Liaisons Dangereuses

About Liaisons Dangereuses

Germany's Liaisons Dangereuses was a short-lived group that pioneered industrial dance music, despite the fact that their lone album, a self-titled 1981 release mixed at Conny Plank's studio, could just as easily be categorized as post-punk or even no wave. Beate Bartel (DAF) and Chris Haas (Mania D.) formed the group in 1981 with vocalist Krishna Goineau; the group recorded a series of four ten-minute cassettes and then formed their only album from them. The group made several live appearances throughout the remainder of 1981 and 1982 and were occasionally joined by Anita Lane (Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds) and Hideto Sasaki. Liaisons Dangereuses was originally issued by Teldec Import Services and was picked up by a couple other labels shortly thereafter. Once copies of a 1985 reissue on Roadrunner dried up, the album became an extremely sought-after collector's item, thanks in no small part to the number of prominent DJs -- primarily from Chicago's house and Detroit's techno scenes -- who frequently spun the album's "Los Niños del Parque." Hit Thing reissued the album on CD again in early 2003. ~ Andy Kellman

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