Autumn 2000 A4 44 pages
photocopy reprint (last 6 copies)
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Important - as Zeuhl is such an abstract concept, and not the easiest of "categories" to define, we strongly recommend that before reading this article you should check out the previous Zeuhl articles in Audion #41 and #42! Then, hopefully, it should all make sense!
We usually associate a musical stylism with a fashion, and often with the history, musical heritage and culture of a country, or more obviously just by its language. But, none of that has never been the case with Zeuhl. It is a genre that is devoid of any definable cultural reference. It pretty much happened by accident, experimentation, and the drawing-in of unlikely musics (all together) to make something new. It may seem bizarre (and unlikely), but it is possible to create something new that is identifiable with a Country, though this is all the more bizarre with Zeuhl, where the language and influences behind the musical genre are actually alien to the national culture itself. Zeuhl, taking its pointers from the pioneering work of Magma and its offshoots, became a new musical idiom, identifiable as, but not typically, French. Of course, as is always the case, no one in France realised this scene existed, until some journalist gave it a name!
The results of opening the doors to a new form of expression, saw an onslaught of new bands intent on exploring the genre further. Some just copied their mentors, others took the initiative to explore further, swelling the concept of Zeuhl, encompassing a wider range of musics. The edges of the genre have blurred ever since, with more conventional rock and jazz, and also melded seamlessly into the (also almost indescribable) field of "neo-chamber" RIO musics as explored by bands like Art Zoyd or Univers Zero. But, that's another story. In this article I'll try to give you all a run-down on 33 of the many different French bands and artists that swelled the ranks of Zeuhl and related musics...
LE QUATRIÈME MOUVEMENT (LP: AJ Records 3021) 12/79 © 1980
BIS (LP: Eleanore EL 31482) 2/82 © 1982
HAPPY FRENCH BAND (LP: Metro JB 105) 9-10/83 © 1983
LIVE (LP: Metro JB 106) © 1985
JAZZ 'N' ROLL (LP/CD: Metro JB 107) © 1986
Pierre Jean Gaucher (guitars), Eric Bono (pianos, synthesizers), Laurent Kzrewina (saxes), Alain Mourey (drums), Pascal Gaillard (bass), Sylvie Voise (voice), Caitriona Walsia (voice), Dan Ken (vibes), Armaud Jarlan (percussion), Nigel Warren Green (cello)
Altaïs/Promenade.../Gravitation Zero (12" EP: Altaïs 1021) © 1986
Sandrine Fougère (vocals), Philippe Goudier (vocals, percussion), Patrick Joliot (drums, percussion), Isabelle Nuffer (vocals, piano, synthesizer), Michelle Puttland (synthesizer), Jean-Marie Sadot (bass)
Michel Altmeyer & Troll
TROLL (LP) © 19??
TROLL, VOL. 2 (LP: Musea FGBG 2010) 11/86+12/87 © 1988
Michel Altmayer (drums, keyboards, vocals, bass), + Bernard Paganotti, Francis Moze, Stella Vander, Guy Khalifa, Klaus Blasquiz (all from Magma), Yvon and Alain Guillard (ex-Weidorje), and others.
ARCHAÏA (LP: Archaïa 77.976) 8/77 © 1977 (CD: Soleil Zeuhl 01) «3 bonus tracks» © 1998
Pierrick Le Bras (guitar, keyboards, vocals), Michel Munier (bass), Philippe Bersan (vocals, keyboards, percussion)
SUBREPTICEMENT (LP: AWA BB 006) © 1979
Serge Bringolf & Strave
STRAVE (2LP: Omega Studio OM 67016) © 1980
VISION (LP: Omega Studio OM 67028) 7/81 © 1981
AGBOVILLE (LP: Omega Studio OM 67044) © 1983
LIVE (LP: RBO R 1.383 D) 26/3/82 © 1983
Serge Bringolf (drums), Philippe Geiss (sax), D. Petithory (trumpet), B. Eck (tuba), Alain Eckert (guitar), Claude Boussard (bass), Mano Kuhn (vocals), Alain Lecointe (bass), Emmanuel Séjourné (vibes), Francis Bourrec (sax), Thierry Eckert (bass), etc.