Today calls for a little French electro-pop/minimal wave/whatever tag you want to put on these guys. It's hard to classify, as some songs are cheery as sin, while there's a hint of ice cold electronics throughout.
The band is Moderne, a French four piece formed in a town just south of Paris in 1979. Moderne released but two albums and a few 7''s, but each record featured a different vocalist. This is the first of the pair, a 1980 self-titled affair.
Moderne split soon after their second album L'Espionne Aimait La Musique was released, but have enjoyed some cult success with 'Switched on Bach,' a single pulled from their swan song, also featured on 2004's So Young But So Cold compilation.
Without any further ado, here's the info for Moderne's first record:
Moderne- Moderne LP
3. Histoire Ordinaire
5. Vers l'Est MASTERPIECE
6. Rock'n Roll Stars
7. Sans Signalement
*download it here*
here. Otherwise, here's the info for the band's second LP, 1981's L'Espionne Aimait La Musique, which featured new vocalist Dominique Marchetti.
Moderne- L'Espionne Aimait La Musique LP
1. Switch On Bach
2. Mercenaire Solitaire
4. La Romance
5. Qu'Elle Me Caresse
7. Video Idéale
8. L'Homme D'Affaires
*download it here*
In other news, I put together a two and a half hour long radio programme in my spare time yesterday, and it's due to air sometime today, and once a day from here on out. It's a mix of minimal wave and post-punk, some old hat and a lot of underground/rare cuts. I've also featured a few friends/local bands, so keep your ears peeled for the likes of Entertainment, Blacklist, the Bellmer Dolls, and the Hunt, to name a few.
To listen, click here. My guess is my set will air anytime after 3pm EST, though I unfortunately can't give you guys an exact time. Check back here and there though! Otherwise, once there's a schedule, I'll post it up.