New-wave band from Brussels/Ostend from the middle of the eighties.
Flesh & Fell consisted initially of musician Pierre Goudesone and femme-fatale singer Cathérine Vanhoucke. The two of them moved from Ostend to Brussels and recorded a first demo - aided by Luc Van Acker - with which they started bombarding the record-firms. Despite being a new-wave band, they tried to gain some fame with a participation in the the Baccarabeker, but that dit no real good to neither the Baccarabeker nor to the group.
On one fine day, however, their demo landed in the hands of Jean-Marie Aerts (the guitar-player of TC Matic, and in those days producer of about everything that could handle a guitar in Belgium). JMX was so impressed with this demo that he opened some doors for the band (such as those of the ICP-studio in Brussels for the recording of a maxi, and those of Play It Again Sam for the distribution). The result of their cooperation was "The Hunger / Wind", a maxi with three songs.
"The Hunger" got a very warm welcome in the Belgian press : "disco hypnotique", "beat psychotique", "vocaux oppressés", "noisy big-city-music", "Belgien med öppna ögon". Reference points for the music were found in artists as diverse as Frank Tovey, Piaf and TC Matic (Humo reviewed them as a TC-Matic clone : "Jean-Marie has had a huge influence on the sound of the band. The singer imitates the phrasing of Arno Hintjens : power surges in the throath, dogbites in the lyrics. She even uses a sort of English that was invented by Arno, a sort of English that is completely original and will suprises many an Englishman." The English themselves did react somewhat lukewarm, because when the maxi was distributed in the UK, NME reacted with one lousy line : "good news for students! The Gang of Four are alive and well(ish) in Belgium".
Flesh & Fell - The Hunger (Club Mix)
Flesh & Fell - The Wind
Flesh & Fell - Hunger