The Ideal Crash is the third full-length album by Belgian rock band dEUS, released in 1999. At this point in the band's history the group had underwent some significant changes. Band member Stef Kamil Carlens left to start his own band, Zita Swoon, while other group member Danny Mommens did the same and founded Vive la Fete.
Nevertheless it sold very well and produced hits such as: "Instant Street," "Sister Dew," and "The Ideal Crash." "Instant Street" even managed to become an underground hit in Europe.
- "Put the Freaks Up Front" (5:14)
- "Sister Dew" (5:35)
- "One Advice, Space" (5:46)
- "The Magic Hour" (5:23)
- "The Ideal Crash" (5:46)
- "Instant Street" (6:15)
- "Magdalena" (4:58)
- "Everybody's Weird" (4:51)
- "Let's See Who Goes Down First" (6:23)
- "Dream Sequence #1" (6:31)
Put the Tropes Up Front:
- Album Title Drop: "The Ideal Crash:"I'm drawing myself the ideal crashbut I know I won't believe me.There'll be a time you'll leave me.
- A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Read: "Let's See Who Goes Down First:"If I said what's on my mind, there'd be not a soul around.
- Call-Back: "One Advice, Space" has a line referring to "Fell Off the Floor, Man" from In a Bar, Under the Sea (1996):Watch me fall to the floor, but I'll go back for more.
- Dreaming of Things to Come and Dream Sequence: "Dream Sequence #1," inspired by the fact that Barman dreamt the chords.
- Epic Rocking: Virtually all tracks except for "Magdalena" and "Everybody's Weird" are longer than five minutes.
- Everything Is an Instrument: Pots and pans at the start of "Let's See Who Goes Down First."
- Freaky Is Cool: "Everybody's Weird:"Everybody's weirdEverybody's a weird guyEverybody's a weird guyEverybody's weird
- Long Title: "Let's See Who Goes Down First" and "Put the Freaks Up Front."
- The Masochism Tango: "Magdalena," about an on-and-off relationship:Now you're holding backAnd I'm holding onHeaven knows what you wantCause on a day like this I'd believe anythingI don't know where to begin
- Murder Ballad: "Sister Dew" is recorded from the viewpoint of a murderer. First he feels ashamed, then he tries to talk himself out of it and claims she deserved it, and in the end he loses his mind and thinks Satan is talking to him.
- New Sound Album: The band's music sounded different compared to their previous albums, not only because of a change in the line-up, but also because the sound was more smooth and poppy.
- One-Woman Song: "Sister Dew" and "Magdalena."
- Pep-Talk Song: "Instant Street:"'Cause you know it's not my style to be giving up now.And this pain in my side, I had enough.This time I go for Instant StreetThis life's a soulless excuse for all abuse and parenthesis.The flyspecked windows and the stinking lobbiesthey'll remain all the same, all the same.This time I go. This time I go...
- Real Life Writes the Plot: After several band members left the group front singer Tom Barman went through a breakdown. His depression led to the song "Let's See Who Goes Down First." "Magdalena" was inspired by his then girlfriend who had the same surname. Just like Barman sang she felt he drove too fast in his car:You drive too fastCan you please shut up?I call the policeif you don't stop
I will help you if I mustI will kill you if I can(...) I will kill you if I mustI will help you if I can
- "Put the Freaks Up Front" is a reference to George Lucas' advice to his editors during the filming of THX 1138, when he wanted a scene with freaks happening earlier in the film as opposed to later in the film.
- "Everybody's Weird" has a few lines from "Story of Isaac" by Leonard Cohen, from his album Songs from a Room: