An interesting new various-artists tribute CD due out later this year, with contemporary acts
performing tracks by French new wave legends Téléphone.
Téléphone were one of the most successful French acts of the late 70s and 80s, with a style that bridged punk and pop with a modern take on rock 'n' roll.
Their influence was massive . They set a standard against which all other French rock acts could be compared, with a back catalogue full of classic songs. All the more surprising considering that they only released five proper albums.
The collection, entitled Ça c'est vraiment nous, Téléphone Tribute, marks the 40th anniversary of the band and coincides with reissues of Téléphone back catalogue with unissued material.
The first track to emerge is a version of the track Un Autre Monde, by Superbus. It was the title track of Téléphone's 1984 album, and Jean-Louis Aubert also memorably performed the track at the Victoires de la Musique 2015.
There have been rumours of possible reformations of Téléphone many times since they split, and occasional low profile appearances by the members together.
Later this month they are, however, finally playing together. Three of the members of Téléphone - Jean-Louis Aubert, Louis Bertignac and Richard Kolinka playing a show at a tiny venue in Paris this month.
Bass player Corine Marienneau isn't expected to be part of the group, which is why the band are listed on the Point Ephemere venue's website under the pseudonyme Les Insus.
The only comment being "If there's one rock concert not to miss this year, it's this one..."