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nice sounds, but a little derivative/standard for me...
that's why I said 'nice'.
Perfect for the morning !
sing in english...
They're good surely.
that's almost as wrong as Mika thinking its a good idea to get his bollocks out
in the 60s or 70s, french music sung in french was great.
Since then the number of good singer/bands singing in french has progessively decreased.
I can't think of any important french singing artist in the 00s !
aah yes...I'm such a sixties nerd I forgot we were talking about today.
EVERYTHING i love french and sixties is in french.
tried to copy english/american music and lost his soul...
boo! You should start a campaign for French bands to rediscover their inner, contrary frenchman.
but why are there so few French 'rock' bands that are known outside France? You'd think with population size, proximity to the UK etc. they'd be at least a few, but I can barely think of any. Are the French just too refined to be in sweaty rock bands...
1. radios are forced to lay a certain ratio of music sung in french. So bands singing in english were rarely signed as they wouldn't get much radio airplays. Bands like Air, Daft Punk, Tahiti 80, M 83, Cyann & Ben are all significantly smaller in France.
2. learning of english has always been bad in France, meaning it has often been unnatural for french artists.
3. with few/none 'big' indie label, there's no possibility for a french artist not on a major ( which signed only shit because of 1. ) to be known enough to play outside of France. We need some Chemikal, Secretly Canadian, Kranky...
4. for a long time, young french people had few access of good indie rock. Bands like Pavement, Undertones, Wire, Buzzcocks, Dinosaur Jr, Shellac and so many others were only known of a few selected 'indie elite'. That is fast changing with internet !
It's a question I've wondered for a while - the fact that most French music was kind of 'tasteful' stuff like Air or various DJ's and MC's - I don't think I've ever heard, say, a French Metal band. Even the idea of one seems strange, even though you get bands from all around the world singing in their native tongue.
Do you think also, maybe the 'sound' of the French spoken language lends itself more to laid back sounds than being bellowed over a distorted guitar - in the same way guttural German might sound a bit weird over some minimal hip hop, but sounds ok over industrial noise?
Will be interesting to see if the internet does eventually bring more French bands to international attention like you say
Most of them sing in english as far as I know.
Wasn't the case of the punk bands of the 80s