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Encyclopedia > Rita Mitsouko

Les Rita Mitsouko is a French pop rock group formed in 1979 led by guitarist Fred Chichin and singer Catherine Ringer known for their live performances. The husband and wife duo was one of the most successful musical acts of the 1980's in France. Pop rock is a genre of music that combines elements of both pop and rock. ... A guitarist is a musician who plays the guitar. ... Ercole de Roberti: Concert, c. ...

A Rita Mitsouko single cover.
A Rita Mitsouko single cover.


They began performing in the early 1980's in alternative spaces such as the Pali-Kao, a squatted factory building in Belleville, Paris. Their first hit single was Marcia Baila from the Rita Mitsouko album, a song about the Argentinian choreographer and dancer Marcia Moretto who had died of cancer in 1981 and with whom they had performed on several occasions. This album was creative and eccentric, combining elements of punk, rock, synth pop and jazz, and coupled with their colorful, wild, over-the-top image caught the interest of some important anglophone listeners. The Chien Rouge in Lausanne, a squat held in the old hospital. ... Belleville is a neighborhood of Paris, located in the 20th arrondissement. ... Argentina is a Spanish-speaking country in southern South America, situated between the Atlantic Ocean in the east. ... 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Punk rock is an anti-establishment music movement beginning around 1976 (although precursors can be found several years earlier), exemplified and popularised by The Ramones, the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned. ... Rock is a form of popular music from the mid 20th century which typically features a vocal melody (often with vocal harmony) that is supported by accompaniment of electric guitars, a bass guitar, and drums, often with a strong back beat. ... Synth pop is a style of popular music in which the synthesizer is the dominant musical instrument. ... Jazz is an original American musical art form that originated around the start of the 20th century in New Orleans, rooted in African American musical styles blended with Western music technique and theory. ...

American record producer and musician Tony Visconti produced the following two albums, The No Comprendo and Marc et Robert, while polishing and perfecting their sound. The American band Sparks collaborated with them on the latter record and Russell Mael sings lead vocals with Ringer on three tracks, Singing in the Shower, Live in Las Vegas and Hip Kit. These two albums feature both French and English lyrics. The most successful singles were C'est comme ça and Andy. Tony Visconti in the 1970s Tony Visconti (born April 24, 1944) is a record producer, and often an instrumentalist or singer, who has had a long and illustrious career working with some of the best known popular music artists from the late 1960s onwards, notably T. Rex, David Bowie... Sparks is an American rock and pop music band formed in Los Angeles in 1970 by brothers Ron (keyboards) and Russell Mael (vocals). ... Russell Mael (born Dwight Russell Day on 5 October 1953 in Santa Monica, California) is the younger of the two brothers in the band Sparks. ...

Jean-Baptiste Mondino directed most of their music videos in the 1980's and Jean-Luc Godard filmed a short documentary Soigne ta droite about the group during the recording of The No Comprendo in 1986. Jean-Baptiste Mondino (born 1949) is an award-winning French fashion photographer and music video director. ... A music video (also video clip, promo) is a short film or video meant to present a visual representation of a popular music song. ... Jean-Luc Godard (photograph by David Horvitz) Jean-Luc Godard (born 3 December 1930 in Paris) is a Franco-Swiss filmmaker and one of the most influential members of the Nouvelle Vague, or French New Wave. Born in Paris to Franco-Swiss parents, he was educated in Nyon, later studying... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


  • Rita Mitsouko (1984)
  • No Comprendo (1986)
  • Marc et Robert (1988)
  • Système D (1993)
  • Cool Frénésie (2000)
  • La Femme Trombone (2002)

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