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Comment by Napoleon Bonaparte on May 14, 2013 at 2:47pm

Métal Urbain

Comment by Napoleon Bonaparte on May 14, 2013 at 2:45pm

Métal Urbain was one of the first French punk groups, formed in 1976 in Paris.

They were heavily influenced by The Clash and The Sex Pistols on one hand, and on the other by an electro approach related to Metal Machine Music by Lou Reed. They relied on heavily distorted guitars and replaced the traditional rock rhythm section of bass guitar/drums with a synthesizer and drum machine, a then-unique approach that foreshadowed the experimental possibilities that were explored by later post-hardcore bands such as Big Black. They were also known for their radical image and subversive lyrics sung in French

They were met with much enthusiasm in England particularly by John Peel and the Rough Trade label. They had an enthusiastic but small audience in France, receiving little exposure. The punk rock scene was not as popular in France as it was in England, and they did not interest the French media as English bands like the Sex Pistols did. As a result, the band broke up by 1979, though members scattered to form such groups as Metal Boys, Doctor Mix and the Remix, and Desperados, as well as joining Ashpalt Jungle.

Métal Urbain had focused their efforts on singles, and only produced one album, Les Homme morts sont dangereux, during their first period of activity. However, several compilation records were released, gathering their singles with additional material such as BBC sessions and live recordings.

Their electro approach was very innovative for its time, and the group are a reference point for such groups as The Jesus and Mary Chain Bérurier Noir and the producer Steve Albini.

The band reunited in 2003 to tour in the USA, and had since toured consistently in France and the rest of Europe. Métal Urbain recorded in 2006 their first studio album, J'irai chier dans ton vomi, produced by Jello Biafra in San Francisco; a follow up mini-album, Crève Salope, was issued in 2008.


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