Jean Jacques Perrey reste et restera un compositeur uburlesque et passionnant!! Et encore aujourd'hui M. Perrey continu sa carrière en nous envoyant toujours vers l'enfance, la folie et la fantaisie! Un grand Monsieur! De plus ces collaborations avec David Chazam ne font que rajeunir le tout! Superbe album!!!
"My collaboration with Jean Jacques started in 1996. I had found the address of the electro pop master in the 1994 Issue #14 of the clever and knowledgeable Bay Area magazine "REsearch". #14 was about "Incredibly strange music", and the publisher V-Vale had written a well-researched article about Perrey. In the interview the master Perrey indicated that he was willing to start a new collaboration like some others he had done with musicians in the past. I sent him a letter and added a tape with some of my tracks. Jean Jacques’ feedback arrived a few weeks later, by post, in the form of a rather simple answer: "Où? Quand? Comment?" (Where, when, how?). The artistic collaboration immediately turned into a real friendship that has never ceased. Jean Jacques is the nicest partner you could ever dream of. He taught me so many things that totally changed my way of composing and producing music ("Plus de reverb !"). Jean Jacques recently reminded me that throughout all those years we never
argued, even during the stress of creation or concerts... That's pretty odd for two Frenchies working together, but true!
We planned a special residency during our first meetings in Paris and Vichy. In a studio under the roofs in the center of Bordeaux (Times of famous "possee funky de la rue St Rémi"), and then in the countryside (in the middle of Poitou-Charentes), we created our legendary vinyl album "Eclektronics" released in vinyl on Base Nautic in Paris, and later on CD with Basta Records in Holland.
This was between the wave of worldwide recognition of Jean Jacques' music by artists like Dj Premier, Gangstarr, Wagon Christ, Dj Shadow, etcetera... at the time, french electronic musicians and parisian hipsters became eager to collect past knowledge, roots, justifications and sometimes fake influences for their own work.After the release, our duo was asked to play some live acts. First one was during the Brighton Bop Festival. An other was Brussel's amazing festival "Klinkende Munt". A true "must be" event that would remain in Brusselaars and Thee Ecklektricks memories for a long time. Rehearsals and shows were recorded, and the present LP "ELA" contains some of those exclusive material.
In the meantime Jean Jacques and I found other opportunities to continue our adventures in the studio without any other specific aim than working together.
Here are some new material previously unavailable.
- "Electropop parade" is a new track in the style of "Baroque Hoedown", famous mainstream Disney's electrical parade theme composed by Jean Jacques in the sixties.
- "Kids corner" & "Hectic Joker" are perfect dance tracks for children. Try with yours. DJ's are also allowed to air them anywhere for adult consumption.
- "Chronophonie" will sound familiar to french "baby-boomers". In the seventies the track was aired on national tv as an intermission cartoon jingle on a national channel. The lovely theme would accompany the image of a wounded baby "2" in his mother's arms. That was super cute indeed. Let's be precise, amongst the average French audience no one could know who the composer of that track taken from a library music album was. Even worse "library music" as well as "easy listening music" are still considered as "sub-genres" and very often despised in the country of Cocteau and Edith Piaf (good friends of Jean Jacques).
- "Gossipo perpetuo" is a new version of Jean Jacques’ super speed remix, here in an even more hardcore and keen "Chazamesque" shape. Onstage, the track would always be stopped with my fake murder by Perrey, there is no other solution to "perpetual movement", is there ?
- "The sponge" is a long jingle that I composed in a very "Perreysque" style for a strange "Non-Science-Fiction" Tv show. Main melody sounds of that track were produced by using the ONDIOLINE, the extraordinary instrument that pushed Perrey to fame and legend.
- "What's up duck" is a live rehearsal take by "thee Eclektricks", the studio version is available on "Eclektronics" album.
- "28th paradigm", "Cats in the night" and "El Nino" were performed live in 1998 in Brussels at the Beursschowburg.
Please enjoy and share these exclusive musical documents, they will make you and your people happy, that's our main aim with my friend Jean Jacques Perrey for ever and ever. Always remember : "Elephants never forget"."
VOTRE CHAZAM Bruxelles, december 2014
"The on-off occasional partnership of veteran electro-pop traiblazer Perrey and fellow electrofile Chazam continues to produce some fascinating and highly entertaining results.. " Shindig ! Uk
"You may need to visit the chill out room to come down after listening to this wonderfully out-there album which proves that old men really do make the maddest of records." Whispering and Hollerin
"Very much then one for regular devotees of the godfather of French electro or for people who're interested in broadening their children's musical exposure at an early age, despite the overall air of fun and utter refusal to take itself seriously. " Musicoguide
"The French Pioneer and his young sidekick deliver an idiosyncratic collection of weirdness and wonderfulness" Electronic Sound
"If there was ever a musician to put a smile on the face of the less prim among us , it must be Jean-Jacques Perrey" Record Collector
"A pioneer of easy tune moog synthesizer music, Jean-Jacques Perrey is the originator of that sort of happy-go-lucky music which was subsequently made famous by Lipps Inc, Daft Punk and Gary Numan" Pennyblack music
“ELA” sdrammatizza l’espressione seriosa e gelida dei producers moderni, rinfrescando le idee sulla morale della musica. Ancora oggi per Perrey et Chazam l’elettronica non è un tunnel di ossessioni ma un bellissimo gioco dagli infiniti incastri." Rocklab
"This tune is just a joy, a riot, a hoot. It's actually a version of Perrey's own 'Baroque Hoedown' which has been used by Disney as part of its theme park parades. So plenty of pop references crawling inside themselves if you're bored. " The Underground of Happiness
"Perrey continue à jouer la musique qu'il a inventée au milieu des années 60 avec The In Sound from Way Out avec un sens de l'invention sans cesse régénérés. Soit un mélange inimitable de jerk, de bruitages drôlatiques montés en cadence à la colle et aux ciseaux, de mélodies régressives et de virtuosités pianistiques jouées sur Moog dernier cri qui continue à défier avec distance et affection des avant-gardes électroniques et orchestrales toujours plus arides et arrogantes." The Drone
"Il est grand temps de redécouvrir l'univers singulier de Jean-Jacques Perrey pour lequel l'électronique permet de garder sa part d'enfance." Radio France
" Une bonne dose de rétro-futurisme complétement geek, Perrey prouve qu'à 86 ans, on peut encore s'amuser et faire de l'électropop cosmique" Metrotimes
"ELA est un drôle de disque. Jean-Jacques et David sont de drôle de musiciens. Leur adeptes sont de drôles de personnes. Et c’est ce qui fait la variété de l’humanité qui nous entoure chaque jour, et de sa culture inépuisable !" La Magic Box
"Effet garanti : comme un bon vieux Telex des familles, ce disque gentiment allumé donne envie de sourire et de siffloter !" Le Mad
"On peut le dire, c’est un vrai bonheur que de retrouver en 2015 Jean-Jacques Perrey avec un nouvel album alors qu’il vient de passer allégrement les 86 ans." Liability
"On succombe donc, les ritournelles simples, presque simplistes même, sont d'une efficience redoutable (Kid's corner). Des guitares de style ornent Cats in the night et les deux acolytes (un Belge, un Français "exilé" en Suisse) font là un carton, un cartoon même, pourrait-on dire, adroitement mis en son..." Muzzart
released May 15, 2015
Thanks to Dirk Seaghers, Patricia Leroy, Phil Bilbo K, V Vale, Stéphanie, Noé, Léonie, Antoine Soochav, Eric et le TNT-manufacture de chaussures, Benjamin
Schoos and Sophie, Dana Countryman, Chino Arebatado, Gilles Vanneste, Romain BNO, Hélène Lagoutte, Praezident Sebastien and translation team (Rebecca, Oonagh, Lionel, Erik), George Jenny for inventing "Ondioline" a great instrument, Pierre Shaeffer for theorising "Musique Concrète" and Spike Jones for bringing fun in music (..."too bad we could not work together with Spike, it was a question of weeks..." JJP)
Photos : Clayton Burkhart (Front), Jean Paul Loyer (Label & Book), Fred Desmesures (Thee Eclektricks), L. Cousin (Live in Den Haag) Unknown (JJ at piano).
Graphism scalp.be, Liège.
All tracks produced and played by David Chazam and Jean Jacques Perrey at different locations (Paris, Luchapt, Bruxelles, Berson...)
Programmations and mixes by Chazam except A2, B3, B5 : mixed live by Philo Le Gall.
Mastering by Nicolas www.angstrom-mastering.com, vinyl cutting by Flo floka.com.
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