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4.0 out of 5 stars The best french punk band ever !, 4 April 2004
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This review is from: Anarchy In Paris (Audio CD)
Incredible, 27 years on, this CD sound like it was recorded a couple of weeks ago ! Metal Urbain was the first band on rough trade records. Frenchies with stooges like guitars, rythm box and synth, the futuristic equivalent of the Sex Pistols, only singing in french. They reformed recently, and are back in action, playing shows all over the world to captive audience. These guys are the only band WHO CAN MANAGE TO GET THE SPIRIT OF 77 BACK to anyone, from 21 to 77 years old. JELLO BIAFRA, ROBERT SMITH, HENRY ROLLINS, BOBBY GILLEPSIE, STEVE ALBINI : they ARE ALL RAVIN' !!!!! Get to buy this CD (or better, the french double CD version, Chef d'oeuvre, with 12 more additional tracks, in digipack with 32 pgs booklet), to realise this is THE ONLY BAND THAT MATTERS.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 100% Punk ! Would resuscitate a dead !, 5 May 2013
This review is from: Anarchy In Paris (Audio CD)
Metal Urbain was a French punk Group, with unique electronically generated drum and saturated guitar sound, and probably the only one which managed to get some notoriety in UK (although they always sung in French) , where local record label "Rough Trade" issued some of their titles.

After many years of silence, they reappeared a few years ago and performed again. They recorded their new album in the US, with support from Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys), a long time fan.

No concession of any kind, not just nostalgia, they play for young kids (mine appreciated ...), here they are again ....

To me, they are a living legend ....
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4.0 out of 5 stars The imaginary line is breached, 21 Feb 2010
Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles "FIST" (London) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Anarchy In Paris (Audio CD)
This band planted a flag in the middle of french culture and stated something was happening and what's more it all better change for the better. France up to this point sang to itself. It had its own Francophone world. Aznavour, Gainsborg and Brel (Belgian) spoke to the world but with a sense of loss and futility. Anger and belief in change was not part of their lexicon. Decadence, Loss, Wonder, Gitanes, Coffee and Whores rippled through their stories.

Metal Urbain captured a snarl in france. They sang a song of bitterness and spite illuminating the cultural dissonance in French life. Little seemingly happened in France in the late 70's especially for young people. The spirit of 68 had dissolved and Johnny Halliday, an erstaz french elvis crooned the airwaves. Culture involved waiting for a car and copying mum and dad to enter the same profession, a safe predictable, mudane socially stratified world.

The only sense of change was in the rise of the new philosophy of Foucault, Lyotard, Deleuze and Guattari. Metal Urbain however di.d it better and were more accessible than these obtuse eruditi

Metal Urbain sang in their own language harnessing synths, drums machines to waves of salvos of sound energy sculpted by the guitar. No Fun Stooges connected to the Clash but distorted with German 60's influences. It was the connection to an innate anger, not just with mummy and daddy, but to the state of the nation, a particular French gift to the world. It resonated with the UK and did more to foster international understanding than a million foreign language exchange trips. The french were grappling with the same problems as the UK, except of course when they eventually disposed of their monarchy they were never invited back.

The old silly national rivalries were made lucid and this is their greatest achievement. Singing in the language of 3rd year school torture, they infused a soul poetry within the bark of disgust.
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