both songs : Vandevoorde, Burnell, Buxin
Year : 1983
Produced : Jean-Jacques Burnell
Record co. : Virgin
Founded in the early eighties by Roger Marc VandeVoorde, with a rapidly changing
cast of other members, amongst who Luc Van Acker (on
the debut LP) and Kloot PerW (on stage and on the second
album). As this last one later recollected on the band : "We weren't
very well known in Flanders, but in Wallonia, France, Germany, Switzerland and
Austria we enjoyed quite a bit of success. It lasted for a couple of years and
you still can find evidence of that on compilation CD's like the "Club Classics"
by Antler". They never managed to seduce the English-speaking audiences,
although their producers came from that background : "Walking Everywhere"
was produced by Jean-Jacques Burnel of the Stranglers, "The Overnight Day"
was produced by Nigel Gray, who had also worked with the Police and Siouxsie and
the Banshees before.
A reasonable description of the group can be found on sonicnet
"Polyphonic Size is Belgian; their first album was produced by Strangler
Jean-Jacques Burnel, who also contributed bass and vocals. ... Sung primarily
in French by a man and a woman backed by simple (not rudimentary--carefully constructed
and subtle) electronics, this resembles Orchestral Manoeuvres' lighter work. ...
A low-key approach --gentle, almost tender singing and languid tempos-- makes
Live for Each Moment as relaxing as a hot bath, but without the ennui,
thanks to a resolute commitment to pop song structures. A very pretty record.
The Mother's Little Helper 12-inch singles assemblage has five tracks,
including a humorous electronic reinterpretation (not unlike the Flying Lizards)
of the Rolling Stones classic after which it is named. A new four-piece lineup, working with producer Nigel Gray (Police, Siouxsie
and the Banshees) on Walking Everywhere and The Overnight Day, has
kept Polyphonic Size moving into mild, commercialized pop fare--a less quirky
Plastic Bertrand or perhaps a Flemish answer
to Nena (sic!). The whispery male and female vocals (in French and lightly
accented English) and the understated music keep the records unfailingly pleasant,
but a shade too skimpy on character to make Polyphonic Size a bigger international
Band members (1981-1985) :
- Roger Marc Vandevoorde : Guitar, Keyboards, vocals
- Martine Bourlée : Bass, Keyboards, vocals
- Ann Vandewalle : Keyboards, vocals
- Kloot per W : Bass guitar, keyboards, decor, vocals
- bijkomende leden : France L'Hermitte (vocals), Luc Van Acker (drums, keys, guitar,
vocals), J.J.Burnell (bass, vocals), Dave Greenfield (Keyboards), Daniel B (synths
programming), P. Gillet (synths), Glen (zang, bas).
- Live for each moment (Sandwich - 1982)
- Mothers little helper (EP) (Enigma - 1982)
- Walkin' everywhere (Virgin - 1984)
- The overnight day (New Rose - 1988)
- Polyphonic Size discography
by Stephane Werquin.
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