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    Genre:Pop, Rock
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    Most Popular Songs (more)

    1Soudain, L'Été Dernier, Je Suppose lyrics
    2La Lettre De Métal lyrics
    3La Bûddha Affaire lyrics
    4Manifesto (Les Divisions De La Joie) lyrics
    5La Promesse lyrics
    6Glory Hole lyrics
    7Europane Ou Le Dernier Bal lyrics
    8Salomé lyrics
    9Drugstar lyrics
    10Le Pacte lyrics

    Most Popular Albums (more)

    Le Birthday Album 1981-1996 [2004]
    2Au Zénith [1986]
    33 [1985]
    4Black City Concerts
    57000 Danses [1987]
    6L'Aventurier [1982]
    7Le Baiser [1990]
    8Le Péril Jaune [1983]
    9Le Birthday Album 1981-1991 [1991]
    10Un Jour Dans Notre Vie [1993]


    Indochine's great adventure began in May 81. Dominique Nicolas, from a good family, as were his future colleagues, had discovered music somewhat late, after having been deeply involved in mechanical sports - i.e. motorcycles. It was on one of his frequent visits to Gibus, the famous Paris nightclub, that he discovered the world of the stage and amateur groups, when the punk era was nearing its end. He, too, began appearing with various groups, changing often, and playing just a guitar or a rhythm outfit. When he answered an advert for a guitarist, he met Nicola Sirkis. They were both just twenty, and they got together on a number of songs, among which was "l'Aventurier".

    To win over the record companies, they needed to give a stage appearance. For their first concert, they hurriedly hired Nicola's twin brother Stéphane, who took over the keyboards even though he was just a beginner. Similarly, the last member of the band, Dimitri Bodiansky, Nicola's friend, was just beginning the saxophone. This makeshift outfit formed the group Indochine at its first official concert on September 29 1981 at the Rose Bonbon, a memorable one since it was a triumph. The group offered simple, effective music, a cross between rock and cartoon music, which delighted the audience that was avid for novelty and new ideas.

    It was a few weeks later, on November 20, that the group signed its first contract with a recording label. In February 1982 the first single came out, "Dizzindence politik", which was a mild success. In April, Indochine performed in the first half of the Taxi Girl concerts. Taxi Girl was the big group of the moment. "l'Aventurier", a mini-album of six tracks, came out in September, and sold some 250,000 copies. The eponymous single went to the top of the hit parades in summer 83. This swinging, resolutely young music appealed to the masses.

    Now determined to take advantage of the opening they had carved for themselves, the four members of the group went back to work just after receiving the Bus d'Acier 83, a French critics' award for rock music.

    The group's name probably came from a few "oriental" sounding chords in their early days, but Indochine ended up taking its inspiration, at least in the lyrics, from what might be called the Eastern connection. The names in the second album, appropriately named "le Péril jaune" (Yellow peril), are witness to this: "la Sécheresse du Mékong"(Drought in the Mekong), "Okinawa", "Shanghai", etc. The two singles taken from this work, "Kao Bang" and "Miss Paramount" again set juvenile France dancing, developing into a cult of "indo-mania".

    [from RFI Musique]

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