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KISS MY JAZZ "In A Service Station"
(Heaven Hotel 1999, HH99021)

Songs (click on the -icons for audio)

1. A Truckdriving Song
2. Still Losers
3. Easy Money
4. Small Town Lovers Stroll
5. This Machine
6. A Remarkable Confession
7. Sweetheart Blushes
8. Elton is a Truck
9. Until the UFO is out of Sight
10. Walk like a Truck
11. One of these Blackouts
12. My Finger on your Trigger
13. In Ruins
14. The Big Splash
15. Crazy Little Baby
16. Truckdriving Song

In a Ghosttruck ("hidden" tracks you can reach by rewinding for 24 minutes when the player is on the first track)
1. The Professional
2. Closing Time
3. Trash versus Ylt
4. Untill the UFO is out of Sight
5. Everything is Allright
6. Nice Band
7. Pagan Motherfuckers
8. Happy Hour at the Honky Tonk
9. Shaker

Musicians :
- Jacki Billet (bass)
- Mathias Broeckaert (sax, vocal, melodica)
- Stef Kamil Carlens (piano, synth, vocal, melodica)
- Elko Blijweert (guitar, vocal, piano, marimba, xylophone)
- Dirk De Hooghe (percussion, vocal, sax, marimba)
- Thomas De Smet (percussion)
- Aarich Jespers (drums, farfisa, rhythmbox, vocal)
- Buni Lenski (violin)
- Simon Lenski (cello)
- Heyme Langbroek (trumpet, vocal)
- Mauro Pawlowski (guitar, vocal)
- "Viking" Dave Robertson (vocal, ac. guitar)
- Josefien Terburg (vocal)
- Rudy Trouvé (guitar, vocal)

Recorded at various locations with 2 microphones (Aarich's place, the Academy hall in Sint-Truiden, Elko's grandparents, Vandiepenbeekstraat ...) between April 1998 and February 1999.

Artwork : Herman Houbrechts

My opinion

Including the "hidden" tracks at the beginning of thie "In a service station" there are all in all 25 songs by Kiss My Jazz that are being released onto the Low Countries ("A truckdriving song" and "Untill the UFO is out of sight" are on it twice, though) : if you already knew some of the earlier releases of this collective of musicians around Rudy Trouvé, this is probably a prospect to bring water to your mouth. And that's quite justified.
"A truckdriving song" and "Elton is a truck" are worn-out country, "Easy Money", "This Machine" and "Walk Like a truck" are chaosrock somewhere between Beefheart, Sonic Youth and Steppenwolf, that is skillfully clubbed down before they can become a full-fledged pop-song. "Small Town Lovers Stroll" is something completely different : unadultareted bossa-nova. "Untill the UFO is out of Sight" - the best "song" of the album - is shaking pop with Stef Kamil Carlens swinging behind a huffing & puffing organ.
Those are the best succesful song. "One of these blackouts" also containts enough material for two very good pop songs, but ends up being nothing but two only half-developed ideas. On "My finger on your trigger" and "Crazy Little Baby" singer Dave Robertson goes on the sensitive tour - sounding like "Bawb Dylan" unfortunately. "In ruins", "A remarkable confession" and most of the hidden "In a Ghosttruck" seem recordings of a tired orchestra in their dancehall by midnight, with a singer that has just gotten a warning from the police to sing quietly or else to get a fine for noise annoiance.
Between all these featured styles, the jazzy aspect of the music - something that was clearly present on the earlier work - is moved far back "In a service station". Kiss My Jazz is about as closely related to that form of music as the insult "Kiss my ass" with the wish of being kissed on the behind.
It's always difficult to compare apples and oranges, but as fas as baskets with apples ànd oranges go, we found that other recent lo-fi Heaven Hotel-release Mitsoobishy Jacson that little bit better. So, It's not all gold that shines, but more than enough to brag about a good catch.

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This album in the press:

- Raymond Rotteveel in Oor : "This coöperation results in an entertaining CD of which the songs cannot be put in one collection, but that put together still forms a captivating unit - or a multi-coloured collage perhaps. ... Gadverpielekes, da's pas lekker!"
- Dirk Steenhaut in De Morgen : "On In a service station the octet is headed in a new direction : it now plays a frayed country that Trouvé himselfs classifies under "truckdriving songs" ... This results in beautifull songs ... all recorded live and on various places. It al remains pretty lo-fi ..."

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More about this band :

- the Kiss My Jazz-bio in the Belgian Pop & rock Archives.
- More about the members of Kiss My Jazz can be found on the pages about Dead Man Ray (Rudy Trouvé), Zita Swoon (Stef Kamil Carlens, Aarich Jespers, Thomas De Smet), Evil Superstars (Mauro Pawloswky), DAAU (de Lenski's) etc...
- Booking the band : as far as I know Kiss My Jazz doesn't perform on stage)
- contact : Heaven Hotel (tel : +32/(0)3/458.29.93 - mail

Where to buy this CD ?

You can order this CD from a number of locations (prices researched on July 19, 1999, but nothing guarantees they still are the same when you read this).

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701 fr.

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.

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