French Post-Punk survivor and 1980's Synth Pop legend, Daniel Darc (who was mainly famous for fronting Post-Punk synth band, "Taxi Girl" as their main singer/ songwriter...) was found dead last night by his current producer who was helping him on a fairly successful come-back trip. Taxi Girl and Daniel was something of a French equivalent to Joy Division and Ian Curtis; although quite different, they both shared a Dark post-apocalyptique Romantic vision and, starting from 1978 up to their demise in 1986, they were definite role-models for the French post-punk generation of what we called here : "Les Jeunes Gens Chic et Mödernes. Daniel, following the auto-destructive path of Johnny Thunders and the Velvet Underground before them, was having some problems with shaking his Heroin habit (and an assortment of Various other Drugs!)... a nasty habit that killed a lot of his friends along the way and turned him from the Romantic French Pretty Boy he was to something of a vegetable wreck (I know! I met him a few times... Scary); he was considered a Survivor of the times. So, sadly it comes as no surprise, as people were expecting his fall sooner or later. Nevertheless, he still deserves some praise in creating some of the most definite French classic Pop-rock tunes of these Cold-Wave years : "Cherchez le Garçon", "Mannekin", "Aussi Belle qu'une Balle" ... and this : "Les Armées de la Nuit"!
(RIP Daniel; He was 53.)
Vintage French TV doc. on the band... "Hey! Mec. C'est Paris, P-A-R-I-S, Paris! Respire son Bon Air..."; The composing duo had on guitar Mirwaïs, famous for producing Madonna's era-defining album : "Music"!