NOUVELLE VAGUE GO FOR "3"
French duo (plus various added singers) Marc Collin and Olivier Libaux of Nouvelle Vague have, since 2003, teased our ears with their sultry, loungy bossa-nova-laced versions of our favorite songs from the 70's-90's New Wave, Punk and Pop genres past. I nearly cringe each time you edge on calling NV simply just a cover band. Their smart, sexy and playful romps though everyone from Joy Division, The Undertones, XTC, The Dead Kennedys, The Go-Go's and Depeche Mode (they locked down Martin Gore to guest on 3's take on "Master and Servant" and Echo and The Bunnymen's Ian McCulloch on "All My Colours") provide some sort of sophisticated- yet otherworldly- transference for the songs of our collective past that have no doubt soundtracked piles of college parties, radio Top 40 playlists and significant-other mixtapes, into something that makes us all remember just how important these tracks (everybody knows at least a handful of them) have had in our lives.
In support of 3, the group has released an iPhone app and has just embarked on a US tour (on the heels of a European one) which finds them at LA's Henry Fonda tomorrow night. Check back to FS later in the week for a full show review as well as an interview with the band. For now though, I leave you with a live video of their take on the heavily-covered 1977 Plastic Bertrand track "Ca Plane Pour Moi" as well as an MP3 (from 3) of "Master and Servant" (ft. Martin Gore).
Download "Master and Servant" ft. Martin Gore (mp3)
ça plane pour moi, performed by Jenia Lubitch
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--Post by Matt Draper