Nobody's perfect are they?....well,so i've been told.Walhalla's near perfect track record in minimal wave compilations hits an iceberg.
It seems as soon as any Belgian underground Wave acts moved from cassette tape to vinyl they were infected with a dreadful need to be popular,which seems to equate with a need to be dreadful.
Even the normally faultless Bene Gesserit stoop to employing some white mans Rap,like Debbie Harry did in 'Rapture. Enunciated in English with a strong flemish accent;funny,but hardly an impressive tactic.
I can just hear the semi-serious jokes in the studio about how they're gonna be number one in Belgium. From where I come from, 'Having a Number One' means taking a Piss......a 'Number Two' is having a Shit.So with that in mind, and listening to most of these tunes, they should adjust their ambitions to having a number two in Belgium,especially as most of the tracks on this compilation seem to be solid number two material.Like Depeche Mode without the tunes or fashion sense.
These singles maybe be slightly Naff, but they do exude a certain charm that negates the lurch towards things commercial somewhat.
So it ain't all bad i guess?
A1 –Tipical Me - Claustrofobian 3:04
A2 –Solid State - Recalling You 3:36
A3 –Van Lukas - The Riot 3:02
A4 –Karman - Poker 3:33
A5 –Silent Corner - Number One 3:18
A6 –Bene Gesserit - Kidnapping 3:36
A7 –Kloot Per W - L'Europe 4:01
B1 –Tipical Me - Pope No Hope 3:58
B2 –Rive Gauche - Friends Are Friends 2:56
B3 –Vitor Hublot - J'ai Perdu Mon Oiseau 4:05
B4 –Kaa Antilope - The Break Of Day 3:01
B5 –Ton Lebbink - Voetbalknieën 4:03
B6 –Marina Swingers - I'm A Swinger 3:26
B7 –701 Triangles - Esther 2:47