Identifile: Absolute Body Control

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author
Dirk Ivens or []
date
04.2001
style
electro pop
founded
1979
members
Dirk Ivens (synths/vocals)
Eric Van Wonterghem (synths)
Mark De Jonghe (synths)
Veerle De Schepper (backing vocals)
short bio
[official website]
Influenced by bands like Suicide and Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft and the UK electronic scene, Dirk Ivens appears from 1980 on under the name Absolute Body Control on several compilations. The first single "Is there an exit?" became a local underground hit. The line-up changed very soon but with Eric Van Wonterghem, Dirk finds himself a partner for the next coming years regarding mixing, producing and collaborating.

[notes on "Eat this"]
Formed early 1980 by Dirk Ivens (synths and voice) and joined by Mark De Jonghe (synths) and Veerle De Schepper (backing vocals).
After a track on the Blitzpop 1 compilation album and the single "Is there an exit?" which became a local culthit, Mark leaves the band. But his place is already taken by Eric Van Wonterghem.
Absolute Body Control plays a lot live and is inspired by bands like Blancmange, DAF, Suicide and The Human League, to become one of the first Belgian electronic groups who is also succesful on stage.
After the release of the tape "Absolute Body Control" Dirk and Eric decided to go further as a duo and in the next three years they recorded the tapes "Numbers", "Live" and "Tracks". They also appear on many compilation products worldwide.
In 1984 Dirk became a founding member of The Klinik, followed by Eric but the latter left after the 2nd album to form Insekt. The rest is Belgian pop history.

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Upcoming releases featuring Dirk Ivens:
The Klinik - End of the line - 4CD box - 23 April 2001
Sonar - Parallel friction - 7" pic disc - May 2001
Dive - ? - CD - Oct/Nov 2001

other projects
Dirk Ivens - Dive / Sonar (Blok 57 / The Klinik)
Eric Van Wonterghem - Monolith / Sonar (Insekt / The Klinik)
website
http://www.dirkivens.com
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Absolute Body Control


discography - mp3s at official site

Is there an exit?
7"
1981
Blitz Records
Is there an exit?
A
Is there an exit?
B
I'm leaving

Absolute body control
MC
1981
Body Records
Absolute body control
A
1 Weaving hands
2 Touch your skin
3 Baby's on fire
4 So obvious
B
1 Total control
2 A broken dream
3 Do you feel it inside
4 Game for a laugh
5 Shake

Numbers
MC
1982
Body Records
Numbers
60 minutes of untitled instrumental music

Figures
MC
1983
Body Records
Figures
A
1 The man I wanna be
2 Automatic I
3 Love at first sight
4 Melting away
5 5 minutes
B
1 Figures
2 Give me your hands
3 Terminus
4 Automatic II

Live
MC
1984
Body Records
Live
A
1 So obvious / Sister Ray
2 Is there an exit?
3 Radiation
4 I wasn't there
5 Dance dance
6 Pictures on the wall
7 Touch your skin
B
1 Burning inside
2 So hard
3 Move up
4 Wait and see
5 Dirt
6 Back to nature

Tracks
MC
1984
Body Records
Tracks
A
1 Slow action
2 Final report
3 Faceless
4 Film 1
5 So hard
6 Tanzmusik
7 Lonely this night
8 Carfever
9 Film 3
10 B6
11 Do you feel it inside?
B
1 Do you feel it inside? (remake)
2 I wasn't there
3 Automatic
4 A better way
5 It is just
6 Me and my desire
7 Suffer in silence
8 5 minutes

Eat this
CD
1993
VUZ Records
Eat this
1 Clouds
2 Melting away
3 Faceless
4 Love at first sight
5 Eat this
6 A broken dream
7 What is the disease?
8 Arabesque
9 Automatic
10 Lonely this Christmas
11 Is there an exit? (live)
12 I'm leaving (live)



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