All I can say is, anarchy doesn’t need an interpreter. These late 70’s punks have all the style and attitude of their English brothers, The Sex Pistols. Lasting from ’76-’79, Metal Urbain was the first band on the label Rough Trade. Praised by Henry Rollins, Robert Smith, Steve Albini, Mike Watt and Jello Biafra. They were influenced by The Clash and Sex Pistols as well as Lou Reed’s, “Metal Machine Music.” The electro sound that they incorporated into punk rock gave them an edge. Although, they didn’t have many fans in France, doing better over in England, where John Peel was a fan. I love that the video for “Panik,” looks like it was made at the county fair in one of those rockstar fantasy trailers.

-Amy Haben

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