Price: £12.25
Format: CD
Artist: Minny Pops
CatNo: FBN15CD
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Minny Pops Sparks In A Dark Room 2CD
Factory Benelux presents a deluxe 2CD edition of Sparks In A Dark Room, the second studio album by Dutch electronic group Minny Pops, originally released by Factory Benelux in May 1982.
Formed in Amsterdam in 1978 by vocalist Wally Van Middendorp, Minny Pops took their name from the primitive Korg drum machine which propelled their austere, post-punk rhythms and provocative live performances. An early association with Factory Records in Manchester saw the band work with producer Martin Hannett, share stages with Joy Division and New Order, and become the first Dutch band to record a BBC radio session for John Peel.
Self-produced by the group, Sparks In A Dark Room was recorded without a guitarist and therefore sounded unusually polished and layered, its smooth sequencers and motorik rhythms often redolent of Moroder, Kraftwerk and Cabaret Voltaire. Bonus tracks on the CD version include the non-album singles Time and Een Kus, as well as unreleased demo tracks and an EP by instrumental splinter project Smalts.
This expanded FBN edition also adds a bonus disc featuring an entire live performance (13 tracks), recorded at Amsterdam Melkweg on 7 April 2012 on their 30th anniversary tour, with original members Wally Van Middendorp, Wim Dekker and Pieter Mulder augmented by guitarist Mark Ritsema.
1. Mountain
2. A Feeling
3. Tracking
4. Crack
5. Vital
6. Blue Roses
7. Black Eye
8. Wong
9. Experience
10. Dream
11. Night Visit
12. Trance
13. Time
14. Lights
15. Een Kus
16. Son
17. Secret Story (demo)
18. Schitterende Ogen (demo)
19. Time (Demo)
20. Werktitel #7
21. Werktitel #5
22. Werktitel #1
23. Werktitel #8
CD2 (live):
1. Kogel
2. Blue Roses
3. Tracking
4. Vital
5. Goddess
6. Dolphin's Spurt
7. Mountain
8. Wong
9. Secret Story
10. Time
11. Trance
12. Mental
13. Son