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Nouvelle Vague in Studio on World Cafe - 11/21/2005

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Nouvelle Vague Reinvents New Wave Favorites

Nouvelle Vague Reinvents New Wave Favorites

Nouvelle Vague in Studio on World Cafe - 11/21/2005

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Set List

Songs performed by Nouvelle Vague for 'World Cafe':

  • "Just Can't Get Enough"
  • "Guns of Brixton"
  • "Ever Fallen in Love"

The French band Nouvelle Vague takes classic New Wave singles from the '80s and adds a Brazilian twist — courtesy of the other "new wave": bossa nova.

Nouvelle Vague puts a Brazilian twist of classic New Wave singles from the 1980s. Karl Lagerfeld hide caption

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Karl Lagerfeld

Nouvelle Vague puts a Brazilian twist of classic New Wave singles from the 1980s.

Karl Lagerfeld

What began as a project between Marc Collin and Olivier Libaux — both with long resumes as musicians and producers in France — has expanded to include the efforts of eight female singers, each with their own style.

The idea at the heart of Nouvelle Vague was that the songs be performed by singers who had little or no previous exposure to the original music. The results range from breathy '60s escapism to unusual approaches to familiar lyrics.

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