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Bordeaux, France (1985 – 2010)

Noir Désir was a band. The band was founded in Bordeaux, France, in 1985 by singer Bertrand Cantat, drummer Denis Barthe, guitarist Serge Teyssot-Gay and bassist Frédéric Vidalenc (replaced in 1996 by Jean-Paul Roy). Over the years, they became famous in France, releasing albums every few years.

Theo Hakola from Passion Fodder produced their first LP in 1987 Où veux-tu qu’je r’garde ?. This 6 tracks album shows what would become a Noir Désir trademark: finely crafted lyrics with powerful rock sound.

Noir Désir’s second album, Veuillez rendre l’âme (à qui elle appartient), released in 1990, introduced elements to their sound. This continued with their next album, Tostaky, which contained the successful song Tostaky.

One of the most popular rock groups in France, their success continued with the release of the -influenced 666.667 Club, and the remix album One Trip One Noise. Their last album, 2001’s des Visages des Figures, was a slower, more ambitious affair. This album also contained a collaboration with a fellow francophone Manu Chao. “Des visages, des figures” was the album of the consecration for the group which won the music award (Victoire de la Musique) of the best rock album of year 2002, as well as the award of best clip for “Le vent nous portera”. Although their last album seemed to be the slowest one, the following gigs were huge rock shows where thousands of fans came to see the group.


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  • iZZidane

    I could care less what Cantat did or does in his private time, the crime he's committed doesn't alter the fact that he's a genius at his craft. Art and the artist's private life don't always go hand in hand.

    24 Aug 2014 Reply
  • burton449

    "Nous travaillons actuellement pour L'Europe... voir pour le monde"

    14 Jul 2014 Reply
  • rymowanka_

    La musique de ce groupe est magique♥

    25 May 2014 Reply
  • Gaija2507

    Спросил француза, приехавшего в гости, какие французские рок-группы стоит послушать, и первые, кого он назвал были Noir Désir. Восхитительная группа. Просто офигенна.

    8 Apr 2014 Reply
  • Zaqq_the

    Ce groupe est formidable!

    28 Mar 2014 Reply
  • Godfazou

    "Nous travaillons actuellement pour L'Europe" Immense groupe que j'aurais du découvrir plus tôt. Hâte de voir Cantat sur scène en Juillet.

    10 Feb 2014 Reply
  • Elocin0591

    Le groupe est actuellement dissous. Nouveau groupe : Detroit avec Bertrand Cantat et Pascal Humbert. Album en cours Horizons avec tournée en France

    1 Feb 2014 Reply
  • instant-nature

    Proud to be a T. Rex trying to wipe it's ass.

    22 Jan 2014 Reply
  • KiwiFlash

    I think just writing this off as "french rock" in basically all tags is doing a band a terrible disservice.

    16 Jan 2014 Reply
  • Blancandrin

    Art is art, no matter the artist. If you don't like the singer's crimes, don't pay for it I suppose. But don't prevent others or yourself from appreciating it. Many famous painters have been insane and guilty of heinous crimes, yet their works are still in museums and taught in art classes. Let's bury the subject now.

    9 Jan 2014 Reply
  • StrayDogInDelhi

    It's up to you to decide if you can still/want to listen to Cantat's new project after what he's done. However, I personally feel perfectly okay listening to Noir Désir and the music he did BEFORE he killed Marie Trintignant. The music is still amazing.

    2 Dec 2013 Reply
  • mk741

    "stop judging" Yes, don't judge someone beats another person to death. We wouldn't want murder to be thought of as utterly depraved and despicable now, would we?

    26 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Nyphounet

    Maybe he's a muderer, but he still a great singer.

    16 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Michahh

    L'enfant roi <3

    23 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Crimsoncuts

    To anyone who accuses Cantat to be a murderer, yes, he beat his wife to death, but he's a great singer, a great composer, the best that France had so far .. So stop judging and just enjoy the greatness of his music.

    18 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Rup23

    Proud to be a watermelon.

    20 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Sideburnstijger

    Their singer is a murderer

    16 Jul 2013 Reply
  • CheezburgersLOL

    The singer beat a woman to death :(

    16 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Puppy-Love

    Très bon groupe de rock français!

    11 Apr 2013 Reply
  • juliendu48

    Qui veux de moi des miettes de mon cerveau !!!!!!

    12 Mar 2013 Reply
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