Soleil Hi-Fi

La brune et moi
23 February 2006, 1:06 am
Filed under: French Music,Punk and New Wave

I just now put up this little site and a tiny trailer of the French punk rock movie that I am distributing. It is a very rare film from 1979 and features all sorts of bands that you never heard of. Check it out:

It’s only in Quicktime right now. More formats to follow as soon as I figure it out. Contact me if you are interested in screening it in your town!

Je suis content, finally.
14 February 2006, 10:17 pm
Filed under: 60s French Pop,French Music

This is one of my favorite Dutronc tunes released in 1968. Great tune and from what I understand about the lyrics, great lyrics. The chorus goes something like “I am happy that it hasn’t happened to me yet” while he talks about having 12 kids and loosing ones teeth. Which on a quick observation and off the cuff would seem to epitomize the youth revolution.

But the reason that I am posting this is really because this version comes directly from the EP. It’s different than the one on my Dutronc CD box set. Listen in the background to the fuzz guitar grinding away incessantly. You don’t hear it that prominantly on the CD versions. Now I haven’t heard the Cactus collection, and Christian Eudeline told me that they went back and listened to the original EPs when they remastered it, so hopefully the version on that comp will correct the wrong. Or hopefully I will have the scoop.

Je suis content – Jacno Dutronc

14 February 2006, 9:06 pm
Filed under: 60s French Pop,French Music

Blow-Up Doll has a Clothilde MP3 for y’all. I volunteered to post some album art. So voila.
Here are the liner notes from Swinging Mademoiselle Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 on Clothilde:

Vol 1.
Here comes, without a doubt, my favorite French Female singer of the Swinging 60s! Of course, lets not forget the producer, Mr. Germinal Tenas. Germinal worked with Antoine et les Problemes and he later formed his own band, Chorus Reverendus. He enjoyed mixing traditional pop sounds with weird instruments like French Horn (check out “La queue du chat” on “Ills sont fous ces Gaulois” vol 2.) The result was a strange and splendid baroque pop and every one of the eight song Clothilde and Germinal did together are musts! Clothilde used to say that she was more into painting than music. I’m so frustrated she only had those 2 EPs. I want some more!

Vol 2.
Sasha could not do another volume without including another song from his fave babe. This is another example of Germinal Tenas’ genius when it comes to studio work. He’s the one who brought Clothilde in front of the microphones, because he thought she was the ideal performer for the material he had in mind. She was 19 & more interested in drawing than singing. She was specially scared by the idea of having to sing in front of an audience. We don’t know if it’s true but we heard that she killed herself in the early 709s after her husband left the family home? Sad indeed.

Another site mentioned that Germinal Tenas was actually film producer Christian Fechner but that information is wrong. Even though her music is post 1966, people call her ye-ye and if you use that as a general term, so be it. But Clothilde goes beyond the music of Sheila or Sylvie.

These covers are at 1/3 their size down below so download them to get the full size.

Plastic Bertrand
11 February 2006, 7:51 pm
Filed under: French Music,Punk and New Wave

I was going to write a bit on P.B. but found two sites that have already handled the task and includes downloads to other versions of the song.

This site has a good quote from Joe Strummer that I can going to print and put on my wall:

I don’t like saying, “You’re a punk and you’re not.”

There was a record out there called “Ca Plane pour Moi” by Plastic Bertrand, right? And I guarantee you if I had to play it for you right now you’d go, “Right! That is rockin!”

Now, if you were to say to any sort of purist punk, “This is a good punk record,” they’d get completely enraged. But Plastic Bertrand, whoever he was, compressed into that three minutes a bloody good record that will get any comatose person toe-tapping, you know what I mean?

By purist rules, it’s not allowed to even mention Plastic Bertrand. Yet, this record was probably a lot better than a lot of so-called punk records.

Joe Strummer, The Clash

There are some downloads to some of the other cuts on the Plastic Bertrand album. And this site:

has several different versions of the songs and some clues to other ones in the comments section.

Here is another Belgian version by electronic pioneers Telex.

Telex – Ca plane pour moi