Subject (2) / Human Dance ‎– The (Almost) Insanely Happy EP

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EE Tapes ‎– EV04
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Vinyl, 7", 33 ⅓ RPM, EP, Limited Edition, Numbered, Special Edition
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A1 Subject (2) Shitting On Top Of The World
Bass Guitar, Guitar – Daniel MalempréSynthesizer, Organ [Strings Organ], Electronics [Rhythm Box] – Alain Neffe
3:12
A2 Human Dance The Desert Call
Bass Guitar, Guitar – Daniel MalempréSynthesizer, Electronics [Rhythm Box] – Alain NeffeText By, Vocals – Bariza
2:06
A3 Human Dance Magikal Hystery Sour (The Beatles Were Not So Bad, After All !!)
Bass Guitar, Guitar – Daniel MalempréOrgan [Strings Organ], Electronics [Rhythm Box] – Alain Neffe
3:20
B1 Human Dance Jethro, C'Est Trop !!
Guitar – Patrick ParentOrgan [Strings Organ], Flute, Electronics [Rhythm Box] – Alain Neffe
2:53
B2 Subject (2) Monotone
Bass Guitar, Guitar – Daniel MalempréOrgan [Casio Organ], Synthesizer, Electronics [Rhythm Box] – Alain Neffe
2:12
B3 Subject (2) L'Ultima Storia
Bass Guitar – Daniel MalempréOrgan, Electronics [Rhythm Box], Tape – Alain NeffeText By, Voice – Mirella Brunello
3:20

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Special edition, handnumbered, limited to 85 copies with 2 photographs.
From the insert:
A1, B1, B2 are unreleased tracks.
A2 first released on the CDr/magazine DOUCHE FROIDE #2 in a longer version(DOUCHE FROIDE, France 2003).
A3 released on the LP compilation “INSANE MUSIC FOR INSANE PEOPLE VOL.13” (INSANE, Belgium 1987).
A different mix of B3 was released (as HUMAN FLESH by mistake....) on the LP “THREE MINUTES SYMPHONY” (XTRACT, England 1984).
All these tracks have been recorded between 1981 and 1986 at THE CAVE, Fontaîne l’Evêque and Nivelles, Belgium.

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September 24, 2011
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The (Almost) Insanely Happy EP” is number 4 on the list of impressive EE Tapes 7”s. Other goodies: “The Insanely Happy EP” (sold out), “THE EE EP” (The Misz, sold out) and the sublime Nostalgie éternelle EP which is actually still available. Intelligent people know what to do, RIGHT NOW!
I, for one, was very enthusiastic when I saw the bands on this new EP: Human Dance and Subject, both Belgian eighties bands, both Alain Neffe projects. Why the enthusiasm? Because of their breathtaking earlier contributions to “The Insanely Happy EP”!
“The (Almost) Insanely Happy EP” is limited to 250 copies. The first 85 copies are hand-numbered and come with 2 extra photographs from a series of 9 “could have been covers”. The artwork is, as usual, elegant and intriguing.
Expect six songs, 3 Human Dance tracks and 3 Subject tracks. The first highlight and my personal favourite: the instrumental “Magikal Mystery Sour” from Human Dance, referring to the world’s most overrated band ever? The B-side continues with high quality tracks, rhythmical and always with an insane touch …
Elegant, breathtaking, sophisticated … Words not to be used lightly, but fitting the occasion once more! Out on September 1st.
On to number five! Let’s hope for another exclusive grab in the 80’s vaults of Alain Neffe & Co.
Godspeed, EE Tapes!
Didier PIETERS Peek-a-boo magazine 18/09/2011
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Yet another release from EE Tapes with music involving Alain Neffe of the Insane label, recorded in the 1980s. It's a thick seven inch EP running at about 33,3 rpm., the fourth of its kind by the tapes-label, with three songs by each band; half of them previously unreleased. Apart from Alain (keyboards, flute), Daniel Malempré (excellent guitarist of Human Flesh, M.A.L., Bene Gesserit help-out etc.) is present on five of the six tracks. If you're into tunes dominated by 1980s flavoured rhythm-box and keyboards somewhat of the underground kind, look no further. But it's more than just that.
Subject starts the show with the instrumental "Shitting On Top Of The World". Melodic, catchy, danceable, even a bit disco-flavoured guitar in there! Very funny, nice, happy and melodic apart from a short electronic desert storm middle part. "Monotone" by the same band/project is not that monotonous as might be expected despite the short repetitive bass riff by Daniel. The half-industrial Casio organ keep this track on track, somewhat gliding in thin air. "The Desert Call (Short Version)" by Human Dance is also danceable, I suspect, female French sounding singer and spoken words (or is it Arabic or what?). Fascinating... The second song of the EP is the closing "L'Ultima Storia" by Subject. Even more ethnic flavoured than the former, in a nice pop'ish way, not far from some desert, I'd guess. Doesn't seem particularly happy, but the most spine-chilling of the lot.
Let's move to the homage section of the platter. "Jethro, C'Est Trop!!" by Human Dance has flute all over it. A quite poppy and (almost) insanely happy instrumental nod towards Jethro Tull, despite the rhythm-box and synthesized sounds. "Magikal Hystery Sour (The Beatles Were Not So Bad After All!!)", also by Human Dance, seems more guitar based than the others of the EP. Still, the happy-melancholic organ dominates. Sounds a bit like one of the most sane and pop-oriented songs by Bene Gesserit and seems to have little to do with the Beatles' song (or album, or TV movie) of almost the same name, except some psychedelic backwards effects towards the end.
This EP doesn't seem neither quite as insane nor as happy as the title suggests. It you'd like a - to some extent - light-weight introduction to the musical universe of Alain Neffe and co. this is it. I've seldom heard a compilation of Insane artists as pop oriented, hummable and even danceable. At the same time it's without any doubt part of the experimental 1980s underground. Hard to pick any favourites here. All six tracks are well worth looking into, though I have a weak spot for "Magikal Hystery Sour" that was also represented on the easy side of an Insane LP that I distributed some copies of in Norway twentysomething years ago. Time's passing by, but the music of the Insane label seem to be released at least as frequent nowadays as back in the 80s. A proof that the quality and appeal still is there. Only 250 copies available of this platter. So hurry!
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