Pascal Comelade ‘La Dialectique Peut-Elle Casser Des Briques?’

01 La Prise De Nankin Par L’Armée Populaire De Liberation (2:59)
02 Chanson (2:47)

Pascal Comelade: all instruments ; vocals on 01
Laurent Leguen: violin on 01
Cathy Claret: vocals on 02

7” released on Monsieur Vynil Records, Montpellier 1984

Not the soundtrack to the René Viénet [+] 1973 detourned film of the same name (poster pictured on top), this Pascal Comelade 7” single is nonetheless the closest Comelade got to situationist détournement technique. It is also probably self released by the man himself, who was living in Montpellier at the time. The A side is the reading of a Mao Zedong poem in french translation where the reader (Comelade himself) is trying to over-emphasize the bathos of the short poem with melodramatic accent. The music is pure Comelade with melodica, toy xylophone, guitar and organ playing the bass. The B side features the irresistible voice of young Cathy Claret, 10 or 12 years old in this recording, singing a child song in english, to which Comelade adds intoxicating toy guitar and xylophone over an insistent organ drone. Utterly cute melody and voice to which this blogger cannot resist.


9 Responses to “Pascal Comelade ‘La Dialectique Peut-Elle Casser Des Briques?’”

  1. 1 daniel July 30, 2008 at 8:22 am

    Merci pour toutes ces raretés de Pascal Comelade.

  2. 2 vespucci July 30, 2008 at 11:36 am

    Uhhh, what a coincidence… Yesterday evening I picked up two parcels coming from France. One contained the re-ordered ‘Veneno’ Ep, the other one this ‘Dialectique’ single, but without that lyrics sheet. Thanks for that digital copy, continuo!

    And as for trivia: “Chanson” – qui etait la face B du single “La dialeqtique…” – est un montage d’une vieille bande sur-laquelle Cathy Claret, agee de 3 ans, chante une comptine americaine. L’orchestration reduite es realisee par procede de re-recording avec plusiers mini-cassettes. Cette “Chanson” figurait sure une cassette-compilation du label Illusion Production (celebre pour ses emballages raffines et impossibles), intitulee “Sensationnel, vol. 1”. Elle figure egalement dans “Musiques pour Films, vol. 2”
    (Comelade, “Ecrits monophoniques submerges”; sorry for the missing accents – that American keyboard here doesn’t know them.)

    However, Cathy Claret mentioned on her blog that she was 5 years old when that tape was originally recorded.

    René Viénet’s film can be watched at UbuWeb:
    though I prefer Debord:

    While my very love belongs to Chris Marker, of course! ;-)

  3. 3 continuo July 30, 2008 at 1:19 pm

    Daniel: es-tu le même Daniel qui a commenté favorablement le concert de Palestine dans un post précédent ? Si oui, belle ouverture d’esprit. Maintenant, il faut te mettre à l’anglais, comme tout le monde sur ce blog !

    Vespucci: don’t you wanna run this blog while I’m on holydays? You’re much more informed than I am! Plus, I have a question for you: in ‘Logique Du Sens’ (1983) who is the Catherine of the first 2 tracks, ‘Un Portrait De Catherine 1 + 2’?

  4. 4 vespucci July 30, 2008 at 6:04 pm

    Well, Continuo – I included all informations in the ‘Logique Du Sens’ uploud that I could gather. Interesting question, though, as there are no (public) informations available about Comelade’s private life at all. Monsieur Pascal keeps such things out of interviews, and ‘Ecrites…’ only records his artistic works. Personally I think, that ‘Un portrait…’ is indeed about/for Cathy Claret. Maybe he was in love with her at that time, who knows.
    ‘Ecrites…’, however, is dedicated to “Marie et Claudia”. The former name appeared in some track titles, while the later one was responsible for providing some child drawings in Comelade’s booklets. So I think he has his own small family.

    As for your kind offer – better leave the blog in your hands, please:
    a.) I’m NOT very informed.
    b.) Not much time on my hands right now. The Feuillade thing is just four weeks ahead, and one of the involved bands for the first evening just cancelled their appointment… No replacement, yet. I’ll be glad when I’m through with that weird project.
    c.) I don’t think that a blog has to be maintained all the time. Holiday for the blog owner means also holiday for the visitors. Just stick a note on the front door concerning your temporary absence, and everybody is happy. (And of course this break gives one also the chance to listen to all those downloads instead of just storing them on the harddisk. ;-)

  5. 5 continuo July 30, 2008 at 6:17 pm

    I’d rather not close the blog when the number of visitors is high. Better take advantage of this to post lesser known stuff. Plus, when you run a Pascal Comelade blog like I do, you always have people asking for more ;) Shall I let them down?

  6. 6 vespucci July 30, 2008 at 7:01 pm

    When people waited for such things for so long, they can stand a break of some weeks, too. Those who are interested will return anyway. In my opinion, your blog has some pretty high profile, pointing to releases that are not featured very often somewhere else (ie. Herbert Distel). It was some kind of shock to see Moniek Darge’s album here. Until then I believed I was the only one who bought it… Stupid me! ;-)

    Am off for today.

  7. 7 Le SoT October 10, 2008 at 5:58 pm


    Merci pour votre super boulot,
    Amour & Plus-Value


    Thank you for your great job,
    Love & Adding Value

  8. 8 continuo October 10, 2008 at 10:05 pm

    Merci. Interesting track listings on your new webradio show. Thanks for visiting.

  9. 9 Daniel July 13, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    Muchas Gracias!!

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