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Bamboo Industry - 1990 Tortured By Pleasure

ARTIST: Bamboo Industry
ALBUM: Tortured By Pleasure
LABEL: Ariola
SERIAL: 260 648
YEAR: 1990


LINEUP: Susa Lie - lead & background vocals, bass, fretless bass, echo guitar, oboe, piano, keyboards * Ingo Ito - lead & background vocals, keyboards, koto, drum programming * Noel O'Callahan - lead vocals * Robin Loxley - keyboards, piano, organ, drum programming, vocals * Heiko Maile - keyboards, drum programming * George Din - drum programming, vocals * Eberhard Scmid - bass * Oliver Hafke - sax * Hans Behrendt, Rew B. Deer - percussion * Kim Kubler, Steffi Lang - background vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 The Rusty Colours Of Sundown * 02 Catherine Wheel * 03 These Two Hands * 04 The Game * 05 Welcome To Rome * 06 When I Was Alive * 07 New Territories With China Motor Ways * 08 Riding The Night Train * 09 Shake Hands With The Devil * 10 Time To Die * 11 Wheels Are Turning * 12 Empty Churches * 13 F.F.A.R.M * 14 On The River

Very interesting Berlin based duo of multi-instrumentalist Susa Lie and avant-garde experimenter Ingo Ito. Formed in 1983, the group went through a series of line-ups becoming a popular live act along the way. As Bamboo Industry, this was their only release before Ariola sent the group packing, although Lie and Ingo carried on as Rain On Bamboo, releasing a couple of discs of atmospheric and improvisational music similar to Brian Eno and David Sylvain. If this all sounds rather too sophisticated and 'arty' don't be deterred as 'Tortured By Pleasure' is a very listenable CD that will find favor with fans of hi-tech AOR.

The Songs
What separates Bamboo Industry from the at one time over crowded hi-tech pack is its originality. The calculated Far East flavour works quite well and drawing comparisons to groups like Japan and Roxy Music is a no-brainer. Lead vocals are shared by both Lie and Ito and the instrumentation is superb with a very progressive pop sound, it's synthesized to the hilt with electric guitar appearing on just one cut. The drum programming and crashing percussion provide for a dynamic set of tracks and it never becomes too overwhelming, in other words substance over technology. I've read a couple comments on the net criticizing the lack of memorable songs, and while I agree in hindsight the disc lacked a potential 'hit' single which is probably why the label lost interest, this is a release best enjoyed in it's entirety.

In Summary
Apparently Bamboo Industry recorded a treasure trove of songs that remain unreleased including a live show recorded in 1991 at Berlin's 'Quasimodo' club. This material might see the light of day at some point, but in the meantime pick up a copy or download of 'Tortured By Pleasure' for something a little different.

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