songs : Houben / Pawlowski
Producer : Frans Hagenaars & MJ
Year : 1996
Record co. : Brinkman
For songs from "Boys Together Out Rageously" click
The project got known in June 1996, when suddenly out of the blue and without
prior notice the CD "Nougat in Koblenz" was released onto the unsuspecting
masses. Turns out that Peter Houben & Mauro Pawlowski had spent five afternoons
in January/February of the same year in the Galaxy Studio's in Mol, in the presence
of Dutch producers Frans Hagenaars (Bettie Serveert, Metal
Molly ...) The result was a nonchalant and minimal yet funny and interesting
exercise that turned out to be the best in a wave of "Lo-fi" albums
that Belgium has produced.
As mvs wrote in Humo at the time : "Pawlowski & Houben have re-convinced
us of the use of half-improvised, in a relaxed anything-goes atmosphere, in one-and-a-half-take
recorded music ... The combination of Houbens whining voice and home-and-garden
sarcasm with the backfiring musical genius of Mauro works perfectly together".
The pictures (Mauro & Herman in dressing gown & underpants), the songtitles
(examples, track 1 : "Intro : Open Cousin Ewald Up" of "Jazz-rock
Endurance #2") and the lyrics are on the funny side of things (eg. the
organs of a donor belong to the community - the organs of a donor live on eternally
- the organs of a donor are common property - the organs of a donor give me immunity.
The act of transplantation, invites new contemplation, or "I've seen
your darkness, and it shines" from the single "Sun of Aerobics").
In the studio it apparently also was a ball, as is testified by the liner-notes
: "About food : no one knows what Mauro eats for breakfast but during
the day he was seen, on a number of occasions, chewing slices of brown bread with
ridiculous amounts of mustard on them & Peter was always drinking coffee with
no milk & eating fruit while smoking. Evening = ordering Italian foods to be brought
into the studio to become cold to be eaten behind the mixing desk; the smell &
the mess we (3 people!) produced was impressive."
In 1997, after the split of Evil Superstars,
it became clear that Mitsoobishy Jackson wasn't gonna remain a one-time curiosum.
Mauro declared "A CD-release is imminent, we've recorded more than 20
songs. Guy Van Nueten of The Sands has also been working
with us. It will probably be released in April. We already have a working title
: somebody made the suggestion "Boys
Together Outrageously". It's not absolutely certain yet, but for me that's
Groepsleden ("Drums & bass & g-tars & synthesizers & electronics
& voices") :
- Peter Houben
- Mauro Pawlowski
- Pascal Deweze
- Guy Van Nueten
Buy CD's of this band at
- Nougat in Koblenz (Brinkman, 1996)
- Boys Together Out Rageously (Heaven Hotel, 1999)
EP's / singles ...
- Sun Of Aerobics (Brinkman, 1996)
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