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Time Capsule (1980-2015)
RSD 2015 release. According to big brother internet, a time capsule is "a historic cache of goods or information, usually intended as a method of communication with future people and to help future archaeologists, anthropologists or historians." Communication was always at the core of what The Neon Judgement was all about. That and the music, of course; from the word "go" in 1980, TB Frank and Dirk Da Davo were deeply in love with music, provided it had soul, attitude, and swagger. Bo Diddley, The Velvets, early Stones, Suicide, Serge Gainsbourg, Johnny Cash, Marc Bolan, and the Sex Pistols all had it. At the same time though, these two kids from Leuven, a small university town in Belgium, that uncoolest of countries, were determined to create their own turf. And so they did. What followed was a long journey on which soul, attitude, swagger, and communication were translated into jams, songs, and countless gigs that confirmed The Neon Judgement's agenda to speak out about things that matter: media manipulation, love, the importance of being one's own, dance if you want to, and, again, love. An unbelievable ride and a rollercoaster of incredible highs, great friendship, and, especially, great music. The band are rightly revered as one of EBM's godfathers, but to limit their influence to that particular niche would be unfair. The Neon Judgement were also about slightly dark pop music, playful experimentation, and injecting some hard-needed rock 'n' roll into an electronic canvas. And, for that, they are and will remain absolutely unique. So yes, a time capsule is definitely in order. And it will be something special: exclusive and distinct best-of compilations on LP and CD; a 7" with previously unreleased radio edits of "TV Treated" and "The Fashion Party"; a 10" with new covers of "Kashmir" (Led Zeppelin), "Venus in Furs" (The Velvet Underground), "Suzie Q" (CCR), "Hot Love" (T. Rex), and "Human Fly" (The Cramps); and a DVD containing the documentary The Neon Judgement "2010a1984" DocuVision, directed and edited by Jeroen Buytaert. And to top it off, a special edition of the Neon Judgement Newspaper: something to brighten up those Sunday mornings, surely! It is, let's admit it, a future music archaeologist's wet dream. But it's also a way of saying Thank You to all those who embraced The Neon Judgement's music. So there it is: Thank you!