Sinister space rock from France.

July 18, 2010

I’ve been quite intrigued by the wave of space disco and space rock that lasted from the mid-seventies into the mid-eighties. Some of it even pre-dated the release of Star Wars, although that film undoubtedly gave the genre a boost. I first encountered this genre of music at my uncle’s apartment when I was a teen – he had Kraftwerk’s “Computer World” on vinyl – it wasn’t really “space” music but did bring some sort of ‘futuristic sound’ into my world.

More recently I came across “Les Rockets” from France who look like silver Blue Man Group guys and have elaborate stage performances that border on performance art. I love them! Devo and Kraftwerk both come to mind while watching them. They do a fantastic cover of “On The Road Again” with their characteristic heavy vocoder vocals. Here’s a video for Ideomatic from 1981.

The chorus is very catchy – sort of a sad dystopian lament.

There’re some great details in the video: around the 1:20 mark the van driver shifts the gears in synch with the drummer’s transition. Perfect! Then there’s the guy playing keyboard on her leg and the hammer strike in the nightmarish O.R. scene. Sick! Around 1:55 They cut to a crystal ball surrounded by these evil androids as a piano melody reminiscent of Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells (exorcist theme) drifts over. Sinister! I just love it!

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2 Responses to “Sinister space rock from France.”

  1. jungalero1101 said

    Wow. I’m surprised I’ve never heard of these guys before…this is excellent! Love it! Totally need to track down some of their stuff.

  2. funkschnecke said

    Supposedly they are trying to release a box set of Le Rockets’ material. The release date has been pushed back a few times tho. I’m fascinated by them!

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