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    Unreleased (and acoustic) song of Nouvelle Vague, 25 years after Blur's planetary hit, performed by Melanie Pain and Olivier Libaux on guitar. The theme has not aged a bit.

    Various Artists

    Des Jeunes Gens Modernes Vol 3. - Post Punk, Cold Wave, Et Culture Novo En France (1978 - 1983)

    Through the 24 pieces, rare and unpublished, carefully selected for this double LP, Beatitude agnès b. Musique and Kwaidan Records offer a retro-futuristic sound journey through this musical period so rich, so diverse and so innovative. And, in order to properly celebrate the launch of this long-awaited volume 3, the 1st Des Young Gens Mödernes festival will be organized in November 2020 at La Station - Gare Des Mines, with an intergenerational line up highlighting the musical lineage and the influence that this cold wave scene continues to exert on many emerging artists.

    TRACK LISTING

    A1. Analoid - Sans Issue
    A2. Alena - Les Ailes De La Nuit
    A3. Abitbol & Desperiez - Substance M
    A4. Martin Dupont - Nice Boy
    A5. Warum Joe - Ralph Und Karl
    A6. Les Magistrats De Syracuse - Genese
    B1. Codek - Demo
    B2. Tintin Reporter - Chocs Emotionnels
    B3. Tokow Boys - Swinging-pool
    B4. X Ray Pop - L'Eurasienne
    B5. Elise Cabanes - Loup Garou
    B6. Les Stagiaires - Charles-Hubert
    C1. Les Anonymes - La Prochaine Crise
    C2. Opera De Nuit - Ami! Amant!
    C3. Takenoko - Lee Harver Oswald
    C4. Nini Raviolette - Je Te Nous
    C5. Megaherz - Manche Atlantique
    C6. Performance - Merveilles Attendues
    D1. Spleen Ideal - Encore Un Jour
    D2. Berlin 38 - Guerre Apres Guerre
    D3. Oto - Anyway
    D4. Jours Meilleurs - Petruchka
    D5. Raison Pure - Data Girl
    D6. Atom Cristal - Boulevard Circulaire

    Nouvelle Vague

    Version Francaise

      The 80s owed everything to the punk revolution ... and betrayed it time and again.

      ln 76-77, the incredible explosion of English-speaking bands focused the energies of a whole generation of Western youth - rebels ready to pick up a guitar and use it like a weapon. Yet more than punk music itself, it was the creative burst it triggered that radically shaped 80s pop and heralded an unending stream of inspired performers.

      Although we often speak of the British and American golden age of post-punk from 78 to 84, with artists that included Talking Heads, Joy Division, PIL and Devo, France (together with Switzerland and Belgium) joined the movement too. Today, on a new album, the group Nouvelle Vague have paid tribute to this sumptuous "Frenchy" period clothed in the nihilism of punk, along with bitterness fuelled by the economic crisis and, paradoxically, the bewitching spirit of pop.

      lts title, Couleurs sur Paris (Colours on Paris) is based on both a famous postcard collection and Oberkampf's 1981 punk anthem, and reflects the period, which oscillated between elation and despair. Written by artists sometimes known as "the modern young people" and including faux naïf electropop nursery rhymes by Elli & Jacno ("Anne cherchait l'amour", 1979), Lio ("Amoureux solitaires" , 1980) and Etienne Daho ("Week-end à Rome", 1984), along with Lili Drop ("Sur ma mob", 1979) and Taxi Girl ("Je suis déjà parti", 1986), the songs clearly express the hopes and disappointments of the day.

      The sense of melancholy suggested by the disenchanted lyrics of "Déréglée" - performed in 1977 by Marie-France, an icon of Paris nightlife - is even more noticeable on the 1981 hit by The Civils, who cynically sang, "Tonight, they're dying in Chad, but l'm buying my dream Walkman" before taking it to the chorus: "The economic crisis is fantastic, decadence is the right feel".

      The punk shockwave con also be felt in the music of bands who radically shaped French culture and song. Like Rouen, with Les Dogs ("Sandy, Sandy", 1982), every provincial town and city in France began to produce bands at the end of the 70s and the start of the 80s. Wunderbach's 1983 punk pamphlet "Oublions l'Amérique" was a foretaste of what is now called alternative punk, a genre that won acclaim in 1988 with Mano Negra's "Mala Vida". Indochine, French pop legends for the last thirty years, also encouraged the trend in the summer of 1983 with "L'aventurier", after a first single brimming with the spirit of rebellion, "Dizzidence Politik".

      Rita Mitsouko, the duo that emerged from the underground Parisian punk scene of the late 70s, rocketed to stardom in 1984 with "Marcia Baïla". Equally baroque, TC Matic - the first band fronted by Belgian singer Arno - released an ironic, political underground hit in 1983: "Putain, putain". Other artists fuelled a post-punk movement that explored the romanticism of machines and the darkness of new wave, including the cult, much-neglected duo from Nancy, Kas Product ("So Young but so Cold", 1982) and Switzerland's Stephan Eicher, whose "Two People ln A Room" (1985) followed on from "Eisbaer", a hit in a more underground style written with Grauzone in 1981. However, the genre's most influential practitioners were certainly Noir Désir. From their first single in 1987 ("Où veux-tu qu' je r'garde?"), they won mainstream success with their unique fusion of 80s gloom and power rock. Beyond from the meteoric success of Bordeaux's Gamine ("Voilà les anges", 1988) and the subversive spirit of Jad Wio ("Ophélie", 1989), French post-punk reached its climax with the success of Noir Désir, Rita Mitsouko, Stephan Eicher and Manu Chao, whose albums reigned supreme in the 90s French charts. From the underground scene to gold records: the eternal story of pop.

      TRACK LISTING

      A1. L'Aventurier (Featuring – Helena Noguerra, Louis-Ronan Choisy)
      A2. Putain Putain (Featuring – Camille)
      A3. Marcia Baïla (Featuring – Adrienne Pauly)
      A4. Sandy Sandy (Featuring – Soko)
      A5. Où Veux-tu Qu'je R'garde (feat. Emilie Loizeau)
      A6. Two People In A Room (Featuring – Cocoon)
      A7. Déréglée (Featuring – Mélanie Pain)
      A8. Oublions L'Amérique (Featuring – Nadeah Miranda)
      B1. Voilà Les Anges (Featuring – Cœur De Pirate)
      B2. Week-End A Rome (Featuring – Vanessa Paradis)
      B3. Mala Vida (Featuring – Olivia Ruiz)
      B4. Anne Cherchait L'Amour (Featuring – Julien Doré)
      B5. Ophélie (Featuring – Yelle)
      B6. Amoureux Solitaires (Featuring – Hugh Coltman)
      B7. So Young But So Cold (Featuring – Charlie Winston)
      B8. Je Suis Déjà Parti (Featuring – Coralie Clément)

      For the last fifteen years, Nouvelle Vague has been resuscitating, sometimes introducing, dozens of songs from the New Wave and Punk repertoires – some quite well known, others almost forgotten. But the story is far from over.  In response to the 2004 debut album, which became an instant classic, Marc Collin and Olivier Libaux experimented with various musical paths. Many songs are thus recorded. The songs that are relevant to each album's theme are released. But many covers would remain under wraps, while others, although ready for release, were relegated to the vaults. These previously unreleased recordings are featured on "Curiosities".


      TRACK LISTING

      CD
      1. Sweet Dreams
      2. My Girl
      3. Girl You Want
      4. Under The Flag
      5. Brass In Pocket
      6. I’m In Love With A German Film Star
      7. Don’t You Want Me
      8. Blank Generation
      9. Mirror In The Bathroom
      10. Sex Beat
      11. Ghost Rider
      12. Nowhere Girl

      LP
      A1. Sweet Dreams
      A2. My Girl
      A3. Girl You Want
      A4. Under The Flag
      A5. Brass In Pocket
      A6. I’m In Love With A German Film Star
      B1. Don’t You Want Me
      B2. Blank Generation
      B3. Mirror In The Bathroom
      B4. Sex Beat
      B5. Ghost Rider
      B6. Nowhere Girl

      Nouvelle Vague

      3

        3 is the third album by the French covers band Nouvelle Vague, initially released 16 June 2009. As with their previous release, the album consists entirely of cover versions, mostly of post-punk and new wave songs from the 1970s and 1980s. Four of the tracks are performed as duets, featuring the song's original vocalist performing alongside one of Nouvelle Vague's female singers.

        TRACK LISTING

        1. "Master And Servant" (feat. Martin Gore) (Depeche Mode)
        2. "Blister In The Sun" (Violent Femmes)
        3. "Road To Nowhere" (Talking Heads)
        4. "All My Colours" (feat. Ian McCulloch) (Echo & The Bunnymen)
        5. "The American" (Simple Minds)
        6. "Heaven" (The Psychedelic Furs)
        7. "Parade" (feat. Barry Adamson) (Magazine)
        8. "Metal" (Gary Numan)
        9. "Ça Plane Pour Moi" (Plastic Bertrand)
        10. "Our Lips Are Sealed" (feat. Terry Hall) (The Go-Go's / Fun Boy Three)
        11. "God Save The Queen" (Sex Pistols)
        12. "Say Hello, Wave Goodbye" (Soft Cell)
        13. "So Lonely" (The Police)
        14. "Not Knowing" (Minimal Compact)
        15. "Aussi Belle Qu'une Balle” (Taxi Girl)
        16. "Such A Shame" (Talk Talk)
        17. "Johnny And Mary" (feat. Ania) (Robert Palmer)

        Bossa Nova = Nouvelle Vague = New Wave.
        This transliteration was the starting point for Marc Collin and Olivier Libaux’s unique project, which, by appropriating the punk and post-punk cannon and running it through the Bossa Nova filter, reinvented the cover band genre, revealing new and brilliant talents along the way: Camille, Phoebe Killdeer (whose Fade Out Lines was remixed by The Avener,) Nadeah, Mélanie Pain, and, soon, Liset Alea.

        The gambit paid off, with sales of over one million records over four albums released between 2004 and 2010, and world tours that included stops at venues such as London’s Royal Albert Hall, L.A.’s Hollywood Bowl and Paris’ Olympia. Since 2011, Nouvelle Vague had stopped recording, focusing on an innovative live show created in collaboration with the mythical Jean-Charles de Castelbajac (Ceremony and Dawn of innocence,) and branching out into different projects: Olivier’s Uncovered Queen of the Stone Age, and Marc’s Bristol, along with his Kwaidan label. The time seems right to write a new chapter in the Nouvelle Vague saga: with a new album “I Could Be Happy” and live show, the band and its coterie of female vocalists continue their time travels with a renewed alegria.

        Nouvelle vague by Nouvelle Vague and Some Friends is thus more of a nexus of forthcoming projects: a new album comprised of punk and post punk standards imbued with the inimitable Nouvelle Vague touch, and, for the first time, a bevy of surprising Collin/Libaux which prove that the two producers are more than prodigious arrangers. This album is also the opportunity to gather again the pioneer singers of Nouvelle Vague: Élodie Frégé, Mélanie Pain, Liset Alea, Nadeah and to find other guests as Camille or Clara Luciani.


        STAFF COMMENTS

        says: A euphoric and heady mix of electronica, indie, downbeat and everything inbetween. Nouvelle vague have always been masters of constructing many disparate elements into a cohesive and bracing whole, and this is no exception. Brimming with groove, and filled with eminently satisfying melodic flourishes.

        TRACK LISTING

        1. Athol-Brose
        2. Love Comes In Spurts
        3. I Wanna Be Sedated
        4. I Could Be Happy
        5. All Cats Are Grey
        6. No One Is Receiving
        7. Maladroit
        8. Algo Familiar
        9. Loneliness
        10. La Pluie Et Le Beau Temps

        Nadeah

        While The Heart Beats....

        Produced by Rob Ellis ( PJ Harvey, Bat for Lashes, Anna Calvi) and Marc Collin (Nouvelle Vague)) 'While the Heart Beats...' is a departure from the 1930's musically styled ‘Venus Gets Even’ and touches on a more electro-funk vibe, reminiscent of her earlier guitar-based musical endeavours. It speaks about the human condition- heartbreak, hope, fear, addiction and celebrates all aspects of the human experience, good and bad.

        Why the title?

        “I was reading a George Elliot story and this was the stand out line.

        -While the heart beats, bruise it. It is your only opportunity-

        It touched me because sometimes you really do wonder what the point to pain is. This line reminded me that unless, along side your joys and successes, you experience failure, betrayal, disappointment and allow it transform you for the better, you have not really lived. Without the shadow feelings you don’t really know, experientially, the magnitude of life and the richness of all its guises . Maybe I am wrong. Maybe this is just bullshit pop psycho-babble. But it made me feel better about the fact that sometimes, life can be really tough. It reminded me that there is something incredibly valuable about these emotions which I had previously done everything within my power to avoid.”

        TRACK LISTING

        1. Met A Man
        2. One Way Lie
        3. Ordinary Colours
        4. Kansas
        5. Unknow
        6. Run
        7. Darling
        8. Get Out Of Your Head
        9. She Said
        10. RH Jam
        11. Pocketful Of Holes


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