- Release Date 2014-03-14
- Label Undo Records
- Catalog 888608636278
ACADEMIE, they comprised of vocalist Odile Arias, her brother Dominique and Thierry Martinez. Impressing with a demo that had reached
Ariola Records, they went on to support French band INDOCHINE who had an international hit with 'L'Adventurier' in 1983. Eventually
signing with RCA in 1986 and changing their name to VIENNA, their debut single was the sublime 'Say You Love Me (Tu As Jure?)'.
Coincidently having named themselves after the ULTRAVOX song, Warren Cann later appeared as a guest drummer on INDOCHINE's album
'7000 Danses' in 1987!
Influenced by KRAFTWERK and Synth Britannia acts such as DEPECHE MODE, OMD and GARY NUMAN, VIENNA sounded like a dreamy, less
industrialised cousin of HARD CORPS who supported DEPECHE MODE during the 'Music For The Masses' tour. But the DM connections don't
end there for Odile became Martin Gore's girlfriend during this period, having met at a DM show after they left RCA and signed to Mute
France in 1987. She can be seen as part of the DM entourage in the D A Pennebaker documentary '101'. Another great single 'Pour Ne Pas
Me Toucher' produced by Rico Conning (best known for his 'Blind Mix' of DM's 'Strangelove' with Daniel Miller) was issued shortly after but
by 1989, VIENNA were no more. Odile Arias continued briefly as a solo artist releasing 'Reste Avec Moi' in 1990.
Now in 2013, all of those singles plus B-sides like 'Viens Dans La Chambre' and many of the demos recorded by VIENNA between 1985 to
1990 (and unreleased in the vaults of Mute Records) are gathered together and given a chance to shine. As can be expected, the quality
is variable from full studio masters to cassette recordings but several songs like the sparsely chirpy 'Rendez-vous Sur La Mer Noire' and
the moodier 'Un Dernier Dimance Avant La Guerre' are wonderfully exquisite diamonds in the mine that have now been unearthed, Odile's
exquisite allure providing much enjoyment to the synthesized soundtrack.