The Neon Judgement

General Pain & Major Disease

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The second U.S. release by Belgian industrial disco duo the Neon Judgement, 1989's General Pain & Major Disease is actually a compilation of some of the best tracks from the group's 12" singles and EPs, beginning with 1981's live "Factory Walk" and continuing through to 1987's "Miss Brown" (another version of which had appeared on the duo's misleadingly titled U.S. debut, Horny as Hell). Like Ministry, the U.S. group whom the Neon Judgement most closely resemble, T.B. Frank and Dirk Da Davo started life as a simple electro-pop group in the style of the early Human League. The earliest tracks here are simple, Krautrock-inspired synth ditties that wouldn't sound out of place on an early Depeche Mode album. Later material shows the duo starting to incorporate bits of industrial noise and advanced sampling techniques, but they remain in the basically polite disco-pop vein of Nine Inch Nails or later Depeche Mode rather than crossing over into the far more assaultive and interesting Test Department/Einst├╝rzende Neubaten school of industrial. Still, this is a handy sampler for Neon Judgement fans.

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