School assignment help: French popular music

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by SoComSurfing, Oct 20, 2005.

  1. SoComSurfing

    SoComSurfing Mercedes Benz Superdome. S 127. R 22. S 12-13.

    Feb 15, 2002
    Mobile, Al
    I have to deliver a 15 minute presentation in my French 301 class, and think I may want to go with French popular music and musicians. Of course, I could include other francophones as well, so maybe some from Montreal or some Swiss could make it in the presentation.
    Here's where I need TB's help: who do you recommend highlighting, and why?
    I of course will look into some of the obvious bass players, Carbonne, DiPiazza, Caron, but don't know much of French musicians outside of these.
  2. Kelly Coyle

    Kelly Coyle Supporting Member

    Nov 16, 2004
    Mankato, MN
  3. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    Daft Punk are french, and they are popular. So is Air.
  4. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    Check out:

    Georges Brassens
    Georges Moustaki
    Edith Piaf
    Charles Aznavour

    The only french rock band I know it Telephone, but I know they're pretty popular.
  5. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Terrific Twister

    Apr 12, 2001
    Lacey, WA
    What about Jordy? He was a rapper from the 80's.

  6. Syeknom


    Oct 17, 2004
    Leuven, Belgium

    One of the most important french groups, ever.
  7. Phil Mastro

    Phil Mastro

    Nov 18, 2004
    Oh my god. Not Jordy le petit bébé? The baby rapper who was saying how hard it was to be a baby? Dur dur d'être un bébé, oh la la bébé... If so, ignore Jordy as much as you can.

    You should check out Sinclair (France), Les Colocs (Québec), Michel Cusson (Québec, played with Caron in Uzeb), and Zébulon. All of the above is rock/pop except Cusson, who's a jazz guy.
  8. Christopher


    Apr 28, 2000
    New York, NY
    Google Alizee. The music might suck, but the guys in your class will enjoy the pics.
  9. Alvaro Martín Gómez A.

    Alvaro Martín Gómez A. TalkBass' resident Bongo + cowbell player

  10. Against Will

    Against Will Supporting Member

    Dec 10, 2003
    Big Sound Central
    Definitely a job for Allmusic.
  11. Do a Google search for Johnny Halladay. He was the Elvis of France in the early years of rock & roll.
  12. Phil Mastro

    Phil Mastro

    Nov 18, 2004
  13. Snarf


    Jan 23, 2005
    New York, NY
    Francesca Gagnon, my favorite singer ever. She was with Cirque du Soleil for around ten years, released a solo album in the middle of that, and has a new one out now. Link:

    edit: Oh yeah, she's from Quebec, but you did say anything Francophone.
  14. bassksun

    bassksun Supporting Member

    Mar 5, 2004
    Las Vegas,NV
  15. Shiveringbass


    Aug 21, 2005
    Sorry Black bird, it is not your fault but your post realy made me laugh !
    Why ?
    Just because a good part of your references are dead....
    It is just as if I would say that today popular american music would be :

    Elvis Presley
    Frank "Sinatra" (sorry for the spelling"
    or other very old things.

    Socome, what type of music do you want to present, in France you will find very famous pop artist (top 40's) but also rock bands, metal bands... who are quite popular here...
    Tell me what you search and I will try to help you.
  16. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    No need to apologize, Shiveringbass, and I'm glad you got something out of my post.

    I know that most of the names I mentioned are no longer living, but SoComSurfing didn't specify whether the presentation was on contemporary music or not.

    The fact that you compared my name choices (which wouldn't otherwise have been mentioned at all) to Sinatra (you spelled it right) and Elvis, two very important figures in american music, leads me to believe that my choices were indeed very good and far from useless.

    And not to put too fine a point on it, I still find my post more helpful than yours in the sense that despite your offer to help, you didn't name any artists at all.

    I'd love to know about some good contemporary french music. I'm looking forward to your next post.
  17. Shiveringbass


    Aug 21, 2005
    Things you will here all day on radios, very popular, very "main stream", easy listening :
    Jean-Jacques Goldman
    Milène Farmer
    Francis Cabrel
    Johnny Hallyday
    Florent Pagny

    Pop/rock things that are realy popular and will be heard on youngsters radios :
    Louise Attaque
    Noir Désir 'a bit older but a myth in french rock !)
    La grande Sophie

    A new wave of "chansons française" based on worked lyrics
    Jeanne Cheral

    Metal :
    No one is innocent

    This is just a few things that you can start with, they are many other also in rap, RNB and so one but this is just not my cup of tea
    You can listen some extracts of all those bands or singers on that commercial site :
    or this one I think

    If you have some questions, just asks.

    Edit : sorry Blackbird, I've just seen your post...
    My reply was not made to offend you and of course your references were great but not from this time.
    I just feel like each time French music is evocated, it is to speak of very old things that are no longer representative of today french scene.
    And for the absence of name in my post, I was at work so I made it short. Now that I'm back home, as you can see, you've got a quite good starting point and some few hours of listening !
  18. C-5KO


    Mar 9, 2005
    Toronto, Canada
    I seem to remember a double bassist, who had a great jazz solo album out. I've tried a couple of google searches but nothing. I believe he was french (I think his name was hyphenated). For the life of me I can't remember his name! I think his album has duet pieces, and solo pieces on it.

    Somebody please help.

    Anyways, he's a great french bass player.


    Found it. I can't believe I forgot his name...

    Renaud Garcia-Fons
  19. well, I listen to

    La Rue Ketanou
    As de Trefle
    Debout sur le zinc
    les gargouilles
    les ogres de barbeck

    most popular french music isn't that good imo,but think britney like, star academy, etc. there's some better bands

    these are all smaller bands, really nice and fun music