French punk/wave from 1978/79 includes all the tracks from their 45, live stuff and demos.
The best-ever French '77 punk band, next to Metal Urbain. Killer
and cult and a true must-have. This is an official reissue, with a lot
of unissued tracks. "In a particularly raw moment captured on the disk
you are holding, the singer (whose name escapes me) shouts derisively at
the audience, 'Vivement que je sois vieux, tout sec et tout rugueux?"
(trans. 'I can't wait to be old, dried out and bumpy'). And indeed, it
required not only the passage of three decades, with their corresponding
toll on these two-bit heroes, but also the benevolent determination of JB Wizzz
and the utilization of space-age technology to transform crusty
cassettes, forgotten in a dusty corner, into something vaguely
listenable that resembles an album of the Olivensteins.
Obviously, this is not precisely the record that we dreamed of making in
1979. It certainly would not have contained bits of concerts. (But
finally, who knows?) However, the sonic dabbling that you will discover
on the demo of 'Euthanasie' and some rather strange tracks like 'Le
Spécialiste' are surely examples of what we wanted people to hear at the
time. All this will astonish you, proving that (yes, yes!) the
Olivensteins possessed unsuspected abilities, had a taste for
originality and could occasionally transcend being simple morons.
Naturally, certain compulsive freaks, itching for their nerdy thrills,
will complain that we have not unearthed other morsels from our
repertoire for this album. But even if certain 'songs' like 'Le
Doryphore,' 'Né Pour Dormir' or 'Pétain Darlan C'était Le Bon Temps'
(which takes direct aim at the stupid 'Nazi Chic' that was trendy at the
end of the '70s) are not found on this somewhat incoherent compilation,
it is only because no version exists that is even close to listenable.
If you don't manage to understand all the words, or if the wretched
singing bothers you, don't worry about it: fortunately, this is not an
album of syrupy French 'chansons!'" --Eric Tandy (singer)
This product was added to our catalog on Friday 25 February, 2011.