Céline Dijon

Celine DijonCéline Dijon’s life was not always so rosy as you are imagining.

First of all, she is the bastard child from an illegitimate union between two misfits: a disillusioned Swiss man who fled to Paris when someone told him there was more to life than chocolate and cuckoo clocks, and a Chinese woman who fled to the US when someone told her that her country was going to force her to have no fashion freedom.

Céline’s birth at the Hôpital Américain de Paris (which, ironically, is not IN Paris, but in the suburbs) almost entirely drained the family’s resources, as no one had informed them that it was no longer free to expats since the 1920s.

As a result, Céline Dijon was not raised on the right bank. NO. The poor thing is une enfant du sixième. So Bobo!

Impatient to live the perfect life she had envisioned for herself, she auditioned to be a Crazy Horse dancer at the tender age of 14. Tragedy. Her breasts were the right shape, but despite having started to avidly smoke by the age of 12, this did not prove early enough to stunt her growth: at 1m76, she was already too tall for Le Crazy. She quit smoking.

Dejected, she accepted an offer to sing as back-up for Lova Moor’s pop outfit (still in the hopes of getting into Le Crazy). Quickly realizing this was leading absolutely nowhere, she saved all her centimes to cross the Atlantique, where she had heard something about intriguing self-made men. After a little turbulence, narrow seats and NO MOVIE (merde alors, putain de Concorde!) she landed in Queens, et le reste, mes amis, c’est de l’Histoire…

The Loli video from Ménagerie

Jean-Luc and Céline featured in Google ad

Allô Allô was written by Jean-Luc and recorded and produced by Michael Andrews in 2003.

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Fille Atomique on Gossip Girl!

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!

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NN+ rocks out with Dany le Rouge

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…

NNP in the LA Times

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.

NNP at Les Francofolies 2007

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.

Battle of the Faux French bands… FINALLY!

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…

NNP in Paris

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. »

Trésors Perdus, Redécouverts

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