Les Rita Mitsouko ‎– Marc & Robert

Virgin ‎– 70635
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A1 Hip Kit
Guitar [Solo] – Sam SmithVocals – Russell Mael
A2 Smog
Bass – Tony ViscontiSlide Guitar – Sam Smith
A3 Mandolino City
Rhythm Guitar – J.B. Mondino*Written-By – Mondino*
A4 Le Petit Train
Written-By – Fontenoy*
A5 Perfect Eyes
Written-By – Glémée*
B1 Tongue Dance
Bass – Gilbert MoninDrums – Jesse JohnsonMixed By – Jesse Johnson, Les Rita MitsoukoTrumpet – Guy Barker
B2 Singing In The Shower
Electronic Drums [Rhythmic Stuff] – Ringer*, Chichin*, Visconti*Guitar [Solo] – Fred ChichinKeyboards – The SparksMixed By – Jesse Johnson, Les Rita MitsoukoVocals – Catherine Ringer, Russell MaelWritten-By – Ron Mael, Russell Mael
B3 Petite Fille Princesse 3:33
B4 Harpie & Harpo
Bass – Catherine RingerSaxophone – Tony ViscontiTrumpet – Fred Chichin
B5 Ailleurs 3:47

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(P) & (C) 1988 Virgin France S.A.
States on the cover that tracks #6, #7 and #11 is mixed at Davout by Johnson, Chichin end Ringer.

Made in France.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 3268440706358
  • Rights Society: SACEM SDRM SCAD SGDL
  • Price Code: PM264

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
CDV 3042 Les Rita Mitsouko Marc & Robert(CD, Album) Virgin CDV 3042 Canada 1988 Sell This Version
VL 3042 Les Rita Mitsouko Marc & Robert(LP, Album) Virgin Records Canada Inc. VL 3042 Canada 1988 Sell This Version
50635 Les Rita Mitsouko Marc & Robert(Cass, Album) Virgin 50635 France 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
07777 8 6908 2 5 Les Rita Mitsouko Marc & Robert(CD, Album, RE) Virgin 07777 8 6908 2 5 France 1990 Sell This Version



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December 23, 2009
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. Amazing vocal range of Catherine Ringer's added to the effect that this particular song became a subconscious obsession of mine, although it took several more years that I actually got into possession of the actual album.

Now, 'Marc et Robert' (for whatever reason they gave it such a confusing title which feels like two bands sharing same space on the front cover) isn't spectacular - which is a disappointment for the album doesn't give much consistency to this crazy weirdness of 'Le Petit Train' - still, it is no shame in Les Rita Mitsouko's catalogue either.

The opener - a song called 'Hip Kit' adds to the flavour of vocal and electro-ish overexposure first experienced in 'Le Petit Train'. Comparing it to the latter, 'Hip Kit' sounds trashy but it works. Sadly, the second song ('Smog')is a downer and utterly empty. It tries to be funny in its own right but generally it is running out of a particular idea. Just a filler to bridge a gap between 'Hip Kit' and the following, excellently cartoon-ish 'Mandolino City' which serves a fine intro to 'Le Petit Train', a bizarre favourite, juxtaposing fun melody with lyrical brutality. According to elsewhere information, 'Le Petit Train' is a reference to human atrocities - in this particular case, dealing with deportations to concentration camps, something also quite close to Ringer's heart as members of her family (her father, I think) actually perished in one of them during WWII.

"Perfect Eyes" once again drops out as it doesn't really follow the creative path of previous two songs. Luckily, 'Tongue Dance' is another excursion into the kinky area ('Let's do the tongue dance - all set sail!'), bordering with sexual extremes that are about to burst into full orgasmic flow, simply started with a kiss. 'Singing In the Shower' is another deserved hit with impressive lyrics - actually the song is rather ironic observing the nature of both, total indifference towards the outside world and introspective views of a long-lasting relationship.

'Petite Fille Princesse' sounds intriguing, Ringer's vocals here are truly beautiful and expressive, but the song sounds half-finished for some reason. 'Harpie & Harpo' once again leans on Ringer's multi-octave theatrics - albeit a filler in itself, 'Harpie & Harpo' successfully drifts along ridiculous melody which flirts with the eastern melos. 'Ailleurs' is a nice, soothing outro to the album, but somewhat dated by default of the late 80s hookline.

Generally, most of 'Marc et Robert' gives the impression of a dated record despite the fact French pop aspect as such manages to save it from time's merciless teeth. The songs are of the time, not typically 1988-ish nor they tend to be - except timeless although 'timeless' here turned out to be this album's worst enemy. Songs that aren't forgettable but the concept of bilingual material tears it apart. Ideas that scream out of it, proving 'Marc et Robert' actually had a far better thing in mind from what was delivered as final product.