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October 24, 2014 6:57 PM   Subscribe

Unless you are a monomaniacal specialist of the 80s, there is very little chance that Cha Cha Guitry will ring any bell. And yet this band, buried away in Saint-Etienne – at the very heart of France – could have rivalled easily with Elli & Jacno or Telex. Emblematic of that French touch which tinged new-wave with a bit of sunshine, their electro, retro-futuristic songs have that slight sweet and sour flavour between casualness and sophistication.
posted by neroli (4 comments total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
Nice stuff. I might add a mention of Mathématiques Modernes as well.
posted by gimonca at 9:09 PM on October 24, 2014

First link is NSFW.
posted by michaelh at 9:12 PM on October 24, 2014

Hey, cool. I listened to a lot of Radio Nova back in '82-'84, but they don't ring a bell...
There were some experimental Belgian bands a bit like this (Tueurs de la lune de miel was one, though less electro). They also bring to mind a lot of Neue Deutsche Welle (surely ripe for a FPP itself?)
The band's name is a play on Sacha, the playwright and actor; not sure why.
(Thanks for leading me down a brief rabbit-hole to find a track I'd lost from back then: the less experimentalist 1ere Classe ditty Poupée Flash.)
posted by progosk at 6:29 AM on October 25, 2014

Wow, you've stumped the International Discography of the New Wave (1982), my go-to source for obscure punk bands (before the internet came along, obviously)! They would have been between ANN CESSNA & ESSENDEN AIRPORT (Talking to Cleopatra/Lost in Madagascar, innocent rec NON-3 ps 8/80) and CHAI (cut on Your Secrets Safe With Us, static rec STAT-LP-7 uk 2LP in gatefold sleeve... {++} STAT-903 1/82). Looks like fun stuff!

> The band's name is a play on Sacha, the playwright and actor; not sure why.

If you're going to start asking "why" about the names of punk bands, my friend, you're going to be asking "why" a lot.
posted by languagehat at 2:54 PM on October 25, 2014

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