Les Sans Culottes
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|Les Sans Culottes|
Les Sans Culottes at Irving Plaza
New York City, September 2015
|Origin||Brooklyn, New York|
|Labels||Vibratone Records |
|Associated acts||Electric Six, Detroit Cobras, Satanicide, Bill Carney's Jug Addicts, The Metropolecats, The Don't Look Now Jug Band, The Tombstoners, Anna Copacabanna and The Mg 5, The Spunk Lads, Gaijin à Go-Go, Steve De La Steve and Goatpants, Bernie Luau and The Easy Leis, Night Wigga, Madam Robot and The Lust Brigade, Discovery, The Electric Mess, Moisturizer, The Larch, Lucy Foley, Preachermann and the Revival|
|Members||Clermont Ferrand : vocals|
Kit Kat le Noir : vocals
Brigitte Bordeaux : vocals
Jean L'Effete : guitar
Benoit Bals : keyboards
M. Pomme-Frite : bass guitar
Jacques Strappe : drums
|Past members||Gigi Soleil|
Jean Luc Retard
Luc Panatalons - aka Le Marquis!
M'Arc de Triomphe
Francoise Hardly - aka Jeanaté
Lola La Chaise
Ali La Pointe
Pascal Blase - aka Horace de Bussy
Jean Paul Georges-Ringo
Pierrot Le Fou
Les Sans Culottes is a French-language rock band from Brooklyn, New York. The group performs mostly original material as well as some covers of French rock songs and French-language reworkings of some classic American rock songs. Their name is a reference to the citizen soldiers of the French Revolution and also the more contemporary slang term for "no underpants."
The band was formed in 1998 by Detroit native and Brooklyn transplant, Bill Carney, dubbed Clermont Ferrand after the industrial city in central France. Carney had travelled to France and developed a deep interest in French pop and yé-yé music of the 1960s, particularly artists such as Serge Gainsbourg, Françoise Hardy, France Gall, Jacques Dutronc and Nino Ferrer. The band made its debut in April 1998, at Freddy's Back Room, a neighborhood bar in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. The original lineup was singer-frontman Ferrand, vocalists Kit Kat Le Noir and Gigi Soleil, drummer Albert Camembert, bassist Jean Luc Retard, keyboardist Beau Pantalons, and guitarist Luc Panatalons - aka Le Marquis!. The band has had several line-up changes over its more than 18-year history while maintaining original vocalists Ferrand and Kit Kat Le Noir. Its current line-up consists of vocalists Clermont Ferrand, Kit Kat Le Noir and Brigitte Bourdeaux, along with drummer Jacques Strappe, guitarist, Jean L'Effete, bassist, M. Pomme-Frite, and keyboard player, Benoit Bals.
In 2005, the band's guitarist and drummer attempted to start another French language band with some former members and others and to call themselves "Les Sans Culottes". The original group brought a trademark infringement claim in Federal Court in Manhattan which resulted in a court order barring the new group from using the name of the original group.
In July 2009 the band played its first ever shows in France, performing at La Feline and L'Opa Bastille in Paris and at the 18th annual Festival des Musiques d'ici et d'ailleurs in Châlons-en-Champagne. The group has also toured nationally across the United States and in Canada.
Their music has been featured in numerous ads, on television programs and movies, including for Hewlett-Packard digital cameras, Google Nexus S smartphone, HBO's "Cathouse," "Working Girls in Bed" and "Entourage" programs, FX's "The Strain," MTV'S "The Real World" and Surf Girls" and the CW Network's "Gossip Girl" as well as the movies, "The Hot Chick" and "Dalton Calhoun."
The band released She Is Tossed By the Waves But Doesn't Sink, its ninth album over its 20-year history, in April, 2018.
- Les Sans Culottes (1999, Escargot-Go Records)
- The Ennui and the Ecstasy (2001, Escargot-Go Records)
- Faux Realism (2002, Aeronaut)
- Full Frontal Crudité- Live in Paris (2003, Digital Club Network)
- Fixation Orale (2004, Aeronaut)
- Le Weekender (2007, Vibratone Records)
- 'Pataphysical Graffiti (2012, Vibratone Records)
- The Gods Have Thirst (2014, Disques Escargot-Go)
- She Is Tossed By the Waves But Doesn't Sink (2018, Disques Escargot-Go)