Marine - Same Beat

Les Disques du Crepuscule
(TWI043-1: 708527230497/TWI043-2: 708527230503/TWI043-3/TWI043-4)



Release date: 2/23/2024

Limited edition blue vinyl LP / CD / digital

11 track LP
17 track CD

Les Disques du Crepuscule presents a unique anthology by artful Brussels postpunk-funk band Marine, fondly remembered for their dazzling debut single ‘Life In Reverse’ in 1981, and now back with a clutch of brand new studio tracks.

Formed in late 1980 around charismatic frontman Marc Desmare together with musicians from infamous punk band Mad Virgins, Marine made an early splash supporting Orange Juice and Josef K at the legendary Plan K venue, Postcard Records afterwards keeping tabs on the Sound of Young Brussels.

Snapped up instead by chic boutique label Les Disques du Crepuscule, Marine released their infectious debut single ‘Life In Reverse’ in April 1981, attracting rave reviews in the Belgian and UK press, reaching the giddy heights of #6 on the NME indie chart, and even being invited to record a radio session for John Peel - a world first for a Belgian band.

Soon favourable comparisons were being drawn with The Pop Group, A Certain Ratio, Defunkt, James White and Fire Engines, some pundits even sensing a new Haircut 100. ‘We’re not a fashion band,’ insisted Marc in UK rock weekly Sounds, ‘and it’s not really dance music. But all the same I’m glad people dance to it.’

Alas, artistic differences caused the fast-rising group to part ways in a London studio, when half the band quit to form pop-funk sophisticates Allez Allez. With new Marines on board, Marc and bassist Paul Delnoy went on to release two further singles (‘How to Keep Cool’ and ‘Same Beat’), gigged extensively around France and the Low Countries, and played a headline show at The Venue in London. ‘Fine, disciplined and gleeful rhythm workers,’ enthused Chris Bohn in NME. ‘A happy, contagiously clean aural equivalent to a Serge Clerc cartoon.’

Alas by the summer of 1982 Marine were all washed up, with Marc going on direct films and documentaries as Marco Laguna. Four decades later, finally heeding desperate pleas from Crepuscule that his sensational first band never cut an album, Marc has written and recorded another 6 remarkably authentic sounding Marine songs with help from like-minded friends in Brussels and Paris, once more drawing on a heady mix of supercool funkabilly, jazz and soundtrack influences.

‘It was an incredibly strange experience to revisit my past,’ says Marc, ‘but definitely fun. I’m glad, and I’m proud!’

The cover art is by LDDC art director Benoit Hennebert and based on the ‘Same Beat’ single sleeve from 1982. The vinyl edition s of TWI 143 is limited to 500 copies pressed on blue vinyl and includes a digital link. All tracks are newly remastered in 2023.

Vinyl tracklist:

A1. Life In Reverse
A2. Animal In My Head
A3. Same Beat
A4. How to Keep Cool
A5. Marenas Bop
A6. A Proposito dei Napoli
B1. Le Glissement Progressif du Plaisir
B2. Jean-Luc Godard
B3. Stretto Bongo
B4. Funkabilly
B5. Born to Love

CD tracklist:

1. Life In Reverse
2. Animal In My Head
3. Same Beat
4. How to Keep Cool
5. Marenas Bop
6. Scrub
7. A Proposito dei Napoli
8. Le Glissement Progressif du Plaisir
9. Jean-Luc Godard
10. Stretto Bongo
11. Funkabilly
12. Born to Love
13. I’m Glad, I’m Free  
14. Remember Caribou
15. Kiss My Knee 
16. Life In Reverse (demo version)
17. Dim the Light

Digital track list:

1. Life In Reverse
2. Animal In My Head
3. Same Beat
4. How to Keep Cool
5. Marenas Bop
6. Scrub
7. A Proposito dei Napoli
8. Le Glissement Progressif du Plaisir

9. Jean-Luc Godard
10. Stretto Bongo
11. Funkabilly
12. Born to Love
13. I’m Glad, I’m Free  
14. Remember Caribou
15. Kiss My Knee 
16. Life In Reverse (demo version)
17. Dim the Light
18. A Man and a Woman (Live July 1981)
19. Leningrad In Winter

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