Bigod 20 [Special]

Bigod 20 [Special]

One of the group’s founding members, Talla 2XLC, began recording music in the mid 1980’s in a German synthpop band known as "Moskwa TV." He soon joined forces with another electronic musician by the name of Jallokin (aka Markus Nikolai), and the two began releasing material under the name "Pluuto." At about the same time, Talla 2XLC started Technodrome (TDI) Records, where he was also involved in the production of a number of other electronic projects, including "Robotiko Rejekto", "Tribantura" and "Microchip League." It was also at that time that the two recorded a new song, "Body to Body." This would become the first Bigod 20 single, on Talla’s own label in 1988. He also started yet another new record label called Music Research (the mothership of the ever impressive Zoth Ommog Records).

In 1990, the group was contacted by Sire Records (a division of Warner Bros.) and shortly after the infamous single The Bog was released in the United States. This song, with vocals by Jean Luc-DeMeyer (of Front 242 fame) has become a dance club staple across the world. This was followed by the equally successful Carpe Diem single (originally written for Jallokin’s solo project "Umo Detic"), which also featured a new Dance Mix of the club hit "The Bog." Joined by vocalist/musican Zip Campisi a year later, their full-length release Steel Works was available in stores all across the United States. Containing the same robotic rythms and harder-than-new-wave beats, this release featured a collection of both new and old, persuading even those who had bought the imported 12" singles two years before to now buy the same club hits in CD quality sound. A CD single of "On The Run" was also made available, and with six remixes, an unreleased track, and a cover of Madonna’s "Like A Prayer", this CD proved to be another must-have for EBM fans. Zoth Ommog released a single titled It’s Up To You a short time later, but it wasn’t until Bigod’s new full-length Supercute that their music once again began to make waves in the electro-industrial community. This release featured a "more-personal less-political" edge than before, and was backed by a remix single of the song "One." Talla also began working on his techno-based solo project.

The group has appeared on more than two dozen compilations, and hit songs like "The Bog" continue to pop up on classic EBM-themed CD’s throughout the industry. Talla continues to contribute time and positive energy to the electronic dance scene, and can often be found at some of the night clubs and raves in Frankfurt, including his very own "TechnoClub" which resides beneath the runway of an airport. Jallokin and Zip continue to produce electronic music together, and they recently formed their own label "Perlon."

While they may not have the immense following that groups like NIN and Skinny Puppy have acquired, there are very few people in this world who can honestly say that they have never danced to "The Bog."

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Bigod 20 - America / Photographic (1988)
Bigod 20 - Body & Energize (12" Vinyl) (1988)
Bigod 20 - Acid To Body (1988)
Bigod 20 - Body & Energize (CDM) (1988)
Bigod 20 - The Bog (CDM) (1990)
Bigod 20 - Carpe Diem (CDM) (1991)
Bigod 20 - On The Run (1992)
Bigod 20 - Steel Works ! (1992) I Part 1 I Part 2 I
Bigod 20 - It's Up To You (EP) (1993)
Bigod 20 - One (CDM) (1994)
Bigod 20 - Supercute (1994)
Bigod 20 - Bonus track & Rarities