Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Ludwig Von 88 - Houlala

Ludwig von 88 is a French punk rock and alternative rock band mostly active in the 1980’s and the 1990’s and which gained an important success in the underground scene of its country. The band hasn’t released any new material since 2001, but hasn’t officially disbanded and is supposed to be still active. Their music is quite similar to that of influent French punks Bérurier Noir: two-fingered and distorted guitar chords and drum machine as a drummer. Their lyrics evolved along their career from nonsensical and often juvenile humour to something more serious and sometimes social and political. The band had different line-ups, among which the most famous from the late 80’s featured Karim Berrouka on vocals, Nobru (real name Bruno Garcia) on guitars, Laurent and then Charlu on bass, and Jean-Mi on programming.
They made their reputation through endless and delirious shows performed by disguised musicians. Among most famous stage clothing: cycling jerseys, diving suits, Mexican ponchos and various funny headgears. Some of their songs are satires on stars like Louison Bobet, Nicolae Ceausescu, Maria Callas, Jacques Chirac, Jodie Foster or deal with more serious topics like war (Libannais raides, Hiroshima), drugs (Le Manège enchanté, Kaliman) or misery (LSD for Ethiopie, In the Ghettos) always with irony.

Tracks
1- HOULALA
2- POLOLOP (LES IROQUOIS A CHEVEUX VERTS)
3- LAPIN BILLY S'EN VA-T'EN GUERRE
4- ASSEZ !
5- HLM
6- SUR LA VIE DE MON PERE
7- MARCHE
8- SUR LES SENTIERS DE LA GLOIRE
9- ON M'APPELLE
10- BILBAO ( PANORAMIX)
11- LE CRAPAUD ET LA PRINCESSE
12- LIBANAIS RAIDES
13- BIERE ET PUNK
Bonus uniquement sur le CD :
14- DES BARBELES SUR LA PRAIRIE
15- HURLE (F COMME ...)
16- BILBAO (Live avec Roro des Satellites a la batterie)

Details
-- Year: 1986
-- Country: France
-- Format: CD
-- Bitrate: 192kbps
-- Genre: Alternative/Punk/Ska

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1 comment:

jeffen said...

The whole French 80’s drum-machine punk sound is underrated. I have an excellent single with Ludwig and Haine Brigade that got me hooked (I’ll post it one day…)

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