Boomkat Product Review:
Moody post-punk bullets from Belgium, 1981, reloaded and shot from the hip by Stroom.
Drilling right down to the roots of what would become a highly active and famous Belgian scene, these gems by short-lived acts Organised Pleasure and Satin Wall speak to perceived differences between provincial and city-based punks in Belgium who were essentially going thru the same era together, during a time when Thatcher and Reagan were establishing the neocon model of capitalism that endures to this day, in the years after the Pistols split up, and, much like today in 2020, the future feels very uncertain.
Organised Pleasure hailed from Kortrijk, a mid-sized town in the sticks (Flanders), and revolved three guys with a copy of the seminal ‘No New York’ (1978) compilation and a urge to make something equally peculiar. Joined by a hard-rock drummer after the sound engineer couldn’t record their TR 808, they laid down this 7”s A-side, ’Tropical Stumble’, with lyrics about a nasty tropical disease in flemish/english set to a fizzy, discordant jag that sounds a bit like a scowling, punky Silver Apples of The Moon. Flipside, Brussels’ Satin Wall play out a much cooler, louche groove called ‘Dans Les Profondeurs’, wrapping a slunky, Hooky-like bassline around lyrics about boredom while waiting for the last tram, delivered with woozily offbeat female vocals because the studio couldn’t provide headphones for the backing singer.
Nuggets, both of them!