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Old 02-28-2005, 11:16 AM   #1
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I was listening today to Protège Moi by Placebo, a song that I really like and I thought that it would be interesting to know any French pop-rock groups (you know, it's a good way to improve my French).

I don't really know of any French artists. Well, I listen to Air (they are French, aren't they?) but the lyrics are written on English, so it doesn't count. I have also listened a bit of Michel Polnareff, Manu Chao or Edith Piaff but I want some rock

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I really dig Francis Cabrel--check out "Samedi Soir Sur La Terre." He's folky, and I think his lyrics are beautiful. The first cut on that album is called "La Corrida" (yes that's Spanish but the song is in French) and it's about a bullfight....
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While it isn't rock (and he isn't French either, but Belgian), you should definately check out Jacques Brel.
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They sort of mix a whole lot of genres together! I picked up their album "Essence Ordinaire" a few years ago while I was in France because the song "Tomber la chemise" was one of my friends' favorites
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Brel is good stuff. If you dig guys like Scott Walker, go listen to Brel.

The sixties garage-pop is also pretty damn fun. I highly recommend Francoise Hardy and Jacques Dutronc especially.

Anyway, if you want to rock out, check out Noir Desir.
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oh, also check out Metal Urbain, they're kinda post-punky and really awesome.
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Noir Desir--isn't the lead singer in jail for beating his girlfriend to death?

I was going to recommend Phoenix, another French band, but they sing all their lyrics in English too. If you're looking for a phenomenal pop band, they are among the best.

Oddly enough, they used to be Air's live touring band.

Oh, and how come no one's mentioned Serge Gainsbourg? The French Frank Sinatra! Guy's amazing! Bonnie and Clyde and that other song where Brigitte Bardot sounds like she's having an orgasm...

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Air would be the only french group I know *shrugs shoulders*
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Manu Chao rules.

And you might want to check out NOFX's cover of "Aux Champs Elysées".
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