View Full Version : French Rock Bands

01-12-2010, 08:44 PM
I know there was already a thread about French bands before, but it didn't seem good enough to bump it. It always seems hard to find good rock bands in France (and a lot of them tend to get successful for singing in English!lol).
When we try and think about bands, its hard.

And some bands were more like of my friends' parents' generation like :
La Mano Negra http://userserve-ak.last.fm/serve/_/315553/Mano+Negra.jpg
(that I really like), they combined : rock, flamenco, ska, raï, salsa, reggae and african rhythms... which was probably quite rare at the time (1987). There songs were in French, English, Spanish, Arabic... And the origins of the name were : La Mano Negra ("The Black Hand") was an alleged anarchist organization in Spain. The Spanish police accused most of the Spanish anarchists of being part of the organization.
The songs I think about the most are La Mala vida, King Kong Five, Sidi H´Bibi and Rebell Spell (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cnTRkKyYqoA)
My favorite album of theirs is "Putas fever"

Most people don't know Mano Negra and have only heard of Manu Chao, the singer of that band, who went and did a solo career and seems to be very successful in england (and always goes to the glastonbury festival!lol). My favorite of his albums is "Clandestino" most of the songs are in spanish.

People always mention Noir Desir,
which was a good rock band, that I never listened to (but my sister did) and since, there was this bad stuff with the singer killing his wife... so people don't want to talk about them that much.
anyway, I guess my favorite song of theirs is this one :
Un jour en France : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6EKmYhFk42M
It talks about the bad stuff in france, FN (the extreme right)so racism and other shit... And the music is good.

Lol, its so freaking hard to think about GOOD french rock bands that I only managed to name two (mano negra and noir desir...).
I guess I made this thread so that those who know other good bands (like Harleyquinn, and Sofinch even if you're from belgium and you can always talk about some from french speaking countries), and write something about them, give us a link to a video and stuff.

I'd want to mention Sinsemilia, which is an awesome french band, but they do reggae...
And I guess well Im at it, a cover from A George Brassens song (he's known as one of the best old french singers)

01-12-2010, 09:02 PM
For some time, there was Kyo that was quite successful, people would now call it lame emo shit or something I guess. I know I always hated the way the singer sung!And I hate the way they look! lol. But at some point I kinda liked their music... compared to a lot of the shit they make in france it wasnt that bad.

I guess this is a good example of how emo it is
I guess the embarassing part is that I liked this song :
I can blame it all to my roommate at the time!

Well for l for rock that's not as lame as Kyo, I guess there's also Louise Attaque... they were pretty good.

Then Matmatah came along, another band trying to make celtic/breton stuff trendy, but I don't think they were all that good...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBVanW04l74 this is like the one song I heard of theirs...

I guess Saez was pretty good, and this song reminded me a bit of Noir Desir and I think it was really good...

I guess thats enough for now, all that to say that British and AMerican rock tends to be the best... French people do good music, but there's never a great amount of good bands, you can probably say not more than 5 really good bands/singers in one music style... cause there's a lot of shit going around as well... And then again most of you might not be interested in French rock/music...

Edit : this is quite funny, I was looking at videos of Saez and I found this, instead of singing his song "Jeune et con" (young and dumb) he starts off with Eminem... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQRKWSRfF0w and he looks like eminem too...

01-13-2010, 03:52 AM

I will answer to that post more properly when I have time, but you mentionned them all, almost :D

01-13-2010, 04:19 AM
Peste Noire!


Crossbows and all!



01-13-2010, 04:29 AM
The whole Les Légions Noires (of whom no one knows they existed), Nehëmah, Temple of Baal, Alizée and Benighted. That's all from France that I know.

01-17-2010, 08:15 AM
there's a french punk band called les miserables who have a couple of songs you can hear here:
i think these tracks are really good, anyone know anything else by them?

also plastic bertrand, belgian but in french:
hell yeah!! although most of his stuff is terrible and not exactly rock music lol :)