Métal Urbain

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Métal Urbain was one of the first French punk groups. They were heavily influenced by The Clash and Sex Pistols on the one hand, and on the other by an electro approach related to Metal Machine Music by Lou Reed. They relied on heavily distorted guitars and replaced the traditional rock rhythm section of bass guitar/drums with a synthesizer and drum machine, a then-unique approach that foreshadowed the experimental possibilities that were explored by later post-punk bands such as Big Black. They were also known for their radical image (the color scheme of albums always being a stark black, white and red), and subversive lyrics sung in French. Métal Urbain was met with much enthusiasm in England, particularly by John Peel and the Rough Trade label. (Métal Urbain's single "Paris Maquis" was Rough Trade's first release.) They had an enthusiastic but small audience in France, receiving little exposure. The punk rock scene was not as popular in France as it was in England, and they did not interest the French media as English bands like Sex Pistols did. As a result, the band broke up by 1979, though members scattered to form such groups as Metal Boys, Doctor Mix and the Remix, and Desperados. Métal Urbain had focused their efforts on singles, and only produced one album, Les Hommes Morts Sont Dangereux, while active. However, since their breakup, several compilation records were released, gathering their singles with additional material such as BBC sessions and live recordings. Their electro approach was very innovative for its time, and the group are a reference point for such groups as The Jesus and Mary Chain, Bérurier Noir, and the producer Steve Albini. They have recently recorded a new album, produced by Jello Biafra. Singles * Panik (1977) * Paris Maquis (1977) * Hystérie Connective (1978) [edit] Albums * Les hommes morts sont dangereux (1981 - re-released 25th anniversary signed edition 2006) * L'Âge d'or (1985) (fan club compilation, double LP) * Chef d'oeuvre (2003) (French double CD, definitive compilation) * Anarchy in Paris (2004) (US compilation) * J'irai chier dans ton vomi (2006) (Full length CD) Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.