Today's artists are a French pop/rock and new wave band, formed in Paris in 1981. The band was very successful in the Francophonie, in continental Europe and Latin America in the 1980s, with songs like "L'Aventurier" and "Canary Bay". Following the release of several critically acclaimed, but commercially unsuccessful, albums in the 1990s, the group returned to stardom with the release of Paradize in 2002. The band has sold over 10 million albums and singles, making them one of the best selling French bands.....N'Joy
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Indochine (French for Indochina) was formed in 1981 by two Frenchmen in their early twenties, Nicola Sirkis and Dominique Nicolas, in Paris. They soon added Dimitri Bodianski, the cousin of one of Nicola’s friends. They gave their first concert at Le Rose Bonbon, a café in Paris on 29 September 1981. This brief performance on stage earned them their first contract with a record company.
They recorded their first single in November 1981. It included two songs, "Dizzidence Politik" and "Françoise", but drew more attention from critics than from the mainstream media and only reached a limited audience. Stéphane Sirkis, Nicola’s twin brother who had already performed with the band on stage, officially joined the band, and in April 1982 the group recorded their first album, L'Aventurier, which sold more than 250,000 copies. The album was well received by the press and by an emerging new wave audience.Indochine (French for Indochina) was formed in 1981 by two Frenchmen in their early twenties, Nicola Sirkis and Dominique Nicolas, in Paris. They soon added Dimitri Bodianski, the cousin of one of Nicola’s friends.
They gave their first concert at Le Rose Bonbon, a café in Paris on 29 September 1981. This brief performance on stage earned them their first contract with a record company. They recorded their first single in November 1981. It included two songs, "Dizzidence Politik" and "Françoise", but drew more attention from critics than from the mainstream media and only reached a limited audience.
Stéphane Sirkis, Nicola’s twin brother who had already performed with the band on stage, officially joined the band, and in April 1982 the group recorded their first album, L'Aventurier, which sold more than 250,000 copies. The album was well received by the press and by an emerging new wave audience. L'aventurier became the song of the summer 1982 in france. In 1983, Indochine released a second album entitled Le Péril Jaune ("Yellow Peril") which sold 225,000 copies. Indochine had by this stage become a major act in French music. In 1984, the band toured France. They were also successful in Scandinavia, most notably in Sweden.
By 1985, they had achieved a large following, reflected by the success of such songs as "Troisième sexe" ("third sex"), "Canary Bay", and "Trois nuits par semaine". Their third album, 3, sold 750,000 copies in Europe. Serge Gainsbourg directed the video to "Tes yeux noirs", one of the group's most successful songs. Indochine becomes the largest "new wave" band in France. In 1986, to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the band, Indochine decided to release the recording of the concert given at the Zénith in Paris.
Their fourth album, 7000 Danses, produced by Joe Glasman, was released in 1987. It sold about 320,000 copies making it a successful album though far less so than its predecessor, 3. This is partly due to the band's efforts to produce a less mainstream, commercial album 7000 Danses was also released amidst a polemic stemming from rock critics claiming that Indochine were a mere copy of British band The Cure. In spite of the polemic, the public continued to support the group. In March 1988, Indochine began their world tour going to Montreal, Canada and Lima, Peru. They sold 300,000 copies of the 33 tours Live au Zénith in early 1987.
Drained after many months touring, the band took a break. Their fifth studio album, Le Baiser was released in early 1990. Fans were shocked to discover that Dimitri Bodianski was no longer part of the group, having decided to leave the band in January 1989 . His departure can be attributed to a number of reasons. First of all, Indochine’s sound had evolved over the years and Bodianski found he had less and less to do as a saxophonist. He was also feeling pressure at home having recently become a father. All this contributed to tension between him and the rest of the band. Bodianski remains a much loved member of the original Indochine line-up and since his departure has guest starred with the band on stage.
1991 marked Indochine’s tenth anniversary. To celebrate the occasion, Le Birthday Album was released. It was a best of compilation, including one new track, "La Guerre Est Finie" ("The War Is Over"), which was released as a single. The album’s success was considerable (it sold 600,000 copies across Europe) and rekindled interest in the group. However, the single’s title proved unfortunate in light of the fact that the Persian Gulf War had just started at the time. For this reason, many radio stations opted not to play the track.
Un jour dans notre vie, their sixth studio album, was released in 1993. It proved unsuccessful, both commercially and critically. On 27 February 1999, Stéphane Sirkis, guitarist, keyboardist and Nicola's twin brother, died at the age of 39 of hepatitis. He had requested that the band continue after his death. On October 2000, the band started a small but successful acoustic tour named Nuits Intimes. The album is released in January 2001.
2001 begins. Nicola and Oli de Sat compose most of the album Paradize that would be released the next year. Year Scott, Camille Laurens, Mickey 3D, Gerard Manset, Jean-Louis Murat and Melissa Auf Der Maur collaborated on the album. In 2002, they enjoyed renewed success with the Paradize album which sold 1,000,000 copies, including the chart topper J'ai demandé à la lune. This album has marked a change in aesthetics and genre, moving towards a darker tone and more introspective lyrics, influenced by popular acts such as Nine Inch Nails, Placebo and Marilyn Manson.
In 2003, the band received the MTV Europe Music Awards for: "Best French Act”, the NRJ Music Awards for: "Album of the year" and La Victoires de la Musique for: "Best pop album of the year" In December 2005, Indochine returned with Alice & June, featuring a collaboration with Placebo frontman Brian Molko. On 6 and 7 June 2006, the group had a concert in Hanoi Opera House to celebrate their 25th anniversary. In December 2007, Indochine released a triple live DVD and double CD album entitled Alice & June Tour. The album featured the full concert recorded in Lille, France in March 2007.
In 2008 Indochine joins the Reporters Sans Frontières campaign, for the boycott of the Beijing Olympic Games’s opening ceremony. The cover of the 80´s single ‘You Spin me Round’ is released. Their 11th studio album, La République des Meteors, was released on 9 March 2009. The album marked a change in their musical style, slowly moving away from the dark and quirky realms they had explored with "Paradize" and "Alice & June".
2010s. Indochine was the first French band to perform at the Stade de France, on 26 June 2010 their biggest gig ever, sold out and in front of 80,000 people.
In November 2012, the band released their new single Memoria, from their upcoming album Black City Parade.
Black City Parade was released on 11 February 2013 with much anticipation from the fans. The album, despite its almost gloomy cover art, features much brighter and warmer music than the last two albums. The band seemed to want include references to their synthpop and new wave beginnings. Indochine played several sold out shows during the first leg of the "Black City Tour" which kicked off on 21 February 2013. Five legs are planned for the "Black City Tour". The band stated that they will be playing around the world. They later announced that they will return to the Stade de France on 27 June 2014.
The second single for Black City Parade was College Boy, a song widely acknowledged to narrate the life of a homosexual teenage boy dealing with bashing and harassment. The video for the single was directed by Canadian filmmaker Xavier Dolan. The video premiered online with a disclaimer stating that it contained violent scenes and would not be suitable for a young audience. The video depicts a young male student facing mobbing and harassment from his schoolmates. The video culminates in him being brutally crucified and shot in the torso by his fellow students. Many criticisms have poured over the Internet about whether the video should be broadcast or not.
The band played two nights at the Stade de France on 27 & 28 June 2014. They followed the stadium concerts with a much smaller show at London's O2 Shepherds Bush Empire on 14 July 2014. In April 2015 the band undertook the eight date Europe City Club Tour, which saw the band extend beyond its Francophone base by visiting Spain, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Norway and the Netherlands. Festival appearances in 2016: at Papillons De Nuit (May 20), Les Ardentes (July 6), Carcassonne festival (July 15), Sion Sous Les Etoiles (July 18), Poupet (July 22), La Fête Du Bruit (August 12th) and Cabaret Vert (August 25). Their 13th album is scheduled for release this year.
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L'Aventurier (The Adventurer) is the first (mini) studio album of Indochine, released in 1982. The title itself "L'Aventurier" was a huge success during the same year, becoming one of the band's classic songs. What more do you need? This is classic 80's and just an all around happy- make you feel good album. Indochine, are very political but most Americans would never know because they sing in French; however, Indochine gives you chance to practice your French as you will find yourself singing along very quickly. For the time (1982) it was rock and electronique music at its best.
Indochine - L'Aventurier (flac 145mb)
01 L'Aventurier 3:49
02 L'Opportuniste 2:23
03 Leila 3:54
04 Docteur Love 2:31
05 Indochine (Les 7 Jours De Pékin) 2:25
06 Dizzidence Politik (Pacifik Version) 4:15
07 Francoise (Qu'est-Ce Qui T'as Pris) 2:36
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"The Yellow Peril", released in 1983, is stuck between the two commercial successes of Indochina, and if a cohort of fans followed them well at the time, we note that this opus is the least Known from the beginnings of Indochina. No radio success here, except perhaps the two tracks "Miss Paramount" and "Kao Bang", however only appreciated by the "die-hard" group.
Yet, underestimating this opus would be a serious mistake, since we certainly hold here, the best piece of the French group. If "3" remains a very good opus because of its effectiveness "tubesque" which is no longer to prove, "The yellow peril", despite its previous release, is almost more daring. The album is more appealing to dreams, to fantasy, if only through this orientalism, frozen somewhere in the colonies of the thirties and totally artificial, but furiously successful.
The dryness of the drum machines, the infernal rhythmic mechanics leaves from the beginning of the album, with "The dryness of the Mekong", title-synthesis of the style of this album. The hardness of the rhythm, and the aerial / hovering aspect of synthesizers and guitars, deliberately reverberated and filled with echo. Still in order to create an atmosphere, one will note "East of Java", more sober closing title, "Razzia" instrumentalised so as to create a gambling hall filled with smoke and money not always very clean, "Okinawa" more posed, and "Red Pavilion" filled with an aspect of contemplation of the loved one (or the blow of a night, to you to see ...).
The production is lacking in 'oomph' ... but no reason to appreciate this opus, as it is surely better like that. Despite these shortcomings, "The yellow peril" remains the album most striking of the group for me. Truly gripping, we have here an album that makes us see the landscapes of Asia, and before which one is like a kid lost before the immensity. In short a big thrill.
Indochine - Le Peril Jaune (flac 218mb)
01 Le Péril Jaune (Ouverture) 0:48
02 Le Sécheresse Du Mekong 3:28
03 Razzia 2:38
04 Pavillon Rouge 3:08
05 Okinawa 4:53
06 Tankin 2:11
07 Miss Paramount 3:00
08 Shangai 2:40
09 Kao-Bang 5:29
10 A L'Est De Java 5:03
11 Le Péril Jaune (Fermeture) 1:31
Indochine - Le Peril Jaune (ogg 89mb)
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This is not dark,and this is not like The Cure, this is more like joyful, latin pop rock.Luminous, elaborated and sophisticated still simple guitar based thoughtful 80's pop songs in a way La Union or Mecano used to do though Indochine was first,and much better than any of these bands, what can you expect from a band with such song titles as Tiomkin or Punishment Park? It certainly pleases your ear and mind. "3eme Sexe" was the inspiration for Mylène Farmer's song "Sans contrefaçon". Miss Kittin covered "3ème Sexe" for her album I Com.
Indochine - 3 (flac 260mb)
01 3e Sexe 4:55
02 Canary Bay 5:21
03 Monte Cristo 4:30
04 Salômbo 5:07
05 Hors-la-loi 3:05
06 A L'assaut (Des Ombres Sur L'O) 3:46
07 Trois Nuits Par Semaine 5:09
08 Le Train Sauvage 3:17
09 Tes Yeux Noirs 4:50
Indochine - 3 (ogg 96mb)
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Indochine is a strong Pop Band. This album is one of their most accomplished, if not their greatest of all. 7000 Danses opens like a fairy tale with La Buddha Affaire: an instrumental-classical-like-song powered by a wonderful orchestration. From there, l'Indochine let you penetrate into a mystical trip. The main composer, a Guitar-Hero named Dominik Nicolas, created a unic sound while twanging like Hank Marvin on a Fender Mustang. That unic "Indosound" will haunt you forever after having heard songs like Les Citadelles, La Machine À Rattraper Le Temps and Une Maison Perdue...
But Indochine isn't only handsome music, it's also wonderful lyrics. Nicolas Sirkis' poésie is universal. The beauty of French is at its peak. Sirkis' playing with words and senses making unusual Love and Sex stories, always with a poetic elegance. And there's also great wit in Les Tzars. In a nutshell, it's the most complete and complex of all Indochine's albums... highly recommendable....
Indochine - 7000 Danses (flac 300mb)
01 La Bûddha Affaire 2:43
02 Les Citadelles 3:51
03 La Chevauchée Des Champs De Blé 5:17
04 Il Y A Un Risque (Le Mépris) 4:30
05 Les Tzars 4:38
06 La Machine À Rattraper Le Temps 5:05
07 Un Grand Carnaval 4:04
08 7000 Danses 6:03
09 Une Maison Perdue... 5:55
Indochine - 7000 Danses (ogg 107mb)
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