The story behind A CHUD CONVENTION

In 1986, à;GRUMH… toured with Skinny Puppy all over Europe. cEVIN Key, Dwayne and Ogre and us rapidly became good friends due to the promiscuity in our touring van, sound check and… smoking 🙂

When we were driving on the roads of Europe, we played lots of silly games. One of them was the Fart Game. Everybody in the crowded van would fart as bad as they could, and whoever opened a window lost the game. S3 used to create these huge noisy farts of several liters of methane, but not smelling that bad. The winner in that game was always Dwayne. His thing white body produced small farts but of deadly capacity. We usually ALL lost to him as it was impossible to breathe after he had emitted his dethly gasses.  We espescially enjoyed this game in Germany, since the highway exits say “AUSFAHRT” which to us sounded a lot like “Out farts” ands triggered the game, or a groupe shouting of “Ausfahrt, Ausfhart, Lekken meine Scheisse”. LOL.

Another habit of ours was to stop at rest areas to take gas, and also fill up with “disgusting food things”, either junk food like pre-packed sandwiches tasting like modelling paste, or chips, banana’s, chocolate, biscuits etc… The habit was called “Chudding” from the movie C.H.U.D. where some monster was living in the sewers of the city. The food we bought being, basically, shit, it was assimilated to shit, ergo sewers, ergo CHUDS – Rot and Assimilate. So each time we stopped at a gas station we yelled “CHUDS” and went raiding the shop for horrible things to nibble on.

Another game we played was NOT to throw our trash anymore but dump it on the floor of the van on purpose, like an ART statement. Trash, papers, wrapping, banana peals, etc, started to pile up to a level of 50cm or more, and was “naturally” flowing out of the van when the doors were opened. We considered the waste as an entity, a growing organism able to reproduce and grow based on the “food” we were prodiving to it. That experiment stopped after 5 days as LIO said it was smelling horribly and he kicked everybody out of the van to clean it and forbid us from starting another bash. 🙁

 

After the tour was over, we had three days off in Brussels before Skinny Puppy had to fly home to Canada, and we decided we should get into a studio and try to improvize something. We got to Paul Delnoy’s studio one full day, and cEVIN and S3 started improvising basic tracks and came up with one long industrial song. cEVIN basically played the drum machine, and then was spending more time on the phone than focused on the project, so it really ended up more a S3 project with cEVIN and the singers, than a real combination of the entire two bands. After the track was completed, J3 and Ogre  improvised some vocals on it. But J3 had got a big cold and was coughing a lot. Dave Ogilvie and Didier Moens were helping Paul Delnoy at the mixing desk.

During the mix, we took off most of J3’s coughing to mix SILENT SORROW that turned out as being the A-Side of the EP, and then, since we saw we wouldn’t have enough time to compose another song and everybody was tired, we just made another mix WITH the coughs and mixed PATIENT SORROW that ended up as the B-Side. The records was released as A CHUD CONVENTION on PIAS/à;GRUMH…’s “Circle Records” label. It sold very minimal at first, but later became a totally cult record. It is revered until now as a very rare piece of industrial music.

 

à;GRUMH… in John Peel’s private record collection !

Amazing.

We were just informed, by the way of famous Brussels new-wave-era rock star Klaus Kläng, that TWO à;GRUMH… albums were listed in the record collection of the legendary JOHN PEEL !

Click on the link and scroll your mouse cursor over the records until AG

http://thespace.org/content/s000004u/albums/recordbox.html?letter=A

WOW !!

S3

Famous Writer Amélie NOTHOMB likes “La Phobie du Cheval”

As a writer himself, S3 has got into contact with many people of the edition world, and amongst those, the famous belgian writer AMELIE NOTHOMB (20 best seller novels, some translated to english and other languages). Amélie is a fabulous personna, wearing huge hats, claiming she has the habit of eating almot-rotten fruits. She is strange in a fascinating way, fabulous and highly intelligent.

As a part of their correspondance, S3 has sent Amélie the last album of nEGAPADRES.3.3. “La Phobie du Cheval” and Amélie has just answered saying she was impressed by the album, describing it as stupefying, like drugs ! She also said whe was very impressed.

Cher Philippe,

Merci pour “La Phobie du Cheval”.  Titre superbe !

C’est une oeuvre stupéfiante ! Et je m’y connais, sinon en oeuvres, au moins en stupéfiants ! Bravo.

Amicalement,

Amélie.

(PS : Vous m’impressionnez)

Very Rare track NOW re-released on belgian “EBM ETC” compilation !

The song “S-B” we had composed for the cassette-tape-issued compilation “Mad in Belgium” (1986) is now re-relased on the news compilation from Dirk Ivens’ label.

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CLOSE CIRCUIT CONNECTION – Various Belgian electro / wave artists

Unreleased and rare tracks from the 80ties compiled by Dirk Ivens


MINIMAL MAXIMAL MM004LP – Releasedate 1st of Sept

Ltd edition 520 numbered copies – No re-press !

Orders and wholesale at mmsale@scarlet.be


INSEKT – ‘Subway89’ (Unreleased 1989)

PARADE GROUND – ‘Entertain Me’ (Demo 1984)

à;GRUMH… – ‘S-B’ (Mad In Belgium Tape 4 – 1986)

VITA NOCTIS – ‘My Favorite Waste Of Time’ (Unreleased 1985)

SUICIDE COMMANDO – ‘Batman’s Crime’ (Unreleased 1986)

A SPLIT-SECOND – ‘Hunger V2’ (Demo 1985)

THE KLINIK – ‘Belfast’ (Evergreens 2 – Central Tapes 004 – 1984)

THE ARCH – ‘Do It On Friday’ (Unreleased 1985)

LUC VAN ACKER – ‘When The Good Turns To Bad’ (Unreleased 1985)

LIQUID G. – ‘Regression’ (Unreleased 1989)

THE NEON JUDGEMENT – ‘Sweet Revenge’ (Recorded live @ Arnoz, 1982)

Very Rare à;GRUMH… track to be re-released.

A very rare track of à;GRUMH… called “S.B.” which had been released in the 80’s on some tape compilations, will be featured on the forthcoming complation by Klinik’s DIRK IVENS :

CLOSE CIRCUIT

CONNECTION

A   COLLECTION   OF   RARE   AND UNRELEASED   TRACKS COMPILED   BY   DIRK   IVENS

PARADE GROUND    A SPLIT-SECOND    LIQUID G.    à;GRUMH…    VITA NOCTIS    THE KLINIK
THE NEON JUDGEMENT     THE ARCH     INSEKT     SUICIDE COMMANDO     LUC VAN ACKER
See more info when the release comes

New nEGAPADRES.3.3. Album out in no time !

“La Phobie du Cheval”, the new album from S3 & J3’s nEGAPADRES.3.3. has finally arrived from the manufacturer.

The cd’s are superb, the cover is marvellous.

Hermetique records has not yet issued an official release date but the band is scheduling a very private launch party for July 30th…