Les Wampas

Les Wampas
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Les Wampas

Les Wampas at Balelec 2011. Clockwise from top left:Jean-Mi Lejoux (bass), Didier Wampas (lead vocals), Niko Wampas (drums), Tony Truant (guitar), Philippe Almosnino (guitar)
Background information
Origin Paris, France
Genres Punk rock,
Years active 1983–present
Labels BMG, Atmosphériques
Website www.wampas.com
Didier Wampas (vocals)
Jean-Mi Lejoux (bass, ex-Les Satellites)
Jo Dahan (guitar, ex-Mano Negra)
Niko Wampas (drums)
Phil Almosnino (guitar)
Past members
Marc Police (deceased) - (guitar)
Ben Sam (bass)

Les Wampas are a French punk rock/psychobilly band, who refer more exactly to their music as "Yé-yé-punk". The band was formed in Paris in 1983.



See also Discography

Les Wampas vous aiment

The band's third album, Les Wampas vous aiment (Les Wampas love you), released in 1990, contained the popular single "Petite fille", whose video was played on French TV channel M6, and crowd favorites like "Ce soir c'est Noël" (a personal version of the Christmas Carols, available all year long on stage...) and "Quelle joie le rock'n'roll"; following this album's release, they were signed by the major label BMG.

However, a shadow was cast across the band for many years when guitarist Marc Police committed suicide in December 1991.

Simple et Tendre

Simple et tendre (1993) was recorded at London's Roundhouse [1] and Abbey Road studios and featured the London Session Orchestra.

Recorded one year after guitarist Marc Police's suicide, probably their most inspired album, it includes a heart-breaking, breathtaking — and yet hilarious — tribute song to their friend (Les îles au soleil, "Islands under the sun").

The video to the band's "Comme un ange (qui pleure)" (1992) was directed by Michel Gondry.

Never trust a guy... and "Manu Chao"

Having been back on the 'independent circuit' since their contract with BMG ended in 1998, Les Wampas released the single "Manu Chao" in 2003. It, along with the album's full title, Never trust a guy who after having been a punk, is now playing electro, made fun of Manu Chao, who was a member of the successful punk band Mano Negra in the early 1990s (like Wampas guitarist Jo Dahan), but who now, according to Didier Wampas, "had accepted the system. You're inside of it, you profit from it, you're not going to criticize it 'on the side', or else you might not get back in."[1][2]

With a riff similar to The Ramones' "I Wanna Be Sedated", it was the band's most popular single to date, reaching number 20 in France in June 2003 [2] and features as a bonus track in the European version of Rock Band. Les Wampas played at the Eurockéennes and Vieilles Charrues festivals in that year, and a rockumentary about them, For the rock, was made in 2004.

Rock'n'Roll Part 9

Jacques Chirac: Still at large

On Rock'n'Roll Part 9, Les Wampas' ninth album (not including two live albums), they released the controversial single "Chirac en prison" in January 2006. The song contains the lyrics:

"Elle ne pense qu'à ça, elle n'en dort plus la nuit [...]
La seule chose qui lui ferait plaisir
Ce serait de voir Chirac en prison."

"She thinks only of this, she doesn't sleep anymore at night [...]
The only thing that would give her pleasure
Would be to see Chirac in prison."

However, Didier Wampas said, "It isn't really a song against Chirac [...] I just wanted to see how far freedom of expression can go".[3] "Chirac en prison" was mainly banned upon its release by French TV and radio; some TV advertisements for the single were even populated with bleeps and on-screen rectangles, to disguise the fact that the song was about the president. It was played by radio stations Ouï FM and Le Mouv', however, and achieved much more publicity when Les Guignols de l'info, a satirical puppet show on Canal+ television, made a video for the song.[4]

"Rimini" was the most notable success from Rock'n'Roll Part 9. This song has become widely popular among the fans. It is about the death of the famous Italian cyclist Marco Pantani who was found dead in an hotel of the Italian seaside resort of Rimini.

2007 Eurovision entry

Les Wampas competed against nine other popular French acts for the honour of representing France at the Eurovision Song Contest 2007, with a song called Faut voter pour nous (You gotta vote for us), but did not win the vote.


Didier Wampas

The group is best known for its frontman, real name Didier Chapedelaine, main lyricist and singer. He deliberately sings off-key and often high-pitched, so has a recognisable voice. His on-stage energy, and crowd surfing, hoisted and hauled up on garden chairs, are major features of the band's live shows, which frequently end up in a complete mess, Didier Wampas singing among the audience, and a large part of the audience going onto the stage. Since the release of the album Kiss (2000), he comes to hug members of the audience at the end of the show and kiss them goodbye on each cheek.

In interviews, Didier Wampas often repeats that he earns approximately a quarter of his private incomes from his activity as a singer, and the rest from his job as a mechanic at the RATP (public transportation service in Paris), which he kept in spite of the increasing fame and success of the band. He frequently asserts his opposition to the French system of giving grants to professionals in the performing arts — this attitude is remarkable in the French culture.

International reputation

Simple et tendre (1993) was recorded in London; Les Wampas vous aiment and Never trust a guy... both had English producers, Andy Lydon and Clive Martin respectively, and Trop précieux was recorded in Austin, Texas. In May 2008, the band headed off to Sweden at Pelle Gunnerfeldt's (The Hives) for their next record to be released in 2009.

Les Wampas have toured in most western European countries, as well as Quebec, Japan, India, and La Réunion. However, they have seemingly never played in English-speaking Canada or Great Britain, and only once in the United States (in Austin, April 1995).[5]

Commercial success has mainly been in France, perhaps because Les Wampas mainly sing in French; although it should be pointed out that Noir Désir, massively popular in France in the 1990s, sung many English-language songs without "breaking through" in English-speaking countries.

Famous phrases/Glossary

  • Les Wampas ont inventé le rock'n'roll - "Les Wampas invented rock 'n' roll"
  • Didier Wampas est le roi ! ! - "Didier Wampas is the king", the main message from the song Oï !, and a classic shout of cheer, from the audience, while in public.
  • Tout à fond ("everything up to the max") - this is a phrase the band often say: the first words we hear on the album Les Wampas vous aiment are "le rock, c'est tout à fond!" ("rock is everything cranked up to the max"); the name of their 1997 live album is Toutafonlive.
  • Chicoutimi - Les Wampas played a memorable show in Chicoutimi, Quebec,[6] and named their 1998 album after the town.


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