Like a machine in the head...

Axel Bauer is a French singer and composer whose particularity, apart from the quality of his discography, is to have as father Franck Bauer, who was drummer for Django Reinhardt and one of the speakers of Radio London (Radio of the famous phrase: " The French speak to the French ”).

He started his musical career by learning to play the guitar at the age of 12 and played in independent rock groups in the early 1980s.

It was in 1983 that his fate would change overnight when one of his most enormous compositions, namely "Cargo", was released, a major title which was to be a real hit in France. Colossal success partly due to the now cult clip of Jean-Baptiste Mondino. It will be the first French clip to be broadcast on MTV !

It’s hard to do better the following year as this first single set the bar high. The single "Phantasmes" which was released in 1984 only met with average success despite its obvious quality.

In 1987 the album "The New Lords" was released, but nothing helped, sales still did not take off.

It was not until 1992 and the reworked version of "Eteins la lumière" that the singer found his way back to success. Short-lived success unfortunately.

He had a last major success in 2000 with the title "A ma place" which he performed in duet with Zazie. Over 600,000 copies will be sold.

To discover or rediscover.

Discography (among others ...) :

  • Cargo 1983

  • Phantasmes 1984

  • Jessy 1987

  • Le jardin sauvage 1987

  • Laura 1988

  • L’arc en ciel 1989

  • Métamorphosis 1990

  • Révolution 1990

  • Maria 1990

  • Eteins la lumière 1990

  • Laisse venir 1997

  • A ma place 2000

Clips :

1983 ... the shock ! The sensational arrival of a youngster out of nowhere and who will deliver one of the biggest dance hits of the end of the twentieth century on the French side. A career that got off to a great start ! A-MAZ-ING !

The visual version...

1984 ... and despite this colossal success, the sequel will not turn out to be as sumptuous as expected ... Despite a new title of more than certain quality, the singer does not manage to capitalize and repeat the feat

1987 ... a first 3-year break which in itself sums up the artist's career. Sumptuous years followed by years of withdrawal, or even total absence ...

1987 ... whatever it is, the artist's talent is evident and enables him to produce large caliber pieces. Quality is better than quantity as they say ...

1988 ... an astonishing foray into the Intimist register. Clearly more accustomed with him to punchy titles, he gives us here a title full of finesse that largely holds up

1989 ... a grandiose end of the decade which saw him release one of his biggest titles and probably one of his most successful. With him, you have to be patient, that's all ...

1990 ... the 90s will prove to be as complicated to manage as the 80s. There will be very highs ... and very lows ....

1990 ... not sure that 100 % reorientation is the best idea he's ever had. It beats, it spins at the speed of light but unfortunately it is to the detriment of the melody ...

1990 ... we go from one extreme to another. Here he is in totally electronic sound mode with a more than interesting result. We were rather 'Down' on the previous track. We are very much 'Up' on this one !

1990 ... and the very high, here it is. His second biggest hit which once again shows that he is not there by chance. Another clear proof of the fact that he is undeniably one of the biggest names of the 80s on the French side

1997 ... a decade which will see him produce only a few major titles. It's always better than nothing ...

2000 ... the legendary duo ! When two generations meet ... Even though they are almost the same age, it is really two distinct eras that intertwine wonderfully and produce here one of the biggest hits of their respective careers. MAS-TER-FUL !

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