Étienne Daho, 40 years of pop

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Friday, August 27, at 11:25 p.m. on France 3

“The problem isn’t getting older, it’s getting better. It’s worth continuing when you’re Leonard Cohen, Serge Gainsbourg. That is to say, we write better, we sing better. It is to be someone who has weight. “ This confidence, it is a juvenile Étienne Daho, hairy, cigarette in hand, who makes it in a program of the 1980s.

The eternal young man is now 65 years old. His latest record, the magnificent Blitz was released in 2017. Then, in the fall of 2019, a reissue of the album Eden twenty years later, made it possible to dive back with nostalgia into a very large underestimated record when it was released.

Daho in his pop paradise

Étienne Daho confided in rock critic Christophe Conte under the watchful eye of Sylvain Bergère’s camera for an unprecedented documentary that revisits his 40 years of pop.

Born in Oran in 1956, he retains from his Algerian childhood a trauma when the family apartment is looted and threatened by arsonists – “I was too small to defend my mother and my sisters”-, and a joy, that of dancing to the Beach Boys in his grandparents’ café on the beach at Cap Falcon.

Daho, distraught fan, meets Gene Tierney

The beginnings in Rennes, the dazzling success of Weekend in Rome (with the jewel The notte, the notte) in 1984, the triumph of Pop Satori and tube Fell for France in 1985, the duo Go before you with Françoise Hardy, then those with Dani, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jeanne Moreau, the sublime love song Opening… His entire journey unfolds with relevance.

Étienne Daho, king of French pop

The game of truth which he indulges in his private life is often touching. But the best comes from his references that Daho evokes as a distraught fan, his fascination for Chet Baker whom he admires “The gentle cry” listening again I fall in love too easily, to his embarrassed meeting with his idol actress Gene Tierney “Laura Helen Poppy, Laura Poppy Gene Tierney”, through the major influence of Syd Barrett and Pink Floyd whose sophisticated English pop made it “Pass to adulthood”.


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