This new record is the re-release of the Belgian cult post-punk band's last cassette tape, reflecting a more raw and experimental side of their work and the beginnings of what was to come. Remastered in 2017.
“As the first single of Digital Dance (Radioactivity/Computer rock) was far from convincing for us, we created our own label, Digital Records, and released our second single (I Sleep on the Waves/Faulty), the Digital 001, in 1979. Afterwards, we released a cassette tape, the digital tape 002, which reflected another side of our work: not only songs but more experimental music, a work based on improvisation up to change parts of the musicians (e.g., guitarist on the drums and vice versa, reviving the very beginnings of the band). The recording was done then with very little, a cassette recorder in the middle of the rehearsal room. This record, Digital Dance 002, contains the entire digital tape 002 cassette, as recorded and compiled by Jerry WX in 1980. The sound was remodelled and mastered in 2017.”
Prior to forming Digital Dance in Brussels, in the summer of 1978, Jerry WX (voice & guitar) and Stephan Barbery (guitar) were closely involved in the local punk scene. Jerry WX played with Chainsaw, the very first Brussels punk band in 1976, and a year later with X-Pulsion. Stephan Barbery played with Thrills from 1977 to 1978. During this period X-Pulsion, Thrills and a third band called Streets played many gigs together, often swapping instruments and members. Despite their difficult reputation and lack of commercial success, Digital Dance built up a cult following, having even support of John Peel in UK. Between 1979 and 1981, Digital Dance released 3 singles and did several notable live concerts, as opening act for Magazine or Siouxsie and the Banshees. The various members subsequently played in groups as diverse as Fad Gadget, Marine, The Revenge, Kid Montana, Noh Mask, The Names, Snowy Red, The Weathermen… Digital Dance did their last live show in 1981, there was no definite end of the band but they don't play together between 1982 and 1998. Sadly, Jerry died in 2000.