Métal Urbain

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French Punk band from Paris.
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

Line up June 1976 to May 1977 :
Clode Panik : Voice
Eric Débris : Synthesizer
Zip Zinc : Synthesizer
Rikky Darling : Guitar

Line up May 1977 to December 1978 :
Clode Panik : Voice
Eric Débris : Synthesizer
Hermann Schwartz : Guitar
Pat Lüger : Guitar

Line up December 1978 to July 1979 :
Eric Débris : Voice & Synthesizer
Hermann Schwartz : Guitar
Pat Lüger : Guitar

Line up July 1979 to February 1980 :
Eric Débris : Voice
Charlie H. : Synthesizer
Hermann Schwartz : Guitar
Pat Lüger : guitar

Line up 1982 :
Eric Débris : Voice
Charlie H. : Synthesizer
Rikky Darling : Guitar
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Albums

8345115362 Métal Urbain - J'Irai Chier Dans Ton Vomi album art Métal Urbain J'Irai Chier Dans Ton Vomi (Album) Exclaim 8345115362 France 2006 Sell This Version
3135912 Métal Urbain - Crève Salope album art Métal Urbain Crève Salope(CD, Enh) Archambault Musique 3135912 France 2008 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

COB 47004, COB 47.004 Métal Urbain - Panik album art Metal U* Panik (Single) Cobra, Cobra COB 47004, COB 47.004 France 1977 Sell This Version
RT 001 Métal Urbain - Paris Maquis album art Metal Urbain* Paris Maquis(7", Single) Rough Trade RT 001 UK 1977 Sell This Version
ADA 20 Métal Urbain - Hysterie Connective album art Metal Urbain* Hysterie Connective(7") Radar Records (5) ADA 20 UK 1979 Sell This Version

Compilations

CEL 6569 Métal Urbain - Les Hommes Morts Sont Dangereux album art Métal Urbain Les Hommes Morts Sont Dangereux (Single, Comp) Celluloid, Byzz, Celluloid, Byzz CEL 6569 France 1981 Sell This Version
FC 011 Métal Urbain - L'Âge D'Or album art Metal Urbain* L'Âge D'Or (Comp) Fan Club FC 011 France 1985 Sell This Version
ACT003 Métal Urbain - Anarchy In Paris! album art Metal Urbain* Anarchy In Paris! (Comp) Acute Records ACT003 US 2003 Sell This Version
ST 001 Métal Urbain - Chef D'Oeuvre album art Metal Urbain* Chef D'Oeuvre(2xCD, Comp, Ltd, Dig) Seventeen Records ST 001 France 2003 Sell This Version
MAN 080895 Métal Urbain - Anthologie 1977-1979 album art Métal Urbain Anthologie 1977-1979(2xCD, Comp + CD, Album + Box) Mantra MAN 080895 France 2008 Sell This Version
CLO 2252 Métal Urbain - Panik! album art Metal Urbain* Panik! (Comp) Cleopatra CLO 2252 US 2021 Sell This Version

Miscellaneous

ST 001 Métal Urbain - Chef D'Oeuvre CD Sampler album art Métal Urbain Chef D'Oeuvre CD Sampler(CD, Promo, Smplr) Seventeen Records ST 001 France 2003 Sell This Version

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hiberniantune1

hiberniantune1

November 15, 2020
edited 10 months ago
Early electropunk: can there have been an act earlier and mightier than DAF? You got it right here. As their demos on certain edits of the Dead Men are Dangerous lp testify its unbelievable that Metal U were prescribing punk music of this abrasive nature and this original an electro(tem)plate in 1976. As out of the box as Ultravox on Haha and as mesmerisingly rhythmical and tuneful as Neu. Once the singles were issued pulses raced as the tempo MU established went up and was wildly satisfying..this phenomenon is the essence of addictive punk. 'Panik' the 1st issue is like the Clash crossed with Wire. Perfect scenesetting punk few have matched since just like everything that they subsequently issued. The angriest singer in rock, the wonderfully communicative
and precise Clode Panik, lead vocalist for all their key recordings (the French Joe Strummer) was replaced by their capable songwriter Debris somewhat later. They are still around today having resurfaced in side projects like Metal Boys and Doctor Mix. Those acts are equally rewarding and innovative. No less a name than Jello Biafra collaborated in a Metal album venture recently. Back in the day you could walk round Paris and not have a chance of buying the first single so quickly did it sell out. Rough Trade picked them up for 'Paris Maquis' and they now have legendary status. Totally justified. So original so alive and so relevant. The greatest French punks and amongst the most striking music of all time. Great Peel sessions on utube. Check all their stuff! There's a fire in the house, you won't wanna fall asleep to Kraftwerk again..crank it up. The Japanese cd of Dead Men (les hommes morts sont dangereux) has the most generous bonus stuff and a French Metal Boys double cd of their unique album is worthwhile. It wd be nice to own all the different compilations if one had the dollars. Great to know people now value this prodigious act for their worth. These edits have been a long time coming. We are so fortunate. If this stuff doesn't make life worth living then...'these dead men' are lying. Light touch paper and retire; above all- handle with care.
charlie2300

charlie2300

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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