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Les Créatures

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All Music Guide - François Couture
Les Créatures Creatures was Philippe Katerine's first album to be distributed outside of France and it brought him his first commercial success. This short disc 38 minutes was recorded in early 1999 with the avant-garde jazz trio the Recyclers Steve Argüelles, Christophe Minck, and Benoît Delbecq and, on three tracks, an orchestra. Katerine's appeal resides in his short songs -- musically twisted and lyrically disarming. He handles humor in a way almost closer to the British than the French. The album begins with a hidden track before index one, "08.12.2008." The title is the date of his presumed death, since life means nothing and people die in all the most ...
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All Music Guide - François Couture
Les Créatures Creatures was Philippe Katerine's first album to be distributed outside of France and it brought him his first commercial success. This short disc 38 minutes was recorded in early 1999 with the avant-garde jazz trio the Recyclers Steve Argüelles, Christophe Minck, and Benoît Delbecq and, on three tracks, an orchestra. Katerine's appeal resides in his short songs -- musically twisted and lyrically disarming. He handles humor in a way almost closer to the British than the French. The album begins with a hidden track before index one, "08.12.2008." The title is the date of his presumed death, since life means nothing and people die in all the most meaningless circumstances. Yet this message is accompanied by a very joyful tune. Highlights are numerous and include the avant-jazz/funk riffs of "Américaine," "Gare du Nord," and "Mon Meilleur Ami Est un Chien" My Best Friend Is a Dog, a typical Katerine-esque self-depreciatory theme, all very different avant-gardist pop songs written in collaboration with the Recyclers. On "Je Vous Emmerde" I'm Bugging You, a sunny, '70s-like dance song, the singer is severely rejected by a girl he invites to dance. But the pinnacle is reached with "Poulet N. 728 120" Chicken No. 728,120, where he tells over a fake tango motif the history of the chicken he ate for dinner -- where it was bred, how it was fed, and how it was killed and prepared -- finally saying, "Chicken No. 728,120, I love you/I'm thinking of you." It's absolutely delightful. This song became a hit on many French-speaking radio stations. Some people may have problems with Katerine's lack of singing ability he actually narrates rather than sings, but his warped sense of pop is very entertaining.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/14/1999
  • Label: Barclay
  • UPC: 731454788120
  • Catalog Number: 547881
  • Sales rank: 324,626

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Jésus Christ Mon Amour - Philippe Katerine (2:58)
  2. 2 Américaine - Philippe Katerine (3:48)
  3. 3 L' Appartement - Philippe Katerine (4:22)
  4. 4 Gare du Nord - The Recyclers (2:53)
  5. 5 Je Vous Emmerde - Philippe Katerine (3:22)
  6. 6 Mon Meilleur Ami Est un Chien - The Recyclers (4:19)
  7. 7 Au Pays de Mon Premier Amour - Philippe Katerine (3:01)
  8. 8 Poulet N. 728 120 - Philippe Katerine (2:14)
  9. 9 J'Ai 30 Ans - The Recyclers (3:25)
  10. 10 Jamais Je Ne T'Ai Dit Que Je T'Aimerais Toujours Oh Mon Amour (3:03)
  11. 11 Boulevard de l'Hopital - Philippe Katerine (1:53)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Katerine Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Steve Arguelles Percussion, Drums
Philippe Katerine Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Primary Artist
Fabrice Dumont Conductor
Philippe Eveno Guitar
Stéphane Luginbuhl Gong
Benoît Delbecq Synthesizer, Piano, Hammond Organ
Kahimi Karie Vocals, Voices
Pierre Bondu Conductor
Christophe "Disco" Minck Electric Bass, Harp, Double Bass, Contrabass (Vocal), 6-string Electric Bass
Luc Pilartz Violin, Violone
Anne Jassogne Cello
Dorzee Aurelle Violone
Franck Bougier Trumpet
Nicole Auglaire Violone
Justine B. Flute
Gaelle Bayet Violone
Jean Marie Carette French Horn
Sarah Charlier Violone
Christophe Chatelle Violone
Yasmina Chauveheid Violone
Sophie Cohen Violone
Sophie DeBournonville Violone
Henry Graetz Violone
Veronique Herbut Violone
Ward Hopspeyn Trumpet
Claire Lagasse Violone
Valerie Lopez Vocals
Laurence Luxen Violone
Thierry Marinelli Violone
Anne Helene Moens Violone
Pascal Pregardien Violone
Francois Ripoche Flute, Saxophone
Laurence Ronveaux Violone
Jessica Rouaud Bassoon
Wendy Ruymen Violone
Miyuki Sakai Violone
Claudine Schalk Violone
Muriel Schreder Harp
Vinciane Simon Violone
Marie Astrid Stevant Violone
Marie Carmen Suares Violone
Technical Credits
Steve Arguelles Programming
Philippe Katerine Arranger, Producer
Fabrice Dumont Arranger, Director
Stéphane Luginbuhl Engineer
Benoît Delbecq Programming
Pierre Bondu Arranger, Director, Field Recording
Hervé Dutournier Mastering
Djoum Engineer
Pierre Begon-Lours Engineer
Jean Depagne Concept Graphics
Francois Ripoche Arranger
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