Tupelo Soul

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Tupelo Soul is rock band, in post-punk style from Rouen formed in 1984 which had a great influence on local scene.

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Flics formed in 1979 to follow the way opened up by bands like Public Image Ltd. or Wire. First members (Christian Rosset, Bruno Lefaivre and Lilian Picard) met in Jeanne D’Arc high school. The band frequents the legendary Mélodie Massacre record shop where they met Philippe Brossard who was an art student at the time. He replaced Lilian in Flics when this one stops musical activities. Philippe then joins Flics when Lilian quits music. In 1984, Hédi Bouachour from Le Havre was recruited as a singer and lyrics writing. The newly formed quartet hesitates between several names before finally choosing Tupelo Soul, referring to Presley brothers and to a John Lee Hooker song, covered by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. They opened for bands like Dogs, The Fall, Virgin Prunes, Danielle Dax, Certain General, Minimal Compact, Moe Tucker, 999 and Damo Suzuki... among others. Some band members are involved in parallel projects (Dogs, Tony Truand, Louise Féron, Les Rythmeurs, Les Gloires Locales...). This first line up splits in late nineties. Tupelo Soul rises again in 2008 with Nicolas Legrand (Roll Mops, Pleum, Vomir) playing bass and Thibault Aspe (2/3 de Sextet, Yplon) on vocals and rhythm guitar.


  • Isolation intellectuelle (appearing as Blameless Act) (1982, fanzine + 45 RPM, Sordide Sentimental)
  • Tu préfères le silence (1983, Cassette, Blameless Act)
  • Underground (1984, Compilation)
  • Tupelo Soul (1986, Blameless Act/New Rose)
  • Sargasses (1988, Blameless Act/New Rose)
  • Floev (1994, Blameless Act)
  • Reasons Against Racism 2 (Sept 1995, compilation, On a Faim)
  • Kama (Oct 1997, démo 1 titre, Blameless Act)
  • Pudding (Mai 1999, compilation, On a Faim)
  • Ramones Addicts (Aout 2003, compilation, Timber Records)
  • Poscard 2 (Mai 2009, compilation, Imperial Bedroom Records)


Flics - 1979 /1983

  • Lilian Picard - Lyrics / Bass / Vocals
  • Christian Rosset - Guitars
  • Bruno Lefaivre - Drums

Tupelo soul

  • Hédi Bouachour - Lyrics / Vocals / Guitar (1984–1998)
  • Christian Rosset - Guitars / Slide guitar/ Piano (since 1984)
  • Philip Brossard - Bass / Backing vocals / Guitar (1984–1998)
  • Bruno Lefaivre - Drums (since 1984)
  • Thibault Aspe - Vocals / Guitar (since 2008)
  • Nicolas Legrand - Bass / Backing vocals (since 2008)

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