Nouvelle Vague

Nouvelle Vague

Nouvelle Vague

French musical project Nouvelle Vague takes a selection of New Wave and Punk-Rock classics from the early 1980s, with bands like The Clash and XTC, and gives them a workover in the style of jazzed-up 60s Pop and Bossa Nova. The title is French for New Wave (and Portuguese for Bossa Nova, apparently) and I guess it also refers to the French New Wave film movement of the early sixties.

Surprisingly enough, the result turn out to be very listenable given the sometimes radical style-changes involved. It’s also funny to see how these originally quite angry, noisy, punk rock songs from the Dead Kennedys or Joy Division still sound good in their “easy-listening” versions. Here are a couple of examples, with the originals to compare with:

  • Too Drunk To Fuck (Original by Dead Kennedys)
  • Love Will Tear Us Apart (Original by Joy Division)