Les Rita Mitsouko ‎– Marc & Robert

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The song "Le Petit Train" is based upon an eponymous 1952 song by André Claveau and Marc Fontenoy.

Tracklist

Hip Kit 4:56
Smog 3:03
Mandolino City 2:12
Le Petit Train 5:46
Perfect Eyes 3:30
Tongue Dance 4:45
Singing In The Shower 4:22
Petite Fille Princesse 3:33
Harpie & Harpo 2:56
Ailleurs 3:47

Versions (26)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
70635 Les Rita Mitsouko Marc & Robert(LP, Album) Virgin 70635 France 1988 Sell This Version
CDV 3042 Les Rita Mitsouko Marc & Robert(CD, Album) Virgin CDV 3042 Canada 1988 Sell This Version
CDV 2572 Les Rita Mitsouko Marc & Robert(CD, Album) Virgin CDV 2572 France 1988 Sell This Version
30635 Les Rita Mitsouko Marc & Robert(CD, Album) Virgin 30635 France 1988 Sell This Version
259 440-222, CDV 2572, 259440 Les Rita Mitsouko Marc & Robert(CD, Album) Virgin, Virgin, Virgin 259 440-222, CDV 2572, 259440 Germany 1988 Sell This Version
30180 Les Rita Mitsouko Marc & Robert(CD, Album, Ltd, Pic) Virgin 30180 France 1988 Sell This Version
50635 Les Rita Mitsouko Marc & Robert(Cass, Album) Virgin 50635 France 1988 Sell This Version
TCV 2572 Les Rita Mitsouko Marc & Robert(Cass, Album) Virgin TCV 2572 France 1988 Sell This Version
VG 50446 Les Rita Mitsouko Marc & Robert(Cass, Album) Δίσκοι Virgin ΕΠΕ VG 50446 Greece 1988 Sell This Version
none Les Rita Mitsouko Marc & Robert(Cass, Album) Virgin none France 1988 Sell This Version
VL4 3042 Les Rita Mitsouko Marc & Robert(Cass, Album) Virgin Records Canada Inc. VL4 3042 Canada 1988 Sell This Version
50635 Les Rita Mitsouko Marc & Robert(Cass, Album, Dol) Virgin 50635 France 1988 Sell This Version
50635 Les Rita Mitsouko Marc & Robert(Cass, Album, Dol) Virgin 50635 France 1988 Sell This Version
VL 3042 Les Rita Mitsouko Marc & Robert(LP, Album) Virgin Records Canada Inc. VL 3042 Canada 1988 Sell This Version
209440-630 , 209 440 Les Rita Mitsouko Marc & Robert(LP, Album) Virgin, Virgin 209440-630 , 209 440 Europe 1988 Sell This Version
V 2572, V2572 Les Rita Mitsouko Marc & Robert(LP, Album) Virgin, Virgin V 2572, V2572 UK 1988 Sell This Version
605510 Les Rita Mitsouko Marc & Robert(LP, Album) Virgin France S.A. 605510 Portugal 1988 Sell This Version
V.G. 50446 Les Rita Mitsouko Marc & Robert(LP, Album) Δίσκοι Virgin ΕΠΕ V.G. 50446 Greece 1988 Sell This Version
V 2572 Les Rita Mitsouko Marc & Robert(LP, Album) Virgin V 2572 Italy 1988 Sell This Version
T-209 440 Les Rita Mitsouko Marc & Robert(LP, Album) Virgin T-209 440 Spain 1988 Sell This Version
70635 Les Rita Mitsouko Marc & Robert(LP, Album, TP) Virgin 70635 France 1988 Sell This Version
VJD-32113 Les Rita Mitsouko Marc & Robert(CD, Album) Virgin VJD-32113 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
07777 8 6908 2 5 Les Rita Mitsouko Marc & Robert(CD, Album, RE) Virgin 07777 8 6908 2 5 France 1990 Sell This Version
BEC5650061 Les Rita Mitsouko Marc & Robert(LP, Album, RE, RM + CD, Album, RE, RM) Because Music, Six SARL BEC5650061 France 2019 Sell This Version
869082, VI 869082, 07777 869082 5 Les Rita Mitsouko Marc & Robert(CD, Album, RE) Virgin, Virgin, Virgin 869082, VI 869082, 07777 869082 5 France Unknown Sell This Version
869082, VI 869082, 07777 869082 5 Les Rita Mitsouko Marc & Robert(CD, Album, RE, RP) Virgin, Virgin, Virgin 869082, VI 869082, 07777 869082 5 France Unknown Sell This Version

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Crijevo

December 23, 2009
edited 6 months ago
referencing Marc & Robert, LP, Album, 70635
Les Rita Mitsouko first grabbed my attention with 'Le Petit Train'. The song as catchy as it is in fact quite scary and completely out of control. Catherine Ringer's super amazing vocal range adding to great effect, this particular song became an obsession, although it took several more years to get into possession of the actual album.

Finally meeting 'Marc et Robert' (a baffling title enough to confuse it for the name of the artist) wasn't as spectacular a whole - which is a shame for the album is falling in and out of "Le Petit Train's" weird consistency.

The opener 'Hip Kit' improves the flavour of vocal and electronic overexposure, somewhat trashy but it works to great effect. Sadly, the second song ('Smog') is a bit of a letdown, trying to maintain the funniness but generally running out of a particular idea, serving as a filler in bridging the gap between 'Hip Kit' and the excellently cartoon-ish 'Mandolino City' which serves as the perfect intro to 'Le Petit Train'; a bizarre favourite, juxtaposing fun melody and lyrical brutality. According to some of the official stories circling around, 'Le Petit Train' is a reference to human atrocities - in this particular case, dealing with deportations to concentration camps, the sad theme close to Ringer's heart, as members of her family (her father, I think) died in Auschwitz.

"Perfect Eyes" keeps hinting at, but misses the energy of the previous two songs. Luckily, 'Tongue Dance' pops back in to explore the kinky area, bordering the sexual extreme, about to burst into a full orgasmic flow, simply started with a kiss. 'Singing In the Shower' is another deserved smash with impressive lyrics - an interesting study on indifference towards the outside world, and introspective view of a long-lasting relationship.

'Petite Fille Princesse' sounds intriguing, Ringer's vocals here are truly beautiful and expressive against the mechanic beat, but the song sounds half-finished. 'Harpie & Harpo' once again leaves more space allowing Ringer's multi-octave theatrics to shine through and take over - albeit a filler in itself, 'Harpie & Harpo' successfully drifts along the ridiculous melody flirting with the Eastern melos. 'Ailleurs' is a nice, soothing outro to the album (the CD version includes an extra track - "Live In Las Vegas" - again, with Sparks joining on the centre stage, pleasantly rewriting some of "Singing In The Shower").

Generally, the album screams with good ideas (literally), only proving 'Marc et Robert' actually had a far better thing in mind, than what was delivered as its final product.