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“Decollage” and “Fonce a Mort” by the Honeymoon Killers

honey.jpgA couple of great tracks from Belgium’s The Honeymoon Killers. I couldn’t settle for a single one, so here are my two faves from this disc. Actually, now that I’m looking around, I realize you can purchase pristine versions of the entire album from other’s digital download site. Go for it. Also, there’s a 2007 remix of “Decollage” Prins Thomas’s 2007 release Cosmo Galactic Prism 2CD, which you can and should by at other music.

An uncited Wikipedia quote sez:

Live on stage The Honeymoon Killers often used pre-recorded drum machine loops which were played from cassette, over this they put guitar, bass, drums, trashy percussion, cheap-sounding organ, with Vromman and Vincent taking turns on singing. Some of their songs were extended to 20 minutes with their own brand of dub echo effects.

Sounds like fun, huh? I once posted that I purchased this album, and someone emailed me offering like $50 for it. Here’s a little for free. The CD/digital re-release of it are well worth tracking down.

The Honeymoon Killers, “Decollage” from the Les Tueres de la Lune de Miel” LP (1981)

The Honeymoon Killers, “Fonce a Mort” from the Les Tueres de la Lune de Miel” LP (1981)

Mutant Sounds has a super-rare album available (for free of course!) of the group that eventually released this disc in 1981, named, like this album, Les Tueures de la Lune de Miel. Go grab it and thank them!

Also, the always-terrific MissingToof.com featured them earlier this year on a New Wave Tuesday post; a couple tracks available there, including their full-blast version of Serge Gainsbourg’s “Laisse Tomber Les Filles”. 

Here’s a somewhat-tame live taste, from Dutch TV in 1983:[kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/HZrDJvXyKBY" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /]

Update: The Walrus Music Blog has what sounds like a higher-quality version of “Decollage” as well as the song performed above.

“Henry’s In Love,” by Henry Badowski

I recently ripped my LP of Henry Badowski’s Life is a Grand for our friends over at dualtrack, so it’s been turning up on my iPod all the time lately. While I like all of the dense and poppy tracks, I find myself repeating this one over and over again. The lyrics fit together really well, I think.
Henry Badowski, “Henry’s In Love” from the Life is a Grand LP (1981)

If you like this track, go get the whole album zip– James from dualtrack was kind enough to post it on rapid share.

& please, if anyone has any requests of things you’d like me to post, let me know. I know I’m likely to continue in my own directions until someone requests I try a new one.

“Holiday,” by The Odd Numbers

dsc_0006.jpgI bought this 7″ at a WAX show in 1993 or 1994… WAX’s singer, Joe Sib, who had started Side 1 Records, put it out. It’s amazingly tight-sloppy mod indie rock from when that seemed like a fresh, new idea. I really like the guy’s nearly-British accent. The B-side of this disc has a great cover of “Ever Fallen In Love,” which was the first I ever heard of the Buzzcocks.

Whenever I play this out in public someone always comes up to me to tell me that it was their favorite song in some skate video they saw in high school.

I have a full-length album on CD of these guys called Retrofitted for Today, that also has some great cuts on it, but they’re much more polished and lack the energy of this track. It appears that they’re still together, and putting out records.

The Odd Numbers, “Holiday” from the Side 1 records 45 (1993)

Totally unrelatedly, the reason we were at the WAX show, is that my high school friends and I became big fans of theirs after they sneaked us into Trees in Dallas to see fIREHOSE play on a school night once. They were opening, and we happened to be the only folks at their instore performance downtown that afternoon (fIREHOSE was supposed to be the instore performer) Since we weren’t old enough to get in to the show that evening, they told us to come back before the show so we could carry their gear in. WAX later had mild fame with a Spike Jonze video for Souther California, off of their second album, 13 Unlucky Numbers. Also, their drummer Loomis sometimes pops up in Jackass videos.[kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/dPT7q825gwI" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /]