When Metal Molly went "out
of busisness" early 1997, the two frontmen of the group threw themselves
on new musical project.
Deweze joined the ranks of Nemo, founded the
band Suki Love, went in the studio with Gitbox! and worked together with Peter
Houben (Nemo) & Mauro Pawlowski (Evil
Superstars) on a new album of Mitsoobishy
But Allan Muller also wasn't idling around : Cabbage became his alter ego.
With a changing cast of musicians he began performing on stage regularly in the
summer of '97, (for exemple at the "Gentse Feesten" and the always alert
"Doornroosje" in Nijmegen).
In no time, Allan had written 20 songs and the plan to record an album began
to take shape.
April '98 however, Allan, Pascal and Gino bumped into each other once again in
Tremelo (it had to happen) and -in no time- they were back in the rehearsal room
again. Metal Molly is back again !
Most of the songs Allan had written for Cabbage weren't fit to the needs of
Metal Molly, so during the summer of '98 Allan retreated to the studio in order
to record an album with Jo Francken (o.a. Evil
Superstars / Gitbox! / Noordkaap) behind
the knobs of the mixing table. He also got help from Bart & Does of the Belgian
group Thou (samples / voices) and Metal Molly-drummer
Gino Geudens (also guitar and synths).
The result was released in October : "The Miraculously Winking Jezus".
Weird album this is, like it has been made under the influence of a few pills
& other stuff with rapidly changing effects :
Not a lot of time to get bored while listening to this. Still i don't find
the record as a whole - uhm - totally successful : there are too many occasions
where the melodies were mismanaged (quite often they are very beautiful in the
first bit but - in the best lo-fi-tradition - are given a final blow) or the musical
jokes get the upperhand.
However, we are already looking forward to the day that "Cabbage - The complete
Sound Of Music" lands on our desk. Or the new Metal Molly, of course.
And your opinion?
Did I get it all wrong, or was I spot-on ? Do you want to share your opinion about
this cd ? Send it in, and I'll put it up here !
This album in the press:
- Stage, January 1998: "Funny and
quite innocent are the adjectives that sprung to my mind during the first listening
... What a great feeling for correct poptunes ... fresh & nicely arranged.
Cabbage makes songs where amusement claims the leading role, and it does that
- Vern (November 1998) : "This cd
has a much funnier title than most of the music that's on it. It isn't really
the jolly side of Allan Muller that we get here, although a few song are very
close to being a pastiche ... It are the beatiful, sometimes bizarre song such
as "FM" and "Sign" that give Cabbage a reason for being, and
a place to be, somewhere near Gitbox!, another band from the same stable".
- Humo (December 1998) "It is a much
softer clutch of eggs that has landed here than we were expecting from Alan Muller.
Almost no loudly screeching guitarsongs that twist & turn in unexpected directions,
and the little noisy stuff there is is somewhat mediocre ... No we were much more
taken with the curious "pop with a twist" of the rest ... Do realize
that the record you will own is not a happy one, in spite of the occasional jokes,
but nonetheless a very well succeeded one".
Did you see a good (or bad) review of this album ? Tell
me about it !
More about this band :
- There is clearly some room on the web for a few supplemental
Cabbage-sites (i've found none), the most closely related is perhaps the Metal
Molly-page in this archive.
- Contact band : Cabbage98@hotmail.com
- Brinkman Records, Vlietberg 27, 6576 JB OOIJ, Nederland. mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to buy this CD ?
You can order this CD from a number of locations (prices researched on September
12th, 1999, but nothing guarantees they still are the same when you read this).
The lowest price is in yellow, the highest in red. This price comparison doesn't
take things into account like deduction of shipping expenses when ordering more
than 1 cd, bonus points, differences in guarantees ... Shipping prices are those
for customers in Belgium.
Have you seen this record elsewhere on the net, do you own an online-CD-shop
with Belgian products in it, or if there's something wrong with my calculations
: let me know.
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