The French-based collective gives 80's classics a smooth makeover

By EW Staff
Updated June 17, 2005 at 04:00 AM EDT

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Mustworthiness A curious by-product of the current post-punk/new-wave revival, this France-based collective — produced by Olivier Libaux, 41, and Marc Collin, 37 — gives ’80s alternative classics (Joy Division’s ”Love Will Tear Us Apart,” Modern English’s ”I Melt With You”) a breezy, crème-brûlée-smooth makeover. ”I thought it would be cool to do a musical trip between Manchester and London in the ’80s and Rio in the ’60s,” says Collin. The resulting album, Nouvelle Vague (”new wave” in French), is more than just a Gen-X nostalgia trip, as a handful of songstresses — Brazilian, French, and American — unearth the elegant craft behind these Reagan-era recordings. Remarks Collin: ”Our goal was to make people understand how beautiful these songs were.”

Ignorance Is Bliss ”I didn’t know the original ones, and I’ve still never heard them,” says 27-year-old mono-monikered singer Camille. ”But when you don’t understand the history, sometimes it’s easier to use your imagination.”

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