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The new MP3 blog from London's club Contact. The idea is to allow people to hear new music they wouldn't have otherwise found but, if anyone has any copyright issues with a particular song, i'll take the link down. Songs are only available for a limited amount of time.

Sunday, October 30, 2005

At the time Mylene and Etienne were dominating the French pop scene, Noir Desir were the leading lights in French rock, selling millions of copies of each of their albums throughout the 1990s. It wasn't until July 2003 that they came to the attention of the English-language press, sadly, not as a result of their music.

Their lead singer, Bertrand Cantat, was accused and subsequently convicted of the manslaughter of his actress girlfriend Marie Trintignant (daughter of the legendary film star Jean-Louis Trintignant) by a court in Lithuania. Cantat was, in many ways, the perfect French rock star - a charismatic intellectual as closely associated with his left-wing, anti-Fascist politics as he was with his darkly beautiful music.

It raises interesting questions about whether it's morally acceptable to financially support the art of people who have done terrible things in their personal life. Thankfully, you can avoid most of these by downloading the excellent single Al'Envers, à l'Endroit for nothing. Should you wish to buy it, however, you can find it on the Des Visages Des Figures CD of 2001. It has an interesting video by Michel and Olivier Gondry.

Buy Noir Desir Stuff. Possibly.

Buy A Jean-Louis Trintignant Film Instead

Noir Desir - Al'Envers, à l'Endroit


  • At 9:04 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    The story is more complicated than media said...
    It's a very sad story for the Trintignan & the Cantat's family, it's just the story of a stupid accident, not a murdering.
    The quality of the noir desir's music is still here and the text are so beautiful, don't miss them.

    Sorry about my english, so many time without using it...
    A french poster


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