venture with Red Bullet - decided to re-release the track on single.


The story of “CLAP CLAP SOUND” in a nutshell:

In 1983 the track could be found in the singles charts in 15 different countries – it firmly stayed put in South-Africa’s charts for 25 weeks! “We actually went on tour there and visited all major concert halls. And in the UK we were invited to play at the legendary music show Top of The Pops”, recounts Jan Neef. “And all this with a simple accordion without any lyrics. It’s a piece of music that makes everybody smile, a true Ohrwurm, that keeps lingering in your head for days”.


Jan is not alone in his view. He recently got a request by a German producer of children’s TV shows if it was okay to use “CLAP CLAP SOUND” in a series of short clips that were meant to drag kids away from their computers in order to have them rediscover how to sing and dance again. And this was a great idea indeed! Within days the clip with “CLAP CLAP SOUND” had been watched worldwide over 6 million times!


The newly recorded version of “CLAP CLAP SOUND” is now available on all download- and streaming portals. The track was remastered and a new clip was recorded to support the release.

In it, a very catchy dance is performed by professional dancers, part of which is now being used in a TikTok challenge. “TikTok is extremely popular with the young, so this way we try to get them dancing again as well”, says Jan.


For the collectors among us a physical CD single has been produced, available with a.o.  


Check the clip and start dancing!