Rockets (weird French space rock!)

So today I got a friend request on Facebook from somebody I’d never heard of. I looked at his profile and saw that he was some kid in Brazil. I was thinking of deleting the request (and HIM!) but I noticed he had a degree in philosophy so I figured he might be worth having around. I’m glad I did because on closer examination of his profile I noticed he had links to a weird, French (thus the “weird”) Devo-esque band from the 70s I’d never heard of: Rockets. I’ve been checking out their videos and they are awesome! Here’s one such video:

So who are Rockets? Over to you wikipedia.

Rockets were a French space rock band that formed in Paris in 1974. Some of the former members had played together since 1970 in a local band called Crystal. In their most successful era (1977–1982) the line-up comprised vocalist Christian Le Bartz, bassist and vocalist “Little” Gérard L’Her, guitarist and keyboardist Alain Maratrat, drummer and percussionist Alain Groetzinger, and keyboardist Fabrice Quagliotti. The band went through a number of name changes, being known as the Rocket Men and Rok-Etz, among others. In the year 2000 Fabrice Quagliotti decided to reform the band (initially with the name Rockets N.D.P.), but with a totally different line-up. This brought to an anomalous situation, as far as none of the former members agreed to hold a reunion. In fact, the last former member to leave the band was Alain Maratrat, in 1992.

Weird, I will definitely check out more of their stuff. Here’s some more info on them.

4 thoughts on “Rockets (weird French space rock!)

  1. John Saleeby

    That’s pretty cool! That video seems familiar but I don’t think I’ve ever heard of Rockets before. They’re FAR OUT!

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