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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Métal Urbain Discography Tracks

Albums

Métal Urbain - J'Irai Chier Dans Ton Vomi album art Métal Urbain J'Irai Chier Dans Ton Vomi (Album) Exclaim 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

Métal Urbain - Panik album art Métal Urbain Panik (Single) Cobra 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

Métal Urbain - Les Hommes Morts Sont Dangereux album art Métal Urbain Les Hommes Morts Sont Dangereux (Comp, Single) Celluloid, Byzz France 1981 Sell This Version
Métal Urbain - L'Âge D'Or album art Metal Urbain* L'Âge D'Or (Comp) Fan Club France 1985 Sell This Version
Métal Urbain - Anarchy In Paris! album art Metal Urbain* Anarchy In Paris! (Comp) Acute Records 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

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

Reviews

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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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