French Flair in Music
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I won't claim to be an expert in the French music scene, but thought I would kick-off a music list for just crossing the Channel (mostly because I am more a fan of European and Australian artists than my native American - unless we are talking Jazz). The inspiration is HamsterofFury's http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist.php3?action=view&listi...


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I'll start with one of my current favorites from France - Czerzinsky. With a slavic or Russian sounding name, but definitely French. Natascha is his big hit, but I like the title song - czerzinsky where introduces himself... Tu voies Czerzinsky.
 
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Air - I am not that familiar with them per se, so I can't name a song, but I do like them...
 
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Enie - although I am not sure she is French, but I'll include because she looks and sounds heavenly...
 
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MC Solaar: French rap at its finest.
 
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Serge Gainsbourg - Bonnie and Clyde

You know... not my favorite song by him, but one of his most recognized that has a game to attach.
 
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Mano Negra - Amerika Perdida

Latin music from France
 
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GONG

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Django Reinhardt - Double Whisky

amazing...


 
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Stereolab

French/English (and I think some other nationalities). Many of their songs are in French. It's hard to pick of favorite album but Emperor Tomato Ketchup is one of them.
 
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Stéphane Grappelli - The Duke Ellington Jazz Violin Session

No specific tune, but I love this album. He has many great titles on his own too.

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KMFDM - Money (though my favorite is probably the Zappa cover I'm The Slime)

 
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Dimitri from Paris - Sacre Francais

Turkish, but working in France.
 
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Yeah, on top of that, he's not bad at all.
 
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Experimental, pop electronic, avant-garde, psychedelic moog...

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Akhenaton - Sol Invictus

Some of the most interesting Hip Hop I've heard recently (besides Lyrics Born and the new Gorillaz)
 
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LES RITA MITSOUKO
Obscure but interesting. As far as I can tell, two French gals who do some catchy new wave tunes. Their first album was produced by Tony Visconti. Best tune: C'est Comme Ca.
Can't remember the name of the damn album!
 
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Stereo Total - "I love you, Ono"

Quirky and great.
I believe they're half French, half German.
 
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Hmm, TTC's "Dans Le Club" is good for a lark, I guess. (French hip hop, yeah, at least it's not Jordy) But I didn't realize until now that I just never listen to French music.
 
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Paris Combo

Album: Living Room
Song: Señor

People, I really cannot recommend this group highly enough. Amazing musicianship. And if you like Paris Combo, you may love Pink Martini's first album "Sympathique" as well...
 
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Henri Texier - Mad Nomads

Texier is a jazz bassist who's been around since at least the 70s. I like almost everything he's done in the last 15 years.
 
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Telepopmusik - Breathe
 
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Françoise Hardy

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Croa is the noise French frogs make but one of the best french bands of the moment is Mars Volta (very good live).
 
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