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The Young Gods is the eponymous debut studio album by the Swiss industrial rock band The Young Gods, released in 1987 by Play It Again Sam, Organik and Wax Trax! Records.[3] The album employs a sample-based approach to rock music: the tracks are composed from samples from metal guitar riffs and classical compositions. The Young Gods was produced by Roli Mosimann, who went on to become a frequent collaborator of the band. It is the band's only record to feature their original drummer, Frank Bagnoud.

The Young Gods met with a critical acclaim, with a particular interest from the British music press: it was named as the "Album of the Year" by Melody Maker. The album peaked at number 14 on UK Independent Albums Chart, while its sole single, "Did You Miss Me?," charted on the UK Independent Singles Chart.

Background and recording

The Young Gods formed in Geneva in 1985, after Fribourg-native guitarist Franz Treichler decided to assemble a band for his sound collage compositions. The band started rehearsing and performing with the inclusion of sampler player Cesare Pizzi and drummer Frank Bagnoud.[4][5] After a series of early gigs, the trio signed to the Swiss label Organik, which was a subsidiary of RecRec Music. Their self-financed debut single, "Envoyé!," was released in 1986 to positive reviews and publicity. It was named as "the Single of the Week" by Melody Maker; the band soon started touring in Europe and the United Kingdom.[6] The success of the single won the band a recording deal with the Belgian label Play It Again Sam.[7]

The band soon started recording their debut album with Roli Mosimann.[7] Treichler had previously met with Mosimann during the latter's tenure as the drummer of Swans.[8] The album was recorded at the Artag Studio in Zurich, Switzerland.[9] According to Treichler, Mosimann was heavily involved in the songwriting and arrangement process.[8]

Music and lyrics

The band's sampler player, Cesare Pizzi, in 2019

On The Young Gods, the band used the sampler as a compositional tool: the tracks are constructed from classical and rock/metal guitar samples.[10] On the band's arrangements, David Stubbs of The Quietus wrote: "They used artifice and synthesis, mechanically retrieving the sounds of the dead rock (and classical) past, but forging them in such a way as to create something bold, grandiose and absolutely new under the sun."[11] Treichler's vocals were described as "leering" and "guttural."[3] The tracks often deviate from the standard verse–chorus form.[11] The band have described their music as "new sonic architecture."[12]

The track "Nous de la lune" features a martial beat, tolling bells, and "a vomiting, bass growl" by Treichler.[11] "Jusqu'au About" was characterized by "exhaust fume sputters of revving guitar," while the track "A ciel ouvert" features "Treichler's melodramatic, pterodactyl-like screams."[11] "Did You Miss Me?," a cover of Gary Glitter's "Hello, Hello, I'm Back Again," was constructed from string samples[10] and was compared to the works of Laibach. The track features an audience sample from a Yello live album.[11] "Jimmy" was described as a "furious punk" track.[12] The tracks "Percussione" and "Feu" are driven by "primitive, muscle-powered percussion" and "a looped riff", respectively.[11] "Envoyé!," featured on the CD version, consists of a "motorik percussion, gunshots, an abbreviated hair metal riff;"[10][11] the track was likened to "techno played by a speed-metal band."[3] "Comme si était la dernière fois," another CD bonus track, features a slowed down guitar riff from The Ruts.[13]

The lyrics on The Young Gods are sung in French, except for "Did You Miss Me?" and "The Irrtum Boys."[11][14]

Release and reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
Robert Christgau(choice cut)[15]

The Young Gods was released in April 1987 on Play It Again Sam and Organik. Wax Trax! Records handled the North American release.[3][9] The record received a critical success in the United Kingdom[6][7] and peaked at number 14 on UK Independent Albums Chart.[17] The band regularly relocated to London for the accompanying tour.[4]

AllMusic critic Ned Raggett wrote: "Even if the uniqueness of the Young Gods' sample-based compositional and playing method of heavy rock wasn't a question, the band's debut would still have caught many a discerning ear." Raggett further added: "While not consistently strong throughout, this self-titled effort has far more hits than misses to its overall credit."[10] Music critic Robert Christgau noted the tracks "Feu" and "Did You Miss Me" as notable cuts from the record.[15] Simon Reynolds of Melody Maker praised the record, stating that the record "looks like the most creative record released this year." Reynolds further stated that the band "takes sampling beyond the dance functionalism which limits hip hop. Where most pop is linear, horizontal, The Young Gods open up space along the vertical."[12] Trouser Press wrote: "'Bombastic' would be a gross understatement, but when ability matches ambition, The Young Gods has a uniquely menacing majesty."[3]

The album was chosen as the "Album of the Year" by Melody Maker in 1987.[18] It was also included on Sounds magazine's lists of "Albums of the Year" and "The Top 80 Albums from the '80s" in 1987[19] and 1989,[20] respectively. In 2010, Spin featured the record on its list of essential industrial metal albums.[2]

Al Jourgensen of Ministry cited the album as an influence on Ministry's music.[21]

Track listing

All tracks are written by The Young Gods, except "Did You Miss Me?" by Gary Glitter and Mike Leander

Side one
1."Nous de la lune" ("We of the Moon")4:33
2."Jusqu'au bout" ("All the Way")2:35
3."A ciel ouvert" ("In the Open Air")1:46
5."Fais la mouette" ("Do the Seagull")4:46
Side two
1."Percussionne" ("Percussion"[a])5:28
2."Feu" ("Of Old")3:04
3."Did You Miss Me?" (Gary Glitter cover)3:22
4."Si tu gardes" ("If You Keep")5:55
CD bonus tracks
10."The Irrtum Boys"2:38
11."Envoyé!" ("Sent"[b])1:53
12."Soul Idiot"4:23
13."Comme si était la dernière fois" ("As If It Were the Last Time")5:09
  1. ^ Translated as "Let the Trial Begin" on the liner notes.[14]
  2. ^ Translated as "Go For It and Fuck Off" on the liner notes.[14]


Adapted from The Young Gods liner notes.[14]

Chart positions

Chart (1987)Peak
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[22]22
UK Indie Chart[17]14

Release history

Belgium1987PIASCD, LPLD 8821
SwitzerlandOrganikORG 87/9
United StatesWax Trax!WAX 7135
France2001IntoxygeneLD 8821
Europe2012Two GentlemenTWOGTL 018Deluxe edition; includes the previously-unreleased live album, Live at Fri-Son (1987)[9]
2021LPTWOGTL 081Double LP; includes the previously-unreleased Peel session from 1988[23]


  1. ^ Nash, Rob (30 November 2005). "The Young Gods: Sounds like heaven". The Independent. Archived from the original on 2022-05-07. Retrieved 2 September 2020.
  2. ^ a b Eddy, Chuck (1 April 2010). "Essential: Industrial Metal". Spin. Retrieved 2 September 2020.
  3. ^ a b c d e Aswad, Jem; Fasolino, Greg (2007). "Young Gods". Trouser Press. Retrieved April 19, 2016.
  4. ^ a b Stewart-Panko, Kevin (12 September 2019). "Everybody Should Know: An Interview with The Young Gods". Decibel. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  5. ^ de Roguin, Vincent, ed. (2017). The Young Gods: Documents 1985-2015. La Baconnière. p. 694. ISBN 9782940431540.
  6. ^ a b Jason, Ankeny (5 March 2009). "Interview: The Young Gods". Panagram Magazine. Retrieved 6 April 2020.
  7. ^ a b c Bousfield, Jonathan (2003). Buckley, Peter (ed.). The Rough Guide to Rock. Rough Guides. pp. 1208–1209. ISBN 9781843531050.
  8. ^ a b Zappa, François (21 March 2020). "Interview: The Young Gods". Retrieved 2 September 2020.
  9. ^ a b c "The Young Gods (Deluxe Edition), 2012". 13 January 2020. Retrieved 2 September 2020.
  10. ^ a b c d e Raggett, Ned. "The Young Gods: The Young Gods Review". AllMusic. Retrieved April 19, 2016.
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h Stubbs, David (22 May 2012). "25 Years On: The Young Gods' Debut Revisited". The Quietus. Retrieved 3 September 2020.
  12. ^ a b c Reynolds, Simon (20 June 1987). "The Young Gods - The Young Gods". Melody Maker.
  13. ^ "Interview: The Young Gods' Franz Treichler on 30 Years of Music". Red Bull Music Academy. 2015. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  14. ^ a b c d The Young Gods (booklet). The Young Gods. Zürich, Switzerland: Organik. 1987.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  15. ^ a b Christgau, Robert. "The Young Gods". Robert Retrieved April 19, 2016.
  16. ^ columnist (September 2002). "The Young Gods: The Young Gods". Q: 127.
  17. ^ a b Lazell, Barry (1997). Indie Hits 1980-1989. Cherry Red Books. Archived from the original on May 14, 2008. Retrieved April 19, 2016.
  18. ^ "The Vinyl Curtain - Melody Maker Best Albums of 1987". Melody Maker. 19 December 1987. p. 56.
  19. ^ "Albums of the Year (1987)". Sounds. December 1987.
  20. ^ "The Top 80 Albums from the '80s". Sounds. December 1989.
  21. ^ Kaufman, Spencer (19 July 2023). "10 Industrial Albums Ministry's Al Jourgensen Thinks Every Music Fan Should Own". Consequence. Retrieved 22 July 2023.
  22. ^ " – The Young Gods – The Young Gods". Hung Medien. Retrieved April 19, 2016.
  23. ^ "The Young Gods 1987 – Vinyl Reissue". 2 March 2021. Retrieved 12 April 2021.

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Veröffentlichungen von The Young Gods die im OTRS erhältlich sind/waren:

The Young Gods ¦ The Young Gods Play Kurt Weill ¦ The Young Gods Play Terry Riley In C ¦ 20th Anniversary Show: Montreux Jazz Festival ¦ Everybody Knows ¦ [PIAS] 40 the young gods

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The Young Gods (engl.: „Die jungen Götter“) ist eine Post-Industrial-Band aus der Schweiz, die 1985 in Freiburg gegründet wurde und derzeit aus Franz Treichler (Gesang), Cesare Pizzi (Sampler) und Bernard Trontin (Schlagzeug, vormals The Needles) besteht. Die Band wurde bei ihrer Namensgebung inspiriert durch den Song Young God der amerikanischen Band Swans.


2006 spielten die Young Gods vor allem in der Schweiz zwei Spezialprogramme: Unter dem Namen „Play Woodstock“ spielten sie zusammen mit der Sängerin Erika Stucky Songs aus dem Konzertfilm Woodstock nach und zeigten dazu Original-Bilder aus dem Film. Ausserdem spielten sie in „Unplugged“-Konzerten mit akustischen Gitarren sowie Schlagzeug und Melodica.

Die meisten bis 2007 erschienenen Alben und Everybody Knows aus 2010 wurden produziert vom Schweizer Roli Mosimann (The The, Faith No More, Marilyn Manson, New Order, Nerve).

Stil und Bedeutung

Die Musik besteht hauptsächlich aus Schlagzeug, Sampler und Gesang und zeitweilig auch Gitarre, wobei die Art der Musik von Album zu Album stark variiert. Auf dem Album Play Weill covert die Band Stücke von Kurt Weill aus der Dreigroschenoper und aus Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny, z. B. Seeräuberjenny und Alabama Song.

Innerhalb ihres Genres haben die Young Gods einen relativ grossen Bekanntheitsgrad erreicht. Sie werden z. B. von Mike Patton (Faith No More), Devin Townsend, Nine Inch Nails oder Ministry als prägender Einfluss bezeichnet.


Einige Musiker verfolgen auch Solo-Projekte: Franz Treichler komponierte unter anderem Musik zu Tanz-Stücken des Choreografen Gilles Jobin. Al Comet tritt solo mit Sitar auf und veröffentlichte mehrere Solo-Alben. Bernard Trontin arbeitet vor allem mit Jazzmusikern wie Pierre Favre. Er veröffentlichte unter dem Namen trontin-jones im November 2006 ein Album gemeinsam mit Simon Huw Jones, dem Sänger der englischen Band And Also the Trees.


JahrTitelHöchstplatzierung, Gesamtwochen, AuszeichnungChartsChartplatzierungen[1]
(Jahr, Titel, Plat­zie­rungen, Wo­chen, Aus­zeich­nungen, Anmer­kungen)
1987The Young GodsCH22
(2 Wo.)CH
1992T. V. SkyCH26
(6 Wo.)CH
1995Only HeavenCH11
(8 Wo.)CH
2000Second NatureCH59
(3 Wo.)CH
2007Super Ready / FragmentéCH21
(4 Wo.)CH
2008Knock on WoodCH21
(5 Wo.)CH
2010Everybody KnowsCH9
(5 Wo.)CH
2019Data Mirage TangramCH5
(7 Wo.)CH
2022The Young Gods Play Terry Riley in CCH30
(2 Wo.)CH

Weitere Alben

  • L’Eau rouge (1989)
  • Play Kurt Weill (1991)
  • Live Sky Tour (1993)
  • Heaven Deconstruction (1996)
  • Live Noumatrouff, 1997 (2001)
  • Music for Artificial Clouds (2003)
  • XXY (Best-of-Album, 2005)
  • Truce Diaries (2006)


  • Trontin-Jones: November (2006)
  • Al Comet: White Planet (2004)
  • Franz Treichler: Braindance (2001)


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