4-30-08 Hector Zazou
CD 12 (
CD BARRICADE 3 (ZNR) ReR
LP BARRICADE 3 (ZNR) ISADORA FR ISA 9002
LP GEOGRAPHIES CRAMMED BEL MTM 5LP
LP GEOLOGIES CRAMMED BEL MTM 20LP
LP GUILTY (as “Zazou-Bikaye”) CRAMMED BEL CRAM 062LP
LP LA PERVERSITA INVISIBLE FR SCOPA 10005
CD LIVE AT THE CROC (as “Slow Music”) SLOW MUSIC MQD 0236
LP NOIR ET BLANC (as “Zazou-Bikaye”) CRAMMED BEL CRAM 025LP
LP REIVAX AU BONGO (O.S.T.) CRAMMED BEL MTM 2 LP
CD SONGS FROM THE
I first encountered Hector Zazou after his debut with Joseph Racaille with ZNR “Barricade 3” on Isadora Records, from
Zazou is a reasonably difficult guy to categorize. I had the opportunity to see him perform on a stage not that long ago, with “Slow Music” in
Apart from the aforementioned “Barricade 3”, my favorite album listed above is “La Perversita”, a delightful post-wave LP that I do not believe has made it to the CD format. With it’s garish Kiki Picasso artwork on the cover (and some truly perverse artwork contained within), this LP boasts the strangest possible cover version of Les Rolling Stones’ hit single “Satisfaction” as well as lots of other astonishing music; it reminds me a little bit of the New York group Material (but it was released before the first Material 12” singles were).
Mr. Zazou has had a long association with Crammed Disques, the Belgian avant-pop label. There are some records / CD’s on Crammed that I really love, like Aksak Maboul “Onze Danses…” for example. However, I’m not sure if Mr. Zazou has ever worked with Marc Hollander ( = Mr. Aksak Maboul ) or not.
I’ve been into Mr. Zazou’s various works for about 30 years – but I really do not know a hell of a lot about him. I’ve bought nearly every LP / CD I’ve ever seen with his name present, and I’ve never been disappointed with any of them. “Barricade 3” and “La Perversita” are the two I recommend the most, the latter likely being not too easy to locate, in the new century.
So, thanks for the music, Mr. Zazou. I wish you many more successful collaborations.