Etienne Daho


14 January 1956

Pop cult hero and crucial figure of the early '80s Rennes post-punk wave, Etienne Daho is one of the most influential personalities to have emerged on the French scene in the last 25 years.

Being the first artist to sign with Virgin France he issued his debut album 'Mythomane' in 81. The album produced by Stinky Toys guitarist Jacno (who also recorded with Elli Medeiros) and recorded with musicians from the band Marquis De Sade. In 1983, Etienne Daho scored his first hits with 'Le grand sommeil' and 'Weekend a Rome' (on which Lio sighs the 'La notte, la notte' chorus). Daho evolved during the years after as an artists who seeks the boundries of french chanson and pop, rock and electronic music.

Aside his own career Daho has often used his influence to launch or re-launch the careers of other artists. Among them are well known names like Jane Birkin and Jacques Dutronc. But he also gave an injection to singing careers of relatively forgotten artists like Dani, Elli Medeiros and Brigitte Fontaine. The last one making a huge come back after Daho reinvented her in 1991. He even reached out to the English territory on occasion with collaborations with Marianne Faithfull and St Étienne.

In 2010 Etienne Daho collaborated with French cinema-legend Jeanne Moreau. Together they recorded the album 'Le condamné à mort' ('Sentenced to death'), a long poem by Jean Gemin set to music by Hélène Martin. They also performed the ouput on stage in November 2010, as part of festive activities for Genie's 100rd birthday. In 2013 he returns to the studio for a new album with Richard Woodcraft and Jean-Louis Pierot who also worked with him on 'Corps et Armes' for an orchestral return to the music scene.

On the web:

- Etienne's website: http://www.etiennedaho.com
- Etienne on MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/etiennedaho

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What do we think:

DB: Etiene Daho is unmistakably French with his soft deep voice and sense of style. The interesting thing about Daho is that he always seemed to get in sink with the musical trend but has the ability to give it a Daho twitch. Debut 'Mythomane' doesn't show it yet but with 'la Notte la Notte' he is right in sink with the pop new wave sounds popular in France in 83. His two follow ups (‘Pop Satori’ and ‘Pour nos vies martiennes’) are more of the same. Both albums have some good singles on it but do not stand out as an album. The nineties start of with a lot of touring and production work. But from 1996 it becomes really interesting with the St Etienne mini album (with the excellent 'Jungle Pulse' track) followed by 'Eden' and 'Corps et armes'. After that Daho has a regular output of high quality albums. 'L'invitation' sees a return to more regular pop music after years of experimenting with electronics and Les chansons de l’innocence retrouvée is an orchestral ode to the grand music of the seventies

PR: Etienne has not a great voice, but mymy, does he sounds sexy... A typical French guy with class, style and charm. His appearance is sometimes somewhat ambiguous. During his carreer he has often collaborated with many famous artists - mostly female singers - like Lio, Marianne Faithfull, Jane Birkin and Dani. If you are looking for well-crafted, typical French pop songs, start with a Daho-compilation. If te voice and songs get to you (as they did with me), you definitely have to buy 'Paris Ailleurs'.


♪♪♪ - Mythomane - 1981

♪♪♪♪ - La Notte La Notte - 1984

♪♪ - Pop Satori - 1986

♪♪ - Pour nos viens martiennes - 1988

♪♪♪♪♪ - Paris ailleurs - 1991

♪♪♪ - St Etiene Daho - 1995

♪♪♪♪- Eden - 1996

♪♪♪♪ - Corps et Armes - 2000

♪♪♪♪ - Réévolution - 2003

♪♪♪♪ - L'invitation - 2007

♪♪♪♪ - Le condamné à mort - 2010

♪♪♪♪ - Les chansons de l’innocence retrouvée - 2013

♪♪♪♪♪ = outstanding album, an absolute must-have
♪♪♪♪ = great album, highly recomended
♪♪♪ = nice album
♪♪ = be careful, requires listening before buying
♪ = best to be avoided