More great French music

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The new album by Patrick Bruel, Entre-deux, is quite great. He does old French songs (1920s-40s), many of them duets, but messes with them just a little, every time, makes them a little more modern and weird. Plus, Emmanuelle Beart sings on one of the songs and doesn't embarrass herself. Ace right there.

Matt C., Wednesday, 27 November 2002 22:46 (twenty years ago) link

Fave French music

Heldon (Richard Pinhas), Renaud Paravel (à la Gainsbourg), film music from Jacques Tati's movies, Miss Kitten and ...

Listen to (Radio Nova) if you want to get a feel for French and good int'l music.


Jan Geerinck, Wednesday, 27 November 2002 23:00 (twenty years ago) link

can i mention francois la roubaix here?

gareth (gareth), Thursday, 28 November 2002 00:41 (twenty years ago) link

A 3 CD longbox of Etienne Daho song has just been released. Quite instructive on his career. I guess you just need to add the live version of "Week End A Rome" he did with Sarah Cracknell (who thanslated the song into "He's On The Phone" with Saint Etienne) and the cover of Saint Etienne he did later in return (I think the title is "Les Passagers").

There also was a 3 CD longbox of FH released recently.

The new Alain Bashung CD's just out, it's supposed to be great and quite dark. I've been told the new Katerine album wasn't that interesting.

Other names to check :

Autour de Lucie (especially the first album)
Ginger Ale (sung in english, with a good cover of Siouxsie's "Happy House"

Coming in january :

Suburbia (great pop stuff in english, indie pop meets Pets Shop Boys dancefloor mood... secret cult stuff recorded in 1998, they finally get the album out and will tour)

I'll let you guys know when other artists come to my mind.

V., Thursday, 28 November 2002 11:17 (twenty years ago) link

Some names:
- Dominique A. (the beautiful Le Courage des Oiseaux 1992 started the new French scene)
- Françoiz Breut (ex-girl-friend of Dominique A., collaborates a lot with Tiersen)
- Yann Tiersen (Amélie soundtrack)
- Benjamin Biolay (new shooting star often compared to Gainsbourg)
- Bertrand Burgalat (pop crooner also compared to Gainsbourg)
- Louise Attaque (great indierock with occasional Americana touch)
- Tue-Loup (great slow sadcore)

alex in mainhattan (alex63), Thursday, 28 November 2002 11:36 (twenty years ago) link

Louise Attaque are in the French charts when they release a new album so probably they are not really indie.

alex in mainhattan (alex63), Thursday, 28 November 2002 11:47 (twenty years ago) link

Suburbia (great pop stuff in english, indie pop meets Pets Shop Boys dancefloor mood... secret cult stuff recorded in 1998, they finally get the album out and will tour)

do you know suburbia?
i might be putting it out in spain! there is also a thread you can check from a few weeks ago about Spring (the previous band of the singer in suburbia).

joan vich (joan vich), Thursday, 28 November 2002 11:48 (twenty years ago) link

one year passes...
revive, because i've just heard keren ann for the first time & i'm instantly a fan. she's playing lots of free shows in NYC over the next month, yet one more reason i'd rather be there than anywhere else..

zappi (joni), Monday, 7 June 2004 03:31 (eighteen years ago) link

eighteen years pass...

Three French playlists, admittedly more or less permutations of the same bands/artists, so not very broad in scope. It's all very obvious (and was probably compiled with the assistance of wine) but stuff I like.

Do suggest some tracks for Volume Quatre ...

djh, Thursday, 16 March 2023 07:35 (two months ago) link

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