Telex how do you dance

Telex – How Do You Dance? (2006, CD)

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1On The Road Again2:58
2How Do You Dance?

Backing Vocals – Christa Jérôme

Backing Vocals – Christa Jérôme

3This Is Your Song4:50
4#1 Song In Heaven6:27
5J'Aime La Vie3:09
6White Noise3:20
8Jailhouse Rock3:29
9Do Worry4:06
10La Bamba4:05
VideoOn The Road Again2:58
  • Recorded At – Synsound Studios
  • Mixed At – Synsound Studios
  • Mastered At – Translab
  • Engineer [Recording & Mixing] – Dan Lacksman
  • Mastered By – Pompon*
  • Producer – Telex

Recorded and mixed at Synsound Studio, Brussels.
Mastered at Translab, Paris.
"On The Road Again" video concept, art direction & production: BaseMOTION.

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Title/Composer Performer Time Stream

On the Road Again

Telex 03:01 Amazon

How Do You Dance?

Telex 04:28 Amazon

This Is Your Song

Telex 04:50 Amazon

#1 Song in Heaven

Telex 06:29 Amazon

J'aime la Vie

Telex 03:07 Amazon

White Noise

Telex 03:22 Amazon


Telex 04:22 Amazon

Jailhouse Rock

Telex 03:31 Amazon

Do Worry

Telex 04:08 Amazon

La Bamba

Telex 04:09 Amazon
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March 27, 2006


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The new compilation chronicles the career of the Belgian synth-pop trio, whose futuristic kitsch stretched from the Eurovision Song Contest to the origins of Detroit techno.

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When Belgian musicians Dan Laxman and Marc Moulin first joined forces under the name Telex in the late 1970s, the goal was to create the Lacksman company. said Last year I had to do something frivolous, like take a famous French song and make it as slow as possible. It was Moulin who suggested expressing their jokes in synth-pop minimalism.

Laxman already had a lot of experience making light and silly music with modular synths. Recording his EMS VCS 3 as an electronic system, he achieved European success with Cocos, a cheerful novelty in the style of Gershon Kingsley Popcorn. With the royalties from this single, Laxman bought a Moog module - Moulin already had his own MiniMoog - which became the centerpiece of the album series, further blurring the lines between gumbooty and disco.

With vocalist Michel Moers in the mix, Laxman and Moulin came up with a sound that was both futuristic and slightly gooey - like dancing under the Highway while sipping a frothy drink at a seaside disco. The six albums released by the trio were notoriously goofy yet thoughtfully composed, much like the work of Sparks, with whom Telex collaborated. Along the way, the group managed to make a modest sensation in the charts, representing Belgium at the Eurovision Song Contest 1980 years old ”and, as promised, to delay Bertrand’s plasticity. This plane is for me to sultry crawl.

This song is unfortunately missing from This is Telex , but the compilation does give a delightful overview of the trio's work. In three decades, the kitschy covers and playful originals collected here are not as quickly recognizable as the synth-pop bands that sprang up with them. But the ebullient energy and club rhythms of Telex had no less influence on the first wave of techno and house DJs and producers. (Detroit band A Number of Names supposedly inspired by Telex Moskow Diskow when they recorded the single Sharevari 1981, which is considered one of the first tracks of Detroit techno; in 1998 Carl Craig remixed Telex hit. )

This Telex comes in chronological order and the sequence shows how Telex stayed true to his quirky M.O. even as they added new tools to their arsenal. With two tracks taken from the band's 1979 debut, In Search of Saint-Tropez , the trio sped up Trans-Europe Express on Moskow Diskow and synthesized Twist à Saint-Tropez, a yeh-yeh single originally recorded in 1962 by the French group Les Chats Sauvages. About elections from his latest album, How do you dance ? - released in 2006 after an 18-year absence - Telex still uses its old tricks, turning Sparks' "Number One Song in Heaven" into a throbbing lament and the rock standard La Bamba into a robotic hauler.

Telex's most captivating material arrived between these book cover albums. Encouraged by their label to take part in the Eurovision Song Contest 1980 years", the trio wrote: Eurovision, partial tribute / partial reception of the annual contest. The lyrics gently emphasize the ephemeral nature of most of the Eurovision songs, while the music is a kind of hilarious earworm that tends to perform well in the contest. Telex hoped that their song and their delightfully hard-hitting performance -they would put in the last. But thanks to a surprise vote from Portugal, Belgium finished 17th out of 19 countries.

The band's most impressive achievement was their album 1981 years old. Sex , which they recorded with Ron and Russell Mael from Sparks. The two groups were introduced by a mutual friend of Lio's, a Belgian pop singer and model, and they quickly collaborated. Two tracks from Sex are the perfect wedding of the Mael arc, long lyrics (Average toast/Blow your nose/Extraordinary, Morse sings with flat effect in Dramatic Drama) and a mean, peppy production of Telex. Laxman later responded to this by helping engineer Sparks' album 1983 years old. In outer space at his Synsound Studios in Brussels.

This Telex does a good job of showing the trio's less serious intentions, but the curation could have been stronger. With an over-emphasis on the band's covers, the tracklist skips solid tracks like Art of Noise-esque Peanuts or A/B, their hilarious ode to listening to the downside of singles. These songs, more than some of the original material included here, show how Laxman and Moulin have evolved as composers, adding samplers and sequencers to the mix. But even with these missteps, this collection is a wonderful introduction to the unusual spirit and fresh sound of Telex.

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Telex (band)History and Discography78 by Marc Moulin, Dan Laxman and Michel Moers with the goal of "doing something really European, different from rock, without the guitar - and the idea was electronic music".


Telex on the rehearsals of the Eurovision Supply 1980 competition

Brussels, Belgium
electronic, avant -garde, dancing, experimental, laus, electric, nyntipop. disco, post-disco

In 1979, mixing aesthetics from disco, punk and experimental electronic music, they released a stripped-down synth cover of Les Chats Sauvages' "twist Saint Tropez". They then released an ultra-slow cover of "Rock Around the Clock", a relaxed and unemotional version of Plastik Bertrand's punk song "Ça Plane Pour Moi", and a mechanical cover of "Dance to the Music", originally by Sly Stone. Telex based his music solely on electronic instruments, using hilarious and irreverent humour. In the group's debut album " Looking for Saint Tropez " included the world famous single "Moskow Diskow".

In 1980 the manager of Telex asked the group to enter the Eurovision Song Contest. The group entered and ended up being sent to the finals, although they clearly hoped to come in last.

“We were hoping to finish last, but Portugal decided otherwise. We got ten points from them and finished in 19th place.” - Marc Moulin [3]

The band's song "Euro-Vision" was a fun, raucous song with deliberately trite lyrics about the competition itself.

For their third album, Sex , Telex enlisted the American band Sparks to write the lyrics. However, the band still refused to perform live and preferred to remain anonymous, a common practice for techno artists later inspired by the band, but nonetheless unusual for 1981. Telex's fourth album, Wonderful World , had little to no distribution. In 1986, Atlantic Records signed with Telex and released the album Looney Tunes 9.0126 in 1988. In 1989, Telex revisited their old tracks and remixed them to resemble house and other genres that were prevalent in electronic pop at the time. The result was Les Rythmes Automatiques , released in 1989. After a long hiatus, Telex returned in March 2006 with How Do You Dance on EMI Records. It includes five original compositions, as well as five covers. The band's final single was a cover version of "On the Road Again", originally released by Canned Heat. They also released remixes of other artists' singles, including Depeche Mode's "A Pain That I'm Used To" and Pet Shop Boys' "Minimal".

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