Friday, November 14, 2008

dark desire

it's difficult to discuss Noir Désir without first noting that lead singer Bertrand Cantat was jailed for manslaughter in 2003 after assaulting his actress girlfriend Marie Trintignant in a hotel room in Vilnius, Lithuania. He was sentenced to eight years, to be served in France.

Prior to this terrible incident, Noir Désir were the clear leaders of the French rock pack, enjoying mainstream success with 2001 release Des Visages Des Figures. Formed in Bordeaux in 1985, Cantat (singer), Serge Teyssot-Gay (guitar), Denis Barthe (drums) and Frédéric Vidalenc (bass, replaced by Jean-Paul Roy in 1996) developed a whirling, visceral and darkly violent take on punk, occasionally reminiscent of The Clash. Driven on by Cantat's impassioned delivery and starkly elegant songwriting (in both French and English), Noir Désir developed a reputation as a formidable live act, as evidenced on 1994 live album Dies Irae.

Excellent re-edit of Noir Désir - Le Vent Nous Portera
from Rubber Room also known as DISCO DEVIL .

Mindless Boogie - dark desire (Rubber Room rerub)

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