Jean-Louis Aubert is a French singer-songwriter best known for being one of the founding members of one of the most emblematic groups of the last 30 years on the French side, namely the legendary group Téléphone.
A group of which he will forever be the legendary singer and with whom he can boast of having sold no less than 6 million records.
Gifted for music from his teenage years, he formed his first group Masturbation at the age of 15 with two friends from the Lycée Pasteur in Neuilly Sur Seine. Two friends and not least that are Louis Bertignac and Olivier Caudron. We are then in 1970.
He obtained a Bac C in 1973 but reluctant to follow long studies, he left the following year on a road trip that would last about 5 months in the United States. Back in Paris some time later, he formed a new group Sémolina in 1975 after meeting a certain Richard Kolinka, a drummer by trade…
The group recorded their first single "Et j'y vais déjà" in 1976, which unfortunately had only very relative success. Also in 1976, Aubert and Kolinka found themselves alone when they had to perform in concert at the American Center in Paris. Miraculously, they find at the last moment 2 free musicians, his high school friend Bertignac and a certain Corinne Marienneau. Both former members of Shakin 'Street.
The mayonnaise between the four will take immediately, the group is renamed Telephone and Aubert's writing skills will quickly allow them to make a place for themselves among the greats with titles like "Hygiaphone" and "Métro (C'est trop)".
Everything suddenly accelerated in 1979 when the album "Crache ton venin" was released, an album with ¾ composed by Aubert and which notably produced "La bombe humaine". The album will sell 450,000 copies and the band's notoriety will literally explode.
The great adventure will last 7 years, producing 5 renowned studio albums, producing numerous hits and filling the biggest concert halls, not to mention the stadiums. But the Ego quarrels and the inevitable wear and tear associated with the high level are going to get the better of this beautiful ensemble which separates in April 1986.
The fourteenth then exploded into two distinct groups : "Aubert’n’Ko" composed of Jean-Louis Aubert and Richard Kolinka and "Bertignac and the Visitors" composed of Louis Bertignac and Corinne Marienneau.
Aubert’n’Ko had a first major success the same year with the title "Juste une illusion". Followed a year later in 1987 by the album "Plâtre et ciment", which despite a difficult start, was also popular with the public to the point of selling more than 150,000 copies.
Two elapsed before the release of the album "Bleu blanc vert" in 1989, which sounded decidedly innovative compared to anything Aubert had done before, especially during the Telephone period. This album is fundamentally green and which will produce two flagship titles: "Voilà c’est fini" and "Sid'Aventure".
It is not two years but four that will pass to see the release of the next album "H", album which was released in 1993, sold more than 400,000 copies (!) and no longer deals with ecology but this time wonders about the meaning of life. Of which will be extracted mainly the enormous "Temps à nouveau".
A year later in 1994, the magnificent single "Les Plages" was released, a title that will remain as one of the flagship titles of his discography.
New album "Stocholm" in 1997. Which, unlike the previous one, sells badly. Barely 100,000 copies. A slight air gap that will in no way mar the rest of the career of this gifted compositor. Because other albums will be released later, and not the least, but we will have the opportunity to talk about it again ...
To discover or rediscover.
Discography (among others ...) :
Juste une illusion 1986
Platre et ciment 1987
Les plages 1987
Quand Paris s'éteint 1987
Voilà c’est fini 1990
Temps à nouveau 1992
Toi que l’on N’Homme pas 1993
Le bateau sous la terre 1994
Le jour se lève encore 1997
La p'tite semaine 1998
1986 ... the Telephone page having just closed definitively, little Jean-Louis decides to stand on his own feet. And from the 1st solo title, it's straight on. We can imagine the rest ...
1987 ... like a sound aftertaste of Pink Floyd ... Anyway, and even if it is not the desired effect, it is clear that there is talent behind it all. A lot of talent !
1987 ... after the consecration to several, here comes the solo consecration. The artist signs here one of the most beautiful titles of the decade and shows once again that he was indeed the Boss. And that he intends to remain so ! MAS-TER-FUL !
1987 ... a magnificent year 1987 with an incredible number of Intimist titles of very, very high caliber. A constantly renewed inspiration which makes him undoubtedly one of the best singers of his generation and of the decade itself
1989 ... after a shattering start to his solo career, the rest is a little more complicated to manage at the end of the decade. Interesting pieces, certainly, but which lack a little relief ...
1990 ... the new decade will boost him like never before. He will have signed one of the most titles of the 1980s on the French side, he will also sign one for the 1990s. Here he is !
1991 ... a total rebirth after several years of being there. Inspiration is back and you can hear it !
1992 ... still one of his most emblematic pieces. A style completely outside the sound standards of the time, very, if not too rock oriented, but whatever. This is HIS style and it works perfectly !
1993 ... there is the rock style that works and the one that works a little less. We are here rather in the 2nd category ...
1993 ... he is never as effective as in the Intimist register. Because in this case, no matter the time, it is the emotion and the inspiration that prevail over the fashions ...
1994 ... he's back in rocking fashion, and once again, that's not necessarily what he does best. Can and must do better !
1997 ... small air hole of 3 years. We find him in 1997 somewhat calm and in a more refined style, even if the base remains once again rock ...
1998 ... the end of the 90s, like the end of the previous decade, that is to say in ups and downs. He's really struggling with the end of period ... See you next decade ...
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