Saturday, 31 October 2009

French Punk: Introduction

Punk in France starts as a hipster joke, more or less.

In France, there are no bands, nothing musical (stop with the Yé-yé- it's mostly worthless horrible easy listening- in comparison Cliff Richard is good. And Magma sucks).

Nothing but rock-critics. Lots of them, actually. And like every rock-critic in the world, their only aim is to be more hipster than you.

It starts like this: Imagine a bunch of semi-writers on Quaaludes in a contest to be the new Huysmans, dreaming of Between The Buttons, dressing in fur coats and sun glasses, reading about mods (or better, used to be mods before mods, and hippies before hippies), idolizing The Velvet Underground and Nico and discovering The New York Dolls. It starts like that.

(Remember that and you will understand)

From that, their brains start to melt and mix Andy Warhol, David Bowie, black leather, heroin, NYC and writing. Quickly they discover the word PUNK and its use in the New-York underground, and spray it all around their articles... (actually all these guys -Patrick Eudeline, Philippe Garnier, Yves Adrien, Alain Pacadis and some others- wrote books about it and they all worth reading. Well actually, avoid Patrick Eudeline- he's got some writing skill but it's mostly conservative meaningless wanking. I mean, the others are also really wank-writing -think "fin de siecle" and "decadent"- but at least they try to say something.)

And because they didn't have so much to write about (between their review of the last trendy club they went to and their review of the underground cinema festival, organized by a friend), they started to write. In an incredibly beautiful & dandy posture, they started to write about music. Bands. Gigs.

(Yes they were rock-critics before that).

The thing was, in France, by this time, you didn't have that many bands that weren't in the sub-Pink Floyd/Magma/RIO/prog-folk. So they start to write about a few bands, all of them more or less revivalists (from Gene Vincent copyists to Pete Townsend copyists). Spraying in their article of splits of journal, of "OUR TIME IS UP" (in English and caps) and other "Dressed in Black Leather, somewhere between Scorpio Rising and Heinrich Himmler, he's taking his guitar like a mighty phallic machine gun...", they wrote about bands during one year before they got bored and started to go to disco clubs, dreaming about screwing Donna under Neon Lights.

So, the thing you have to keep in mind when you're talking punk in France, is, there were actually 2 scenes,both quite different: the first one, from 76 to 79, was actually a huge mix of different influences, and whatever the band did, they were punk.

You had a full range of music: from (terrible) bluesy ballads influenced bands (the really bad Asphalt Jungle of this horrible writer, Patrick Eudeline) to Novö post-punk Young American influenced (the amazing Electric Callas), and from the quite fine "girls-band & mods fantasies" made by upper middle class kids (Marie et les Garçons, Stinky Toys) to the kitschy Kraftwerk, and cute (Jacno, leader and guitarist of the Stinky Toys going solo with a VCS 3).

After punk became a common thing in England (so from 79 to 84), France started to get real punk bands. And real industrial bands. And real post-punk bands. And real new wave bands. And honestly, they were much better.

OK, two of them were much better. But all of the others were totally decent (apart from the new wave/synth-pop ones, but, I guess you expect that).

The really funny thing about that is, in France, not a lot of people really respect and like that second wave. Often seen as terrible, certainly by analogy with the English second wave of punk. But let's be serious, I'm not living in France any more, I can say it loud: most of the first wave stinks of the deadly self-conscious hipster and the pretentious arty trendy shit.

The point is most French rock people (especially rock-critics and the indie community) commonly despise bands such as Bérurier Noir, Lucrate Milk and others. And they're wrong.


Tuesday, 27 October 2009


We're not dead yet. Actually we're pretty much alive and working on the next issue of WIAL.

And for going with the amazing interview of Amelia Fletcher that Diana did, we were about to offer you the new digital and free single of Tender Trap. But, because I'm quite shity about upload and HTML code, you will have to get it yourself on the Fortuna Pop website.

(That's not a ramdom image I found on Google with Fireworks as key-word, that's the actual cover )

The first one, Fireworks, remind me a lot of The Aisler Set, wich is actually fair, considering that Aisler Set actually rip-off every band of Amelia Fletcher.

And, because Aisler Set is a good band, Tender Trap doing Aisler Set it's sounding like a Heavently spring pop song with some optimistic "Pap-pap-pap-pap-lalala" on the chorus in a 50's fashion with a big distored bassline. That's cute and touching.

I have to say I actually prefer the B-side (that's sound weird b-side for a digital single, isn't?), Grand National: it's more or less the same song with quiet-est backing vocal and the best rhythm in the galaxy: the famous Be My Baby/Just Like Honey "drum + tambourine", which give a good mod feeling to the song. And you can almost dance to it.

So anyway, go and download it:


Tuesday, 13 October 2009


Dear everyone,

I just wanna inform you that "Working in a legend" now have a paypal account. For more information and/or if you fancy to get a copy of issue nr 1, please send us an email at;


Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Glasgow school

Dear people of the world,

let me update you (since we're really bad to write for the moment);

the fanzine is in progress, even if we're lazy with the blog. I don't want to tell you all about it already now, but I think it will be totally smashing! On the way I have been in contact with some really nice and cute people, which I will thank later on when we finally having the next issue in our hands.

We're as well trying to organize things a bit better for the next issue, like opening a paypal account so you, who is interested actually can send us some money (only 2 pounds) and get a copy in return and do some more promotions. Hopefully we can sell some more copies at Mono here in Glasgow. But just to let you know, we probably still gonna be quite small, we don't have any plans to be the next evil emperor like in Star Wars. I basically just write this 'cause I'm excited about it and 'cause I love old school fanzines.

As well, Glasgow is like the best city ever and we have already been seeing some heroes like The Pastels, Edwyn Collins and Stuart Murdoch dancing to the music of Orange Juice. I guess we just have to do an 'Glasgow school'-issue next!


ps. Sorry about the pictures in the last post, of some reason I can't turn them right...
ps 2. keep an eye on the blog, soon we'll present some exciting articles by Ym.