songs : Vanroelen, Perwez, Jo Moens, Debraeckeleer, Theys
production : Kloot Per W
year : 1993
Record co : HKM
The group was formed in 1979 with Geert Vanroelen (brother of Jan Vanroelen,
who is known as David Salomon in the band Arbeid Adelt!),
Kloot Per W (formerly with The Misters), Karel Theys,
Jo Moens & Dirk Debraekeleer.
Their range of styles varied from ska to punk to pop music. Their debut single
"Pick it up", immediately became an underground hit (over 5,000 copies,
which was a lot those days) and led them to the final of the Rock Rally edition
1980. In Wit-Lof from Belgium, the song was described as being "ska at the
speed of sound". The Offspring, a renound American punk band in the nineties,
would later incorportate a lot of ideas from "Pick it up" into their
song "Don't Pick it up" on the cd "Ixnay on the Hombre", but
it didn't came to a lawsuit.
After this initial success, they performed a lot of live gigs, or, as it is
narrated in "Wit-lof from Belgium" : "Organized chaos is a
As their cynical frontman Geert Vanroelen said : "our songs and visual
acts are comments on aspects of living in a society we gladly fail to understand".
After a second single "Do the standing still" (again with cover art
by Hergé-adept Ever Meulen) and a complete album the disorganization of the group
took its toll and the group was disbanded in 1983.
In 1993, the group had a reunion (although the lineup had changed since a decade
earlier : Michel Decoster (of de Mens) now was on bass).
Together, they recorded a full cd called "Radio Debris". From the record
also two singles ware taken : "Rock'n Roll" and "Fire Brigade"
(although I think both songs were bad choices : the best track on the album is
the much happier sounding track "Diane").
Best known member of the Employees is Kloot Per W. Before
the Employees, he was already part of The Misters. Since then, he also took part
in numerous bands e.g. Polyphonic Size, de
Lama's (remember "de ideal penis"), de Kreuners
.... He also has produced many a record and has his own radio show ("Metallopolis")
on the prime Flemish rock station (Studio Brussel).
Karel Theys (bass-player) would later take part in Clouseau,
and was also at the base of de Lama's in 1994/1995.
- Geert Vanroelen (vocals)
- Luk Vandebon Kloot Per W (guitar)
- Karel Theys / Michel Decoster (bass)
- Dirk Debraekeleer (guitar)
- Danny Verwichte / Jo Moens (drums)
Buy CD's of this band at
Platen en CD's:
- Employees (Philips, 1982)
- Radio Debris (HKM, 1993)
Singles en 12''
- Pick it up / Tooth paste (Mercury, 1980)
- Do the standing still / Brussels is love (Back door, 1981)
- Romantic / A cure (Back Door, 1982)
- Play with fire / Rich and famous (Antler, 1983)
- Fire Brigade (HKM, 1993)
- Rock 'n Roll (HKM, 1993)
- Employees-story gets also told on the website of Kloot
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