Metal Urbain – Hysterie Connective | Pop Poubelle (Radarscope Angleterre) 1978. One of the greatest releases of the last few years has gotta be Anarchy in Paris, released in 2004 on Seltzer’s Acute Records label. I mean, is there a better fucking label reissuing stuff today? The Lines? The Theoretical Girls? The Prefects? Metal Urbain? Are you for real??? So for those not fully in the know, Metal Urbain were touted as France’s answer to the Sex Pistols. However in a typical French twist, they sound very little like the Sex Pistols. I personally have always liked the comparison. I imagine a 13 year old kid, in love with Sid Vicious and punk rockyness (like myself at 13) getting hepped to Metal Urbain by a blog (like this) because they were the “Parisian Pistols”. Said kid goes out and buys one of these 45s or maybe even Anarchy in Paris and blammo….the doors of perception are blown clear open. That’s really what it is all about ain’t it?
See Metal Urbain had no drummer. That’s a big difference from the Pistols. Their drummer was a rhythm machine. They also loved to break out the vintage analogue synths. They released three 45s in the late 1970s that pretty much set the template for synth punk. The first two 45s are just a full-on blast of noise and energy. The video for Panik is possibly the most PUNK ROCK thing ever created. Now contrast that song to this 45 from 1978. By Hysterie Connective Metal Urbain had harnessed their sound and brought in some elements of 1960′s garage rock. If you have ever heard Nag Nag by Cabaret Voltaire, you are heading in the right direction. Check it out.