Vidéo-Aventures ‘Musiques pour garçons et filles’

01 Laissez-Nous Entrer Dans Vos Coeurs (1:35)
02 Tina (3:50)
03 L’Homme Au Grand Chapeau (1:07)
04 Une Vie Moderne (3:06)
05 French Kiss (0:37)
06 Telstar (2:25)
07 Zazou Sur La Piste (2:37)
08 V-Aventures Feuilleton (Serial Story) Episode 1: La Ballade Des Cardiaques (4:59)
Total time: 21:00

Dominique Grimaud: synths, guitar, saxophone, sound effects
Monique Alba: keyboards
Jean-Pierre Grasset: guitar, keyboards
Cyril Lefèbvre: steel guitar
Gilbert Artman: drums, piano
Guigou Chenevier: drums, saxophone

10” released 1981 on Recommended Records.

In 1978 and 1979, Dominique Grimaud published the 2 volumes of his landmark french alternative music guide ‘Un certain rock (?) français’, mapping the territory of avant rock in France by the likes of Urban Sax, Lard Free, Richard Pinhas/Heldon, ZNR, Art Zoyd, Jacques Berrocal, etc. So I assume he knew what the scene was in need of when, in 1979, he recorded this collection of electronic vignettes. After the demise of their former band Camizole in 1978, Dominique Grimaud & Monique Alba launched Vidéo-Aventures as a studio-only project, and to release concept albums. This one comes with a cover which is an hommage to the first Faust LP clear cover (though it doesn’t show on my jpegs). Chris Cutler apparently came across Grimaud’s books first – which included much collages and graphic art, as well as info on bands. The electronic music tracks on ‘Musique…’ are as great as Vidéo-Aventures contribution to the ‘Paris-Tokyo’ cassette. This is the french ’20 Jazz Funk Greats’, so to speak. The cover of Joe Meek’s Tornados’ Telstar is splendidly rendered. ‘A triumph of concision’, wrote the NME reviewing the record in 1981.


12 Responses to “Vidéo-Aventures ‘Musiques pour garçons et filles’”

  1. 2 Weldon April 18, 2008 at 10:57 pm

    Extremely cool, thanks for this great stuff! Love all that you doo too,


  2. 3 continuo April 19, 2008 at 8:07 am

    Thank you. Glad you guys enjoyed the music.

  3. 5 Brownie April 28, 2008 at 6:14 am

    Very nice. Thanks for sharing! :)!!!!

  4. 6 Altctrlsleepyness May 29, 2008 at 12:14 am

    I use to own this EP. It was a fantastic find and album. Glad to see it up on the web finally geting some good exposure. Another band I’d recommend is the Ghost Writers.

  5. 7 Tomás Pinzone November 10, 2008 at 12:04 am

    You always have what i’m looking for

  6. 8 continuo November 10, 2008 at 3:05 am

    Thanks. I hope I also sometimes have what you’re not looking for.

  7. 9 gidouille August 2, 2009 at 1:11 am

    I have this. The packaging is exquisite. The Spalax reissue eschews the production design, but includes ten additional tracks, one of them being comprised of the three brief pieces from the Paris Tokyo cassette. A couple of the additional pieces strike me as more related to the Peach Cobbler recordings.

  8. 10 continuo August 2, 2009 at 8:12 am

    The above comments have some interesting references like Ghost Writers and Peach Cobbler. I’ll try to hear them if possible.

  9. 11 gidouille August 3, 2009 at 12:17 am

    Peach Cobbler was an ensemble consisting of Dominique Grimaud and Monique Alba with the NY couple, Sue Garner and Rick Brown. They did one recording entitled Georgia Peach which was released in the mid 90’s. It’s stripped down, a mixture of self penned material and delta blues classics with Grimaud mostly playing national steel guitar, Alba adding tapes primarily, Garner voice and guitars and Brown drumming here and there.

  10. 12 continuo August 3, 2009 at 7:29 am

    Thanks for the info.

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