- Telex (band)
Infobox musical artist
Name = Telex
Background = group_or_band
Origin = flagicon|BEL
Electronic music Synthpop
(hiatus in new music
1986- 2006) [ [http://www.telex-music.com/faq.html Telex Official FAQ] ]
URL = [http://www.telex-music.com Official Website]
Notable_instruments =The Belgian synthpop group Telex was 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." [Telex Podcast Episode #1 http://www.telex-music.com/audio.html] Mixing the aestheticsof disco, punk and experimental electronic music, they released a stripped-down synthesized cover versionof "Twist à St. Tropez" by Les Chats Sauvages.
They followed up with an ultra-slow cover of "
Rock Around the Clock", a hilariously relaxed and dispassionate version of one-hit-wonder Plastic Bertrand's punk song " Ça Plane Pour Moi", and a perversely mechanical cover of " Dance to the Music", originally by Sly Stone.
Kraftwerk, Telex built their music entirely from electronic instruments, and the sounds of the two groups have a certain similarity. However, unlike Kraftwerk's studied Teutonic irony, Telex favour a more joyously irreverent humour.
Their debut album, "Looking for Saint Tropez", featured the worldwide hit single "Moskow Diskow", one of the first ever electronic dance/pop songs.
In 1980 Telex's manager asked them to enter for the
Eurovision Song Contest. They entered, and were eventually sent to the finals, although they apparently hoped to come 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) [ [http://houbi.com/belpop/groups/telex.htm Telex - The Belgian Pop & Rock Archives ] ]
Their song "
Euro-Vision" was a cheerful bleepy song with deliberately banal lyrics about the contest itself.
audienceseemed unsure how to react to the performance, and after the band stopped playing there was mostly stunned silence, with scattered polite applause; Marc Moulin took a photographof the bewildered audience. The band walked off amidst sounds of muttering. A mark of the confusion caused by the performance was when vote-counting began, and Greeceawarded Belgium three points, the announcer thought she had misheard and tried to award the points to The Netherlands.
All of this was clearly bad news for the band's English record label,
Virgin Records, who were trying to pass them off as part of the New Romanticmovement. The self-mockery of tracks like "We Are All Getting Old" didn't help either.
For their third album, "Sex", Telex enlisted the suddenly hip 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 musicartists they later inspired, but unusual in 1981. The fourth Telex album, "Wonderful World", was barely distributed.
Atlantic Records, perhaps surprisingly, signed Telex and released "Looney Tunes". By then, the band's earlier sound had influenced many other groups, but they had abandoned it in favor of sampling and a more up-tempo humorous style. "Temporary Chicken", for example, was a strange joke track about a man so desperate for work that he accepts a part time job in a chicken costume. It was social commentary, but so bizarre as to be almost incomprehensible to most listeners; the album found little commercial success.Fact|date=January 2008
In 1989, Telex revisited all of their old tracks and remixed them to resemble the
house musicand other genres that had followed in the wake of Telex and others' early pioneering work in electronic pop. The result was "Les Rhythmes Automatiques", which apparently inspired Kraftwerkto do the same for their album " The Mix" in 1991.Dubious
After almost two decades of silence, Telex made a come-back in March 2006 with "How Do You Dance" on
EMI. It comprised five original compositions as well as five covers. Their last release, as of 2006, is a cover of "On the Road Again", originally by Canned Heat. They also began producing remixes for other artists' single releases, including " A Pain that I'm Used To" by Depeche Modeand "Minimal" by the Pet Shop Boys.
*1979: "Looking For St. Tropez"
*1981: "Sex" (released in some countries as "Birds and Bees" with a slightly altered tracklisting)
*1984: "Wonderful World"
*1986: "Looney Tunes"
*2006: "How Do You Dance?"
Compilations and Remix albums
*1989: "Les Rhythmes Automatiques" (album of re-recorded back-catalogue))
*1993: "Belgium...One Point" (a
box setof the first five albums plus bonus tracks)
*1994: "Is Release A Humour? - We Love Telex" (Japan only.
remixed by Japanese DJs)
*1998: "I Don't Like Music" (
remixed by Carl Craigand others)
*1998: "I Don't Like Remixes: Original Classics 78-86" (a 'best-of' compilation)
*1999: "I (Still) Don't Like Music Remixes Vol. 2" (DJ remixes)
* [http://www.telex-music.com Official website (www.telex-music.com)]
* [http://users.skynet.be/goedseel/telex-hp.html Telex extended discography]
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