songs : Perverted
Producer : Kramer
Year : 1996
Record co. : Gap recordings
Perverted started out back in 1984 as "Perverted by Desire", a result
of a number of experimental projects(Ensemble Jean Dumoulin, Ah-Rates, Cadavre
exquis, Manifobia, ...). The first five years went by without released recordings
(apart from a number of cassettes that were distributed among friends) and with
only a few gigs.
After a few changes in line-up (Bo Lemaître came to play the bass, Genis
Ugly took the (John Lydon-ish) vocals) they recorded their debut album "Dance
Music For Dying Soldiers" in 1989, in the Studio in Amsterdam with the
strange name "Koeienverhuurbedrijf" (cow rental company). "The
reception was overwhelmingly positive and their uncertainty was slowly but surely
changed into self-confidence".
For the second album, "La Sigla Del Sadico Esperto", they got Kramer (a deranged new-york centipede - who has played with and
produced for himself and Butthole Surfers, Bongwater, B.A.L.L., Shockabilly, Galaxie
500, Dogbowl ...) to sit behind the mixing desk. "Kramer, who had just
had some heavy relational problems, plunged himself on this work, with as a consequence
a hard, torn album filled with hidden sounds and screeching feedback. And - not
unimportant as would turn out later - the introduction of Finnish! Even Humo was
lured in sounding their praises about this cd, a move they have not repeated with
For the third album, the group went to Kramer's Noise New Jersey studio. Technically,
this meant a big step forward, both on the recordings side and on the musical
side. "The choice to do more tempo changes and sound experiments and a
bad choice of record firm (Manifesto, who also released Sigmund
und Sein Freund e.a.) were the causes of Kuvun Huuto not being a
'millionseller'. But the press and the hard-core music lovers cherished the album
nonetheless." In 1995 the CD was re-released in North-America and Japan
by Shimmy Disc. On the CD there is also one remarkable contribution by writer
After Kuvun Huuto, there is a breakup with bass-player Bo Lemaître. Enter
the new blood of Willem G. (aka Zeert) on bass and Bavd on drums. Under the shortened
name Perverted they swiftly record "Poetic Terrorism In An Era Of Grief".
"Call it a get-even with the frustrations the change in lineup brought
with it. An urge to prove that Perverted wàs Perverted by Desire. That
an appendix had been cut off but not a vital part. It became an interesting album
with the most poppy material the band has ever produced (although we challenge
everybody to apply the golden rules of pop to our music, that will be a laugh!)"
- the bio says. Much to its delight, the band played a gig at the historic New
YorkCBGB's a few month afterwards.
Shortly afterwards, the put "For Lonely Men To Jerk Off To"
to tape, their fourth album with Kramer, their third at his Noise New Jersey Studio.
"Perverted is one of the most underrated bands in Belgium." wrote
Jacky Huys : "On this cd the band puts the emphasis a bit more on the
guitars, but still offers incredibly fascinating collage of distorted vocals,
bizarre tempo changes, multi-layered lyrics ànd Sex-pistol-references."
After some physical setbacks between the end of '95 and the middle of '96,
the group slowly got to up to speed again by playing live. In November 1996 they
released the vinyl single "Perfect day for a violent death" from the
previous CD. It wasn't until the end of 1997 that they recorded "Båtsman
far" (back in the Koeienverhuurbedrijf). The tour after this record (now
with booking agency Tout Partout) brings them - amongst other things - to the
AB where they open for their idol Mike Watt (Perverted dedicated the song 'Hose'
on "For lonely men" to Watt's band Firehose), on Rock Herk, and in zaal
België, Hasselt, where they gave a retrospective concert spanning their entire
"oeuvre", with a number of guest musicians (Vandal
In the spring of 1999, bandmember of the first hour K.Rel leaves the band.
The remaining trio says it survived this amputation and has plans to start playing
gigs again starting in the fall, and to record a new album around the year's end,
probably with a guest role for Amarjeet Singh, a tabla-player from the golden
temple of Amritsar and part of the loose group of guest musicians around the band
for some time.
- K.rel (guitars, vocals, keyboards)
- Dez / Bo Lemaître / Zeert - Willem G (bass)
- Genis U(gly) (vocals)
- Bavd S. (drums)
Buy CD's of this band at
- Dance Music for Dying Soldiers (Semaphore, 1990)
- La Sigla Del Sadico Esperto (Shimmy Disc, 1992)
- Kuvun Huuto (Manifesto, 1993)
- Poetic Terrorism in an Era of Grief (1995)
- For lonely men to jerk of to (Gap, 1996)
- Båtsman far (My First Sonny Weismuller Recordings,1998)
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