The Teenagers (French band)

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The Teenagers
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Background information
Origin Paris, France
Genres Indie rock
Synthpop[1]
Indie pop[2]
Years active 2005–present
Labels XL Recordings
Merok Records
Summer Lovers Unlimited
Members Michael Szpiner
Dorian Dumont
Quentin Delafon

The Teenagers are a French synthpop band formed in late 2005, originally as a joke.[3] They achieved some degree of notoriety with the song "Homecoming", both for its catchy sound and for its explicit language and misogynistic content.[4][5] Their debut album Reality Check was released in the UK on 17 March 2008[6] and 18 March 2008 in the rest of Europe and the United States.

Critical reception[edit]

NME praised the bands "self-aware, smart sentiments, played out against a backdrop of lush, danceable, huggable pop."[7] They have been said to "sound like Kraftwerk doing the soundtrack to a porno film"[8] Their music is a mix of an electro-pop sound, comical lyrics and potent melodies. Their quirky fashion sense is inspired by the eccentric East London style, and copied by their cult fan base.[9] The track "Homecoming" was elected 4th best song of 2007 by NME. During 2008 The Teenagers toured the globe (25 countries, 100 cities) to promote their debut album "Reality Check" and they are now writing new material. They played at the Reading Festival (UK), at Glastonbury (UK) and Summersonic (Japan) and have been invited as a support band by Vampire Weekend in the US and Europe.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Reality Check (2008) UK: No. 184 (UK Indie: No. 13) FR: No. 164

EPs[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • "Homecoming" (2007)
  • "Starlett Johansson" (2007)
  • "Fuck Nicole" (USA/Canada only release) (2008)
  • "Love No" (2008)
  • "Make It Happen" (2008)
  • "Made Of" (2010)
  • "Secret Crush" (2012)

Remixes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sullivan, Caroline (2007-12-07). "First Sight: The Teenagers". London: Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved 2008-03-12. 
  2. ^ "The Teenagers - Dedicated followers of frivolity". London: Independent.co.uk. 2008-03-14. Retrieved 2008-04-06. 
  3. ^ "The Teenagers - Reality Check review". Gigwise.com. 2008-03-05. Retrieved 2008-03-11. 
  4. ^ "Triple X Teens: down and dirty with The Teenagers". DrownedinSound.com. Retrieved 2008-03-11. 
  5. ^ "Wednesday 09/05/07 The Teenagers @ Korova, Liverpool". Gigwise.com. 2007-05-11. Retrieved 2008-03-11. [dead link]
  6. ^ "The Teenagers announce debut album details". IPC Media. 2007-12-21. Retrieved 2008-03-11. 
  7. ^ "The Teenagers - Love No review". IPC Media. 2008-02-26. Retrieved 2008-03-11. 
  8. ^ "The Teenagers - Love No review". Spoonfed. 2008-09-02. Retrieved 2008-09-02. 
  9. ^ "The Teenagers, artists of the day". Spoonfed.co.uk. 2008-09-02. Retrieved 2008-09-02. 

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