Babel 17- Shades LP

Today’s post features hard-edged French coldwave act Babel 17, who officially formed in 1989. Members of the band had been playing together under various names since 1983, scrapping, rewriting, and experimenting with songs and ideas before settling upon their official name and sound. The first incarnation’s drummer would go on to join Little Nemo, who helped the newly formed Babel 17 land a record contract with the prestigious Lively Art label.

The band released two albums and a series of singles before splitting in 1993, just as their peers were folding and Lively Art closed its doors. The band was rumored to have a third album all ready for release before Lively Art folded. However, though the band has the tracklisting and a few songs up on their official page, I’ve been unable to track it down in any medium. Instead, I’ve uploaded the band’s seminal sophomore record, 1991’s Shades for your listening pleasure, complete with CD only bonus tracks. I believe this release was originally upgraded from an EP, though both shared the same name. The details:

Babel 17- Shades LP
1. Shades of a Dream
3. La Curee
4. Bittersweetness
5. Nohm-Bo
6. Madness Strides Along
7. Lo-Hi
8. A Prayer
9. Bittermixness
10. In Distress

*download link removed—-> album re-released on Infrastition in 2009! see below for links for purchase*

Here’s a clip of the band performing the title track live in 1990:

Last but not least, here’s some further information on Babel 17, including a link to purchase their first record, 1990’s Celeano Fragments through

Babel 17 official page

5 Responses to “Babel 17- Shades LP”

  1. Bondurant2001 Says:

    Thanks a lot,

    here’s a few live songs :

    Broadcasted for a french show “C’est Lenoir”, in 1991 if my memory don’t fail (or check the entire website).


  2. Now available remastered with bonus tracks from
    Thanks for your works !

  3. frankie teardrop Says:

    thanks for the heads-up, alex! link has been removed!

  4. […] Art label (and one of my personal favorites of the era). The band released one full length LP and 10” EP before disbanding. A third record was recorded and was meant to be released in 1992, but Lively Art […]

  5. Great band! I got permission to use one of their tunes in a DIY skateboarding film I’m making – heavily inspired by the coldwave music scene. I really need to do justice to their song, though. It’s going to be tough, but fun.

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