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Festival des Vieilles Charrues 2016 - Les Insus - 039.jpg
Téléphone in 2016
Background information
Years active1976–1986 (Téléphone), 2015-2017 (Les Insus?)
LabelsEMI, Virgin Records
Past membersJean-Louis Aubert
Louis Bertignac
Corine Marienneau
Richard Kolinka

Téléphone was a French rock band formed in 1976 by Jean-Louis Aubert (singer/guitarist), Louis Bertignac (guitarist/singer), Corine Marienneau (bass/singer) and Richard Kolinka (drums).

Their first, self-titled album, was released in 1977; by the end of the decade they were one of the biggest French rock bands around, opening shows for The Rolling Stones in Paris, Quebec, the United States and Japan. The band split in 1986 for personal reasons.They sold to date around 10 millions albums, a record still unbeaten for a French rock band.

Among their best-known songs are "Hygiaphone", "Métro c'est trop" ("Metro's Too Much"), "La bombe humaine" ("Human bomb"), "Argent trop cher" ("Money Too Expensive"), "Ça c'est vraiment toi" ("That Is So You"), "Cendrillon" ("Cinderella"), "New York avec toi" ("New York With You") and "Un autre Monde" ("Another World").

Reformation under the name "Les Insus?" (2015-2017)[edit]

The band met partially ephemerally for a concert at the Point Éphémère on Friday, September 11, 2015 under the name "Les Insus? (For "insupportables", meaning unsufferable. The elided name also suggests the word "portable", meaning "cell-phone" in French, thus implying an upgrade to modern times). Les Insus? Were composed of Aubert, Bertignac and Kolinka but without the bassist Corine Marienneau replaced on the bass guitar by Aleksander Angelov (hence the reason they were not able to use the name "Téléphone"). Another concert is given in Lille on September 15th. Les insus? Also give a concert in Lyon, at Le Transbordeur, on 6 October 2015. On November 29, 2015, the new group announced a real tour in France (tour to which Corine Marienneau would not participate) for the year 2016. The tour is scheduled from 27 April to 11 November 2016 in several major cities and several festivals41,42 . On 12 November 2016 they announce a tour of the festivals in the summer of 2017 and a final at the Stade de France on 15 September. The live album Les Insus Live will be released on 8 September.


Studio albums[edit]


Anna: 2

Crache ton venin: 2

Au coeur de la nuit: 3

Dure limite: 1

Un autre monde: 2

Album "Un autre monde" wins french awards "Victoire de la musique album rock" in 1985.

Live albums[edit]

  • Le Live (1986) - "Au cœur de la nuit", "Fait divers", "Dure limite", "Un peu de ton amour", "La bombe humaine", "Cendrillon", "New York avec toi", "Electric Cité", "Le Taxi-las", "Juste un autre genre", "Ce que je veux", "Argent trop cher", "Ça (c'est vraiment toi)", "Un autre monde", "Hygiaphone", "Fleur de ma ville".
  • Paris 81 (2000) - "Crache ton venin", "Faits divers", "Au cœur de la nuit", "Ploum ploum", "Fleur de ma ville", "Argent trop cher", "Ordinaire", "La bombe humaine", "Laisse Tomber", "Seul", "Téléphomme", "Hygiaphone", "Tu vas me manquer", "Le Silence".
  • Les Insus Live (2017)

Compilation albums[edit]

  • Au cœur de Téléphone (2015)


  • 1985: "Le jour s'est levé"

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