Telex was a Belgian synth-pop group formed in 1978 by Marc Moulin, Dan Lacksman and Michel Moers, with the intention of "making something really European, different from rock, without guitar—and the idea was electronic music".[2]

Telex at a rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest 1980
Background information
OriginBrussels, Belgium
Years active
  • 1978–2006
  • 2009[a]
Past members

History edit

In 1979, mixing the aesthetics of disco, punk and experimental electronic music, they released a stripped-down synthesized cover version of "Twist à St. Tropez" by Les Chats Sauvages. They followed up with an ultra-slow cover of "Rock Around the Clock", a relaxed and dispassionate version of Plastic Bertrand's punk song "Ça Plane Pour Moi", and a mechanical cover of "Dance to the Music", originally by Sly Stone. Telex built its music entirely from electronic instruments, employing joyously irreverent humor. The group's debut album, Looking for Saint Tropez, featured the worldwide hit single "Moskow Diskow".

In 1980, Telex's manager asked the group to enter the Eurovision Song Contest. The group entered and were eventually sent to the finals, although they apparently hoped to come in last.

"We had hoped to finish last, but Portugal decided otherwise. We got ten points from them and finished on the 19th spot."

The group's song "Euro-Vision" was a cheerful bleepy song with deliberately banal lyrics about the Eurovision Song Contest, which they competed with in 1980 and placed 17th of 19 with 14 points.[4]

For their third album, Sex, Telex enlisted the US group Sparks to help write the lyrics. However, the band still refused to play live and preferred to remain anonymous—common practice in the techno music artists the group later inspired but, nevertheless, unusual in 1981. The fourth Telex album, Wonderful World, was barely distributed. In 1986, Atlantic Records signed Telex and released the album Looney Tunes in 1988. In 1989, Telex revisited their old tracks and remixed them to resemble house music and other genres then prevalent in electronic pop. The result was Les Rythmes Automatiques, released in 1989. After a long hiatus, Telex returned in March 2006 with How Do You Dance on EMI Records. It contained five original compositions as well as five covers. The group's last single was a cover of "On the Road Again", originally by Canned Heat. They also produced remixes for other artists' single releases, including "A Pain That I'm Used To" by Depeche Mode and "Minimal" by the Pet Shop Boys.

Following the death of band member Marc Moulin in 2008, the surviving members of the band announced their retirement from making music with the band's final release, a compilation album titled Ultimate.[5]

Discography edit

Albums edit

Compilations and remix albums edit

  • 1982: More Than Distance (includes singles, album tracks, B sides, and newly remixed/recorded tracks, two with English lyrics by Jo Callis)
  • 1989: Les Rythmes Automatiques (album of re-recorded back-catalogue)
  • 1993: Belgium...One Point (a box set of the first five albums plus bonus tracks)
  • 1994: Is Release a Humour? – We Love Telex (Japan only. remixed by Japanese DJs)
  • 1998: I Don't Like Music (remixed by Carl Craig and others)
  • 1998: I Don't Like Remixes: Original Classics 78–86 (a 'best-of' compilation)
  • 1999: I (Still) Don't Like Music Remixes Vol. 2 (DJ remixes)
  • 2009: Ultimate Best Of
  • 2021: This Is Telex (1978–2006 tracks newly mixed with 2 unreleased covers—"Dear Prudence" from the Beatles and "The Beat Goes On" from Sonny & Cher)

Notes edit

  1. ^ Hiatus in new music between 1989–2005[1]

References edit

  1. ^ "TELEX F.A.Q." Archived from the original on 12 October 2016. Retrieved 25 June 2016.
  2. ^ "TELEX audio". Archived from the original on 16 July 2012. Retrieved 25 June 2016.
  3. ^ "Telex - The Belgian Pop & Rock Archives". Archived from the original on 21 January 2013. Retrieved 25 June 2016.
  4. ^ "Telex". Archived from the original on 2023-03-30. Retrieved 2023-08-15.
  5. ^ "Telex Home". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 25 June 2016.
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Preceded by Belgium in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by