Nicolas, Tsar of Russia ... No, from Indochina !
Indochine is a French group formed in 1981 by Nicolas Sirkis and Dominique Nicolas.
Originally, the 2 accomplices meet in the group "Les espions" after they were chosen as singer and bass player following the publication of an announcement in Rock & Folk.
They quickly leave this group to form another : it will be Indochine.
They give their first concert in September 1981 in the company of 2 other accomplices which are Dimitri Bodianski (with the Saxo) and Stéphane Sirkis (with the sound), twin brother of Nicolas.
Noticed, they sign their first contract with a record company.
The first single will be "Dizzidence politik" which allows them to make themselves known in the musical world.
It was at the end of 1982 that their destiny changed for good with the release of the album "L'aventurier" from which the single of the same name would be extracted, which was going to be a real hit : 700,000 copies would be snapped up during the summer 1983 !
The second album "Le péril jaune" was released in late 1983, from which the flagship singles "Miss paramount" and "Kao Bang" would be extracted, a huge hit that set all dance floors on fire during the summer of 1984.
The album is a double gold disc.
And the dedication arrived in 1985 with the release of the album "3" which contains the cult "3ème sexe", "Canary bay" and "Trois nuits par semaine".
"Indochinemania" seizes the European continent, especially the Scandinavian countries.
Released in 1987 the album "7000 danses" from which the single "Les Tzars" will be extracted. The album is a success but the critics burst and the sound of the group evolves towards a more rock sound, confusing in passing a large part of the fans.
In 1989, Dimitri Bodianski left the group to devote himself to his family.
The year 1990 saw the release of the album "The Kiss" with a new evolution in sound.
The album is selling well but the reception is not very enthusiastic.
You have to wait 3 years to see the album "Un jour dans notre vie" come out, it is a commercial failure and the group is considered "Has-been".
And at the end of 1994, he was the main composer of most of Indochina's hits, namely Dominique Nicolas who left the ship.
Indochina, version ‘80’ therefore stops from this date.
The adventure continues for the Sirkis brothers but the group will never manage to find the same dynamic during the 90s as before.
And the story turns to drama with the sudden disappearance of Stéphane Sirkis in 1999, who died of lightning hepatitis.
The group will be reborn in an incredible way during 2000, but that's another story ...
Anyway, Indochine version 80 will go down in history as one of the greatest French rock bands of all time, as much for its unique and recognizable sound between 1000 as for the personality of its members, in particular that eternally youthful look of Nicolas Sirkis that makes him so close to new generations…
Case to follow…
To discover or rediscover.
Discography (among others ...) :
• L’aventurier 1982
• Dizzidence politik 1983
• Miss paramount 1983
• Kao bang 1984
• Take me to nowhere (LUST) 1984
• Canary bay 1985
• 3ème sexe 1985
• 3 nuits par semaine 1985
• Tes yeux noirs 1986
• La machine à rattrapper le temps 1987
• Les Tzars 1987
• La chevauchée des champs de blé 1988
• Le baiser 1990
• Des fleurs pour Salinger 1990
• Punishment park 1991
• La guerre est finie 1991
• Savoure le rouge 1993
• Un jour dans notre vie 1994
• Sur les toits du monde 1994
• Kissing my song 1996
• Drugstar 1996
• Je n'embrasse pas 1997
• Satellite 1997
• Juste toi et moi 1999
1983 ... the visual and sound shock. An incredible and totally innovative sound for an HUGE hit that reveals a group out of nowhere. Strangers who will make their group one of the major groups of this end of the XXth century on the French side and this in a few years. MAS-TER-FUL !
1983 ... the rest will not be able to compete with the enormous previous single but what is certain is that this group has talent !
1983 ... only one small title in this year 83 which confirms once again all the good that one could think of the group. A music giant is taking hold in the French musical landscape !
1984 ... this title will set fire to all Dancefloor in France this summer 84. The 2nd sound shock ! What will surely remain as one of their best titles. HU-GE !
1984 ... a title little known and somewhat under the radar. But which also shows another facet of the group ...
1985 ... an inspiration constantly renewed which makes it possible to produce titles of very large caliber and this in an almost uninterrupted way. This is where we recognize the Great !
1985 ... the hits follow one another at a phenomenal speed ! The year 85 will produce a triplet of extraordinary titles. This is only the 2nd !
1985 ... the year of all records with this 3rd title which will also remain as one of their titles among the most emblematic. The group literally walks on water !
1986 ... even in softness, they excel ! Definitely too strong the little guys. They confirm year after year that they are good in all areas and it is the kind of detail that makes all the difference with the competition !
1987 ... after 5 totally euphoric years, the group searches and gradually changes its sound. Risky bet without consequences for the moment. For the moment...
1987..they are the Tsars of French music ! When we count the number of mega tubes on their counter, there are no photos. But be careful not to fall asleep on your laurels ...
1988 ... the years go by, their incredible inspiration still works. Few French groups can say the same thing. On the other hand, the incredible dynamic which carried the group until then weakens somewhat, it is clear that ...
1990 ... the start of the transition phase. Slowly but surely, change of decade requires. Style, like sound, evolves. For good or for bad, the future will tell ...
1990 ... the last notorious hit of Indochine Season 1. The sequel will prove to be more complicated to manage than expected for the group ... in all respects
1991 ... finished the typical Asian sound that made them famous ... A change of sound that will 'cost' the decade of 90 in terms of success ...
1991 ... despite titles of obvious quality, the group's decline is inexorable during this decade and nothing, and no one, seems able to stop it at this stage ...
1993 ... the results may well be falling, the group clings and does better than resist. Talent is like cycling, it cannot be forgotten. A minimalist talent that at least allows the group to keep their heads above the rest
1994 ... a title passed almost unnoticed ... From fans to absent subscribers ... Or looking for the great Indochina of yesteryear ... all the flashing lights are red ...
1994 ... inspiration in turn weakens, precipitating the progressive disappearance of the group. A salutary disappearance which will force the group to reinvent itself. Evil for good as they say ...
1996 ... a sound too close to the average of the moment. The group can no longer create the feat for each title as before. The recovery is becoming more than urgent ...
1996 ... a title specially made for young people ... Young people who don't necessarily recognize themselves in this overly typical 80s group ... Cruel paradox !
1997 ... despite a quality that is still in order, the years may go by, the long-awaited renewal does not take place. We will therefore have to resign ourselves and wait until the next decade to hope for a miracle ...
1997 ... this song will do little better. The group will not have been able to grasp this 90s decade which is going fast, maybe too fast for them ...
1999 ... one last major title to end the decade. A decade which will especially end in the drama and leave to drifting group ... But the Phoenix will be reborn from its ashes, and what a renaissance !
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