Tuesday, 29 September 2009

Incoming cat news

*****************Incoming cat news********************
Our very good friends Katsen released their debut album "It Hertz!" this week on Thee Sheffield Phonographic Corporation - 12 tracks of sleek and bouncy electro-pop and nascent 8-bit hits.

Regular visitors to our L'Amour Electronique night will almost certainly have heard us play Katsen over the past few months, and followers of Miss Pain will know them for their purr-fectly formed, C64-driven re-make of Kiss Cuddle Torture.

Here's their charming video for my favourite: Let's Build A City! [which you can download for free here]

Another very good friend, and tamer-of-the-Miss-Pain-live-beast, Feline1 performs a special one-off, never-to-be-repeated live set this week:

Wednesday 30th September at the Prince of Wales, 47 Clarence Square, Brighton, BN1 2ED (you know, the one next to the dirty burger van by Churchill Square)
It is a Brighton Live event, so it's FREE ENTRY - Doors 8pm.

Expect bare-foot bass-pedal action and one man controlling more analogue synths than one man should be able to physically control by himself.

Here is Feline1 in action sometime in the past with the now defunct The Feline Dream:

Monday, 28 September 2009


Bon Anniversaire Brigitte Bardot: 75 today.

28 September 1934: God created Bardot

Serge penned this tribute to BB at the height of their steamy affair:

Friday, 25 September 2009

SETLIST from 22 August 2009

It seems we've gone over our bandwidth allowance again this month - apologies for that -everything should resume as normal on 1st October (If it happens again, I'll looking into an alternative space for hosting the mp3 files).

Last month's setlist is below, including one mp3 selected by each DJ for your listening pleasure.
See you Saturday...

Amadou & Mariam – Sabali
Jiji – La Fusée
Michel Polnareff – Voyages
Marie Laforêt (avec Gérard Klein) – Le Vin de L’été
Human League – Gordon’s Gin
Serge Gainsbourg – L’Hotel Particulier
Walter Carlos - Title music from A Clockwork Orange
Katsen – Let’s Build A City
Ladytron – Olivetti Jerk
Françoise Hardy – Et Même

Jacques Dutronc – Fais Pas Çi, Fais Pas Ça
Silver Apples – Oscillations
Depeche Mode – Shake The Disease
Human League – The Touchables
Eurythmics – Tous Le Garçons et Les Filles
Chris & Cosey - October Love Song
Kraftwerk – The Model
France Gall – Laisse Tomber les Filles
Françoise Hardy - Que Mal y a t’il à ça?
Serge Gainsbourg – Bonnie & Clyde

Monster Bobby – Heaven Hides Nothing
Smartypants – Knee Sox Girl
Blue Minkies – Pick Your Records Up
Peepholes – Trouble in Heartbreak High
George Pringle – LCD I Love You But You’re Breaking My Heart
Katsen – Play For Today
Stereo Total – Tas De Tôle
Chantal Goya – Oh Raconte Moi
Brigitte Bardot – Ciel de Lit
Christie Laume – Agathe Ou Christie
Françoise – Hum! Hum!
Serge Gainsbourg – Sous le Soleil Exactement

Karo – Un Garçon en Mini-Jupe
Virginie – Commando Spatial (Space Patrol)
Kraftwerk – Numbers
Stereo Total – Furore
Michèle et Ses Wouaps – Dam Dam
Stereolab - Freestyle Dumping
Telex – Ça Plane Pour Moi
Françoise Hardy – Pourtant Tu M’aimes
Clothilde – Le Chanson Bête et Méchant

C++ - Les Hasards
Michel Polnareff – Oiseau de Nuit
Divine Comedy – Europop
OMD – Messages
Magnetic Fields – I Can’t Touch You Anymore
Desireless – Voyage Voyage
Etienne Daho – Tombe Pour la France
Heavenly – Nous ne Sommes Pas des Anges
Stereolab – John Cage Bubblegum
The Clicks - Seconds

Add N to (X) – Brothel Charge
T.Raumschmiere ft. Miss Kittin – The Game Is Not Over
Dandi Wind – Balloon Factory
The Associates – Helicopter Helicopter
Devo – Working in a Coal Mine
Soft Cell – Chips on My Shoulder
Ria Bartok – Ecoute Mon Couer
Chantal Goya – Si Tu Gagnes Au Flipper
France Gall – Pense a Moi
Sylvie Vartan – Ballade Pour Une Fugue

Chantal Goya – Laisse Moi
Les Bel-Air – Ils Parlaient Dans Mon Dos
Normand Frechette et Les Hou-Lops – J’Etudie Mon Grec
Michel Polnareff – Dans La Maison Vide
Madeleine Pascal – Dieu N’est Pas Vieux
Jacques Brel – Les Filles et Les Chiens
Stereo Total – Johnny (for Les Paul RIP)
Jacques Dutronc – Les Gens Sont Fous, Les Temps Sont Flous
Bazooka – Dada Dodo (instrumental version)
Space – Magic Fly

The Knife – Heartbeats
Françoise Hardy – Comment Te Dire Adieu
Mareva Galanter – L’Hotesse de l’Air
Sandie Shaw – Pourvu que ça dure (Long live love)
C++ - Comme Dans Les Films
The Normal – Warm Leatherette
Mick Harvey – The Barrel of My 45
Jane Birkin – Raccrochez, C’est Une Horreur
Simon Bookish – Handsome Girls
Depeche Mode – The Meaning of Love
Serge Gainsbourg – Torrey Canyon

France Gall – Ne Sois Pas Si Bête
Sophie Makhno et Colin Verdier – Obsessions 68
Françoise Hardy – Le Temps de L’Amour
Serge Gainsbourg – La Javanaise
Chantal Goya – Il Court Les Filles
Bunty – Achana
Stereo Total – Miss Rebellion des Hormones
M – Pop Muzik
Human League – Only After Dark
Roxy Music – In Every Dream Home a Heartache

The Chap – Now Woel
Isabelle – Amstramgram
Chantal Goya – Tu M’as Trop Menti
Brezel Göring – Ich Bin So Süchtig
Emanuelle – Le Reel Facile
Divine – Native Love (Step By Step)

OMD – Electricity
Vanessa Paradis – Joe Le Taxi
Serge Gainsbourg – 69 Année Erotique
Jacques Dutronc – Les Cactus
Patrick Wolf – Vulture
Nick Kershaw – Dancing Girls

Tom Tom Club – Wordy Rapping Hood (12” mix)
Toni Basil – Be Stiff
Bat For Lashes – Pearl’sDream
Clor – Love + Pain
Dauerfisch – So Gut

John et Jehn – 20L07
Brigitte Bardot – Contact
Claude François – Eloise

Pet Shop Boys – Left To My Own Devices
Bronski Beat – Smalltown Boy

Sparks – Get In The Swing
Pulp – This Is Hardcore

mp3 selections
C++ - Comme Dans Le Films
Bunty - Achana
[buy Bunty direct from her myspace]
Chantal Goya – Tu M’as Trop Menti

Monday, 21 September 2009

L'Amour Electronique - this Saturday

Salut! Sorry the number of posts has fallen a bit on the wayside of late. Things are a little hectic and fraught and there's too much going on to sit down and do the necessary.

There is, however, another L'Amour Electronique to keep things swinging.

This Saturday 26 September
9pm - 3am
at The West Hill pub, 67 Buckingham Place, Brighton, BN1 3PQ

6 hours of the finest and strangest of synthesized sounds, electronic music and French pop.

Sarah and I will be joined by our good friend Nick 'ills, who is amassing a fine collection of ye-ye seven-inches as we speak.

It is FREE ENTRY and drinks and snacks will be available to buy from the genial bar-staff.

There will also be Eiffel Towers and Tricolore decor, comme ca:

see you there

ps. August setlist should be up by the end of the week

Saturday, 12 September 2009

a post about Les Beatles

There’s been a big hoo-har this week about the new Beatles box-set – They’ve cleaned up all the albums and taken out all the extraneous sounds and pops and clicks and bum notes (i.e. everything that gave the songs character and charm). The back catalogue is now sterilised and polished and made far too shiny and new for the digital generation. In about 10 years time they will probably add noise and vinyl hiss to all the master tapes so that they can re-package them again and sell them to everyone who already has them, claiming that they now have all the analogue warmth of the original reel-to-reel tapes just as they were first heard in Abbey Road studio 1.

Did you know that back in the times of Les Beatle-mania, Liz Brady entertained The Fab Four? She flirted with them and they played along, she taught them some cute chat-up lines en Français and they dutifully bleated them back: a quartet of mop-topped Mersey-beat parrots. Ringo thumped out a beat on the table and a Pastis-fuelled sing-along was recorded. The boys had picked up a few tips to woo all those sweet mademoiselles they would meet as they toured around the French provinces. And Liz had a baudy little call-and-response number for her next single. They bid her adieu and trooped off in their Beatle-boots. She never saw them again.

In the cold light of day, it would appear Mlle Brady was duped by a gang of faux-Scouse chancers. Those comical accents are more Marx Brothers than Mersey Beat, and the hooky John Lennon just had to get the last word in “Soww Lanng Leeeez!”

Liz Brady – Un Garçon Dit a Une Fille
[this was re-released on Girls In The Garage Volume 10 - Groovy Gallic Gals!]

Pssst! Don’t tell Paul, but Françoise Cactus loves Ringo, Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! It’s understandable, Françoise plays the drums. Ringo plays the drums too. Françoise thinks they could connect over rhythm methods. Just don’t tell Paul, he says Ringo’s not even the best drummer in The Beatles.

Stereo Total – Ringo, I Love You

Pssssssst! Definitely don’t tell Paul, Françoise loves Yoko too.

Stereo Total – I Love You, Ono
[buy Stereo Total: iTunes | Risi-Bisi Popshop]