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L’Affaire Louis' Trio

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L'Affaire Louis' Trio are a French art pop band that emerged to much acclaim in 1987 and were active for another ten years. Upon breaking up in 1997 after six album releases, singer/songwriter Hubert Mounier embarked on a successful solo career. Comprised of Mounier (vocals, guitar; aka Cleet Boris), his brother Vincent Mounier (guitar, bass; aka Karl Niagara), and François Lebleu (keyboard, drums; aka Bronco Junior), the band was founded in 1982 in Lyon, France, and made its full-length album debut in 1987 with Chic Planète on Barclay Records. Recorded in collaboration with a long list of studio musicians, Chic Planète spawned a couple Top 30 hit singles ("Tout Mais Pas Ça," "Chic Planète") and earned the band a Victoires de la Musique award for Révélation Variétés Masculine de l'Année (i.e., Best New Male Artist of the Year). Subsequent albums include Le Retour de l'Âge d'Or (1988), Sans Légende (1990), Mobilis in Mobile (1993), L'Homme aux Milles Vies (1995), and L'Affaire Louis' Trio (1997). Among the band's biggest hits was "Mobilis in Mobile," which reached the Top 20 of the French singles chart in 1993. After a decade of success, L'Affaire Louis' Trio broke up in 1997 and the best-of collection Le Meilleur de l'Affaire was in turn compiled for release in 1998. In the wake of the band's breakup, Mounier embarked on a solo career, releasing the albums Le Grand Huit (2001), Voyager Léger (2005), and Affaire Classée (2008). ~ Jason Birchmeier

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1982 in Lyons, France

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'80s, '90s