Liaisons Dangereuses – “Liaisons Dangereuses” (1981)

liasonsdnagereuseThis is one of those records that I bought, listened to a few times, but either couldn’t figure out how to connect with or write about, so I just put it on the shelf.  Unloved.  Misunderstood.  A red-headed French step-child.  But no more, dammit.  It’s time to put this sucker on again and figure it out!

I’m not sure what my problem was with Liaisons Dangereuses.  Sure, it’s a bit of a challenging album, one of those experimental new wav-ish things that came out of Europe in the early 1980s, but there are some cool beats (check out “Los Niños Del Parque”) and all kinds of trippy weirdness.  And sometimes (“Aperitif De La Mort”) it feels like it should be part of the Blade Runner movie soundtrack, futuristically weird and spacey in a dystopian way.  Perhaps nowhere is at as bizarre as it is on “Dupont,” a track that makes you feel like you dropped acid and got sucked into a scene from The Terminator.

I’m not sure what was in the water in western Europe in the late 1970s/early 1980s, but some seriously intriguing music came out of there, stuff that still feels fresh and interesting today.