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Thread #22935   Message #253075
Posted By: GUEST,Astorkhan
06-Jul-00 - 06:02 PM
Thread Name: is there a Doc Watson's fan club
Subject: RE: is there a Doc Watson's fan club
I might beof some help. Aznavour and Brel are a good start but I would recommend the following: - Georges Brassens, "incontournable" poet a mean musician as his music sounds deceptively simple and is hell to play properly. His poems sound like the old (very auld) time poetry of the XIVth and XVth century. - Leo Ferre, the same as above, but who was involved in the 1968 revolution as soon as 1959. The anarchist in all its splendor; He dared translate Aragon and sing the result in French with great success. - Serge Gainsbourg, "un dur de dur", who dared sing the Marseillaise as a Reggae as soon as 1984. He even invented Rap in some of his 1980's works. - Marie Laforet, who tried in the late 60's to be a french version of Joan Baez. It did not work very well as it sounded like a bad scratchy version of Mariane Faithful. - Dare I say Nana Mouskouri, but i do not know of any language that she did not try... - In the folk and skiffle (or what's it) style, you should listen to Hugues Aufray. He pillaged the south american folk tradition and added north american tradition french words to it, but that's his worst work. He did a fantastic french version of Dylan's work though. He is still around and sings just as loudly as usual. - My preferred landmarks are certainly the late Malicorne work. They dared revamp french traditionnal songs and dances into rock n roll or acid rock and that as early as the late 70's. Very much in the lines of Steeleye Span. Their work is available again in the CD format. - In the same period, a group by the name of "La Bamboche" did a very good work at re arranging traditionnal music but sticking to the acoustic approach.

Today's tendencies are represented by gabriel Yacoub, who tours England once in a blue moon and goes to americay when the winds blow in the right direction...He was the heart of malicorne and remembers it at times. Alain Souchon does a good job. Francis Cabrel, Veronique Sanson, late Michel Berger, Capdeviel, Laurent Voulzy, Les Rita Mitsouko, Fatal Mambo, Gnawa, and if you are into hard stuff, M.C. Solar, the best of the french rappe(u)rs and "Nique Ta Mere" but that's a bit far fetched and violent...

That's it for tonight. See you on that thread later.