Les Innocents

One of France's most respected pop acts, Les Innocents were a jangly pop band that released four albums between 1989 and 1999, all of which displayed its leaders' (J.P. Nataf and Jean-Christophe Urbain) fine songwriting skills and musical craftsmanship. Their career was boosted in 1987 by the success of their "Jodie" single, and their first three LPs spawned many other hits, from "Colore" to "Un Autre Finistère." Though those first LPs (1989's Cent Metres au Paradis, 1992's Fous à Lier, and 1995's Post Partum) sealed the band's popularity, the commercial failure of their fourth and last LP (1999's Les Innocents) initiated a separation process, J.P. Nataf going solo to explore new musical and lyrical territories. A career-spanning compilation was released in 2003 (Meilleurs Souvenirs), and ten years after their last studio recording, rumors of a reunion tour spread. They re-formed in 2015 and released Mandarine. ~ Olivier Duboc

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