The recording of the song The Model was Veronika's one and only foray into the world of recorded music.

The song was a cover of the hit "Das Modell" by the German electronic group Kraftwerk originally released in 1978. Veronika recorded the cover at Jodi Studio in the Netherlands in 2001. A couple hundred CDs were printed and the song was distributed with hopes that it would get some airtime and be used to launch Veronika's recording career.

The CD itself featured 2 tracks ... on the one side of course the song sung by Veronika and the other an electronic dance song with no vocals.

Tracklist

1. The Model : Written-By - Schult, Bartos, Hutter, P.J. Peeters – 3:08
2. Super Model : Written-By - J. Dirne, Tjoe Bizarre – 5:03

Recorded At - Jodi Studio
Copyright © 2001 - Bizarre Music
Distributed By - Music Net
Licensed Through - ToCo International

Credits

Artwork - Thijs De Nijs
Guitar - John Oosterlaar
Photography By [Cover] - Onno Klein
Producer - J. Dirne, Thijs De Nijs, Tjoe Bizarre

Veronika Zemanova Lyrics for The Model

I'm a model and I'm looking good
I'm always looking for a photo shoot
I play hard to get I smile from time to time
It only takes a camera to change my mind
I'm a model ... a super model
I'm going out tonight I'm drinking just champagne
And I will be attracting nearly all the men
I'm playing my game while you can hear them say
She is looking good, for beauty we will pay
I'm posing ... I'm posing ... I'm posing ... I'm posing
You'll find me on the covers of all magazines
I'm a big success, they want to see me again
I'm a model and I'm looking good
I'm a model and I'm looking good
I'm a model and I'm looking good

Some behind the scenes pictures and footage from the recording were captured by her then manager P.J. Peeters and were featured in photo Set 184 and video MSC-005 The Model.




Veronika’s big break looked like it had come when she was asked to appear on a British TV Channel 4 show entitled "Eurotrash" to perform “The Model”. Veronika flew to Paris with her manager to record the performance in Jan. 2002 but as fate would have it the recording never made it to the air. It turns out that her appearance was pulled from being aired because of rights issues for it’s rebroadcast not being granted by Kraftwerk. Veronika's account of the whole affair appeared in one of her diary entries:

My dear fans,

I was going to tell you a little more about that adventure in Paris, last year, where that ‘Eurotrash’ TV show was recorded. Mind that it’s actually a show particularly for the British, but about the foreigners, abroad. Like the name of the show already suggests, it actually is about the (supposed) strange behaviour of the weird people that live on the European continent. The British apparently like to make fun of them (like also the European citizens sometimes make fun of the British). Anyway, as I wrote already, that show is not supposed to be taken seriously. It’s just plain entertainment, without pretensions.

They already before had expressed some kind of interest in me, as one of the most popular European internet models, to feature in their show, but they were definitely interested, when they had found out I just had started a career as a singer as well. They eagerly wanted me to perform my first record, ‘The Model’, in their show, and they had done everything possible to make it a great recording. They had hired some professional female dancers, and they had thought of a great setting, in so far that I actually was performing before a plain blue wall that later on, in the post-production, would be replaced by futuristic graphical animations.



It took some hours before the shootings were concluded, but finally everyone, including me, was very happy with what we had achieved, even though I only had a vague idea how it was supposed to look like, later on. Mind that it was the first time I was performing my song before a camera, and a professional crew. Actually it was the first time I was performing that song at all. Anyway, I was looking forward to that TV program to be broadcast, but unfortunately it didn’t work out as I had expected, and hoped for. As anyone had expected, actually. Just before my performance was scheduled, as item of the show, my manager was informed that the management of the German band Kraftwerk, which group originally had written and recorded ‘The Model’, wasn’t willing to authorize Channel 4 to broadcast my version of that song. Not because they didn’t like me – they actually didn’t know who I was – nor that they didn’t like my version of the song – they hadn’t heard that yet – but just because they didn’t want any cover version of their songs to be broadcast anywhere. Until now, about a year later, we still don’t know what their problem is.

Since that forbidden ‘Eurotrash’ performance was supposed to be the spearhead of the promotional campaign, we consequently also had to cancel the international release of my first CD-single, which of course is a pity. However, I still hope one day some ambitious record distributor will give it another try.

Kisses, Veronika.


Would have been interesting to see how things might have turned out differently if the broadcast rights were granted. Perhaps she would have gone on to a successful singing career as well!!! I guess we’ll never know.

In the end all that aired on ‘Eurotrash’ that day was this strange “head change” video:



and Veronika wound up giving the remaining CDs away at Glamourcon:


So if you happen to find any copies of the CD for sale anywhere, be sure to pick one up … they certainly are a “collector’s item”

The cover photo for the CD was shot by photographer Onno Klein as part of a two day photoshoot in Prague. Too bad only a couple of pics from this set were ever published :-(


Veronika did appear on another CD cover from the same publisher, however only Veronika’s picture is used and she does not actually sing on this CD.