Wednesday, 23 March 2011

L'Amour Electronique

[Verity @ L'Amour Electronique photographed by Sarah Booker]

Têtes up! Our next soirée is this weekend
Saturday 26 March
9pm - 3am
at The West Hill, 67 Buckingham Place, Brighton, BN1 3PQ

We will be spinning synthesized music, electro pop, French girls in the garage, French boys on acid, soft and hard electronica, arpeggiated disko, yé-yé, sounds from the Radiophonic Workshop, and so much more...

Entry is FREE/GRATIS/£0

Come join le FUN!

Last month we were pick of the week in the Guardian Guide, don't you know

setlist from 22 January 2011

Here's the setlist from L'Amour Electronique, 22nd January 2011
Japan – Quiet Life
Stereo Total – Relax Baby Be Cool
H.& G. Rapid Learning Systems: FRENCH – General Expressions: Salutations /
Add N To (X) – On The Wires of Our Nerves
Marie Laforêt (avec Gérard Klein) - Le Vin De L’été
Serge Gainsbourg – Ballade De Melody Nelson
Les Bel-Air – Ils Parlaient Dans Mon Dos
Nicoletta – Ça Devait Arriver
Jacqueline Taïeb – Bienvenue Au Pays
Broadcast – Message From Home
Galatasaray Lisesi – Zazie
Les Roche Martin – C'est Toi Qui A Gache Notre Vie
Philippe Clay – Dis Ma Femme
Sylvie Vartan – Ballade Pour Une Fugue
Franc Gall – Les Sucettes
Brigitte Bardot – Le Madrague
Grace Jones – La Vie En Rose
Stereo Total – Miss Rébellion Des Hormones
Electronicat – Frisco Bay
Sebastien Tellier – Sexual Sportswear
Yazoo – Nobody’s Diary
Jacques Dutronc – Ma Poule N’a Plus Que 29 Poulets
Michel Polnareff – Time Will Tell
Nino Ferrer – Les Hommes à Tout Faire
Stereolab – French Disko
Add N To (X) – Revenge of The Black Regent
Les Lolitas – Les Cactus
Françoise Hardy – Pourtant Tu M’aimes
Les Princesses – Oh! Dis Moi
Joe Gracy et Michel Paje – Les Danseuses à Go-Go
Les Problèmes – Dodecaphonie
Ronnie Bird – Elle M’attend
Anna Karina – Rollergirl
Dave Rogers – Theme from Cybernoid (ZX Spectrum 128k)
Herman’s Rocket – Space Woman
Leonie – Lilith
Air – Ghost Song
Coralie Clément – Vis à Vis
Deux – Game + Performance
Black Box Recorder – Andrew Ridgley
The Doll – Cinderella With a Husky Voice
Sparks – Get In The Swing
Jean-Michel Jarre – Oxygene (pt.4)
Future Bible Heroes – I’m A Vampire
The Associates – Those First Impressions (extended version)
Japan – Life In Tokyo
Andy Clark/KPM Music – Progress (Synthesis 2 LP)
Lio – Banana Split
Hot Butter – Popcorn
The Human League – The Things That Dreams Are Made Of
Cerrone – Supernature
Serge Gainsbourg – Ford Mustang
France Gall – N’Ecoutez Pas Les Idoles
Divine Comedy – Europop
M – Pop Muzik
Stereo Total – Supergirl
Jany L. – Le Restaurant Chinois
Trost – Sans Ta Scie
Phil Lynott & Midge Ure – Yellow Pearl
Add N To (X) – Hit For Cheese
Sparks – Beat The Clock
Virginie Rodin – Commando Spatial
Jerry Goldsmith - Love shop (Logan’s Run OST) /
Les Envahisseurs - 3é Génération
Brigitte Bardot – Harley Davidson
Corynne Charby – Pas Vu Pas Pris
Devo – S.I.B. (Swelling Itching Brain)
Giorgio Moroder – From Here To Eternity
Soft Cell – Chips On My Shoulder
Jacques Dutronc – Les Cactus
Les Georges Leningrad – Supa Doopa
Air – Radio No.1
Eurythmics – Love Is A Stranger
Quintron & Miss Pussycat – French-Quarter Faggot/God Of Thunder
France Gall – Cet Air La
Etienne Daho – Rendez-Vous à Vedra
Men Without Hats – Safety Dance
Françoise Hardy – Je Veux Qu’il Revienne
Jacques Dutronc – On Nous Cache Tout, On Nous Dit Rien
Nino Ferrer – Le Téléfon
Depeche Mode – Everything Counts
Ladytron – Black Plastic
Stereolab – Emperor Tomato Ketchup
Françoise Cactus – You Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory
Pierre Henry et Michel Legrand – Psyché Rock
Danyel Gérard – Sexologie
Katty Line – Un Petit Peu D’Amour
Jenny Rock – Mal
Brezel Göring (feat. Christiane. F) – Ich Bin So Süchtig
Ronnie Bird – Chante
OMD – Enola Gay
Serge Gainsbourg et Brigitte Bardot – Bonnie & Clyde
Sue Wilkinson – You’ve Got To Be A Hustler
Dandi Wind – Balloon Factory
Luke Haines – Off My Rocker at the Art School Bop
Bis – Action + Drama
The Human League – Rock ‘n’ Roll
Brigitte Bardot – Ça Pourrait Changer
Stereolab – Miss Modular
Sandie Shaw – Pourvu Que Ça Dure
Future Bible Heroes – Don’t You Want Me?
Jacques Dutronc – Le Responsable
Serge Gainsbourg – Shu Ba Du Ba Lu Ba
Dominique Walter – Les Petits Boudins
Tienou – Tu N'Peux Pas T'Empecher De Rire
Fabienne Delsol – Ce Jour La
Jocy – Les Dix Premieres
Ria Bartok – J’y Pense Tout Bas
Marc Almond – The House is Haunted
Orlane Paquin – Le Train de 10h03
Baby Birkin – Mélo Mélo
OMD – Electricity
Depeche Mode – New Life
Broadcast – The Book Lovers

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Liberty, Fraternity, Anarchy: Le Punk Français

Broadcast at the very un-punk time of 11.30am tomorrow morning (Thu 3 Mar), on the even less-punk Radio 4, Liberty, Fraternity, Anarchy: Le Punk Français is a 30 minute documentary uncovering the French contribution to the punk movement.

Synopsis from the Radio 4 website:
The recorded histories of punk concentrate on two places - the USA and England - and while it's true that much of the scene's most important activity took place there, one other key territory has been largely written out of the story - France. Andrew Hussey argues that without the French, punk would simply have been pub rock with shorter hair.

Many of the ideas, he shows, and much of the look of punk came from the French: Malcolm McLaren and Tony Wilson were hugely influenced by the Situationist movement in particular, and deliberately and explicitly trawled it for images and lyrics that were to become iconic punk expressions (the Sex Pistols record covers, lyrics such as 'Cheap holidays in other people's misery'...); the first festival of punk music took place at Mont de Marsan in 1976; the first Rough Trade release was from the Parisian band 'Metal Urbain'; the punk 'look' first embodied by Richard Hell was drawn straight from fin de siecle French poets, and the graffiti strewn clothing of The Clash comes straight from the 50s group les Lettrists.

As Hussey will show, not only did the French influence the international scene, it also contributed bands such as Stinky Toys, Marie et les Garcons and Starshooter, bands that often explored the potential of electronic music within the punk sound (an avenue unexplored by their US and UK equivalents) - anticipating the popularity of electronics over the course of the following years.

Hussey speaks with some of the key players in the French scene in the streets le punk francais took place to bring this forgotten moment in Gallic culture vividly to life.
There is also a preview of the programme on The Guardian website.

Liberty, Fraternity, Anarchy: Le Punk Français airs at 11.30am, Thursday 3rd March on BBC Radio 4
It will be available to listen again for one week after this on the iPlayer.

Gainsbourg remembered

20 years ago today Monsieur Gainsbourg stubbed his very last Gitane...

Serge we salute you.

Je travaille

Sorry for the lack of posts of late, I thought I was on a bit of a roll since the start of the year, but the last couple of weeks I've been too busy with an exhibition which starts this week.

My contribution is an archival artwork of approximately 1,966 individual post-it note "artworks" created whilst in boring desk-jobs over a 6-year period.  This is what it looks like.

More info about the exhibition: