The music band ‘Les Escrocs’ is composed of Eric Toulis, Hervé Coury and Didier Morel, who are all born in 1960.
Complete fans of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, they were never able to make a choice between these two. This is why they pick their inspiration in totally different music: soul, jazz, reggae, salsa, brazilian music and latin in general, texts of Serge Gainsbourg, Bobby Lapointe and also Charles Trénet.
This song: ‘Assedic’, was a real success during the 90′s. At this time, they even play in first part of Alain Souchon (french singer), at Paris’ Zénith.
Je t’écrirai de temps en temps,
Toi tu m’enverras mon virement
Tout là-bas, dans mon île
Enfin ma place au soleil,
A moi les ciels vermeils
Et les beaux voyages…
M’en priver ce serait dommage.
Tu seras ma petite maman,
La Maman de tous les gens
Qui n’ont pas d’argent.”
Death is probably the thing which haunts the most artists who assume their spleen. Some singers use metaphors, but on his first album, french duet Mendelson treats this subject frankly.
Released on Lithium (the label which discovered Dominique A), famous for his jansenist aesthetic (productions of the label were often sad and slow), and itself closed, “Je ne veux pas mourir” describes a nocturnal anxiety : dying.
The narrator exposes all the reasons he has not to die : he is young, in good health. So why is he so anxious ? Probably to create the lyrics of a very slow and dark-spirited french song.
Jacques Brel was born in the district of Brussels, at Schaarbeek, on April 8, 1929. He is not interested in school, so his father gives him a job in the family’s Cardboard factory. Finding no more interest in the cardboard than in school, he thinks about taking a fresh start, in singing or in breeding chickens.
1954: he left alone Brussels to move to Paris, leaving behind him his wife and two daughters. His family doesn’t support him and stops giving him money, he then lives under the roof of the hotel Stevens, Pigalle.
1966: he decided to leave everything and to stop singing. He gave his last recital on May 16, 1967, in Roubaix.
1974: already suffering from lung cancer, he left Paris and his family. He left on a boat to the Marquesas with Madly Bamy. He works there as a taxi-plane between Tahiti and the Marquesas.
1977: he was back in France, despite the progression of his cancer. He decided to record a new album which is released under the simple name: Brel. He finished the album, as well as his career, by the song Les Marquises, which was recorded in one take and which ends as follows: “Veux-tu que je te dise / Gémir n’est pas de mise / Aux Marquises”.