Catherine Ringer

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Catherine Ringer
Ringer performing live with Les Rita Mitsouko at the Eurockéennes, 2007
Ringer performing live with Les Rita Mitsouko at the Eurockéennes, 2007
Background information
Born (1957-10-18) 18 October 1957 (age 63)
Suresnes, France
GenresNew wave, pop rock, alternative rock, chanson
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, dancer, choreographer, actress
InstrumentsVocals, keyboards, guitar, bass guitar
Associated actsLes Rita Mitsouko, Sparks, Marc Lavoine, John Frusciante, Mark Plati, RZA, Bernard Lavilliers

Catherine Ringer (French pronunciation: ​[katʁin ʁɛ̃ʒe], born 18 October 1957 in Suresnes, France) is a French singer, songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, dancer, choreographer, actress, and co-founder of the pop rock group Les Rita Mitsouko. She is also the daughter of French artist Sam Ringer.[1]


Ringer started her professional career on stage in the late 1970s in productions with Michael Lonsdale's Théâtre de Recherche Musicale as well as musical and dance productions. In 1976, she met the Argentine dancer and choreographer Marcia Moretto with whom she studied and also performed in various venues in Paris.[2] The hit song "Marcia Baïla" was written as a tribute to Moretto after her death in 1981. On film, Ringer also performed in pornographic films such as La Fessée (1976) and Body Love (1977).[3] In the same period she also undertook some pornography work for the Color Climax Corporation, notably a 1980 magazine photoshoot demonstrating urolagnia and coprophagia.[4]

In 1979, she met Fred Chichin with whom she founded and co-led the music group Les Rita Mitsouko. Ringer continued leading the group after Chichin's death in November 2007.


Ringer performing live at the Eurockéennes, 2007

Solo career[edit]


  • 2011: Ring n' Roll
  • 2014: A New Tango Song Book (with Plaza Francia)
  • 2017: Chroniques et Fantaisies


  • 1988: Qu’est-Ce Que T’es Belle (featuring Marc Lavoine)
  • 1997: Eso es el amor
  • 1998: Doux Daddy
  • 2008: Parle plus bas (featuring Mauro Gioia)
  • 2010: Les Bohémiens
  • 2010: L'Adèle
  • 2011: Quel est ton nom
  • 2011: Pardon
  • 2011: Vive l'amour
  • 2012: Prends-moi
  • 2012: Punk 103
  • 2014: La Mano Encima (with Plaza Francia)
  • 2014: Secreto (with Plaza Francia)
  • 2014: Idées noires (featuring Bernard Lavilliers)
Joint/collaborative singles
  • 1995: "Peut-être ce soir" (from the album Roots by Coba)
  • 1998: "Rendez-Vous" (from the album Conscious Posi by Coba)
  • 1998: "Sa raison d'être (from the album Ensemble, AIDS charity)
  • 1998: "Paranoïa" (from the album Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Doc Gyneco)
  • 2002: "Tawes" (from the album "Uni-vers-elles" by Djura)
  • 2004: "La bohême" duo with Corneille (CD and DVD)
  • 2005: "Maudie" (from the album "Le Pavillon Des Fous" de Thomas Fersen)
  • 2008: "Parle plus bas" (with Mauro Gioia) (2008)

With Les Rita Mitsouko[edit]


Soundtracks for films[edit]


  • 1969: Les Deux Coquines (Kiki)
  • 1976: La Fessée (Marcelle) by Burd Tranbaree
  • 1976: Corps brûlants (uncredited) by Bart Caral
  • 1977: Body Love (Martine) by Lasse Braun
  • 1977: Love Inferno (Monique) by Lasse Braun
  • 1978: Color Climax Special 257
  • 1979: Poker Partouze by Joe de Palmer
  • 1979: Histoires de cul by Michel Ricaud
  • 1979: Paradise by Pierre B. Reinhard
  • 1980: Petits trous libertins by Pierre B. Reinhard
  • 1981: Mélodie pour Manuella by Joë de Palmer
  • 1981: L'Éducation d'Orphelie by Michel Ricaud
  • 1981: Lingeries intimes (La veuve) by Jean-Claude Roy
  • 1981: Quella porcacciona di mia moglie (Angela) by Lorenzo Onorati
  • 1981: Lea by Lorenzo Onorati
  • 1981: Provinciales en chaleur (Julie) by Jean-Claude Roy
  • 1981: Innocence impudique by Jean-Claude Roy
  • 1981: Gorges profondes et petites filles by Hubert Géral
  • 1981: Marathon Love by Andrei Feher
  • 1982: L'Inconnue by Alain Payet
  • 1983: Les Boulugres by Jean Hurtado
  • 1987: Soigne ta droite by Jean-Luc Godard
  • 2000: La Dame pipi by Jacques Richard


  1. ^ "Sam Ringer par Catherine Ringer". YouTube.
  2. ^ "Catherine Ringer". 18 October 1957. Retrieved 5 April 2020.
  3. ^ "Catherine Ringer". Retrieved 5 April 2020.
  4. ^ Sex Bizarre issue 29, Color Climax Corporation, Copenhagen 1980

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