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France (1977 – 1979)

Métal Urbain was one of the first French groups. They were heavily influenced by The Clash and Sex Pistols on the one hand, and on the other by an approach related to Metal Machine Music by Lou Reed. They relied on heavily distorted guitars and replaced the traditional rock rhythm section of bass guitar/drums with a synthesizer and drum machine, a then-unique approach that foreshadowed the experimental possibilities that were explored by later bands such as Big Black. They were also known for their radical image (the color scheme of albums always being a stark black, white and red), and subversive lyrics sung in French. Métal Urbain was met with much enthusiasm in England, particularly by John Peel and the Rough Trade label. (Métal Urbain’s single “Paris Maquis” was Rough Trade’s first release.) They had an enthusiastic but small audience in France, receiving little exposure. The punk rock scene was not as popular in France as it was in England, and they did not interest the French media as English bands like Sex Pistols did. As a result, the band broke up by 1979, though members scattered to form such groups as Metal Boys, Doctor Mix and The Remix, and Desperados.

Métal Urbain had focused their efforts on singles, and only produced one album, Les Hommes Morts Sont Dangereux, while active. However, since their breakup, several compilation records were released, gathering their singles with additional material such as BBC sessions and live recordings.


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  • cyberhorse3000

    coolest mofos around

    14 Aug 2014 Reply
  • similiskai

    crève salope

    13 Mar 2014 Reply
  • pee-why

    Néophyte en artiste similaire c'est très bien vu. Merci pour eux !

    13 Jul 2012 Reply
  • thrillseeker01

    Thank You John Peel for letting me know this band exists

    7 May 2012 Reply
  • unaccounted4

    so damn cool. how have i never heard of them before?

    19 Feb 2012 Reply
  • NecroPanzer

    CRÈVE SALOPE!! Cette chanson m'a fait découvrir et aimer le punk, en plus c'était une version vraiment de très mauvaise qualité sur cassette, elle m'a aussi appris à apprécier la musique crade de garage, à une époque où mes camarades de collège me racolaient avec leur bouse de pop-punk à la sum 41. Ave Métal Urbain!!

    6 Feb 2012 Reply
  • here_am_i

    why aren't thay quite popular? imho, most stylish french punks

    6 Feb 2012 Reply


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  • punk1968

    super groupe de punk français mon prefere parmi tant d'autre mais c'est mon groupe fetish tous est bon (paroles music opinionetc..)

    23 Aug 2010 Reply
  • Rich87

    More people need to know of this band. They're awesome!

    30 Jun 2010 Reply
  • hurluberu

    Si vous aimez Métal Urbain, tentez Métal Boys, en réédition aussi chez Seveteen Record. C'est plus calme mais tout aussi sombre. En bonus, la jolie voix de China (si mes souvenirs sont exacts).

    31 Mar 2010 Reply
  • ashleyrobb

    lady coca colaaa

    14 Feb 2010 Reply
  • szczepan1989

    "Panik" is epic

    22 Jan 2010 Reply
  • th1s1sm1n3

    Thank you Steve Albini for letting me know this band exists.

    19 Aug 2009 Reply
  • Gradouble

    t'as vie vaut pas 100 bales, sales putain dégeulasse ! ahahah

    19 Apr 2009 Reply
  • Gradouble

    magnifique! depuis plus de 30 ans en plus, c'est fou comme rien n'a changé !

    13 Apr 2009 Reply
  • le_general_midi

    Vous êtes passé par Rouen en 2007, je ne vous en remercierai jamais assez... Fan depuis plus de 20 ans, vous m'ouvrîtes les oreilles et quelques neurones et synapses vers d'autres perspectives que le rock binaire à guitares

    15 Mar 2009 Reply
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    27 Aug 2008 Reply

    You don't even know what you are talking about, PapaWheelie... Get lost!

    3 Aug 2008 Reply
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