Lords of Acid is the kinky techno project of Maurice Engelen &n Olivier
Adams that, certainly in the United States, has earned themselves cult following
with their sexy SM-stageshows, ditto "risqué" lyrics and exciting
musical mix of rock & techno.
"I sit on Acid"
59 sec. - 118 Kb.
song : Van Lierop, Van Oekel, Inger, Khan
Productie : Jachr Praha
Jaar : 1988
Record co. : Kaos
55 sec. - 109 Kb.
song : Adams, Van Lierop, Somora
Productie : Jade 4U, Praga Khan, Oliver Adams
Jaar : 1991
Record co. : Complete Kaos
51 sec. - 101 Kb.
Jaar : 1998
Record co. : Never Records
"Scrood bi U"
1' 6 sec. - 130 Kb.
song : Adams, Khan
Productie : Adams, Khan
Jaar : 2001
Record co. : Never Records
Lords of Acid began as one of the dozens of projects in the New
Beat period by Praga Khan and his compagnons.
The first single "I Sit On Acid" had such an impact and lifespan
that Lords Of Acid has grown into a project with a full career, as opposed to
Shakti, Major Problem, 101, Miss Nikkie Trax, Phantasia, Digital Orgasm ... which
all did get a considerably lesser life.
The first single was put together by Maurice Engelen (aka Praga Khan,
Shakti ...) Nikkie van Lierop (Jade 4 U, Darling Nikkie ...), Jos Borremans
(aka Chris Inger, who did work in lots of other projects in 1990 and before with
Praga Khan such as zoals Jade 4U, Moments of Ecstacy, Tribe 22, Dirty Harry, Major
Problem, Shakti, Electric Shock) and Harry van Oekel (aka Dirty Harry). The first
gig was given in Roeselare, but as the band had only 1 song, they borrowed the
song "Acid Queen" from another project called "Major Project".
For the stage-act, Natalie Delaet, a blonde femme-fatale, was hired in.
Maurice about this episode later : "Praga Khan "I Sit On Acid"
came out in 1988 and it was a real hit in Belgium. In a way Lords of Acid was
just a project name and I had a lot of projects at that time. Most of these projects
were successful but the "I Sit On Acid" kept selling. Every month (over
a period of 3 years) we shipped 300 copies to the States. I knew that there was
something going on. In 1991, I got a call from Caroline Records in the US and
they asked me to write a Lords of Acid album for the States. In those days I was
very busy because Praga Khan was taking off big-time in Europe, so I decided to
record this first LOA album in 4 weeks time. That was the only spare studio time
that I had available. And see what happened. Strangely enough, we didn't realize
what was happening because we were touring with Praga Khan all over the world."
Meanwhile, Engelen & Van Lierop Ondertussen had met with Oliver Adams,
and this cooperation - which was baptises MNO after their initials Maurice, Nikkie
en Olivier - would turn out to be a very "fruitfull" one (see for example the
debut CD of Yasmine). On the CD "Lust",
that was put together especially for the American market, there was a also some
input by Agaric & Bhab, beint the new-beat alter ego's of Rembert de Smet
(2 Belgen) and Ferre Baelen (Tjens
Couter). In Belgium, hardly anybody knew about the existence of this album,
but in the States it started a remarkeable career: since the release in 1990 it
has kept on selling, putting the counter these days at over 750,000 copies. "Take
Control" from the Lust-cd even led the American dance-charts for a little
A fine effort, which has earned Praga Khan a place in the "producer's hall
of fame" there. Engelen about this: "In America we are being seen
as important musical innovators. Lords of Acid was the first big act on Astralwerks,
the label that now houses all the major dance-act. And it qwas the very first
album to mix techno with guitar music."
Between album 1 and "Voodoo-U", number 2 - released on a sublabel
of Rick Rubin's American Recordings, a new vocalist was found in "Lady Galore"
(who would later gather more fame as a member of "Pussy Galore"), and
the sound became a lot more industrial without losing the danceability: still
the ingredients were "excellent techno-rhythms en plenty of sex", but
now also "screaming guitars" and "Lady Galore's screaming &
yelling". The album also gathered some attention because some of the more
prudish selling points refused the album sleeve with some naked she-devils on
it. Subsequently, a version of this album exists with a censured cover on which
- à la Eyes Wide Shut - other objects were placed in front of the more
As an illustration of the foulmouthed humour of the band the track "The
Crablouse" could be exemplary. This track got some remixes in the maxi-version,
with titles such as "No Visible Symptoms", "It' there to stay"
and "The Seven year Itch". The lyrics to it went - on a less subtle
note - "Here's a message for the girls about vaginas, and the consequence
of fiddling with a partner. Mind your labia they're never out of danger, if you're
gonna go to bed with a stranger. Creatures might be hidden in his pubic area,
It's the crablouse that's out to get ya! It's gonna grab you by the pubic hair.
Shake your pussy when the bastard's there. It's there to stay, sucks all day.
It's there to bite, my parasite".
Praga about these kinky lyrics in an interview with Whatever Magazine: "The
US record company people asked us many times to be a little more careful with
the lyrics but when we're in the middle of the recordings I don't really give
a shit about that. I just go with the flow. I think that our music really helps
people explore their sexuality. I helps people to get out of their shyness so
they know it's okay to be sexy. When we write our music it's always a bit funny
and not very serious so people know that sex can be fun. The thing I really like
is to write lyrics that can be translated in any direction. The best example is
"Pussy". An 8 years old child who listens to the song with innocent
ears will never ever get the idea that we're singing about a vagina. For the kid
it is completely harmless to listen to the song."
For the 2nd CD Praga Khan wrote the songs with Oliver Adams and Carl S. Johansen
(the alter ego of Ludo Camberlin), on lyrics of Nikkie. For the 3rd CD, there
was another treatment : Praga & Oliver recorded the entire album instrumentally,
and later on Nikkie & Maurice thought of some lyrics. Het resultaat was the cd
"Our Little Secret". In the U.S.-tour that followed the release in 1997,
Nikkie/Jade went on stage with the band for the first time. She wrote about this
in her diary: "Went on tour with Lords of Acid. Why oh why did I ever
let ex-Boyfriend talk me out of it? It was fantastic! This was like nothing else
Id ever done! Finally I got to see who those Lords fans were. I have to
say I was a little shocked at how seriously Americans took this music. Our songs
were supposed to be tongue-in-cheek, but they thought different! One of these
people had the whole Voodoo-u cover tattooed on his chest and belly (imagine a
body covered in demonesses). There were slaveboys and girls in chains then
there was this fashion thing where people get fangs made at the dentists!
That totally grossed me out! But I would do it all again!"
Nikkie never did it again though, because sometime after, the collaboration
with Praga & Oliver op. In her place came Deborah Ostrega, once a showgirl
at the sides of the Walter Capiau's of this eart on VTM, en apparently not without
her merits during a tour in 2000 that had both Praga Khan
and Lords of Acid on one line-up. She certainly got the blessing of Penthouse
: "Ostrega doesn't wear panties, which became quite evident to 1,500 fans
when her latex dress crept over her midriff, exposing her nicely manicured bush.
The sold-out crowd screamed its approval while Ostrega howled the word to "undress
& possess" seemingly unaware that her Belgian beaver was openly on display".
But as Praga Khan corrects : "Let's be very clear: we never strip, and
we do not fuck on stage. What happens in the audience is a different matter though.
I must confess I sometimes have a hard time concentrating on my keyboard. But
following our reputation, there is often police next to the stage, so we gotta
be carefull what we do. The Lords of Acid is in the first place still about humour.
If we sing about pussy, then we do that with a smile. And if you look at what
happens in the discotheques in the weekend, or on late-night tv, then this is
all much more extreme then what the Lords of Acid bring".
In 1998-1999 the band released "Expand your Head" - a cd with all
kinds of remixes of LOA-tracks - and "Heaven is an Orgasm" - a limited
edition album for the fans. It wasn't until 2001 that Lords of Acid came up with
a "regular album" again, "Farstucker". This was the
strangely enough only the first release of LOA that was being pushed in Europe
also. This meant the band got a cd-presentation for a sold-out Ancienne Belgique
in March, and got a headline position at summer-festivals such a Marktrock & Eurorock.
As usual, this CD contained the "dark industrial house, kinky dance &
horny lyrics" that also were the success-recepy in the past, with track-titles
such as Scrood Bi U, Pain & Pleasure Concerto, Slave To Love,
Lucy's F*ck*ng sKy (A Treatise on the Practical Methods Whereby one can)
& Lick my Chakra.
- Oliver Adams
- Maurice - Praga Khan - Engelen
- Nikkie van Lierop On stage the band included other "performers", such as
- Natalie Dalaet (vocals)
- Ruth McArdle (aka Lady Galore) (vocals)
- Tejo de Roeck (guitar)
- Frank Vloeberghs (aka Lord T. Byron) (bass)
- Kurt Liekens (aka McGuinness) (drums)
- Dirk Vanderauwera (drums, vocals)
- Erhan Kurkun (guitar)
- Wim Daans - aka Shai De La Luna (keyboards)
Buy CD's of this band at
- Lust (CD, 1992, Kaos)
- Voodoo-U (CD, 1994 American Recordings / Sony)
- Our Little Secret (CD, 1997, Never Records)
- Heaven is an Orgasm (CD limited, 1998 White label - CD, 1999, Never Records)
- Expand your Head (remixes, 1999, Never Records)
- Farstucker (CD, 2001) Singles / Maxi's ...
- I sit on Acid (1988, Kaos)
- Hey Ho (1990, Complete Kaos)
- Take Control (1992, Complete Kaos)
- Rough Sex (1993, Complete Kaos)
- I Must Increase My Bust (1993, Never Records)
- The Crablouse (1994, Caroline)
- Do What You Wanna Do (1994, Never Records)
- Sucking in the 70's (EP, 1995, Never Records)
- Rubber Doll (1997, Never Records)
- Pussy (1998, Never Records)
- Lover / Let's get High (1999, Never Records)
- Lover Boy / Lover Girl (2001, Never Records)
- I Sit on Acid (2001, Never Records)
- Scrood Bi U (2001, Never Records)
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