They started off with a 7” single called Avenues Of Oblivion in 1980.
Ballet Mécanique’s first full length album The Icecold Waters Of The Egocentric Calculation (1981) is considered a significant Danish rock cornerstone, and despite its then avant-garde experimentalist tendencies became a hit and received critical praise. Recorded in the course of three nights, its unique mix of poetry and rock makes it stand out, and the band’s live performances included dancers, films and slides which contributed to their unconventional nature.
The group’s second and final album called For was released in 1982. By now the band name was shortened to Ballet M. The recording of the album was faced by various difficulties relating to the group dynamic and they disbanded shortly after the September album release. The break-up was announced out of the blue at a concert in October – by Martin Hall reading aloud a declaration to the unsuspecting audience, not even the record company and management were warned of the split.
The personal difficulties within the band aside, the split was also a way of circumventing the band’s contract with the major record label CBS who had bought the independent record company they were initially signed to prior to the first single release.
Lead singer Martin Hall went on to record music as Under For, SS-Say, Pesteg Dred and particularly as a solo artist.
The 25 year anniversary of The Icecold Waters Of The Egocentric Calculation was marked in 2006 by a re-issue of the album, its first issue as a CD. The special edition is a double-CD release with bonus material making up the 2nd CD. The bonus material consists of live versions, audience reactions, a radio feature and the on-stage announcement of the group’s split at club ‘Saltlageret’. The most significant inclusion is the never-before-released single Intellectual Self-Mutilation recorded during the making of the second album and intended as a single release in 1982.
Edited by stopdenlarm on 29 Jun 2010, 11:17
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