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Encore! 1983/1987

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Encore! 1983/1987
Encore! 1983/1987


18 track compilation of cult '80s French rock band Les Calamités, includes their biggest hit "Vélomoteur" and tracks with the bands the Dogs and The Barracudas. Available as a digipak CD with 36-page booklet and vinyl with 8 page booklet and download code, with liner notes in French and English.

Wouldn't it do them justice to rid Les Calamités (literally "the calamities") of the embarrassing phrase "girl band", durably stuck to their skins and plaited skirts? It's nothing but a pink puffy cloud obscuring their true importance as a "band" full stop, as well as their fleeting though mind-bending trajectory. In just a few months after going on stage with a handful of original songs recorded here and there, they became, from Dijon to Rouen, Paris to Toulouse, Bordeaux to Strasbourg, the darlings of an uncompromising rockers' demanding scene. Tolerated by some, maybe, they were also consecrated, certainly (should they have needed the accolade). The trade-off was a succession of quick and distinctive verse-choruses for which the adjectives "fresh" and "light" seemed to have been invented again.

They delivered just as many covers, which gave an idea of the origins of their songwriting: one foot in the fifties (on the dancefloor), the other in the sixties (in the garage). All of this leading to their final hit, a successful incursion in the top sales with a popular song for everyone to hum at ease, from seaside campsites to the cool kids of the capital. Everything the Calamités touched, with their classy, rigorous, casual ways - plus just enough amused detachment - turned into gold.


  1. Name
  2. Je suis une Calamité
  3. Toutes les nuits
  4. The Kids Are Alright
  5. Le supermarché
  6. Behind Your Sunglasses
  7. You Can't Sit Down
  8. Malhabile
  9. With a Boy Like You
  10. Nicolas
  11. Teach Me How to Shimmy
  12. Pas la Peine
  13. Le Garçon de New York
  14. Velomoteur
  15. J'en ferais bien mon quatre-heure
  16. C'est embétant
  17. Je suis une Calamité
  18. Dogs feat. Les Calamités - Down at Lulu's
  19. The Barracudas feat. Les Calamités - Down in the Boondocks
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