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broken

1988 broken

‘broken’ is the fifteenth studio album by Tèxord based rock group bad medecine. As its predecessor, this album is recorded in Papa Beer’s basement. This time, Robijn plays along on all the songs and the band worked with Nuño Gomez as a producer.
 

Songs


1.  [0.40]  corpseparade [k/bad medecine]
2.  [1.43]  under a broken sun [beast/bad medecine] 
3.  [8.23]  [what goes around] comes around [k/k, bello, beast]
4.  [4.12]  not the blues [k/debakker, k, b bjeer]
5.  [4.32]  cannot tell you [k/k]  
6.  [2.13]  i bought glasses & a classy coffee [k/bad medecine]

7.  [6.25]  nocturnal breath [beast/bad medecine]
8.  [3.07]  fine [k/bad medecine] 
9.  [3.24]  wasting time [while] killing it [bello, k/bad medecine] 
10. [7.38]   fantazia [k/bad medecine] 
 

Credits


Papa Beer : vocals + guitars 
Bello : drums + percussion
Roy Beast : bass + keyboards + guitars
Robijn Debeear : guitars + keyboards

Lead vocals on 2, 5, 6 & 9 by Roy Beast
Lead vocals on 4 & 10 by Nuño Gomez
Organ on ‘not the blues’ by Nelson James

Recorded at Papa Beer’s home, February – August 1988
Produced by Nuño Gomez
Engineered by Cas Jansze
Mixed at “the mick studiós, ds” by Cees Johnson ​
Released at myzelf music inc on November 1988
 

Background


With the release of 'under a broken sea', bad medecine only played twenty live gigs in the summer of 1988 before focussing directly on the next album. In these gigs, they did not play any of the songs from their new album, but they did play ‘not the blues’, ‘cannot tell you’ and ‘fine’. The general idea of ‘broken’ was to be played live integrally, in contrary to the previous one in which they utilised new recording techniques.


Writing and composition


Musically, the album has the same feel as the previous two, although it is less experimental than ‘a broken sun’ and it has less happy/poppy songs than ‘two’. It opens with Papa Beer’s poem about corporate businesses that flows over in a rendition of their song ‘broken sun’ from their last album. ‘not the blues’ is a song bad medecine had written in the seventies but hardly played live so they decided to record it again in a new version. Overall, the songs are wilder than the two previous albums, due to noisy bridges in ‘what goes around’ and ‘nocturnal breath’ amongst other things.

The themes of the songs are typical bad medecine material. The long and wild ‘what goes around’ is about karma, ‘wasting time’ is critical about the ignorance of contemporary society and ‘cannot tell you’ tells about secrets. The song ‘i bought glasses & a classy song’ describes the terraces of Tèxord in the autumn and ‘nocturnal breath’ tells the story of people who only live at night. ‘fine’ is a sceptical song written in the first person about how it is to live in post-war devastation, whereas ‘fantazia’ drifts on the magical sides of life.


Artwork


The artwork is done by someone. Papa Beer is credited as K de Beear. The style is similar as ‘a broken sun’, with the same inner sleeves, the same font and lay out. On the back is a picture of the band on stage during one of their summer gigs. For the live gigs in the summer, Papa Beer's son Robijn joined the group on stage and he also contributed on this record. On the picture, shot in Los Angelos, California, Bello wears a wife beater, Roy wearing glasses and a leather jacket, Papa Beer a rasta hat, half open shirt and baggy trousers & Robijn ragged jeans and a denim shirt.


Release and reception


The record was rather well received and the band got a lot of critical acclaim for having been able to survive the different decades. Contrary to their peers from either the beginning or the latter part of the seventies, bad medecine was praised for their stubborn wish to keep innovating. It has to be said that the band wasn’t as popular as in the seventies and the sales of ‘broken’ were one of the lowest so far. Critics were positive, but the fact bad medecine only released one single and didn’t want to play their big hits from ‘two’ on promotional events like awards and TV appearances made them lose the big audience.


Tour


Following the release, they toured throughout the world in 1989. Robijn joined them on tour despite only being 17, so they never played after midnight and organised the tour stricter than before. They would typically stay in the same city for four days, playing three gigs. On the first afternoon, they would do the interviews and a session in store or on the radio, on the second day they would go to a museum and have some interview, the third day they would separate and do something for themselves. After the gigs, one of the others would join Robijn to go back to the hotel while the other two would go partying.

​The band played in smaller venues than their previous tour which did not bother them at all. The gigs were mostly sold out and the quality was high. They would play their newest album integrally and chose ten to fifteen more songs from their catalogue. For the sessions in store and on TV, the trio always played (semi)acoustic, with Papa Beer on his resonator Gretsch, Roy played double bass when one was around or otherwise acoustic guitar, Robijn as well on guitar and Bello used everything he could lay his hands on. After one year of touring, they came back to Tèxord in late 1989 and after taking holidays, they went in the studio to record ‘three’.

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