Playlist 03.11.09

Featured: Kieron Tyler from Mojo magazine presented some Franco-Canadian selections new and old as well as some other interesting finds.


- Les Lutins: Pretty Girl

French-Canadian garage rockers - a tough track from their only album. On the cover the boys all look about 14 years old.

- Michèle Richard: Les Boîtes A Go-Go


French-Canadian yé-yé girl who started with the image of Brenda Lee, then softened up and turned into a home-grown Sylvie Vartan.

- Pierre Lapointe: Le Magnétisme Des Amants
- Pierre Lapointe: L'Amour Solaire
- Pierre Lapointe: Deux Par Deux Rassemblés


Multi-platinum selling French-Canadian singer songwriter whose live shows take in dance and theatre. His albums are dramatic, orchestrated and unlike anything else around. He might be the new Michel Polnareff. His peerlessly emotive songwriting marks him as unique – for Canada and anywhere else. http://www.pierrelapointe.com/

- Alexandre Désilets: Traffic Aérien

French-Canadian up and comer with a voice that’s crystal pure. His bell-like tones soar atop a drifting, almost-psychedelic, track from his first album. Studied agriculture at college. http://www.alexandredesilets.com/

- Valerie Lagrange: Si Ma Chanson Pouvait

1972 single ion the BYG label drawn form Finders Keepers' forthcoming comp of the label. Grooves along with a memorable melody. Backing band are Hookfoot, who also worked with Elton John.

- Schizo: Paraphrenia Praecox


France's Hawkwind! Also from 1972 – formed by Richard Pinhas. The following year he was in the Kraut-rockish Heldon.

- Benjamin Biolay: L'Espoir Fait Vivre

From his new album, 'La Superbe'. Despite the professed hip hop and ‘80s influences this is another of his finely crafted, Serge Gainsbourg-like songs. Driving and melancholy. www.myspace.com/benjaminbiolay

- Rosebud: Arnold Layne

Insane 1977 French disco cover of Pink Floyd. Features members of Magma and was arranged by Gabriel Yared.

Thanks to Kieron Tyler