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4.11 | 35 ratings | 2 reviews | 23% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1981

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Stamoid Cousu (1:07)
2. Tres Amusant, Major (8:06)
3. Tante Agatthe (1:57)
4. Coupe-Rose (1:55)
5. Spacio-Cib (7:19)
6. Go-jaunit (Bonus track CD-Reissue) (2:32)
7. Rien (1:57)
8. a nos Mamans (4:42)
9. Mort aux Dahus (3:05)
10. La Jupe (5:48)
11. Je regard par la fenetre (3:43)
12. Crash que peut (4:21)
13. Quelle heure il est (Bonus track CD-Reissue) (3:09)

Total Time: 49:41

Line-up / Musicians

- Francois Liègme / drums
- Patrice Dupasquier/ saxophones
- Cedric P. Vuille / clarinet, guitar, drums
- Yvan G. Chkolnix / bass, guitar
- Marie C. Schwab / violin, vocals
- Christian G. Addor / keyboards, bass, vocals
- Gilles Vincent Rieder / drums, bass, percussions, vocals
- Jean-Maurice Rossel / bass, guitars
- Jean-Vincent Huguenin / guitars, percussions, vocals

Releases information

LP RecRec 01 (1981)
CD RecRec 601 (reissued in 1994)

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DEBILE MENTHOL Emile Au Jardin Patrologique ratings distribution

(35 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(23%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(54%)
Good, but non-essential (17%)
Collectors/fans only (6%)
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Review by Sean Trane
4 stars Recorded in the Fall of 81, Debile Menthol's debut album is very much in advance of its time and was obviously very influential for many group that are developing the Avant Prog genre (whatever that may be) today. From the Quebecois Miriodor, Rouge Ciel and Interference Sardine, to Finland's Alamaailman Vasarat or Uzva, to Belgium's Julverne, X- Legged Sally Hardscore or Cro Magnon etc.: all of these groups owe IMHO a big debt to Debile Menthol's works. Debile Menthol is a 9-man formation (most are multi- instrumentalists), from which will emerge Rossel and Huguenin. For a long recording career, much of which is featured on this site.

While Debile Menthol's music is a rather crazy pot-pourri of musical influences and borrowings, they often remain fairly accessible, fun, often going into the bombastic and grotesque folkloric fair music (like the Oktoberfest beer-bingeing music or circus music for example) and I bet you that if she was still alive today, my grandmother could find some of these pieces amusing and might just be tapping her foot along. The album is fairly acoustic (just some synths and electric guitars) and mainly instrumental, with only a few weird French rather-funny vocals in off-voices, but they can get demented as well. In the album highlight A Nos Mamans (To Our Mothers), they sound for a small minute like the Sranglers, if you can believe it. Other tracks can sound like some crazy Devo or Talking Heads (Regarde Par La Fenêtre and Crash Que Peut), but the whole thing being much more complex and as much fun.

Most likely one of the most influential album in the "Avant Prog" genre, given its early release date, and a fun one too. Only for progressive nutheads with a few loosened bolts above the neck level.

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5 stars Believe me, this is not a carelessly given 5-star rating. I have listened to this album at least 20 times through, and it never ceases to amaze me. The instrumentation on this album akin to the virtuoso lunacy to be found on Begnagrad's eponymous album. Strange melodies and song structures dominate ... (read more)

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