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ORANGE BLACK "Bright Lights"
(1999, Atomic Recordings - distr. De Konkurrent, AR013)

Songs (click on the -icons for a small audio-sample)
1. Southern Feel
2. Sad Joke
3. Moneywheel
4. Summer Cold
5. Girl Tattoo
6. One man and his horse
7. Trash it
8. Lonely (with you)
9. Boy meets girl
10. Passion
11. Turn on

Musicians :
- Freek : bass & backings
- Dieter : vocals, guitar & organ
- Micha : drums & percussion
- Aldo : guitar, organ & backings
Guests :
- Wannes : piano
- Kris : guitar
- Ronny : rhythm-box

Recorded at "Vitanova", Antwerpen
Cover pics : Goele, Ivo, Patrick, Herbert, Dieter


My opinion

Listening to a cd (still some sort of a magic moment for me) can be quite deceptive. In this case my opinion after listening to it over 10 times is just about completely opposed to the verdict I had after one spin. And that verdict was "Cliché, boring, faint. Next".
Just as their friends of dEUS (to whose party they were invited at the "last concerts of the millennium" at the Halles de Schaerbeek) this is the sort of record that grows like bamboo : initially, it looks just like ordinary weed, but after a few days it stands about as high as a house. The supporting pillars in this hous are the sensible single-choices "Southern Feel" and "Money Wheel", and as a highlight the song "Summer Cold", certainly worth a single. Fragments of class are also in "Sad Joke" (great melody that gets strangled after only 2 minuten, much to fast for me) and the freaking rock of "Passion". Not by chance these are mostly the sadder, quieter songs on "Bright Lights", because the rougher side of the CD gives us less of a kick.
Ok, perhaps this will not surprise you, but it will certainly not bore you. Quiet, popmusic on guitar, very nice melodies, fine lyrics ...
So, "The Future" is a bit "Orange". And "Black", not "bleak".

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This Album in the Press

- Jaimie Luyckx in Rif-Raf (n) : "People who thought that the acclaimed guitarcombo Orange Black still produces ordinary, nice, casual pop music, have got it wrong. The new albums is still casual, poppy or call it the way you want - for instance quiet - but it's been in my cd for days now. And that is not ordinary. ... Maybe this year will be the year of Orange Black".
- dp bij Up To Music : "Those who treasure the low-fi blueprints of bands such as Pavement, Pond, Seam and to a lesser extent the Lemonheads, will have a bone in ‘Bright Lights’ that'll provide hours of chewing pleasure."
- Surf-Inn : "The new Orange Black is the logical sequel to "It's Electric!". Intimistic weeping willow songs and sturdier rocksongs still populate the setlist of this band from Kontich. Towards the end the album has some lesser moments."

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Where to buy this CD ?

You can order this CD from a number of locations (prices researched on February 10, 2000, but nothing guarantees they still are the same when you read this).

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The lowest price is in yellow, the highest in red. This price comparison doesn't take things into account like deduction of shipping expenses when ordering more than 1 cd, bonus points, differences in guarantees ... Shipping prices are those for customers in Belgium.

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More about this group :

- Orange Black has an official site at
- Bookings through Tout Partout - +32-(0)11/25.60.36
- Write the band at Orange Black, Peter Benoîtlaan 35, B-2550 Kontich
- Atomic Recording : Parijsstraat 21 - B-3000 Leuven - +32(0)16/23.40.27



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