Bob Sinclar

Bob Sinclar

Real Name:
Christophe Le Friant
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Born: 10 May 1969 in Douarnenez, Brittany, France.

Grammy Award-nominated French record producer, house music DJ & remixer, and owner of the label Yellow Productions.
The second name of this stage name, is pronounced "Sinclair" (like British computer/engineering brand named after Sir Clive Sinclair), and is often misspelt like this on releases and in publications.

Noted French house svengali, head honcho of ultra-hip independent label Yellow Productions, and responsible of The Mighty Bop project. Chris lives in Le Marais, the gay quarter of Paris, the city in which he learnt to play his trade as a funk, rap and French hip-hop DJ in 1986, when he was 18.

Chris 'Le French Kiss' got the name Bob Sinclar from a French spy movie ("Le Magnifique" directed by Philippe de Broca) and first adopted, to a certain extent, the attitude portrayed by the character in the film.

In 1998, the release of Sinclar's first album "Paradise" sparked a storm of controversy. Thomas Bangalter's song "Gym Tonic", which was included on the album without Bangalter's consent, caused legal issues when it used an illegal sample of Jane Fonda.

However, in 2000, Sinclar's second opus "Champs Élysées" confirmed his success with hits such as "I Feel For You" and "Darlin' ".
Other releases from that period includes his collaboration with Disco artist Cerrone for a compilation of remixes, and the popular Africanism series, which was more deep house oriented.

Dropping the original concept of "Bob Sinclar" after that, the release of "III" (2003) and of "Western Dream" (2006) established him as a popular/commercial DJ.

His remixing skills are notable, as he worked for artists such as Ian Pooley, Jamiroquai, Dimitri From Paris, Moby, Fused, and Madonna.

Related collaborators: Bob Sinclar's Philarmonic Orchestra, The BS's Angels.
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Bob Sinclar Discography

Albums

PRO 00003 Bob Sinclar Paradise (Album) Yellow Productions PRO 00003 France 1995 Sell This Version
CHAMPCD1 Bob Sinclar Champs Elysées (Album, Comp) Yellow Productions CHAMPCD1 Australia 2000 Sell This Version
CDL 1376-03 Bob Sinclar III (Album) Yellow Productions CDL 1376-03 Russia 2003 Sell This Version
OD 04.06.0810 Bob Sinclar Western Dream (Album) Yellow Productions OD 04.06.0810 Ukraine 2006 Sell This Version
STARCD 7360 Bob Sinclar Born In 69 (Album) Barclay, Yellow Productions STARCD 7360 South Africa 2009 Sell This Version
11.80.9061 Bob Sinclar, Sly & Robbie Bob Sinclar, Sly & Robbie - Made In Jamaïca (Album) D:vision Records 11.80.9061 Portugal 2010 Sell This Version
541137CD Bob Sinclar Disco Crash (Album) Vendetta Records 541137CD Belgium 2012 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

YP014 Bob Sinclar A Space Funk Project(12") Yellow Productions YP014 France 1996 Sell This Version
YP019 Bob Sinclar Space Funk Project Vol 2 Yellow Productions YP019 France 1997 Sell This Version
COL 66 5308 6 Bob Sinclar Feat. Salomé De Bahia Bob Sinclar Feat. Salomé De Bahia - Eu So Quero Um Xodo (Maxi) Columbia COL 66 5308 6 France 1997 Sell This Version
3984-24687-2 Bob Sinclar Ultimate Funk (Maxi, Single) Yellow Productions 3984-24687-2 Australia 1998 Sell This Version
YP 0512 Bob Sinclar Feat. Lee A. Genesis* Bob Sinclar Feat. Lee A. Genesis* - My Only Love (Single, Maxi) Yellow Productions YP 0512 France 1998 Sell This Version
none Bob Sinclar Gym Tonic (Maxi) Not On Label none UK 1998 Sell This Version
YP 049 Bob Sinclar The Ghetto (Uptown) (Maxi) Yellow Productions YP 049 France 1998 Sell This Version
YP 035 Bob Sinclar Super Funky Brake's Volume 1(12", Ltd) Yellow Productions YP 035 France 1998 Sell This Version
SPCD2225 Bob Sinclar Vision Of Paradise(CD, Single, Promo) Reel Up SPCD2225 France 1998 Sell This Version
8573 85808 2 Bob Sinclar vs. Cutee B Bob Sinclar vs. Cutee B - Darlin' (Single, Maxi) Yellow Productions 8573 85808 2 Germany 2000 Sell This Version
YP064, YP 064 Bob Sinclar I Feel For You (Maxi, Single) Yellow Productions, Yellow Productions YP064, YP 064 France 2000 Sell This Version
none Bob Sinclar Life / Unknown(12", S/Sided, Promo) Defected none UK 2000 Sell This Version
none Bob Sinclar Greetings From Champs Elysées(12") Defected none Germany 2000 Sell This Version
YP 064 Bob Sinclar Introducing... Champs Elysèes EP(2x12", EP) Yellow Productions YP 064 France 2000 Sell This Version
PROC 95476 Bob Sinclar Save Our Soul (Maxi, Single) Yellow Productions PROC 95476 France 2001 Sell This Version
0128605DEF Bob Sinclar Ich Rocke (Maxi) Yellow Productions 0128605DEF Germany 2001 Sell This Version
SUB 58CD Bob Sinclar Freedom (Maxi) Subliminal SUB 58CD US 2001 Sell This Version
9653 Bob Sinclar Hot Quotes(7", Pro) Barclay 9653 France 2001 Sell This Version

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Ptpix1

Ptpix1

September 20, 2014
edited about 1 year ago
Bob Sinclar is the prime example of a once good artist going to shit. His character is (or should I say was) based off of a secret agent who was a former-porn star played by Jean-Paul Belmondo in the movie "Le Magnifique". He first started out with his EP called "A Space Funk Project". Which was a good start for him. After releasing a few more single's, his came out with his first album "Paradise". Which has really grown on me ever since I first listened to it. Each track on it ranges from good to amazing and each track has it's own unique sound. However the track "Gym Tonic" was completely stolen from Thomas Bangalter. For the full story, click here: http://is.gd/QObMno. This would come back to bite him in the ass later on. On a side note, I never liked how he would put naked women all over his music. Thankfully, he stopped doing that by the time the Paradise-era came to a close. His next (but last good) album "Champs Elysées" is a pretty good album even though some of the tracks fall short compared to the other's. I will do a separate review of Champs Elysées another time. After the release of Champs Elysées, Bob Sinclar left the French House circle and has made crappy commercial music since. In my opinion, the only good songs he made after Champs Elysées are "Love Generation" & "World, Hold On". Final verdict, check out his older stuff if you like House Music.
City_79

City_79

February 19, 2014
Paradise was awesome back in the days, but all the other albums....(Except Champ Elysées maybe . . .)
tekkno-guy

tekkno-guy

November 30, 2010
edited over 5 years ago
What happened to putting naked women on the covers and center labels of Bob Sinclar records? I thought the only way to sell talentless and wasteful music was to put naked women on them.
CenkAkyol

CenkAkyol

September 6, 2007
Christophe's Paradise album was 100% good one. Disco at it's best without any bad track. Then after years, he came up with a song (I was listening that 'Love Generation' everyday on Melbourne radios 15 times a day) and I wasn't even imagine it was by Christophe. Than the shock came and yes it was the new single by Bob Sinclar! But the bomb came after that. The worst of the worst was that newly single, Freedom. Well is there any explanation not to use at least a different name?! Anyway, Paradise is still a timeless album but excitement of hearing the name Bob Sinclar is over by the house & techno scene.
executioner128

executioner128

July 26, 2007
edited over 8 years ago
Bob Sinclar: arguably the worst "artist" of this era: his producing is downright feeble and despicable, ranging from stealing complete tracks to raping C&C music factory's "Gonna Make You Sweat". Inane vocals in abundance, loops to give you twitching headaches, cheese-feeding until your head explodes like rotten fruit. Really, every man with a minimum of intelligence will agree with me: music for the music-haters amongst us!
Kybosh

Kybosh

July 15, 2007
edited over 8 years ago
The DJ/Producer/Remixer commonly known as Bob Sinclar clearly polarises opinion. Judging by previous comments I think it's fair to say he's loved and loathed in equal measure, which is as it should be IMO...more on that later.
His early career saw him in the vanguard of the French filtered house phenomenon which in it's infancy reinvigorated the entire house music scene. His first album was something of a classic, "Ghetto" and "Visions of Paradise" being memorable efforts, however the misguided "Gym & Tonic" and the shenanigans surrounding it was to prove a portent of problems looming on the horizon. The "French Touch" became, if we're being honest, very formulaic and something of a parody after 3 years of sweeping filters and disco samples. After an interesting dabble with what I would describe as electro in the shape of "III" Sinclar returned from the wilderness with a number of radio friendly records in the vain of Dario G; "Love Generation" being a huge hit. I hated it on first listen, and after a thousand more I doubt it'll grow on me, it did however lead to some quality remixes.
For some reason his more recent effort "World Hold On" found more favour with me, infact after hearing it in Ibiza a few times last summer during special moments I've grown to love it and it's perhaps his finest hour to date. Is it cheesy? Yes, very, but then most house music probably is, at least it's honest about what it does, the sentiment is no different to most records who hide beneath a veneer of minimal indifference (detached Germanic Microhouse an obvious example).
I was staggered he released "Rock This Party" as I can find no redeeming features within the record. Remixes aside it has all the subtlety of the Bay City Rollers...moreover, whoever advised him to appear in the video needs to be taken outside, blindfolded, lined-up against a wall and shot.
I can't help escape the thought that Sinclar has perhaps forsaken an artistic legacy of the faceless master producer a la to pursue avenues in the more popular side of dance music. However, even amongst the most celebrated of his peers the likes of Daft Punk have sailed close to the wind but succesfully navigated the treacherous seas between pop and dancefloor (Discovery in it's entirerity oscillated between the sublime to the ridiculous) for want of a better word. But who am I to criticise?
ledjfab

ledjfab

August 12, 2006
edited over 9 years ago
In my point of view, Bob Sinclar had a big potential in the first years of his career. When he began, he was in the close circle of the best French DJ's. His first album revealed many good tracks, such as "My Only Love", "The Ghetto", "Visions Of Paradise" and "Disco 2000 Selector". His remixing skills were notable (Ian Pooley, Superfunk, Dimitri From Paris, Stardust amongst others). But the "Gym Tonic" event seem to have been crucial. It pushed him away from that circle. However, for a short period of time, he continued to elaborate on his original concept of "Bob Sinclar". "Champs Élysées" also contained a few good tracks such as "I Feel For You", "Ich Rocke" and "Save Our Soul". Many other remixes proved potent: Fused, Serge Gainsbourg, Jamiroquai, Moby. "III" was mostly left away. The melting pot of Tango, Electro Pop and House didn't followed the same logic. After the release of a remodeled "Greatest Hits" album, Bob Sinclar deliberately embraced the commercial side of Dance Music with "Western Dream", and releases such as "Love Generation" which were added to daytime radio airplay in North America. The childish aspect of the music and of the videos clearly shows that the original concept of Bob Sinclar was finally left away. No more "man of mystery", no more samples. It's now something totally different from what it was back ten years ago. Bob Sinclar is now mainstream, believe it or not. Which makes his music a lot less interesting to my ears. I still enjoy some of his previous works like some people enjoy "Africanism".
DopeHeadz

DopeHeadz

October 19, 2005
edited over 10 years ago
Clearly Bob Sinclair productions head very much towards "old superfunk disco days of the 80's" with a slight touch of today house. He tries to get the best out of his compositions being somehow unique by using live musicians and not samplers and co.
Although when he works on the studio he tries to involve in his works as many well-known people as he can (Cerrone Cutee'B etc) has he suceeded as a composer? IMO nooo!!!
Has he suceeded as a producer? IMO yeees! Africanism series are just perfect.
Are his sets good? Pretty perfect. I like him as a DJ the way he builds up his set but anyway the materials he has on his crates are not my taste. His DJ side is over-influenced by the "Bob Sinclair disease" making him the ideal DJ for excecutives or BCBG/Poshy type of people.
+1 for the idea that he should stick with his label management. He has nothing to offer to the local scene with cheesy-crappy-love-generation-alike-releases.
stfdnx

stfdnx

November 26, 2004
edited over 11 years ago
For me this guy is a crook. Here's the story that has been related in french sprecialized press few years ago : Formally known as Dj Chris the French Kiss, he asked to some other "french touch" guys to make tracks for the concept "Bob Sinclar". After the success of one of these tracks, Bangalter's "Gym Tonic" (not a collaboration, 100% of Bangalter) and the clearing problems for Jane Fonda's voice, Chris just steal the track (Bangalter didn't want to release it as a single) and decided to become THE Bob Sinclar. So Chris became famous stealing a Bangalter's record... For information, Bob Sinclar, or more precisely Bob Saint-Clair, is the name of a parodic secret agent played by Jean-Paul Belmondo in the french movie "Le Magnifique"

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