Classix Nouveaux

Classix Nouveaux

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UK group that were part of the 'New Romantic' scene. Originally a punk band called X-Ray Spex but in 1979 renamed themselves Classix Nouveaux after singer Poly Styrene was replaced by Sal Solo and radically changed their musical style in the process. CN became fairly succesful in many countries, playing to crowds of up to 25,000 people. Their final appearances came in 1985 after which they split up, with Sal Solo going on to start a solo career.
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Classix Nouveaux Discography

Albums

Classix Nouveaux Classix Nouveaux (Album) Liberty Germany 1981 Sell This Version
Classix Nouveaux Night People (Album) Liberty Spain 1981 Sell This Version
Classix Nouveaux La Verité (Album) Liberty Australia & New Zealand 1982 Sell This Version
Classix Nouveaux Secret (Album) Liberty Netherlands 1983 Sell This Version
RIVERCD077 Classix Nouveaux The River Sessions(CD, Album) River Records RIVERCD077 UK 2005 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Classix Nouveaux Nasty Little Green Men (Single) Liberty UK 1980 Sell This Version
ES 1 Classix Nouveaux The Robots Dance(7", Single) ESP Records (2) ES 1 UK 1980 Sell This Version
Classix Nouveaux Guilty (Single) Liberty Japan 1980 Sell This Version
Classix Nouveaux Inside Outside (Single) Liberty Netherlands 1981 Sell This Version
Classix Nouveaux Never Again (Single) Liberty, EMI Electrola Germany 1981 Sell This Version
Queen / David Bowie / Classix Nouveaux Queen / David Bowie / Classix Nouveaux - Under Pressure / Never Again EMI Italy 1981 Sell This Version
Classix Nouveaux Run Away (Single) Liberty, Pathé Marconi France 1981 Sell This Version
3C 000-79185 The Brooklyn, Bronx & Queens Band / Classix Nouveaux The Brooklyn, Bronx & Queens Band / Classix Nouveaux - On The Beat / Never Again (The Days Time Erased)(7", Promo) Capitol Records, Liberty 3C 000-79185 Italy 1981 Sell This Version
Classix Nouveaux Tokyo (Single) Liberty Australia 1981 Sell This Version
3C 000-79170 Alice (4) / Classix Nouveaux Alice (4) / Classix Nouveaux - Una Notte Speciale / Guilty(7", Promo) EMI, Liberty 3C 000-79170 Italy 1981 Sell This Version
Classix Nouveaux The End... Or The Beginning? (Single) Liberty UK 1982 Sell This Version
Classix Nouveaux Because You're Young (Single) Liberty Netherlands 1982 Sell This Version
Classix Nouveaux Is It A Dream (Single) Liberty Spain 1982 Sell This Version
Classix Nouveaux Forever And A Day (Single) Liberty, Liberty UK 1983 Sell This Version
Classix Nouveaux Never Never Comes (Single) Liberty UK 1983 Sell This Version
Sal Solo With Classix Nouveaux Sal Solo With Classix Nouveaux - Heartbeat MCA Records UK 1985 Sell This Version

Compilations

K28P 300 Classix Nouveaux Singles(LP, Comp) Liberty K28P 300 Japan 1982 Sell This Version
Classix Nouveaux Classics (Comp) Tonpress Poland 1983 Sell This Version
7243 8 59978 2 2, CD GOLD 1104 Classix Nouveaux The Very Best Of Classix Nouveaux(CD, Comp) EMI Gold, EMI Gold 7243 8 59978 2 2, CD GOLD 1104 UK 1997 Sell This Version
Classix Nouveaux The Very Best Of Classix Nouveaux (Comp) EMI Gold, EMI Gold Europe 2003 Sell This Version

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Crijevo

April 11, 2007
edited over 10 years ago
You can almost tell from the group's image they play 'goth'. But whatever 'goth' there was then or is now, this is a fairly mediocre electronic pop with Ultravox pretenses, additionally trying hard to look like a combination of Nosferatu and Z'ev in their frontman's image...

Music has its moments - although it is neither french nor 'french' in its delivery; 'Night People' undoubtedly remains a sympathetic debut but don't be fooled by all of its 'electronic' credits - there's far more to rock than dance like a robot (except for the excellent reggae-synthie '623' with multilingual title references in predominantly instrumental track). Not that they were one-hit wonders - CN did manage to produce some memorable songs that won't be remembered just as 'hits' - 'Guilty' (which is far better in this album version than altered single cut), menacing midnight-ish 'Or a Movie' and 'Soldier'... the rest generally kills the potential it actually has - mostly due to Sal Solo's often theatric high-vocals demonstration that borders very close to self-parody instead capturing the essence one 'Phantom of the opera' has...

'La Verite' dips further into programming-cum-rock affairs where songs like '1999' give very little to often pathetic style the band provides. Bizarrely, both records kick off with 'Forward', of course - not identically; while the original opener for 'Night People' crashed promising techno intros for horrific almost-heavy metal guitar experiments, 'La Verite' variant fools you with its subtlety - of course 'Is It a Dream' (ironically their biggest hit?!) starts a rather clumsy journey of 'Three Tenors into one' getting nowhere with most of it - the title track is a disaster; besides '1999', 'Never Again' (a deserved hit THIS one) seems to provide suitable space for what would've happened if CN only functioned as a band instead being a driving vehicle for their bizzare frontman...

'Secrets'... dunno, really.

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