Friday, 1 March 2013

Daniel Darc and Taxi Girl

Tributes have been paid to Daniel Darc, former singer with the band Taxi Girl, who has died at his hime in Paris.

Darc, whose orignal name is Daniel Rozoum, was 53. Details of the cause of his death have not formally been established.

Taxi Girl were a key band in the French New Wave scene, originally a trio that featured Darc, Laurent Sinclair and Mirwais Stass, later becoming a duo of Mirwais and Darc.

The band were active from 1978 - 1986, and they had two significant hits, with the songs mannequin in 1979 and Cherchez le garcon the following year.

While considered by some a new romantic outfit on account of their use of synths, Taxi Girl drew inspiration from acts like the Stooges and Suicide as much as Kraftwerk.

The band released several mini LPS during their career, their only full album being the 1981 collection Seppuku, which was produced by Jean-Jacques Brunel of the Stranglers, his fellow band member Jet Black contributing drums to the album.
The band would also tour the UK opening for the Stranglers and record an English language version of the album.

The album was one of France's first independent releases, on their own Mankin records label, under the guidance of Virgin records.

Following the split of Taxi Girl in '86, Mirwais would later find success as a producer and artist in his own right and produce albums by Madonna.

Darc had a successful solo career following the split of Taxi Girl, his debut album Sous influence divine coming out in 87, his 2004 album Crèvecœur wining a Victoires de la musique award the following year.

His most recent release was the album La Taille de mon âme, which came out in 2011. He was working on his autobiography at the time of his death.

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