Les BOF! are Scotland’s answer to the perennial question that quite possibly no-one ever asked. 60s French yé-yé garage, served up with panache by venerable Scottish fuzz beat Rock n’ Roll emissaries. Their sound brings with it a certain… ‘je ne sais quoi’ - a fusion if you will, of unique, rarefied and aged elements of the garage beat scene, these chaps have been elegantly blended together from the likes of ‘The Thanes,’ ‘The No-Things,’ ‘The Sensation Seekers’ and ‘Preston Pfanz & the Seaton Sands.’
Voila! serves up a selection of raw ‘60s beat and garage that is as fine and as pungent as an expensive Fromargerie. There’s a balance of well chosen covers and originals. The opening track is a cover of a much loved rock and roll standard. ‘If ever the Devil’s plan was made to torment men...’, Monsieur Mombel vocally expresses his disdain, it certainly sounds more angry and passionate sung in French. I can almost see him stamping his foot, tossing his head, chin jutting out - he leaves the listener in no doubt that it was indeed you, 'Jezebel' (run for the hills my dear!). 'Vie De Chien' is definitely my bag (haha) with it’s to-die-for ‘66 fuzzed-out riffage, as is 'Leberes Moi'. Standouts of the originals are 'Fin Du Monde', 'Drogue & Roll' - not only because it features a Vibraphone and Stylophone, it’s also deliciously Dutronc and a bit genius; and lastly short but sweet instro 'Port St. Louis'.
The overall mood is stylish, aloof, smart and very dance-able, all of which encapsulate that distinct Ravencraig Studios magic - the recording has clarity, and the equipment that is, without a doubt utilised here, produces a sound that (no matter what anyone else says) cannot be reproduced using digital equipment. It’s both warm and sharp, authentic, and it’s the NOW sound!! Should you purchase this LP? Yé-Yé!
Don't miss their debut album NOUS SOMMES...Les BOF! on our own copaseDisques label!!
Fin de Monde
Vien de Chien
Je Suis Le Boss
Un,Deux, Trois, Quatre
C'est La Vie
Port St Louis
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