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This thread contains all news items regarding Nouvelle Vague's collaboration with Martin Gore, for their cover (or should I say, "rework") of DM's Master and Servant.

N.B. Nouvelle Vague did a cover of Just Can't Get Enough on their first album, and a cover of In A Manner of Speaking as inspired by Martin's cover on their second. So when they contacted Martin for their third album, Martin had already heard of them and their work.

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The first time Depeche Mode singer-songwriter Martin Gore heard his band's classic Just Can't Get Enough transformed from a new wave anthem into a bossa nova romp, he found himself laughing at the metamorphosis. For a quarter of a century, he's known a Just Can't Get Enough that's filled with electronics and Dave Gahan's gloomy vocals. Suddenly, a Gallic band called Nouvelle Vague had altered the song's pasty, moody DNA into the stuff of fashionable parties at upscale Brazilian beach resorts.

"A lot of the album just brings a smile to my face," Gore says of Nouvelle Vague's self-titled CD. "It's one of those records that's really word of mouth. Andy [Fletcher, also of Depeche Mode] played it for me, and I went out and bought it. Then I played it for a few people, and they went out and bought it, too."
Article about Nouvelle Vague, April 17, 2006, by Christopher Muther/The Boston Globe
http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/2006-04-17/lifestyle/0604140365_1_bossa-nova-olivier-libaux-depeche-mode
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Re: 2009: Nouvelle Vague - Master and Servant (Feat. Martin Gore)
« Reply #1 on: 30 July 2011 - 03:32:49 »
2008-11-14 - Undercover (Australia) - The Saints' Chris Bailey Joins Nouvelle Vague On Next Album (Excerpt)

http://www.undercover.fm/news/6797-the-saints-chris-bailey-joins-nouvelle-vague-on-next-album

By Tim Cashmere

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“We also worked with Martin L. Gore from Depeche Mode on ‘Master and Servant’.”

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Re: 2009: Nouvelle Vague - Master and Servant (Feat. Martin Gore)
« Reply #2 on: 30 July 2011 - 03:33:23 »
2008-12-18 - The Age (Australia) - Covers will tear us apart (Excerpt)

http://www.theage.com.au/news/entertainment/music/covers-will-tear-us-apart/2008/12/17/1229189709134.html?page=2

Covers will tear us apart

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French producer Marc Collin and his band Nouvelle Vague have won fans and foes aplenty with their fresh takes on New Wave classics. Gabriella Coslovich reports.
The new album will also feature duets with the original singers of the some of the featured songs, including Depeche Mode's Martin Gore, Terry Hall from the Specials, Ian McCulloch from Echo and the Bunnymen, and Chris Bailey from the Saints.
"It will bring a kind of credibility and it will be funny because obviously a lot of people who were fans of the Specials, of Depeche Mode, it will be hard for them to say that we are doing bad work because we are working with the original singers," Collin says.
"It is quite a funny and lovely story. We were fans of all these bands and now they are working with us. It's a beautiful story."
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Re: 2009: Nouvelle Vague - Master and Servant (Feat. Martin Gore)
« Reply #3 on: 30 July 2011 - 03:33:46 »
2009-04-12 - Nouvelle Vague - MySpace upload

http://www.myspace.com/nouvellevague/music/songs/master-and-servant-feat-martin-gore-58280769

[Nouvelle Vague uploaded new songs on their MySpace channel, inlcuding 'Master and Servant'. It states 12th of April 2007, but it must have been 12th of April 2009.]

Album: Nouvelle Vague
12.apr.2007
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Re: 2009: Nouvelle Vague - Master and Servant (Feat. Martin Gore)
« Reply #4 on: 30 July 2011 - 03:34:12 »
2009-05-30 - BC Magazine (China) - French Bipolar (Excerpt)

http://www.bcmagazine.net/hk.bcmagazine.issues/bcmagazine_webissue279/11-live%20music.html

French Bipolar
Rachel Mok
Nouvelle Vague and High Tone create very different soundscapes: Le French May brings them together in concert for a unique musical encounter.

The French project Nouvelle Vague, powered by producer and musician Marc Collin and Olivier Libaux, made ’80s music chic and classy with their two albums Nouvelle Vague and Bande à Part. But do not expect the same laid-back bossa nova sound in their upcoming album, NV3. Surprises are on the way, as Collin reveals from his studio in Paris.
Echo and The Bunnymen’s Ian McCullough, The Special’s Terry Hall, and Martin Gore from Depeche Mode are some of the artists you worked with. How did the collaborations go?
We knew Martin Gore is a fan of NV through our version of Just Can’t Get Enough, so we approached him to work with us on Master and Servant. His voice is the most important thing for the new version – he is instantly recognizable from Depeche Mode. To tell you the truth, we almost got the impression that we could sample the original track – he probably sang [for us] as he did in the ’80s.

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Re: 2009: Nouvelle Vague - Master and Servant (Feat. Martin Gore)
« Reply #5 on: 30 July 2011 - 03:34:29 »
2009-06-08 - Slicingupeyeballs (U.S.) - Ian McCulloch, Martin Gore lend vocals to third Nouvelle Vague album

http://www.slicingupeyeballs.com/2009/06/08/nouvelle-vague-3-album-track-list-martin-gore-ian-mcculloch/

Ian McCulloch, Martin Gore lend vocals to third Nouvelle Vague album

Having already released two albums of bossa nova-styled New Wave and postpunk covers, French collective Nouvelle Vague has given its upcoming third record a decidedly country flair — and has invited members of Depeche Mode, Echo and the Bunnymen and The Specials to sing along.
Due June 29 in the UK and July 3 in Germany and Austria — U.S. release date remains TBA — the 13-track Nouvelle Vague 3 finds the airy French combo (whose name literally means “New Wave” in French) dabbling in twangy roots and country sounds as it reinterprets songs by the likes of the Sex Pistols, Talking Heads, The Police and Violent Femmes (see full tracklist below).
The real treat, though, are the duets, with DM’s Martin Gore pitching in on “Master & Servant,” the Bunnymen’s Ian McCulloch singing on “All My Colours,” Terry Hall of the Specials and Fun Boy Three appearing on “Our Lips Are Sealed” (a song he co-wrote with Go-Go’s guitarist Jane Wiedlin) and Magazine’s Barry Adamson helping out with “Parade.”
While the album isn’t yet out on CD, it can be streamed in its entirety on the band’s MySpace page. Also, the group, sans guest singers, will play a very brief American tour — four whole shows — in support of the record later this month (see dates below).
Tracklist: Nouvelle Vague 3 (stream)
1. “Master & Servant,” f/ Martin Gore (originally by Depeche Mode)
2. “Blister In The Sun” (originally by Violent Femmes)
3. “Road To Nowhere” (originally by Talking Heads)
4. “All My Colours,” f/ Ian McCulloch (originally by Echo and the Bunnymen)
5. “The American” (originally by Simple Minds)
6. “Heaven” (originally by Psychedelic Furs)
7. “Parade,” f/ Barry Adamson (originally by Magazine)
8. “Metal” (originally by Eloisia)
9. “Ca Plane Pour Moi” (originally by Plastic Bertrand)
10. “Our Lips Are Sealed,” f/ Terry Hall (originally by The Go-Go’s)
11. “God Save The Queen” (originally by Sex Pistols)
12. “Say Hello Wave Goodbye” (originally by Soft Cell)
13. “So Lonely” (originally by The Police)
Nouvelle Vague U.S. tour dates:
June 17: The Fillmore New York at Iriving Plaza, New York, NY
June 18: La Maison Française, Embassy of France, Washington D.C.
June 19: Grand Ballroom, The Regency Center, San Francisco, CA
June 20: The Music Box Theatre, Los Angeles, CA
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Re: 2009: Nouvelle Vague - Master and Servant (Feat. Martin Gore)
« Reply #6 on: 30 July 2011 - 03:34:59 »
2009-06-18 - Washingtonpost (U.S.) - Six Questions for ... Nouvelle Vague (Excerpt)

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/postrock/2009/06/six_questions_for_nouvelle_vag.html

Six Questions for ... Nouvelle Vague
By David Malitz

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What's even more different about this album is that you're working with some of the original artists, like Martin Gore (of Depeche Mode) and Terry Hall (of the Specials and Fun Boy Three). You'd covered their songs with Nouvelle Vague before. Had they heard your versions? (Depeche Mode's "Just Can't Get Enough" and the Specials' "Friday Night, Saturday Morning" both appear on Nouvelle Vague's debut.)
Yeah, that's why we contacted them. When we were touring in America with the first album, in Boston, I remember we were reading an article where [Martin Gore] was interviewed and he said that he was in love with Nouvelle Vague and all these things. We were really pleased, firstly, and afterwards, when we got this idea to ask some people to do duets with the Nouvelle Vague girls, naturally we thought about asking him. So we just wrote to their agent and got in touch with him, and he said that yeah, he would be pleased to participate.
How do you ask someone to record a new version of one of their famous songs?
It's really strange, I know. It's very strange to ask people to re-record their songs 20 years after in a totally different way. But actually with Martin Gore, it's a bit different. It's like Barry Adamson (of Magazine, who sings on "Parade" on "NV3"), because they didn't really sing the songs originally. They wrote it, but this time they performed it, so it was a way to do something new and different. So I think that's part of the reason also that they accepted to do this -- I think it's a cool thing for them, to sing and give a new life to their own songs.
It seems to me that when the first Nouvelle Vague record came out, people thought it was just a clever bit of kitsch, and then the second album came out, and they thought oh, this is pretty good, it's not just a joke after all. What do you think the response will be like this time?
I think that it's true what you said -- the second album changed the minds of a lot of people, and they realized that it wasn't a joke. Also, the live part was really important, I think. With this album, that we have worked with the original singers will bring a kind of credibility, of course. We can't say it's cheesy or a joke if people like Terry Hall or Martin Gore said that this is good. I think that it's unique that we're playing all these festivals in Europe -- we're a long way from the lounge.

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Re: 2009: Nouvelle Vague - Master and Servant (Feat. Martin Gore)
« Reply #7 on: 30 July 2011 - 03:35:33 »
2009-06-xx - Sonic Seducer (Germany) – Nouvelle Vague interview (Excerpt)

An excerpt from an interview with Nouvelle Vague members Marc Collin and Olivier Libaux:

In German (typed out by me):
Wie war das Arbeiten mit Depeche Mode-Member Martin Gore am Remake vom "Master And Servant"?
OL: Martin war bisher der einzige, der nicht mit uns im Studio war, sondern aus Zeitgründen nur Soundfiles geschickt hat. Wir waren in Paris, er irgendwo auf diensem Planeten, um das aktuelle DM-Album fertig zu stellen. Man hatte uns berichtet, dass er einder großer Fan von Nouvelle Vague wäre...
MC: ...und er ließ durch sein Management anfragen, wie wir seinen Gesang gerne auf dem Song hätten! Martin Gore, einer der genialsten Pop-Komponisten dieser Tage, fragt uns, wie wir seine Vocals am liebsten hätten! Ein ebenso, großartiges wie seltsames Gefühl.
OL: Wir machten daraufhin einige Vorschläge, die er alle toll fand!

In English (translated by me):
How was working with Depeche mode member Martin Gore on the remake of " Master and Servant"?
OL: By that time, Martin was the only one who was not with us in the studio, and only sent us sound files for time reasons. We were in Paris, he was somewhere on this planet in order to finish the latest DM album. Reportedly, he was a big fan of Nouvelle Vague…
MC: … and he inquired, through his management, how we would like his vocals to be for the song! Martin Gore, one of the most ingenious, contemporary Pop composers, is asking us, how we would like to have his vocals! The feeling was both great as it was strange.
OL: After that we made some proposals, which he liked all!
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Re: 2009: Nouvelle Vague - Master and Servant (Feat. Martin Gore)
« Reply #8 on: 30 July 2011 - 03:35:53 »
2009-07-02 - VARA (Netherlands) - De Wereld Draait Door

[Nouvelle Vague talking about their Master and Servant cover and performing it:]

http://www.uitzendinggemist.nl/afleveringen/1136890

Art: This is Master And Servant of Depeche Mode, let's take a look. (clip plays) Okay so this is the Depeche Mode sound, and you will make it totally your own sound, right?
Marc: Completely, yeah, yeah.
Art: But you have found Martin Gore of Depeche Mode, one of the guys of the band, he's singing with you in this cover. How did you get him to do that?
Marc: We knew that he was quite a fan of Nouvelle Vague, so it was easy to ask the management, and he said yes. So it was simple.
Art: Sounds really simple!
Marc: Yeah. (laughs)
Art: You just ask the management and then: "yes". But weren't you nervous to play with him? Because it's his song...?
Marc: Eh, yes and no, because I think we did something really different, and it was really easy to... It was a duet, he did some backing vocals only, so actually as soon as he said "Yeah, I like what you have done, I can do it", we were...
Art: -You were relaxed.
Marc: Yeah.
Art: Okay, so now let's hear your version. This is Nouvelle Vague with Master And Servant.
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Re: 2009: Nouvelle Vague - Master and Servant (Feat. Martin Gore)
« Reply #9 on: 30 July 2011 - 03:36:23 »
2009-07-07 - Q music (UK) - In Their Own Words (Excerpt)

http://news.qthemusic.com/2009/07/the_making_of_3_by_nouvelle_va.html

In their own words... Nouvelle Vague

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Master and Servant featuring Martin Gore
Again, our new album welcomes some of our "forever great brothers" in music. We sent this version to Martin Gore's management back in spring 2008. We were told that Martin had a great laugh when he heard it! So he agreed in singing some backing vocals on it, and he did that while Depeche Mode was recording their new album! I mean, isn't that a beautiful gift?

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Re: 2009: Nouvelle Vague - Master and Servant (Feat. Martin Gore)
« Reply #10 on: 30 July 2011 - 03:36:44 »
2009-07-07 - BBC (UK) - Talking Shop: Nouvelle Vague (excerpt)

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/8133483.stm

Talking Shop: Nouvelle Vague
French duo Nouvelle Vague have built up a reputation as the masters of reinvention.

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Did you ever think back then that you'd be releasing a third album?
Absolutely not! We were thinking that maybe 500 people in the world would listen to these strange cover versions. So nowadays, as we are touring all year, every year and playing in full venues, it is really strange.
We started as fans of new wave - and now we are recording with Martin Gore or with Ian McCullough. It is just unbelievable in a way.
Did you ask the original artists to work on the album, or did they approach you?
As far as I know, nobody has ever got in touch with Nouvelle Vague! But all these people we contacted knew about our work.
What did Martin Gore think of your arrangement of Master and Servant?
After we finished it, we received an email and apparently our version made him laugh a lot! He was keen on performing on the song, so he must have been laughing in a good way.

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Re: 2009: Nouvelle Vague - Master and Servant (Feat. Martin Gore)
« Reply #11 on: 30 July 2011 - 03:37:03 »
2009-07-10 - Index (Hungary) - Martin Gore figyel minket

http://index.hu/kultur/zene/fesztival/2009/07/10/martin_gore_figyel_minket/

A Nouvelle Vague sokszor járt már nálunk, de az utánozhatatlan mozgáskultúrájú énekesnek köszönhetően a csak feldolgozásokat játszó zenekar egyszerűen megunhatatlanok. A Zamárdi naplementében adott koncertjük után Marc Colin beszélt nekünk pár percet a teraszon, erős mosógépzaj mellett.

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Kaptatok mostanában valamilyen különleges visszajelzést?
Elég sok van. De például az számomra egy kellően elismerő visszajelzés, hogy az új albumon Martin Gore is énekel a Depeche Mode-ból. Ő azelőtt is figyelemmel követte a munkálkodásunkat, mint kiderült, és kedveli. Számunkra ez nagy dolog.

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Re: 2009: Nouvelle Vague - Master and Servant (Feat. Martin Gore)
« Reply #12 on: 04 July 2012 - 03:33:44 »
2009-09-05 - TDG (Switzerland) - Depeche Mode à la sauce western

http://archives.tdg.ch/actu/culture/depeche-mode-sauce-western-2009-09-04

Depeche Mode à la sauce western
Par FABRICE GOTTRAUX
Le groupe Nouvelle Vague sort son 3e disque de reprises décalées. Rencontre.

La pop new wave des années 80 en version bossa, jazz ou folk, ça donne quoi? Réponse glamour avec le groupe français Nouvelle Vague, qui livre son troisième disque de reprises, sobrement intitulé 3.

Originalité de ce nouvel opus, les duos. Explication avec Marc Collin, tête pensante de Nouvelle Vague aux côtés d’Olivier Libaux. Tous deux sont producteurs et musiciens. «Dès le premier disque, les auteurs d’origine se sont manifestés via la presse. La plupart appréciaient. Alors, pourquoi ne pas les faire chanter?»
Pour appâter Martin Gore, compositeur de Depeche Mode, Nouvelle Vague travaille une poignée de titres du célèbre groupe anglais. «On cherchait quelle reprise pourrait les étonner. Pourquoi Martin Gore et pas Dave Gahan, le chanteur attitré? On savait que ce dernier refuserait. Et puis, dans la mesure où Gore a tout composé, il a forcément tout chanté pour lui-même.»

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Re: 2009: Nouvelle Vague - Master and Servant (Feat. Martin Gore)
« Reply #13 on: 04 July 2012 - 03:34:04 »
2010-01-18 - Atlanta.metromix (U.S.) - Quickie Q&A Nouvelle Vague (Excerpt)

http://atlanta.metromix.com/music/article/quickie-q-and-a/1717692/content

Quickie Q&A: Nouvelle Vague
Meet the French band that does cheeky bossa nova twists on classic pop tunes
By Scott Thill

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What's hot about your latest sonic juxtapositions?
We're a bit like scientists. And we felt that bossa nova would not be easy for Martin Gore and Ian McCulloch. Plus, we wanted to bring some Americana and bluegrass influences. This sound is new and interesting to us.

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Re: 2009: Nouvelle Vague - Master and Servant (Feat. Martin Gore)
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2010-04-22 - NPR (U.S.) - Song of the Day

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=126192362

Song of the day
Nouvelle Vague: The Sexy Side Of Depeche Mode
by Claire Blaustein

'Master and Servant' by Nouvelle Vague
Covering new wave and punk songs in a French-tinged, bossa nova-infused style, Nouvelle Vague takes classic songs to new places. The group's most recent album, 3, tackles The Police, Violent Femmes, The Sex Pistols and more. But it's the album's first song that best applies the sensuous nature of Nouvelle Vague to a song that benefits from the treatment. Losing the campy sound effects and adding a rich bossa nova touch, Nouvelle Vague makes "Master and Servant" more deeply sexy than Depeche Mode could have imagined.
The slip of sheets is almost audible in Melanie Pain's bedroom whisper, which exudes suggestion and promise; meanwhile, the deep bass underpinning the refrains of "master and servant" is provided by Depeche Mode's own Martin Gore. The random twang of jaw harp underscores a shuffling, shimmying two-step, with each hip thrust drawing the listener in closer. It's enough to leave a sweaty sheen on the brow of even the iciest Depeche Mode fan.
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