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Because the night...

Patti Smith, real name Patricia Smith, is an American songwriter best known for being one of the most influential members of the New York punk scene of the mid-1970s.

Her first steps in her artistic career came through meeting the photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, whom she met in 1967 and with whom she had a particularly intense relationship.

For a time, she participated in the Blue Öyster Cult adventure, a group for which she sang on several of their songs. Then in 1974 created the Patti Smith Group in the company of Lenny Kaye, Ivan Kral, Jay Dee Daugherty and Richard Sohl. A first title comes out "Hey Joe" released the same year but will go relatively unnoticed.

The following year in 1975 released their first album "Horses", a very punk rock oriented album which was to achieve some success. So was the album "Radio Ethopia" which came out a year later in 1976. But neither of them managed to produce any major hits.

In 1977, the singer suffered a fairly violent fall from the stage, a fall in which several vertebrae were affected and which forced her to rest in order to recover for a while. Paradoxically, it was a very productive rest, since she made a strong comeback in 1978 with the album "Easter", an album that would become the group's biggest commercial success. In particular thanks to the enormous 45 rpm "Because the night", title co-written with a certain Bruce Springsteen (!) and which will undeniably remain as their Masterpiece.

The year 1979 saw the release of the album "Wave", album which did a little worse in terms of sales than its predecessor. Album carried at arm's length by the title "Frederick".

Then nothing for 9 years… the singer devoting herself mainly to her family life.

So back in 1988 with the album "Dream of life" and a winning comeback because the album recorded rather flattering sales scores. In particular thanks to the single "People have the power".

New 8 year old hole until 1996, when the album "Gone Again" was released. And as before, the album is quite well received by the public. Album from which will be extracted mainly the enormous "E-Bow the letter" which she performs with the group R.E.M.

But that will be his last major hit. Anything that comes out later will have very limited success ...

To discover or rediscover.

Discography (among others ...) :

  • Hey Joe 1974

  • Gloria 1976

  • Ask the angels 1977

  • Because the night 1978

  • Privilege (Set me free) 1978

  • Frederick 1979

  • Dancing barefoot 1979

  • People have the power 1988

  • Looking for you (I was) 1988

  • Up there down there 1988

  • E-Bow the letter 1996

  • Summer cannibals 1996

  • 1959 1997


Clips :

1974 ... a somewhat easy start with this luxury cover of the Leaves' title dating from 1965. A title also taken over by a certain Jimi Hendrix and which will surely remain as the most famous version of all ...

1976 ... we continue in the luxury cover this time with the cover of a Them title dating from 1964. The result will unfortunately be the same as on the previous title, ie without much success ...

1977 ... the first real title. And this time, there is style, sound, finally material conducive to a larger sequel

1978 ... then THIS title comes ! She signs here quite simply one of the most emblematic titles of the decade and sees her notoriety explode as a result. MAS-TER-FUL !

1978 ... the momentum is now in place and all that remains is to unroll. But things aren't quite going to go as planned ...

1979 ... she signs here all the same a new top hit which allows her to save the essentials at the end of the 1970s. It is especially the 1980s that will pose a problem for her ...

1979 ... we go from one extreme to another. The titles follow one another but are not necessarily alike. This title will not even be classified despite a certain quality ...

1988 ... then a big 9 years air hole, an almost record for the time. Fortunately, the break turned out to be beneficial and she is back in a more than obvious form. New top hit !

1988 ... a comeback which is confirmed with this new title. Admittedly, she has not been on familiar terms with the top of the Charts for a long time, but she clings and it pays !

1988 ... beautiful year 1988 with 3 titles of certain quality. She will have taken a long time to return to the front of the stage but now that it's done, it is clear that she has not lost any of her talent, it's clear

1996 ... the return to the end of the 1980s was very furtive. She disappears from the radar again for 8 years only to reappear in this year 1996. A reappearance which unfortunately goes unnoticed for the moment ...

1996 ... the providential meeting. Even if she is only figuring on this title, she still participates in a title that will be a real hit this year. It's already that...

1997 ... the previous adventure unfortunately did not allow her to come to the surface as she could have hoped. Race results : new stall. A stall this time almost irreversible because she will try to come back the following decade, unfortunately an attempt ..


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