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Les Fatals Picards

Les Fatals Picards


The lyrics of the Fatals Picards are often of a parodic or humoristic character, though some songs, more particularly in the recent years, are more of a militant left-wing kind.Some of their songs are satiric:
  • L'enterrement de Derrick ("the burial of Derrick"), about the namesake character of the German police TV series Derrick.
  • Le jour de la mort de Johnny ("the day of the death of Johnny"), about French rock singer Johnny Hallyday. The Fatals Picards and Johnny Hallyday were both at the same record company, Warner Bros. Records, who decided not to include the song on the album
  • Les Bourgeois — fake left-wing militant song, probably satirizing militant bands such as Têtes Raides; the title is reminiscent of a famous song by Jacques Brel.
  • Cure Toujours, about Goth youth imitating the looks and appreciating the music of The Cure. The guitar and vocals are reminiscent of Indochine.
  • Sauvons Vivendi, parody of songs from e.g. Band Aid that attempt raising awareness about humanitarian causes... but in this case, calling for help for the industrial and financial group Vivendi and stock traders.
  • Commandante, parody of songs by e.g. Noir Désir, mixing somewhat confused but strongly expressed left-wing political messages and somewhat meaningless Spanish lyrics meant to give a South American feel (in the Fatals song, the Spanish backing vocals are actually road directions).
  • Monter le Pantalon, parody of Tomber la chemise by Zebda.
  • Bernard Lavilliers, satirizing the image of French singer Bernard Lavilliers as a former adventurer active in South America, who has "seen it all".
  • C'est l'histoire d'une meuf, parody of the video for a song by humanitarian band les Enfoirés. The Fatals Picards accuse some of the singers in that band of being in there only to restart a flagging career.
  • Chasse, pêche et biture, a jab at hunters, accused of being drunk too often. The title is also a jab at the fringe political party Hunting, Fishing, Nature, Tradition.
  • Boum parodies the songs from French rock band Superbus (accused of having lousy lyrics centering on teenage loves and parties).
  • Je viens d'ici, satire of alleged bigotry in Corsica.
  • Et puis merde, je vote à droite ("and fuck all that, I vote right-wing"): a man discovers that he prefers voting right-wing, and all of a sudden appreciates right-wing artists and professes conservative social views.
Musical influences range from straight rock to punk, chanson, etc.

Eurovision 2007

Les Fatals Picards represented France in Eurovision Song Contest 2007 in Helsinki, Finland with the bilingual French/English song "L'Amour à la française" (meaning "Love - the French way"). They finished 22nd overall in 24 finalists.

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