After concerts with Tad, Alice Donut and Victims Family, Junkfish was increasingly profiling itself as Belgium's most idiosyncratic group.
Their music is a fusion of Fugazi's hardcore and Meat Beat Manifesto's punk rap house. Judiciously, infectious, psychotic guitar riffs are combined with driven rhythms and wry, commanding vocals.
Hysterical samples and synthesizer parts round off the whole, driven by critical - but always with an underlying sarcasm - lyrics.
Their first release - in a non-obvious production by Jo Bogaert - fully emphasizes the individuality of Junkfish: energy, intensity and honesty.
Avant-core or rock'n'garde?
Or the drive of Priester Daens linked to the Street Credibility of Louis Paul Boon.
Junkfish rose from the ashes of Mensen Blaffen in 1988.
Jan Van den Brande on guitar
Mario Segers with synth and sampler
Steven Lorie drums
Initially there was a collaboration with Fred Angst (guitar) and Elvis Peeters (vocals) of Aroma di Amore, but that fizzled out.
Elvis Peeters did play during a number of concerts. There are no recordings of this line-up.
Etienne Schockaert on bass,
and only later the voice of Peter Schelck (in 1989) joined the three original members.