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Technotronic

Technotronic is a Belgian Techno band formed by Jo Bogaert in the late eighties. Together with Ya Kid K, he wrote the hit single Pump Up the Jam which meant the start of the Belgian hip hop scene. Bogaert later on worked together with different vocalists. Originally, Bogaert used a model in order to promote the song. Only later on, Ya Kid K was allowed to appear.


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Only later on, Ya Kid K was allowed to appear. The result was Les Rhythmes Automatiques, which vanished into obscurity, but not before apparently inspiring Kraftwerk to do the same for their album The Mix in 1991. Originally, Bogaert used a model in order to promote the song. In 1989, Telex revisited all of their old tracks and remixed them to resemble the house music and other genres they had allegedly inspired. Bogaert later on worked together with different vocalists. Predictably, the album had no commercial success. Together with Ya Kid K, he wrote the hit single Pump Up the Jam which meant the start of the Belgian hip hop scene. It was social commentary, but so bizarre as to be almost incomprehensible to most listeners.

Technotronic is a Belgian Techno band formed by Jo Bogaert in the late eighties. "Temporary Chicken", for example, was a strange joke track about a man so desperate for work that he accepts a part time job in a chicken costume. By then, the band's earlier sound had influenced many other groups, but they had abandoned it in favor of sampling (music) and a more up-tempo humorous style. In 1986, Warner Brothers inexplicably signed Telex and released Looney Tunes. The fourth Telex album, Wonderful World, was barely distributed.

However, the band still refused to play live and preferred to remain anonymous — common practice in the techno music artists they later inspired, but unusual in 1981. For their third album, Sex, Telex enlisted the suddenly hip US group Sparks to help write the lyrics. The self-mockery of tracks like "We Are All Getting Old" didn't help either. All of this was clearly bad news for the band's English record label, Virgin Records, who were trying to pass them off as part of the New Romantic movement.

Sadly, Turkey managed to scrape last place, robbing Telex of their victory. When the vote-counting began, the verdict was so clear that when Greece actually awarded Belgium three points, the announcer thought she had misheard and tried to award the points to The Netherlands. Finally, some polite but uncertain applause broke out, amidst sounds of muttering. One of the members of Telex stepped forward and took a photograph of the bewildered audience.

The audience clearly wasn't sure how to react to this self-referential joke, and after the band stopped playing there was a stunned silence. Their song "Eurovision" was a cheerful bleepy song with deliberately banal lyrics about the contest itself. In 1980 Telex's manager asked them to enter for the Eurovision Song Contest. They did so, and somehow managed to get sent to the finals. Like Kraftwerk, Telex built their music entirely from electronic instruments, and the sounds of the two groups have a certain similarity. However, unlike Kraftwerk's studied Teutonic irony, Telex favour a more joyously irreverent humour.

They followed up with an ultra-slow cover of "Rock Around the Clock", a hilariously relaxed and dispassionate version of one-hit-wonder Plastic Bertrand's punk song "a Plane Pour Moi", and a perversely mechanical cover of "Dance to the Music", originally by Sly Stone. Tropez" by Les Chats Sauvages. Mixing the aesthetics of disco, punk and experimental electronic music, they released a stripped-down synthesized cover version of "Twist St. The Belgian pop group Telex was formed in 1978 by Marc Moulin, Dan Lacksman and Michel Moers, as a kind of elaborate joke.

I Don't Like Remixes 1998 (remixed by Carl Craig and others). I Don't Like Music 1998 (a 'best-of' compilation). Belgium...One Point 1993 (a box set of the first five albums plus bonus tracks). Les Rhythmes Automatiques 1989.

Looney Tunes 1986. Wonderful World 1984. Sex 1981 (released in some countries as "The Birds and the Bees"). Neurovision 1980.

Tropez 1978. Looking For St.

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