Noir Boy George: “Bébé Congelé”
From deep in the bowels of the French underground, comes this provocatively-named project, with an equally unsettling song title (literally, “Frozen Baby”). The paltry amount of information out there suggests that Noir Boy George hails from Metz and is also a member of 20,000 Punks (like NBG, these guys are so hardcore they’re still only on Myspace!), Plastobeton and A.H. Kraken. I think it’s fairly safe to say that he’s probably heard some Suicide in his time, although the great Byron Coley mysteriously dismissed this comparison in his Wire Magazine review, stating that he found NBG “smoother than a powdered armpit”(!) and “closer to Felix Kubin than Frankie Teardrop.” There certainly is a hefty chunk of Neue Deutsche Welle (including Kubin’s work from that era) in here, as well as the spare sound of French post-punk acts such as Ellie Et Jacno. However you slice it, there’ll always be a place in our hearts for music as minimal and snotty as this.
Noir Boy George’s Metz Noire tape is available from tanzprocesz
Written by Christopher Greenberg