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Friday, June 30, 2006

A Second Wave Of Nouvelle Vague

In today's Guardian, Nouvelle Vague producer Marc Collin discusses the band's history, reaction to their bossa nova style covers of 80s-era songs, his taste in music, and future plans.

The group (whose name means "New Wave") first gained attention when their songs were used in advertisements and then on soundtracks. Their debut album was released two years ago; their second, Bande A Part is out on Tuesday in the UK, in August in the US. According to the Guardian it includes some Jamaican and Cuban styles. Billy Idol's "Dancing With Myself", Buzzcocks' "Ever Fallen In Love", New Order's "Blue Monday", and Yaz's "Don't Go" are among the songs covered.

Collin, who is French, says the French were the most resistant to the group. Members of the Clash, the Cure, Depeche Mode, and the Specials have praised covers of their songs; Collin hasn't heard any negative feedback from bands. During one concert, Tuxedomoon's singer asked to duet with Nouvelle Vague on "In a Manner of Speaking".

Count on a third album, but not necessarily a fourth. Collin does not like listening to modern alternative bands (the Killers, Franz Ferdinand, et al), regardless of whether he thinks the music is "good". He'd just rather listen to the older music he loves. He rules out covering 90s music... at least with Nouvelle Vague...

Nouvelle Vague Tour Dates (more to be announced):

July 10-12 - Picadilly Circus, London (Residency at The Pigalle Club, advance tickets £16)

July 22 - Milan (Flippaut Festival)

August 5 - London (Fruitstock)

August 6 - Herefordshire (The Big Chill festival)

August 12 - Leicester (Summersundae)

August 13 - London (Jazz Cafe Picnic)

August 17 - Belgium (Pukkelpop Festival)

August 19 - Hague, NL (Pure Jazz Festival)

August 20 - Cambridge (Sercret Garden)

August 25 - Jugendpark, Cologne, Germany ("Monsters Of Spex" Open Air)

August 26 - Reading (Reading Festival)

August 27 - Leeds (Leeds festival)

Getechno recently posted "Ta Douleur" (Your Pain) and two videos by Camille Dalmais, one of the singers on Nouvelle Vague's first album. She's no longer with the group, but has released a solo album Le Fil (The String) under the name "Camille".

Nouvelle Vague - Just Can't Get Enough (available on Nouvelle Vague)


Blogger xolondon said...

love their version of "Let Me Go"

7:47 PM  
Blogger Pete2ndBest said...

Their cover of XTC's Making Plans For Nigel is just great!

1:05 AM  

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