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CHARLES DE GOAL

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Initially a solo project formed by Patrick Blain shortly after the 1979 break-up of his earlier band C.O.M.A (often compared to Devo), CHARLES DE GOAL were first signed to emerging record label New Rose, the now notorious independent giant of 1980’s France, and released debut album ‘Algorythmes’ in 1980.

Their music could be described as a collection of , /, experimental/avant garde pop and - usually polished with a dark edge, leading the band to be placed on the borders of the Nouvelle Vague scene

and often labeled as ‘’, a term which first became popular for French bands at the time.

Charles de Goal began as a mysterious entity with virtually zero information being available
about the elusive Blain or his sometimes-band, even within the sleeves of releases, and they remained largely anonymous in the early years - not touring their work or revealing their true identity until 1985.
Despite this, C.D.G found acclaim, underground fame and a large amount of airtime on French independent radio stations, managing to shift over 15,000 copies of their debut record.

The second C.D.G album, ‘Ici l’ombre’, followed quickly with a 1981 release but was considered much darker than their first effort and faired less well with critics. A three year break then came (during which time Blain contributed to the Danse Macabre project) before the release of the bands third album ‘3’ in 1984. 3 was a far more accessible affair which saw the band go on to reach a much wider audience and find greater radio and TV success - a popularity which increased with the bands unveiling and the 1985 debut tour that came after.

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