10 Albums: Nouvelle Vague’s Marc Collin

By Peter Lindblad

French producers Marc Collin and Olivier Libaux recruited a revolving cast of French and Brazilian vocalists to form Nouvelle Vague, a band that specializes in bossa nova covers of punk and new-wave classics. Nouvelle Vague’s third album, Nouvelle Vague 3, was released in the U.S. in late October.

In a change from previous albums,  Nouvelle Vague 3 features duets between the cover group and the original singers, including Depeche Mode’s Martin Gore and Ian McCulloch of Echo And The Bunnymen. Also, the arrangments draw from country and bluegrass as well as reggae and bossa nova.

Before forming Nouvelle Vague, Colin played with Ollano, composed film soundtracks and released electronic music on several different labels.

The 10 albums that changed Marc Collin’s life:

The Cure:
Seventeen Seconds
One of the most original and fascinating albums ever made — in terms of sounds, production, songwriting, way of playing guitar, drums, bass and, of course, the voice of Robert Smith.

The Cure: Faith
One of the most original and depressing albums ever made. I remember my teenage years could not stand without this album.

The Stranglers: Rattus Norvegicus
I went into punk through The Stranglers and this album. The Sex Pistols were rather sounding like a normal punk/rock band to me. I thought The Stranglers were far more interesting. That’s still the case.

Beach Boys: Pet Sounds
Brian Wilson is a fascinating musician, composer and arranger. The way he created the arrangements of this album is amazing. “God Only Knows” is one of the most beautiful songs ever recorded.

Serge Gainsbourg: L’Homme A La Tete De Chou
We French have one equivalent to Brian Wilson — his name is Serge Gainsbourg!

The Rolling Stones: Exile On Main Street
The darkest Rolling Stones album, in my opinion, and my favorite. I love the stories around this album, the way it was recorded, etc., which has turned into a myth in the history of rock.

Sufjan Stevens: Illinoise
A recent album, it blew me away. “Chicago” is my favorite song so far in this new century.

The Monochrome Set: Eligible Bachelors
The opposite of The Rolling Stones! One of the most eccentric and light pop indie bands ever. I decided to become a musician thanks to them when I was 20.

The Who:

This album introduced me to rock when I was 6. I was fascinated. I quickly learned how to play guitar as I wanted to be able to play all Pete Townshend’s guitar parts.

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service Soundtrack

Well, there would simply be no Nouvelle Vague without the legacy of soundtracks — Morricone, Mancini, John Barry, Lalo Schiffrin … Love the introducing song sung by Louis Armstrong, “We Have All The Time In The World.”


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