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Société des Timides à la Parade des Oiseaux, La

Entry updated 20 December 2011. Tagged: Music.

French neo-prog band, whose post-punk, whimsically aggressive and pretentious music has much of the flavour of New Wave sf. Their first album was the anagrammatically eponymous, La STOP (1990; the group's name translates as "the shy society at the bird parade"), a work which tries perhaps too earnestly to derange conventional musical styles. But Expériences De Survie (2000; the title means "Survival Experiments") very effectively literalizes its out-of-the-world aesthetic (one track is called "Skylab"), and their most recent release is a stimulating and deliberately illogical Time Travel piece, Tranches De Temps Jeté (2006), "Slices of Thrown Time". [AR]

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