Julverne

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Belgian prog-rock group with a classical chamber-music flavour, named, evidently, after Jules Verne, although the most obviously Vernean title in their discography, Le Retour du Captain Nemo (1993), is in fact a "greatest hits" collection. The band's first two albums Coulonneux (1979) and A Neuf (1981) are playful, witty and self-admittedly "Un Peu Pretentieux" ("a little pretentious", the title of a track on the second album). Later albums include the more rounded Ne Parlons Pas de Malheur (1986), and the most recent release Le Pavillon des Passions Humaines (2000), a joyously eccentric celebration of hedonism. The music covers many subjects, and there are many late-nineteenth-century flourishes, not least a number of references to Verne's science fiction (as on 1979's "Joyeux Noël, Cap'tain Nemo!") [AR]

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