The Overlords ‎– Organic?

Antler-Subway ‎– AS 5030 CD, Antler-Subway ‎– AS-5030, Antler-Subway ‎– AS 5030CD
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Recorded at The Grooveyard, Copenhagen 1990
Mixed in Elsound Studio, Valby 1990

Published by BE'S Songs 1991, except"Holiday In Cambodia" by Virgin Music Publ. Ltd.
All rights reserved © ℗ Antler Subway Records 1991

BPMs: 115/130/206/108/111/106/108/120/100/128/122

Made in Austria
Cat# on left spine "AS-5030CD"
Cat# on right spine "AS 5030CD"
Cat# on front cover "AS-5030"
Cat# on back cover and CD "AS 5030 CD"

Distribution: Play It Again, Sam!

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 5 413443 505134
  • Label Code: LC 6971
  • Matrix / Runout: AS-5030-CD 13 A2
  • Rights Society: SABAM

Other Versions (5 of 7) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
CAROL 2504-4, 1704-62504-4 The Overlords Organic?(Cass, Album) Caroline Records, Antler-Subway CAROL 2504-4, 1704-62504-4 US 1991 Sell This Version
none The Overlords Organic?(14xFile, AAC, Album, RE, RM, 256) Universal Music Group none Denmark 2015
CAROL 2504-2 The Overlords Organic?(CD, Album) Caroline Records CAROL 2504-2 US 1991 Sell This Version
none The Overlords Organic?(14xFile, MP3, Album, RE, RM, 320) Universal Music (Denmark) A/S none Denmark 2015
30921 The Overlords Organic?(CD, Album) Antler-Subway 30921 France 1991 Sell This Version



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June 2, 2012
This CD arrived in a packet of "Organic" corn flakes with a "Inc. Free CD sticker on the front which had been opened by hungry Customs Officers expecting to find illicit substances. An odd sort of packaging concept? Before even taking out the disc you could tell this was going to be something a little different from most Electronic Body Music albums - the bumf & the CD booklet both displayed a definite - if strange - sense of humour.
From the first, title track, with it's chorus of "We Are Genetic Engineers" & it's rich, catchy melody, it throws the fetters of E.B.M. off and soars to heady heights. The third track leaves the fresh energetic, colourful world of humour to create menace and dread with a brilliant cover version of "Holiday In Cambodia" which has the same threatening sound of the D.K.s original, and is perhaps even more disturbing! The vocalist could almost be JELLO BIAFRA - he has that same rich, dark strength to his voice (in the booklet it says "WARNING! Do Not Attempt To Imitate The Accents Of The OVERLORDS! We Have Special Powers Of Inaccuracy Which You Do Not Possess!" - believe them!). What's more, this version is perhaps more danceable than the original without it being some crass bland disco music! A good cover.

I could write a piece on each track, but there simply isn't enough space here - "Bell's Kitchen" - a slower paced track, but no less insistantly catchy - "Ennui, Ennio?" again a slow track, dramatic & regal. "P.T.L." which also appears on the "E.B.M. Another World #3" album, picks up the pace again, & "Sundown" finishes things off slowly building up to an "Instru-Mental Version". This album is full of catchy, tongue-in-cheeky chant-a-long tracks, only a few of which I've mentioned. It's a damn good, exciting record - I find any excuse I can to play it (it's on at the moment, as I programme this in). This has more tune than any other album I've heard in the scene. It's sense of humour makes a pleasant change from much of the po-faced seriousness of this scene. And the music has such depth, such stark, radiant colour, such brilliance that I recommend it unreservedly.

Originally reviewed for Soft Watch.