Sting in the ear: Nouvelle Vague

Nouvelle Vague is a French musical collective led by musicians Marc Collin and Olivier Libaux. Their name is a play on words, meaning "new wave" in French, and "bossa nova" (new trend) in Portuguese. This refers simultaneously to their "Frenchness" and "artiness" (the '60s new wave of cult French cinema), the source of their songs (all covers of punk rock, post-punk, and New Wave songs), and their use of '60s bossa nova-style arrangements.
Members, former members and contributors include many French artists who are now very well known on their own and considered as part of what is now called the "Renouveau de la chanson Française" (the "Renewal of French Music"). Singers like Camille Dalmais, Phoebe Killdeer, Mélanie Pain, Marina Céleste, Gerald Toto and Mareva Galanter.


You can find most of their musics at Youtube, I've only chosen some of my all time favourites.
I have theirs third CD, besides the great musical selection, all the design and graphics are excellent.

2004: Nouvelle Vague

On their first album, Nouvelle Vague, the group resurrected classics from the New Wave music era, and reinterpreted them in a bossa nova style. The songs were stripped back to acoustic arrangements with lithe shaker rhythms achieved by gathering a parade of singers from all over the world (six French, one Brazilian and one New Yorker) to cover bands including XTC, Modern English, The Clash, Joy Division, Tuxedomoon, The Cure, and The Undertones. The various female singers on Nouvelle Vague only performed songs they had never heard before, to ensure that each cover would have a unique quality.

1. JOY DIVISION : Love will tear us apart (feat. Eloisia)

2. DEPECHE MODE : Just can’t get enough (feat. Eloisia)

3. TUXEDOMOON : In a manner of speaking (feat. Camille)

4. THE CLASH : Guns of Brixton (feat. Camille)

5. P.I.L. : (This is not a) love song (feat. Melanie Pain)

6. DEAD KENNEDYS : Too drunk to fuck (feat. Camille)

7. THE SISTERS OF MERCY : Marian (feat. Alex)
8. XTC : Making plans for Nigel (feat. Camille)
9. THE CURE : A forest (feat. Marina)
10. MODERN ENGLISH : I melt with you (feat. Silja)
11. THE UNDERTONES : Teenage Kicks (feat. Melanie Pain)
12. KILLING JOKE : Psyche (feat. Sir Alice)
13. THE SPECIALS : Friday night, saturday morning (feat. Daniella D’Ambrosio)


1. ECHO AND THE BUNNYMEN : the killing moon (Melanie)

2. BUZZCOCKS : ever fallen in love (Melanie)

3. LORDS OF THE NEW CHURCH : dance with me (Melanie)

4. YAZOO : don't go (Gerald Toto)

5. BILLY IDOL : dancing with myself (Phoebe)

6. BLONDIE : heart of glass (Gerald Toto)

7. THE WAKE : o pamela (Marina)
8. NEW ORDER : blue Monday (Melanie )
9. THE CRAMPS : human fly (Phoebe )
10. BAUHAUS : bela lugosi's dead (Phoebe)

11. THE SOUND : escape myself (Phoebe)
12. HEAVEN 17 : let me go (Silja )
13. VISAGE : fade to grey (Marina)
14. BLANCMANGE : waves (Marina)


1. DEPECHE MODE :Master and Servant (Melanie Pain, feat. Martin Gore)

2. VIOLENT FEMMES : Blister in the Sun (Eloisia)

3. TALKING HEADS : Road to Nowhere (Nadeah Miranda)

4. ECHO AND THE BUNNYMEN : All My Colors (Melanie Pain feat. Ian Mc Cullough)
5. SIMPLE MIND : The American (Silja)
6. PSYCHEDELIC FURS : Heaven (Karina Zeviani)
7. MAGAZINE : Parade (Nadeah Miranda feat. Barry Adamson)
8. GARY NUMAN : Metal (Eloisia)
9. PLASTIC BERTRAND : Ca Plane Pour Moi (Leelou)

10. THE GOGO'S : Our Lips Are Sealed (Marina Celeste feat. Terry Hall)
11. THE SEX PISTOLS : God save The Queen (Melanie Pain)
12. SOFT CELL : Say Hello, Wave Goodbye (Sophie Delila)

13. THE POLICE : So Lonely (Nadeah Miranda)


1. GAMINE : Voila les anges (Coeur de pirate)
2. INDOCHINE : L'aventurier (Helena Nogerra, Louis Ronan Choisy)
3. ETIENNE DAHO : Week-end a Rome (Vanessa Paradis)
4. TC MATIC: Putain putain (Camille)
5. LES RITA MITSOUKO : Marcia Baila (Adrienne Pauly)
6. ELLI ET JACNO : Anne cherchait l'amour (Julien Dore)
7. JAD WIO : Ophelie (Yelle)
8. KAS PRODUCT : So young but so cold (Charlie Winston)
9. DOGS : Sandy Sandy (Soko)
10. LA MANO NEGRA : Mala vida (Olivia Ruiz)
11. WUNDERBACH : Oublions l'Amerique (Nadeah Miranda)
12. LIO : Amoureux Solitaires (Hugh Coltman)
13. STEPHAN EICHER : 2 people in a room (Cocoon)
14. Les ailes de verre (Jeanne Cherhal)
15. MARIE FRANCE : Dereglee (Melanie Pain)
16. TAXI GIRL : Je suis deja parti (Coralie Clement)

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