...When we talk about surf music, and 90's surf music in particularly, some people forget to talk about a band which had represented a lot for some afficionados of the style in the mediterranean frontier at the beginning of the 90's.
I want to talk about the Pickpockets, this great band formed on the ashes of the Hawaï Men (two eps on Cinelux label), whose leader Franck Zwiller disbanded after two eps and an avorted album project. (no talking about an officious musical participation on the french promo of the great Tarantino's Pulp Fiction movie with their french adaptation of The Urge Overkil classic.) (!!)
A dozen of gigs, some tracks published on different comps (one on Animal Records), some papers (a great one with photo on “Le Club des années soixante") and the story was done.
Franck's gone ahead in a more anonymous and hilarous way (always deeper) in endorsing the Rat fink attitude (and cap) with his Lord Diabolik second identity.
Here again, he put a superb k7 demo that only few fans have kept an ear on, and after some shows (opening for a memorabilia special Ed Wood's night, with go go dancers and horror films in background), the only shape remaining was a very strange and very collector ep I have already talked about in my other blog. ("Le Vampire de Bryghton Pear", limited edition of 100 vinyl ep only, with poster).
Nota bene : The purpose of the Pickpocket's demo I propose here was originally to became a real album... but it never was. So it's not a polished product, nor a finished album, it's just a real kicking ass demo !! and it should have been too sad to let it take water on my cellar, so here it is, right from the cave.
Well, once said that, all I can say, is... was it a dream, was it the reality ?
All you have to do is to judge by yourself, right now with this premier track, and soon after in dowloading the entire thing. (17 tracks).
Les Pickpockets : Diabolikement vôtre (from demo)
**Enjoy a great band, a band which added humour with french hilarant words, in the tradition of Nino Ferrer and great dialogists like Michel Audiart (Franck was/is a fan), and the best of the surf/garage production.
Les Pickpockets demo (1994) :
2 Instru 1
3 Diabolikement vôtre
4 Instru 2
5 Ne nous fâchons pas
7 Instru 3
8 Ghostrider in the sky
11 Les Tontons flingueurs
12 Je veux ma photo en première page
13 Et si un jour tu dois partir...
14 Je sais
15 La Touche (Splinter/Tax)
16 Reste toi-même, seule (Urge Overkill)
17 Je cherche (Les Lutins)