A brief appreciation of the work of Jean-Baptiste Mondino

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17 Responses to “A brief appreciation of the work of Jean-Baptiste Mondino”

  1. Timmay says:

    Wow. I don’t remember the last time I heard that song, and I’ve never seen the video.

    I remember when that album was released. I loved it. I still have a copy on vinyl. I should get the CD or find the mp3s.

    I saw Les Rita live at First Avenue in Minneapolis. I seem to recall they were not very impressive.

  2. bbonyx says:

    Just stopped in to say that the “Boys of Summer” video (and song) were fantastic. I actually did a shot-by-shot analysis of the video back in film school. Nice to know I’m not the only one who was able to appreciate it. Also nice to find out years later that it was done by an artist of some repute.

    \missing the days of narrative music video as opposed to modern displays of bling and non-stop in-your-face hip hop braggarts.

  3. fontastique says:

    Les Ritas are an institution. Play any of these songs at a party in France and the crowd goes nuts… not bad for an ex-porn actress..

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZ56pOwgR6E

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgx3AZCi0lw&feature=related

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ML9PWVm0wEQ&feature=related

  4. Secret_Life_of_Plants says:

    I used to love that Les Rita Mitsouko “C’est Comme Ça” song back in the 80s, but this was the first time I ever saw the video. Thanks.

  5. Master of Space and Time says:

    Catherine Ringer had a fight once with Serge gainsbourg live at the TV. He was such a bi… to her about her past of porn actress.

  6. Tigerheron says:

    Thank you for posting that video! I lived in Belgium for a year in the late ’80s, and that song was a favorite of mine during that time. I’d completely forgotten about it, but as soon as I saw the name of the band it all came back. What a pleasure to see the video for the first time all these years later!

  7. Anonymous says:

    I think “boys of summer” was heavily inspired by Leni Riefenstahl’s “olympia.”

  8. gk says:

    I thought the kodak as was the work of that other french great director and photographer, Jean-Paul Goude (essentially because of the frantic striped kids and their funny hats) but it’s actually a cross between both worlds.

    In the 80s we would play at spotting the little drummer kid in music videos, a Mondino signature (as in both music videos cited here on BB).

    Jean-Baptiste has also recorded a song : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZyuVTCUaG3w (he’s the guy in red)

    He really is a fabulous photographer too.

    BONUS: another great curio, “Soeil by soleil” by Ahmed Fabkroun, starring the late comic genius, Coluche. And that was almots 30 years ago.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3M1XKkwtlGc

  9. gk says:

    And I forgot : Axel Bauer’s ‘Cargo de Nuit’, a great 80s classic :
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gO96CaLFRBw

  10. lukus says:

    hey great post – i like the music … this kind of post-punk 80′s pop is something i like a lot – reminds me of the b52′s a bit …

  11. hassan-i-sabbah says:

    Mr Jalopy? Cans you stay at bingbong forever?? pleeezee??

  12. sam johnson says:

    Mr. Jalopy! You are the best! I saw the Marcia Baila video in the late 80s on some local access station in New York. I searched for Rita Mitsouko for years, but couldn’t find anything from them anywhere (it didn’t help that I thought Rita Mitsouko was the name of the woman). Eventually I gave up, got married, had a family, etc.
    I’m so happy you’ve brought them back — I loved the Marcia Baila video, although it seems like such a relic now that I’ve finally seen it again. Nevertheless, way to go with the French Pop.

  13. Bonnie says:

    OMG thanks for reminding me of that glorious “C’est Comme Ça” video! I remember being so enthralled with it as a kid.

  14. MrsBug says:

    Ack, they’ve been BoingBoing’d and are SLLOOOOOOOW or not loading at all! :sigh: – drums fingers waiting

  15. All Jelly No Toast says:

    Damn, that song bites.

    But it is a nice video.

  16. A New Challenger says:

    Thanks for introducing me to some new old music, and a few lovely videos.

    All I have to add at the moment is that Mike Campbell (as heard in “Boys of Summer, which he cowrote)) is probably my favorite guitarist ever.

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