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Françoise Hardy: One Girl Music Organisation!

Profile by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, April 1965

AT TWENTY-ONE, Francoise Hardy is undoubtedly the most attractive musical organisation in the world. She is her own accompanist, agent, manager and composer. For that ...

Françoise Hardy: Françoise Sweeps In

Report and Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, June 1965

FRANCOISE HARDY swept into London's Savoy Hotel in a red jacket, boots and bell-bottom trousers. It had been quite a day for the French star ...

Jacques Brel: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, November 1966

THE ALL-PERVADING perfume of Gauloises and an audience that went hysterical at the beginning, climax and end of each song reminded me of the atmosphere ...

Jane Birkin, Serge Gainsbourg: Deep Breathing: Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg (Fontana)

Review by uncredited writer, New Musical Express, September 1969

THE DEEP-BREATHING GIRL, Jane Birkin, gets the boys breathless with her panting contributions to the lovely tune and deep-voiced singing of Serge Gainsbourg in 'Je ...

Charles Aznavour: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by James Johnson, New Musical Express, October 1970

BROODING AZNAVOUR ...

Au Bonheur des Dames, The Frenchies, Jim Morrison, Magma, Nico: Last Drongo In Paris

Report by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, May 1974

FRANCOIS MITTERAND… GUY CHABAN DELMAS… GISCARD D'ESTAING… YOU WILL BE AS RELIEVED AS US TO LEARN THAT NONE OF THESE TURGID FRENCH DEMAGOGUES APPEAR IN ...

Les Variations: Cafe De Paris (Buddah)

Review by Robot A. Hull, Creem, June 1975

THE FRENCH ARE the coolest breed (that's a fact), even more cool than blacks or faggots. Rimbaud and Cocteau were no poopoos, fella. In fact, ...

Billy Swan, Eddy Mitchell, The Jordanaires: Eddy Mitchell/Billy Swan/The Jordanaires: Olympia, Paris

Report and Interview by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, June 1975

Vegas on 8 cheeseburgers a day...or a bitch-in with Nashville's men of steel in Gay Paree. Which would you prefer? ...

Plastic Bertrand: Ça Plane Pour Moi

Review by Steven X Rea, Waxpaper, August 1978

The Intricate, Tongue-Twisting Babble That Is Plastic Bertrand ...

Négresses Vertes, Les: Les Négresses Vertes: Famille Nombreuse (Circal All formats)

Review by Betty Page, New Musical Express, February 1992

NOW WE are all stars in the Euro firmament (at least, that's what Mick Hucknall tells us), perhaps it's time to reappraise our attitude towards ...

Daft Punk: What's Up? Daft Punk

Profile and Interview by Bethan Cole, i-D, December 1995

TWO THINGS you should know about Daft Punk. Firstly, they're not in the slightest bit stupid. Secondly, ostensibly, they've got nothing to do with 1977. ...

Daft Punk: Plastique Fantastique

Interview by David Stubbs, Melody Maker, March 1997

It's taken a while, but mainstream America is finally welcoming dance music with open aims. Now they're going crazy over the Chemicals and are poised ...

Apres Nous Le Deluge: The Nouvelle Vague Of Pop Francaise

Report and Interview by Rob Chapman, MOJO, July 1998

"THERE’S NOTHING HAPPENING in England right now. It’s like 1975. Deep Purple for me are like The Prodigy. Led Zeppelin are Chemical Brothers." Daniel Auxerre, ...

Air: Moon Safari

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Request, Spring 1998

MODULAR FRENCHMEN Nicolas Godin and Jean Benoit Dunckel need no reminding that French pop has always been a bit of a joke. With the brilliant ...

Phoenix

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Revolver, 2000

AIR'S ADORABLE Moon Safari proved if nothing else that the pop universe had become a less xenophobic place. Now comes the first album by Phoenix, ...

Air: 'If We Don't Surprise People Any More, Then We Will Die'

Interview by Chris Roberts, Uncut, June 2000

"THE FIRST time I was in LA," says Nicolas Godin, "I was in a very cool hotel. And in front of that hotel was a ...

Phoenix: United

Review by Tom Cox, Uncut, July 2000

THEY'RE FRENCH, they're pals with Air – and they sound like Steely Dan. ...

Phoenix

Profile and Interview by Paul Lester, Uncut, August 2000

SEVENTIES CALIFORNIA meets Y2K Paris. ...

Serge Gainsbourg: A Rake's Progress

Retrospective by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, January 2001

IF YOU WALK into the Montparnasse cemetery, the first thing you see is the enormous stone double bed where Charles Pigeon – the inventor of ...

Phoenix: Mean Fiddler 2, London

Live Review by Etienne Petit, Rock's Backpages, January 2001

WOULD LONDON BE rocking tonight to Phoenix if they weren’t French? I ask only as a fellow countryman of this very fine group. If Thomas ...

Air, Daft Punk: En Garde! Le Pop Nouveau Français, c’est Arrivé!

Profile by Etienne Petit, Rock's Backpages, March 2001

The late ’90s saw the flowering of a nouveau French techno-pop. Now Air, Daft Punk and friends are conquering the world. RBP’s Paris correspondent explains ...

Daft Punk: Romocops: Daft Punk: Discovery (Virgin)

Review by Stephen Dalton, New Musical Express, March 2001

FOUR YEARS after Homework redefined dance music, turned handbag house into High Art and landed every disco chancer in Paris a record deal, can Thomas ...

Air: 10,000 Hz Legend (Source/Virgin)

Review and Interview by Jim Irvin, MOJO, April 2001

Self-proclaimed "grown-up" album from French duo who created 1998’s million-selling retro-pop classic, Moon Safari, and inspired many imitators. ...

Daft Punk: Discovery

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, April 2001

Gods of "filter disco" finally issue follow-up to 1997'strailblazing Homework. ...

Air, Daft Punk: Daft Punk & Air: Disco Tech

Profile and Interview by David Stubbs, Uncut, July 2001

DAFT PUNK AND AIR ARE THE BEATLES AND STONES OF THE INTERNATIONAL DANCE SCENE. SO WHY IS THE FRENCH ESTABLISHMENT – SO PROUD OF ITS ...

Daft Punk: French Pop: A Long Way From Françoise Hardy To Daft Punk

Overview by Pete Paphides, Times, The, February 2003

IT IS no surprise that France has only just got around to its own equivalent of Top Of The Pops. In a country where philosophy ...

Johnny Hallyday: Vive Johnny

Profile and Interview by Robin Eggar, Times, The, March 2003

THERE IS something reassuringly dissolute about Johnny Hallyday. He may be 59, but he inhabits one of those undernourished frames, all angles and sharp edges, ...

Jane Birkin, Serge Gainsbourg: Creme Anglaise: Jane Birkin

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Vogue, May 2003

THE REMAINS of an English breakfast stand on a table, and several bags are strewn around the room – one of them a well-worn example ...

Carla Bruni: Quelqu'un m'a dit (V2)

Review by Charlie Gillett, Observer, The, 2004

MAYBE YOU KNOW her name. I didn't when I first played songs from this album several times on the radio last year,, until a ...

Phoenix: Alphabetical

Review by Dan Gennoe, dotmusic.co.uk, June 2004

WHEN FRENCH POP did the unthinkable and became cool, Phoenix found themselves on the ones to watch list. Disappointingly they never got off it. The ...

Métal Urbain: Vive Le Punk!

Retrospective by Kieron Tyler, MOJO, July 2004

Unearthed! The French punk bands that gave The Damned a run for their money. Kieron Tyler offers a belated "Salut!" ...

French Rock'n'roll: What – No Accordion?

Interview by David McKenna, Guardian, The, October 2004

CALL A COMPILATION Le Nouveau Rock'n'roll Français and, even now, you risk sparking associations with the figure most people take to represent the old French ...

Françoise Hardy: Melancholy Bébé: Françoise Hardy: Tant De Belles Choses

Review by Jude Rogers, Word, The, March 2005

Forty years on a new album reveals the mature mettle of the great Yé-Yé girl ...

Camille: Le Fil (Bout du Fil)

Review by Charlie Gillett, Observer Music Monthly, April 2005

AT THE TIME of receiving this record, I had never heard of Camille before, and knew only that she is French. The photo on the ...

Serge Gainsbourg: What A Drag

Comment by Nick Kent, Guardian, The, April 2006

THROUGHOUT MY CAREER as a music journalist, I've often found myself sharing the same orbit as some of the more maladjusted talents of the late ...

Carla Bruni: The Literary Ambitions Of A Model

Interview by Ken Scrudato, SOMA, February 2007

THERE WAS a t-shirt going around a few years ago which snottily declared of its wearers, I Hate Models. Of course, it said way less ...

Charlotte Gainsbourg: Initials C.G.

Interview by Ken Scrudato, SOMA, April 2007

NEW YORK'S hideously hypocritical smoking policy (in a city choking on exhaust fumes) was a particular nuisance that morning at the impossibly fabulous Carlyle Hotel, ...

Air: Pocket Symphony

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, June 2007

SO HIP THEY'RE passé, sexy geekboys Air continue to mine the seam of elegiac futurism wowed ten thousand ad executives back in '98. After the ...

Camille

Interview by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, March 2008

ON THE EVE of Nicolas Sarkozy's state visit to Britain, another French export is already launching her latest cross-channel charm offensive in London. ...

Jacques Brel: Jacques The Lad: Jacques Brel

Retrospective by Graeme Thomson, Guardian, The, February 2009

FIRST THINGS FIRST. Try to forget that Jacques Brel, the Belgian singer-songwriter, is indirectly responsible for Terry Jacks's 'Seasons in the Sun'. Forget also for ...

Phoenix: By the Time They Get to… Phoenix

Interview by Andrew Purcell, Guardian, The, October 2009

GROWING UP IN Versailles, an affluent suburb of Paris, the four boys who would eventually form Phoenix bonded over their love of American pop culture. ...

Air: Roundhouse, London

Live Review by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, February 2010

WHEN Air first appeared with their 1998 debut album, Moon Safari, the French duo seemed to define the musical zeitgeist. ...

Daft Punk's robots aren't the only ones rocking the multiplex

Report by Paul Lester, Guardian, The, December 2010

AT THE END of the trailer to forthcoming movie Somewhere, we are given just two pieces of information: 1) that the film was written and ...

Johnny Hallyday: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, October 2012

A MERE HALF century into his career, France's biggest rock star finally made his London live debut this week. After 110 million album sales, four ...

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