Nov 7, 2018

RhoDeo 1844 Aetix


Today's artists are a Belgian synthpop group formed in 1978 by Marc Moulin, Dan Lacksman and Michel Moers, with the intention of "making something really European, different from rock, without guitar — and the idea was electronic music... ......N'Joy

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In 1979, mixing the aesthetics of disco, punk and experimental electronic music, they released a stripped-down synthesized cover version of "Twist à St. Tropez" by Les Chats Sauvages. They followed up with an ultra-slow cover of "Rock Around the Clock", a relaxed and dispassionate version of Plastic Bertrand's punk song "Ça Plane Pour Moi", and a mechanical cover of "Dance to the Music", originally by Sly Stone. Telex built its music entirely from electronic instruments, employing joyously irreverent humor. The group's debut album, Looking for Saint Tropez, featured the worldwide hit single "Moskow Diskow".

In 1980, Telex's manager asked the group to enter the Eurovision Song Contest. The group entered and were eventually sent to the finals, although they apparently hoped to come in last.

    "We had hoped to finish last, but Portugal decided otherwise. We got ten points from them and finished on the 19th spot."—Marc Moulin

The group's song "Euro-Vision" was a cheerful bleepy song with deliberately banal lyrics about the contest itself.

For their third album, Sex, Telex enlisted the US group Sparks to help write the lyrics. However, the band still refused to play live and preferred to remain anonymous—common practice in the techno music artists the group later inspired but, nevertheless, unusual in 1981. The fourth Telex album, Wonderful World, was barely distributed. In 1986, Atlantic Records signed Telex and released the album Looney Tunes in 1988. In 1989, Telex revisited their old tracks and remixed them to resemble house music and other genres then prevalent in electronic pop. The result was Les Rythmes Automatiques, released in 1989.

After a long hiatus, Telex made a comeback in March 2006 with How Do You Dance on EMI Records. It contained five original compositions as well as five covers. The group's last single was a cover of "On the Road Again", originally by Canned Heat. They also produced remixes for other artists' single releases, including "A Pain That I'm Used To" by Depeche Mode and "Minimal" by the Pet Shop Boys.

Following the death of band member Marc Moulin in 2008, the surviving members of the band announced their retirement from making music with the band's final release, a compilation album titled Ultimate.

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Telex as a band were never really meant to last, and boy didn't they know it.  Even looking at the album cover you can see a tongue-in-cheek lack of effort as a byproduct of the computer age; it's aesthetically ugly but also sort of comforting, a relic from a time when computers could only do the exact things we told them to do.  Telex have always been forward-looking but backwards-compatible.  They never had the equipment of a group like Kraftwerk and were instead forced to write their music on dinky keyboards and Commodores (compare to YMO's BGM, which contained an inlay listing all the expensive and sophisticated synthesizers that were used on the album).  Granted they were fully aware of their preposition here and I think their music has always reflected that.

Wonderful World comes at an awkward time, when digital-mania was soon to transform the entire industry and strip the very soul out of it.  Now I don't have a copy of the actual album and can't speak to what exactly is being used here but based on the sound of things I suspect they grabbed one of those early Fairlights, the crude sampling device that made everything sound like a Bop It.  The music here is tightly sequenced and full of paperthin dancefloor rhythms, the very definition of mid-80s digital shit that might've blown a few minds back in the day but sounds utterly hopeless today.  There's a lotta ugly sampling going on here, ranging from orchestra hits to off-key screeches and compressed doo-wop vocals.  In other words it's not so different from say, Shout by Devo; catchy songs performed in a lifeless way, though at least Telex seem to have some self-awareness there.  Listen to the title track, which sounds like it's lifting noises directly from a Fischer-Price See n' Say (did those exist in 1984?).  The future is here and it kinda sucks, actually.  Luckily Telex do keep things mostly fun and admittedly there are some pretty good tunes here ("So Sad", "Raised by Snakes",  "Second Hand", "Vertigo").  One standout track is probably "L'Amour Toujours", actually written a couple years prior and given to Miharu Koshi, and all I can say is you should probably listen to her version instead.  But it's one of the few tracks that actually sounds like a song to me, rather than just a dancefloor groove.  Overall, I'd say this album is merely okay.  It's very easy to like but shallow.

Telex - Wonderful World (flac  232mb)

01 L'Amour Toujours 3:19
02 So Sad 3:32
03 Raised By Snakes 3:50
04 It Could Happen To You 3:07
05 Second Hand 3:25
06 Tell Me It's A Dream 3:15
07 Vertigo 3:39
08 The Voice 3:36
09 Radio-Radio 3:47
10 Wonderful World 3:53

Telex - Wonderful World   (ogg  99mb)

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 Telex - 3 Maxis  (flac  282mb)
Telex ‎- Spike Jones (EP)
01 Spike Jones (Maxi Version) 5:23
02 Spike Jones (Single Version) 3:24
03 Basta 3:32

Telex ‎- Peanuts (EP)

04 Peanuts 5:26
05 Peanuts (Single Version) 3:06
06 Basta (Dub) 2:06

Telex ‎- Temporary Chicken (EP)
07 Temporary Chicken (Barnyard Maxi Mix) 6:37
08 Temporary Chicken (Edit Of Remix) 3:58
09 Temporary Chicken (Remix) 6:37
10 Temporary Chicken (Dub Version) 3:23

Telex - 3 Maxis   (ogg  124mb)

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This album's not as bad as everyone says it is.  I mean it's total gimmick but it's actually really fun.  "Temporary Chicken" is actually pretty funny from a sonic standpoint.  The first song, "I Don't Like Music" is the singer stating 16 reasons why he doesn't like music. His 16 reasons are just 16 types of music, and if he doesn't like any music, why is he making a song about it? When you ponder this question for the first time, you realize the ironic genius that is/was Telex.

This album is up there in my favorite albums. It's an album that I will put on, and enjoy every track just as much as the last time. I own the 1988 vinyl release of the album, so some songs' mixes are different than the original 1986 European release, and after hearing both, I prefer my version (what I'm used to).

This album was a large part of my childhood. This probably contributes to my extreme love for this album. But, after hearing Telex's other music, I was disappointed. I'm not sure if it is because I'm used to the silly lyrics ("Dingo bells/when I think of you"), or if because the album is in such high regards in my mind, nothing else compares. No one should take this album seriously, seeing as if a song has any lyrics, they're very silly. "Temporary Chicken", "Peanuts", and "Spike Jones" consist of just saying the song title (along with some assorted vocal noises). The instruments/samples are comprised of a drum machine, a couple synthesizers, and an acoustic guitar. Every song is insanely catchy, and it won't be long before they have completely taken over your brain. I suggest that anyone who likes dance-pop, synth-pop, or any largely-synthesized 80's music to listen to this album.

  Telex - Looney Tunes   (flac  217mb)

01 I Don't Like Music 4:44
02 Temporary Chicken 3:56
03 Spike Jones 3:24
04 Beautiful Li[f]e 3:30
05 Dingo Bells 1:14
06 I Want Your Brain 4:18
07 Baby, When? 3:55
08 Peanuts 3:08
09 Happy End (I Wanna) 3:04
10 Rendez-Vous Dans L'Espace 4:23

Telex - Looney Tunes  (ogg   89mb)

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How infectious are TELEX! They've reached the country of Yellow Magic Orchestra and now 5 Japanese producer/musicians have their Telex fever transmuted into remixes. This album of 6 songs published by Alpha in 1994 with remixes of Yoshino Sunahara, Kimikata Matsumae or Seiji Toda among others proves it. Moskow Disco, Pakmovast, Twist A Saint Tropez, Rock Around the Clock or Café de la Jungle are songs mixed with good taste. The cover, in the style of Tintin, is run by Hisashi Eguchi, a Japanese manga artist. The album is Japanese, since it is a tribute to these techno-pop classics with a touch of humor.A joy for both the artwork and most of the topics that are really good

 Telex -  Is Release A Humour ~We Love Telex~ (flac  239mb)

01 Moskow Diskow (Kimitaka Matsumae Remix) 4:37
02 Twist A Saint-Tropez (Konishi's Readymade ; Twist A Tokyo Mix) 6:20
03 Pakmovast (Yoshinori Sunahara Re-Program) 5:09
04 Rock Around The Clock (Seiji Toda Remix) 6:14
05 Cafe De La Jungle ~ My Time (Yann Tomita's Pea-Pea Ga-Gabble Mix) 14:18
06 Moskow Diskow (Martian Version) 3:45

 Telex -  Is Release A Humour ~We Love Telex~  (ogg   97mb)

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JC said...

Thank you so much for Telex!


Fifi said...

MEGA respect to you good sir! You have outdone yourself this time with those EPs and the Japanese remix CD. I actually owned that way back in the day when it originally came out, and it is one rare little puppy indeed these days. Many, many thanks.