WHO’S AFRAID OF RED, YELLOW AND BLUE
Odes & Parodes (K7)
Cor Gout: vocals, tapes
Ronnie Krepel: guitar, accordion
Hayo den Boeft: bass
Frank van der Bos: keyboards, accordion, harmonium, sweetbox
Bas den Boer: drums, percussion, synthesizer, guitar
Tom Freke: saxophone
Alain Neffe: casio organ
Many thanks to Brigitte Bardot, Faas Wilkes, Lady June and Jacques Brel for lending their voices.
Production, engineering: Various.
Compiled by Hayo den Boeft and Cor Gout.
Cover drawings: Sébastien Morlighem.
Review in English: 1___________________________________________________________________________
ALTERNATIVE PRESS #75, USA, October 1994
by MICHAEL C. MAHAN:
Who’s Afraid Of Red, Yellow And Blue?
Who’s Afraid…, a cassette-only release, is a marked departure for Holland’s most innovative band. Instead of a ricky textured, hightly detailed work, we receive a series of live-to-tape songs that appear to be mimicking the rough sound quality of the mid-’60’s.
The songs range from raw R&B to whimsical folk-inspired pieces. There is a torch ode to « Brel » and a highly revised cover of « Venus » (here called « Genius »). « Vlooien Dromen Ook » intermixes a light ’60s psychedelic-blues sound with early Eno (circa Taking Tiger Mountain), with nonsensical rhymes being delivered in a sing-song cadence. « Straight Madness » (the exeption to this rule) is a great bit of sarcasm. Set over a sharp electro-pop dance foundation, vocalist Cor Gout reflects, using a campy spoke-word style, on all the various caricatures that fade in and out of the night club scene.
The tape’s drawback is its recording quality. Regardless of the intention, the end result is songs that sound tinny or even muddy. This is unfortunate, because it gets in the way of what would otherwise be a set of light, enjoyable songs… (Organic, 10 rue Blériot, 38100 Grenoble, France).