Everything starts at the end of 1997, when Philippe and Suzette met after a show of the band she used to play with at the time (ME DUELE EL CORASSÓN). They discovered they shared a special fondness for French pop in its most elegant and seductive form, from Michel Polnareff to Katerine, not to mention the unavoidable Serge Gainsbourg and his entourage of fragile, perverse female voices (France Gall, Jane Birkin, Brigitte Bardot). They were destined to form a band together. A band that would obviously perform and compose all their songs in French.
The name of the band comes after the song “Michelle” by THE BEATLES: “Michelle, ma belle, sont des mots qui vont très bien ensemble” - “Michelle, darling, those are words that go together well”, said McCartney-. The line-up was completed with Michel and Jacques, who used to play with Philippe in the band PEPITO SEX.
Their set in those first days was mostly based on cover versions: from godlike Gainsbourg they performed “L´anamour” -which was also sung by Françoise Hardy-, and “Les Sucettes”. They also did some Katerine gems -“Samba des jours benis” and “Le plus beau jour de ma vie”- and they usually closed their gigs with another big name, Michel Polnareff and his “La poupée qui fait non”. However, the band’s own material was making its way little by little into their repertoire, in the form of songs such as “Je veux être un symbol sexuel”, or “La fille la plus douce du monde”, both courtesy of Suzette. In addition to the great composers and the sensual voices mentioned above, other sources of inspiration include nouvelle vague film soundtracks and Brazilian sixties bossanova.
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