The Neon Judgement [Special]

The Neon Judgement [Special]
Neon Judgement was one of the early founding groups of industrial music, body music and synth-pop of the '80 in Belgium. Since the early eighties, THE NEON JUDGEMENT are a household name in the alternative scene in Belgium and abroad. Operating from Leuven and inspired by the likes of SUICIDE, WIRE & CABARET VOLTAIRE, they start in the early eighties.
Their initial music is aggressive, danceable and dominated by synthesizers and drum-machines. A bit later on in their career the guitar also gets a prominent place in their music. "Mafu Cage" was the first full-blooded album, a strong piece of work surrounded by an atmosphere of mystery and voodoo-horror.

Going from strength they released a string of haunting albums that displayed an adventurous variety of songs, where downright industrial drones stood side by side with twisted love songs and campfire ditties from hell. Together with that other Belgian band FRONT 242 they are considered as pioneers for the genre which became known as Electronic Body Music, or Electrowave. This genre was also indirectly responsible for the New Beat-dance music in 1988. THE NEON JUDGEMENT were constantly on the move, ranging their music from new-wave to gothic to industrial to techno. Mostly well ahead of their time and always flatly refusing to go for cheap commercial success.

In 1992 they took a few years off, but came back in 1995 with the album "At devil's fork". From the bio : "Today, Dirk and Frank reemerge with a piece of work that was entirely recorded in wooded surroundings. Together with percussionist Ben Forceville they created their own sanctuary ... "At Devil's Fork", a place where distortion and reverse sounds replace the meaningless babble of the outside world. We're not dealing with a couple of estranged eccentrics, though: the lyrics still suggest a heartfelt disgust at the political baseness in today's society while the music, although still unmistakable The Neon Judgement, has clearly picked up some of today's more exciting and vibrant grooves." Another reviewer of the same album was somewhat less euphoric : "These guys from Leuven don't know when to stop. They should though. Their new CD still relishes in the typical dark atmosphere of 10 years ago, but now sounds quite old-fashioned and hollow. On this record are - with the exception of a new version of 'Tv Treated' - just not enough songs, which quickly leads to boredom." After that, again a few years of silence followed.

In 1998 however, Dirk DA DAVO & TB FRANK came together once again. They released the single "Jazz-box", a prelude to a full album entitled "Daszoo". The song sounds fresh and funky ... up-tempo electro-rhythms are combined with acoustic guitars and singing. The new record is produced by no-one less than Jean-Marie AERTS. Although "Daszoo" received quite a favorable press, the sales figures were on the low side. Troubles with the record firm (KK RECORDS) meant the end of the band. At the time of the split, TB FRANK announced he would continue with a project called BONJOUR MICRO. Dirk DA DAVO announced he would be starting with something completely new : NEON ELECTRONICS (A dance-project with Remo PEROTTI) and a dance-label DanceDelic-D.

[Web links]
1981 - Suffering (tape)
1982 - TV Treated (Tape)
1983 - Mbih! Pass: vampi
1984 - (1981 - 1984)
1986 - Mafu Cage
1986 - Mafu Cage And Extras
1987 - The First Judgements Part1 / Part2
1988 - Horny As Hell
1989 - Blood & Thunder
1989 - General Pain and Major Disease
1990 - The Insult Pass: vampi
1991 - Baby's On Fire
1991 - Are you real? Pass: vampi
1995 - At Devil's fork
1998 - Dazsoo
1998 - Out Of My Mind
1998 - Jazzbox
2005 - Box 2xcd Pass: vampi
2007 - Redbox Pass: vampi
2009 - Smack Pass: vampi

1980 - Factory Walk - (7" single)
1981 - Concrete - (7" single)
1982 - Cockerill Sombre - (12")
1985 - Tomorrow In The Papers - (7¨/12¨/CDS)
1986 - Awful Day - (12")
1986 - Voodoo Nipplefield - (12")
1987 - A Man Ain't No Man When A Man Ain't Got No Horse, Man - (12"/CDS)
1987 - Miss Brown - (7"/12")
1989 - TV TREATED - (12")
1989 - Games Of Love
1989 - 1313 - (12"/CDS)
1990 - Alaska Highway - (12"/CDS)
1995 - A Nicer Person - (MCD)
1996 - Fashion Party (MCD) Pass: vampi
2003 - TV Treated - Tiga MIxes - (12") Pass: vampi
2004 - Fashion Party - Hedman Remix / Pulsinger Remixes - (12")
2005 - The First Judgements - (2-12")
2005 - The First Judgements - Outbox - (12")
2008 - A Fashion Party [Live @ AB Bxl]

1985 - Desterra2 series vol 6
1988 - Electronic Body Music (Comp. LP)
1989 - World Of Electronic Body Music
2006 - The Lost Tapes – A Comp. Of Minimal Wave From Europe 81-86 Pass: vampi