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Thursday, June 18, 2009

French Cover band Nouvelle Vague rock NYC Hard. Spitting, Fights and Bossa Nova

France's premium cover band Nouvelle Vague opened their set with "100 Years by The Cure with the best opening line in Death Rock "It doesn't matter if we all die," then jumped into "Road To Nowhere" by Talking Heads and then a some "Master & Servant" by Depeche Mode. They do the song with a lounge and bossa nova flair and one of the singers looks like Brigitte Bardo.

During the song "Oublons l'Amérique" which translates to English "Forget America," a fight broke out and created a huge circle by the front of the stage. One guy fell to the ground after a big blow to the head. Security rushed In and ejected the winner and the loser.

The two band members Marc Collin and Olivier Libaux on keys and guitar were joined by a stand up bassist, a drummer and two amazing female singers.

During the Dead Kennedys song "Too Drunk to Fu#k" the singer threw her drink in the audience. Then climb off stage and on the balcony and started to scale the perimeter. A club bouncer quickly came and pulled her over balcony threw her over his shoulder and tried to throw her out of the club. She returned from downstairs and ran through the crowd and jumped back on stage and finished the song. She left the stage and the rest of the band performed a melancholy version of the Sex Pistol's "God Save the Queen."

The singer that got thrown off stage returned and sung with just the drummer and the keyboardist. Then the band played "I Just Can't Get Enough," and Echo and The Bunnymen's "Zimbo (All My Colours)" They played two versions of The Specials "I go out friday night and come home on saturday morning" one mellow and a quick ska version. The ended their set with Joy Division's "Love Will Tell Us Apart," which they got the whole crowd to sing along to. The band came out for an encore with Bauhaus's "Bela Legosis Dead,' where the Bardo look a like singer strangled her self with her mic cable enough to make Peter Murphy proud.

The stand up bassist played his bass like a viola then they busted into bossa nova version of Tuxedomoon's "In A Manner Of Speaking."

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