Let Poésie Noire transport you to a simpler time, when goths were GOTHS, and donning black lipstick ‘n’ goggles to shoot one’s darque synthpop music video in a desolate industrial setting wasn’t enough; only by dancing spasmodically atop slanting planks with newspaper stuffed down one’s pants could one convey true angst.
Best comment on teh YooToobz: “You gotta love the eighties videos. ‘I will stand here and look like a mysterious complex individual that has secrets that don’t exist and I still want you to figure out what I’m thinking about right now.’ Long live alternative music!” ~Mannchild11
The only thing that could potentially improve the “Tragedy” viewing experience would be inclusion of footage of lead singer Johan Casters (aka “La Bête Noire” – “The Black/Dark Beast”) actually “climb[ing] to ze top of ze tree” in that getup.
But seriously, these wacky Belgians made some great tunes, and paved the way for fellow dark synth countrymen Front 242 and Neon Judgment. So good on ‘em and their neo-Victorian inflatables!
Other tidbits of possible interest:
- Nosferatu Vogueing: A Symphony of Horror
- The Megamen
- Holiday Greetings From Siouxsie and Friends
- Electronic Baby Music
- Tim Burton’s Secret Formula
via DJ Dead Billy