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Marc Collin

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Nouvelle Vague (French for “new wave”) is a bossa nova (also “new wave”) group initiated by French musicians Marc Collin and Olivier Libaux. The group has so far released two albums. The first one is an eponymous album consisting of bossa nova covers of songs from the New Wave and other genres. The covers include songs by Joy Division, Dead Kennedys, The Clash and Depeche Mode. The various female singers on Nouvelle Vague only performed songs they were not previously familiar with, to ensure that each cover would have a unique quality.

Their second album, Bande à Part, includes versions of “Ever Fallen in Love?” by Buzzcocks, “Blue Monday” by New Order, “The Killing Moon” by Echo and the Bunnymen and “Heart of Glass” by Blondie.

Several Nouvelle Vague songs, including “In a Manner of Speaking”, “Just Can’t Get Enough”, and “Teenage Kicks” have been used in the Channel 4 drama Sugar Rush. “In a Manner of Speaking” is of special note, as it appears in the finale episodes of both seasons of Sugar Rush. Their versions of “Just Can’t Get Enough” and “Teenage Kicks” have also been used in adverts in the UK. According to an article by Stephen Thanabalan in EuroDJ magazine, Nouvelle Vague’s combination of both Bossa Nova with elements of Trip Hop and a dash of gothic pop made them just that bit darker than other average run of the mill female cover bands, and in 2005, their cover of Modern English’s “I Melt With You”, was found to be suitable for the soundtrack of the black comedy film, Mr & Mrs Smith.

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