A while back I was in the car and heard an NPR interview of one of the co-founders of the French band, Nouvelle Vague. Here’s the band’s website. What are they all about?
Led by producer/arrangers Marc Collin and Olivier Libaux and sung by a revolving cast of chanteuses, the group’s first two albums, Nouvelle Vague (2004) and Bande A Part (2006) have sold well over half-a-million copies. Not wishing to tinker with this winning formula, but evolving all the same, NV3 picks up where Bande A Part left off, and this time they’re joined by some famous names.
On their debut, Nouvelle Vague took cherished tracks from the late 1970s and early 1980s by acts such as Joy Division, The Clash, The Cure, Depeche Mode and the Dead Kennedys and reworked them in a gentle bossa nova style. Sung by French female vocalists, some of whom had never heard the originals before, these cult hits had new life breathed into them, and their meanings became softly subverted. In French, Nouvelle Vague means “new wave”, and “bossa nova” in Portuguese. Even the records’ sleeves wittily referenced the artwork for Jean Luc Godard’s early-’60s new-wave films.
“The original concept of Nouvelle Vague was to use young girl singers who don’t know the meaning of punk and post-punk music,” says Marc Collin, in whose Paris studio the records are made. “That way, they are bringing something new and totally fresh to the songs, and it really worked. So we kept doing it in this direction.”
OK, let’s have a listen, shall we? Here’s the only YouTube video of an actual live performance I could find, Joy Division’s Love Will Tear Us Apart.
How about Vanessa Paradis’ LaLaLa? This one isn’t on any of their three albums (I have all three) but is available at iTunes. It also features Julie Delpy.
And I really adore this one, set in near perfect rhythm to a clip from the 1964 Jean-Luc Godard film, Bande à part. Lords of the New Church’s Dance With Me.
So there you have it, just more of my eclectic musical tastes. Hope it floats your boat.