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09/02/2015 : MINNY POPS - Drastic Measures, Drastic Movement

MINNY POPS

Drastic Measures, Drastic Movement

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ElectronicsMinimalNew wave

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Factory Benelux
09/02/2015, William LIÉNARD

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Minny Pops is a Dutch new wave/electro band. In 1979, the debut album Drastic Measures, Drastic Movement was released, followed by support acts for XTC (Amsterdam) and Joy Division (Eindhoven), concerts in England, a record deal with Factory Records (1980) and an invitation for the John Peel Sessions. In 1985 the band released its fourth and final original album 4th Floor. Musically Minny Pops is influenced by bands like Cabaret Voltaire and the American duo Suicide, but also by Brian Eno and the German formation Cluster.

This CD is released by Factory Benelux. Disc 1 contains the complete debut album Drastic Measures, Drastic Movement and nine bonus tracks, including the material of the debut EP Kojak (3 tracks), a remix of Dolphins Spurt (2003) by Zip and DJ Smacker, and 12 minutes of video footage (5 tracks), recorded at the Amsterdam Film Academy in 1979. Disc 2 contains the complete live performance of their debut album, recorded at Dansmaker in Amsterdam on March 11, 2012.

The compositions of Minny Pops have lost none of their experimental nature and they hardly are dated. These songs are sound collages (Minny Pops and MD Mania come closest to real songs). The minimalist structure, the bizarre-sounding guitars and the reciting voice of Wally van Middeldorp, it all sounds like organized chaos, mechanical, dark, repetitive and industrial, yet original and authentic. The sound is rougher and noisier during the live concert (disc 2), but it is structured and done with vision.

Tracklist disc one:
Springtime I
Minny Pops
Hologram
Total Confusion
Dolphins Spurt
Motor City
Springtime II
Monica
Flash Goes The Eye
MD Mania
R.U. 21
Mono
Muzak

Kojak
Footsteps
Nervous
Dolphin's Spurt (remix)

New Muzak (Live video)
Total Confusion (Live video)
Mono (Mive version)
MD Mania (Live version)
Dolphins Spurt (Live Version)

Tracklist disc two:
Live Recordings of Springtime I
Minny Pops
Hologram
Total Confusion
Dolphin's Spurt
Motor City
Springtime II
Monica
Flash Goes The Eye
MD Mania
R.U. 21
Mono
Muzak

William LIÉNARD
09/02/2015


NL

Minny Pops is een Nederlandse new wave/electro band. In 1979 verscheen het debuutalbum Drastic Measures, Drastic Movement, gevolgd door optredens in het voorprogramma van XTC (Amsterdam) en Joy Division (Eindhoven), concerten in Engeland, een platencontract met Factory Records (1980) en een uitnodiging voor de John Peel Sessions. In 1985 verscheen hun vierde en laatste originele album 4th Floor. Muzikaal is Minny Pops beïnvloed door groepen als Cabaret Voltaire en het Amerikaanse Suicide, maar ook door Brian Eno en het Duitse Cluster.

Deze cd is een re-release van Factory Benelux. Op disk 1 staat het complete debuutalbum Drastic Measures, Drastic Movement, aangevuld met negen bonustracks, waarover het materiaal van de debuut-ep Kojak (3 tracks), een remix van Dolphins Spurt (2003) door Zip en dj Smacker, en 12 minuten videofootage (5 tracks), opgenomen in de Amsterdamse Filmacademie in 1979. Op disk 2 staat de complete live-versie van het debuutalbum, opgenomen in Dansmaker in Amsterdam op 11 maart 2012.

De composities van Minny Pops hebben niets van hun experimenteel karakter verloren en ze klinken nauwelijks gedateerd. Het zijn veel meer geluidscollages dan echte songs (Minny Pops en MD Mania komen nog het dichtst in de buurt). De minimalistische structuur, de bizar klinkende gitaren en Wally van Middendorps reciterende stem, het klinkt als georganiseerde chaos, mechanisch, donker, repetitief en minimalistisch, maar tegelijk origineel en oorspronkelijk. Live (disk 2) klinkt het overigens allemaal nog een flink stuk ruwer en luidruchtiger, maar er is wel sprake van structuur en visie.

William LIÉNARD
09/02/2015


 

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