On June 20, 2005, my faux French band Les Sans Culottes showed up for our strangest gig to date: an appearance in federal court.
I can only imagine what was going through the mind of the Honorable Richard C. Casey. Here was a judge who had presided over numerous prestigious cases (he rendered the verdict declaring the Bush administration’s 2003 partial-birth abortion ban unconstitutional). He now commanded the bench before a splintered band that, for the last seven years, had dressed in psychedelic outfits, playing loud music in stinky bars while pretending to be French. I suspect Judge Casey was thinking the same thing I was: How did I get here?
Nous Non Plus’ Fille Atomique (from our first album) will be featured on Gossip Girl Monday (Sept 29). We hear it shows up during a fashion runway show. So, if you are out there in the internets wondering who wrote that French song on Gossip Girl in the runway scene, it’s Nous Non Plus!
Nous Non Plus rocked out with Dany le Rouge at the Bridging the Gaps Green party party in Frankfurt an der Oder on Saturday August 30. Dany, we love you… roque on…
Oui, NNP are truly international superstars. Last weekend in the Los Angeles Times, Jean-Luc talked about « Le Chateau » — the song about his favorite LA hotel, The Chateau Marmont.
« WHERE does inspiration come from? Sometimes, apparently, it’s born at poolside.
The first time Dan Crane went to the Chateau Marmont he had to sneak by security, and he ended up in the pool, skinny-dipping with friends and marveling at the star-dusted glamour of the storied hotel on Sunset Boulevard. Drenched and giddy, he looked up to see a blond starlet on a Gucci billboard watching over him. « I felt like I was floating on the leftover high of Jim Morrison and John Belushi and all the orgies in all the bungalows through the years. »
And, on the other side of several ponds, « Lawnmower Boy, » NNPs ode to gardening and lawncare was licensed for a Slovenian cellphone commercial. We can’t understand what they are saying (much as Americans fail to understand us), but we like it when the girl takes her shirt off.
Nous Non Plus tore the house down at L’Encan in La Rochelle, France at the 2007 Francofolies Festival. Reportedly the second band from the US ever to play the festival (the other was Dr. John, who coincidentally Jean-Luc ran into at the claim du baggage at JFK), NNP rocked the packed opera house and made the audience dance in their seats. We were followed by the superfamous and trés sexy Adrienne Pauly.
Parisist.com (of the Gothamist media conglomerate) decided to do a battle of the Faux French bands…Nous Non Plus versus Les Sans Culottes:
From the story: « Subsequent to our review, we received a comment and an email from a member of the re-formed (though never reformed) Les Sans Culottes, encouraging us to disbelieve « the ministers of propaganda » and judge their music for ourselves. Never ones to ignore a challenge, we took this request seriously: a few of the Parisist staff writers have listened long and hard to the two groups, and have accordingly set forth their comparative judgments.
And really, who better to adjudicate between two fake French bands than a fake French website?
Here are our responses, after the jump– why don’t you have a listen as well and let us know what you think? »
Click here for the results…
We must say we couldn’t agree more…
We just returned from our first European tour of London and Paris. The shows were amazing. There are some great pix from the parisparis/Ullman Cabarock show here, and here’s part of a review of the show from Parisist.com
« The jury was out, as far as Parisist was concerned, on the advisability of a New York band pretending, coyly, to be French.
But last night at the Paris-Paris, Nous Non Plus made their case loud and long, converting all naysayers with their dizzying energy, brilliant lyrics and infectious melodies, all rooted in a solid drumbeat. And, it turns out, one member of the band, one who does a lot of singing, is actually French. Nous Non Plus (unlike its previous incarnation as Les Sans Culottes) is proving to be way more than a gimmick, and more than just the sum of their influences. »
I found these fotos from Halloween 2006 at Rubulad today, also one very early demo of « One Night in Paris » which I enjoyed rediscovering…
–> J-L Retard
In our inbox today we received this ridiculous missive from youtube.com:
YouTube | Broadcast Yourself
After being flagged by members of the YouTube community and reviewed by YouTube staff, the video below has been removed due to its inappropriate nature.
This is the second video removal notice for your account—if you receive one more, your account will be permanently disabled and all of your previously uploaded videos will be taken down.
Copyright © 2006 YouTube, Inc.
Merd, we say to youtube! Are we naked? No. Are we indecent? Not really.
Watch for yourself.
We report, you decide.