Thursday, 7 January 2016

Noir Désir box set

A new box set by legendary French band Noir Désir is being planned, and fans are being asked to help shape the content of the collection.
Noir Désir absolutely dominated the French music scene from the mid 80s until the early 2000s, their work meeting with bith critical and popular acclaim, proving beyond any doubt that France was capable of producing a rock act that was both world class and unquestionably French at the same time.
Of course, the issue of singer Bertrand Cantat hangs heavily over the band's legacy. 
 His killing of his partner Marie Trintignant in 2003 was a horrific incident, he was sentenced to eight years in jail for manslaughter and served a year in prison in Lithuania where the crime took place, before being transferred to France and subsequently released on parole.
Cantat was jailed from 2003 - 2007, the band made a hesitant return in 2008 with two new tracks and talk of a new album. But it would come to nothing, and they finally called it a day in 2010.
Cantat now performs with Détroit and Noir Désir songs are part of their live show. Noirdez may be no more, and despite the elephant in the room there is still a nostalgia for what they achieved, and they did achieve far more than most.

It will be fascinating to see how the box set shapes up, and how it is received.

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