august 22nd 2004
"Me and Alan McGee", this is the title chosen by Vivonzeureux!
Records for this collection of all the tracks I have recorded for Creation in
the 1980's as "spiritual advisor" to Alan McGee, the Creation Records
founder and the leader of Biff, Bang, Pow!, and this is a title that suits me
True, it is Alan McGee who "created" JC Brouchard, in 1984, but I don't know exactly when. Maybe it was when he received my order coupon for a set of the three singles by his old band The Laughing apple that he was selling at a discounted price of £2 the lot. Or more probably it was after I had come back to France, after staying in London, when I put up the first Creation concert in France, at the MJC Claudel in Reims (on november 3rd 1984, with The Jasmine Minks headlining, and Biff, Bang, Pow! and The Jesus and Mary Chain supporting) and that he announced me that the first BBP! album, "Pass the paintbrush, honey", would be dedicated to me.
Which was done and, from then on, JC Brouchard was born. I had become a genius. Alan trsuted me with running Non Stop Movement, the Biff, Bang, Pow! fan club I went on tour with the band. I joined them in the studio. Liner note by liner note, I became Alan's guru, the spiritual advisor to the band without whom nothing would have been possible. Alan proposed me to release a single with BBP!, "Someone stole my wheels", then took inspiration from me for the title of the next single ("The whole world is turning Brouchard", which was considered at one point for the title of this compilation).
When I told Alan that I had translated "Chernobyl baby" into French, the prefabricated hit he had produced for Baby Amphetamine, he arranged for me to record this song with The Revolving Paint Dream in their studio on the Isle of Dogs, in London. Unfortunately, this song, like its B side, a cover in French of one of the tracks from the first Revolving Paint Dream album, had remained unreleased until now.
JC Brouchard's adventures made me live some unforgettable moments (I have not enough space availble to tell you about all of them here), and made me travel, from Aberdeen to Toulouse, and from Morlaix to Hamburg, passing through London and Paris.
Of course, it is Alan who put an end to the myth, in february 1988, by quitting brutally the french BBP! tour halfway through, in the most rock'n'roll fashion, the day after a concert that had all the worst punk traits (Alan spitting to the face of the promoters and insulting the audience during ALL the concert), leaving alone with Momus who, armed only with his acoustic guitar, had the very heavy responsiblity to make up for BBP!'s absence the very same evening, in a night-club in Sète, croweded with people who looked they were just out of a club on Carnaby Street in 1966 !!!
JC Brouchard, may 2002
Only the most dedicated Creation Records fans still remember
that a French guy played a modest yet not negligible part in the career of Biff,
Bang, Pow!, the band of Creation founder Alan McGee.
The original records have long been unavailable and, with the death of the label two years ago, there was little chance for these songs to be ever rereleased.
That's why we are very happy to have been able - after a long chase - to track down Mr JC Brouchard, who accepted the principle of this compilation, and who was nice enough to let us explore his archives, and get our hands on several previously unreleased songs (a few live tracks, and more importantly three studio tracks, including both sides of a solo single that had been shelved and a video made in France at the time).
Thank you JC Brouchard, then, for making this compilation possible. And especially, thank you Alan McGee, for making JC Brouchard possible !
Pol Dodu, may 2002
* = previously unreleased
Underlined songs can be downloaded with just one click
Compilation by Pol Dodu, april-may 2002,
with the help of JC Brouchard
JC Brouchard would particularly like to thank the musicians playing on this record, and particularly Alan McGee, Andrew Innes, Dick Green, Christine Wanless, Luke Hayes, Joe Foster, Dave Evans and Ken Popple.
Tracks n° 15, 3 & 6 are also available as a video single.
1 The whole world is turning Brouchard!
2 Someone stole my wheels
4 If I die
5 Sunny days
bulle jaune *
7 5 minutes in the life of Greenwood
8 I need optimism *
9 It makes you scared
10 There must be a better life *
11 Roadrunner *
12 A day out with Jeremy Chester *
13 She's got diamonds in her hair *
14 If I die *
multimedia bonus track :
Press cuttings (click to enlarge)
Promo pics (click to enlarge)