Métal Urbain

Métal Urbain

Short-lived but influential band of the late seventies, one of the first to combine the drum machine with electric guitars and synthesizers. Also the first act to release a record on the Rough Trade label, and one of the few French bands to record with John Peel. Eric Débris and Charlie H were also members of Metal Boys

Singers: Clode Panik, Eric Débris
Guitars: Rikky Darling, Hermann Schwartz, Pat Lüger
Synthesizer: Zip Zinc, Eric Débris, Charlie H.
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Métal Urbain Discography


Métal Urbain J'Irai Chier Dans Ton Vomi (Album) Exclaim France 2006 Sell This Version
3135912 Métal Urbain Crève Salope(CD, Enh) Archambault Musique 3135912 France 2008 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Metal Urbain* Panik (Single) Cobra France 1977 Sell This Version
RT 001 Metal Urbain* Paris Maquis(7", Single) Rough Trade RT 001 UK 1977 Sell This Version
ADA 20 Metal Urbain* Hysterie Connective(7") Radar Records (5) ADA 20 UK 1979 Sell This Version


Metal Urbain* Les Hommes Morts Sont Dangereux (Comp, Single) Celluloid, Byzz France 1981 Sell This Version
Metal Urbain* L'Âge D'Or (Comp) Fan Club France 1985 Sell This Version
ST 001 Metal Urbain* Chef D'Oeuvre(2xCD, Comp, Ltd, Dig) Seventeen Records ST 001 France 2003 Sell This Version
ACT003 Metal Urbain* Anarchy In Paris!(CD, Comp, RM) Acute Records ACT003 US 2003 Sell This Version
MAN 080895 Métal Urbain Anthologie 1977-1979(2xCD, Comp + CD, Album + Box) Mantra MAN 080895 France 2008 Sell This Version


ST 001 Métal Urbain Chef D'Oeuvre CD Sampler (Promo)(CD) Seventeen ST 001 France 2003 Sell This Version


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September 15, 2016
Commonly described as "French Punk" as if that was there nothing unusual about them (except that they shout shock lyrics in French). But there's so much more to Metal Urbain than a stereotypical UK punk band circa 'late '76. For a start, there is no bass player and no drummer; what Metal Urbain had was two guitarists, a synth and a proto (modified) drum machine. One guitar pumps out the basic rhythm whilst the other screams with added fuzz and feedback. Eric Debris, main man, belts out the lyrics whilst raising hell with swirling harsh electronics. There's a psychedelic edge to many Metal Urbain tunes which became predominant in the influential Doctor Mix And The Remix, Eric Debris' next band after Metal Urbain. A pioneering band, perhaps best described as acid punks. Anarchy in Paris.

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