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Various Bippp: French Synth Wave 1979/85

Maybe, just maybe, the Francophilia surrounding Daft Punk and Justice will draw more kids to the ghosts of French rock’s past. Here’s a good gateway drug: Bippp documents a dozen bands that absorbed the wiles of Devo, Human League, and The Buzzcocks. The key elements are rhythms that wear pants a few sizes too small and snarky vocals that ta-WEAK up VOW-els. Act’s grooves take The Stooges’ frenetic energy to a ping-pong match and TGV’s Casio synth-pop is a soundtrack for middle-school science fairs. And then you have Mary Moor robotically telling the world “it’s a pretty day to die,” and Casino Music’s catty, spy-flick funk. Genuine Gallic weirdness.

1 comments Bippp: French Synth Wave 1979/85

Jared M. Thiele (not verified) Wrote

Thu, 03/20/2008 - 16:43

I'm ready to take this music out of it's historical context for a moment, and make claim that this is not that weird.
In this world where sounds don't always have scenes, the music on this compilation ranks with the best electronic or pop singles being released today, but when I consider this stuff came around around the time I was born, it blows my hipster-fucking mind.

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