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61 – Étienne Daho – Les Flocons de l’Été – 2017
60 – Étienne Daho – Paris Sens Interdits – 2015
59 – Étienne Daho & Rone – Mortelle – 2015
57 – Étienne Daho – En Surface – 2014
56 – Étienne Daho – La Peau Dure – 2013
55 – Étienne Daho – Les Chansons de l’Innocence – 2013
47 – Étienne Daho – L’Invitation – 2007
33 – Étienne Daho – Idéal – 1999
32 – Étienne Daho – Le Premier Jour (du Reste de Notre Vie) – 1998
30 – Étienne Daho – Soudain – 1997
27 – Étienne Daho & St Etienne (St Etienne Daho) – He’s on the Phone – 1996
26 – Étienne Daho – Au Commencement – 1996
25 – Étienne Daho & Jacques Dutronc – Tous les Goûts Sont Dans ma Nature – 1995
24 – Étienne Daho & St Etienne (St Etienne Daho) – Jungle Pulse – 1995
18 – Étienne Daho – Des Attractions Désastre – 1992
17 – Étienne Daho – Saudade – 1991
11 – Étienne Daho – Le Grand Sommeil [Live] – 1989
8 – Étienne Daho – Épaule Tattoo – 1986
7 – Étienne Daho – Duel au Soleil [Live] – 1986
6 – Étienne Daho – Tombé Pour la France – 1985


Étienne Daho | #etiennedaho
[1957-…], Rennes, Bretagne, France


Étienne Daho is a French singer, songwriter and record producer.

Étienne Daho has released a number of synth-driven and rock-surf influenced pop hit singles since 1981.

Étienne Daho sings in a low, whispery voice somewhat akin to Leonard Cohen or Chet Baker and his music established him as a pop cult hero. He cites Serge Gainsbourg, The Velvet Underground, The Beach Boys and Syd Barrett as his musical influences. All his albums have been certified at least gold or platinum, including “Mythomane” in 1981, “La notte, la notte” in 1984, “Pop satori” in 1986, produced with a young William Orbit, “Pour nos vies martiennes” in 1988 and the double platinum “Paris ailleurs” in 1991, recorded in New York.

A best-selling recording artist in his own right in France, Daho is best known in Britain for his appearance on the number 11 Saint Etienne hit single “He’s on the Phone”, which is an English-language adaptation of his 1984 French-language big hit “Weekend à Rome”. He also collaborated with Saint Etienne on the Reserection EP, his album Eden, and his single hit Le Premier Jour.

Daho’s collaborations and productions both on stage and in the studio with other artists have been extensive. He has worked with Brigitte Fontaine, Arthur Baker, Air, Working Week, ’80’s new wave band Comateens, Jane Birkin, Marianne Faithfull, Françoise Hardy, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Vanessa Paradis, Dani and more. His music has also been remixed, among others, by Air, Fischerspooner, Amon Tobin and William Orbit.

Daho’s 1996 album Eden displayed a diverse array of electronic-oriented songs that included downtempo ballads, drum and bass-influenced tracks, and Hi-NRG dance. He duetted with Astrud Gilberto (“Les bords de Seine”) and was accompanied by The Swingle Singers on “Timide intimité”. Backing vocals on several songs were provided by Lyn Byrd of the Comateens, Sarah Cracknell (who co-wrote “Les passagers”), and Elli Medeiros.

Eden was subsequently re-released for the anglophone (English-speaking world) market with great reviews with the song “A New World”, which was an English-language version of “Au Commencement”. Daho performed in a sold out I.C.A. He also sang at the Marquee in 1989.

After a double platinum greatest hits compilation Best of Singles in 1998, the number one Corps & armes in 2000 saw Daho eschewing electronics in favour of a more orchestral sound fuelled by traditional instruments: piano, acoustic guitar, horns, directed by Wil Malone. One of the tracks included an English-language duet with Vanessa Daou (“Make Believe”). It includes also “Le brasier”, “La baie” and “Ouverture”.

Daho shifted gears once again for his dark and moody 2004 album Réévolution, which featured a guitar-heavy rock sound. He released the single hit “If” with Charlotte Gainsbourg as well as the Phil Spector influenced “Retour à toi” and “Les liens d’Eros” with Marianne Faithfull, reading her great uncle Leopold von Sacher-Masoch’s Venus in furs.

In 2005, Daho released a live album Sortir Ce Soir, which featured many of his greatest hits performed in concert.

In 2007, his new album, L’Invitation, which was created with Edith Fambuena, was released to good press reviews. In 2008, a compilation of covers was released, called Tombés pour Daho (after Daho’s single, Tombé pour la France). The recording artists include Benjamin Biolay, Doriand, Elli Medeiros, Daniel Darc, and Arnold Turboust. In the same year, on March 8, Daho received a Victoire de la Musique award in the category Album Pop / Rock of the Year.

His last album, “Les Chansons de l’innocence retrouvée”, was released in 2013 and was a smash critical success in France, being included in several best end-of-year lists, by Les Inrockuptibles or Télérama, among others.

For record sleeves and music videos Daho collaborates with Pierre et Gilles, Michel Gondry, Nick Knight, Doug Nichol, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, M/M, Åbäke, Inez van Lamsweerde and Guy Peellaert among others.

In 2016 Daho was invited by John Cale to sing I’ll Be Your Mirror at The Velvet Underground and Nico’s celebration album at the Paris’s Philharmonie.

Continue Reading · From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Etienne Daho holds a special place in the French biotope of the Pops. Glorified as a cult pop singer, the career path of this Rennes-born musician marks an Anglo-Saxon tropism which, since the eighties and enough gold records to make a huge necklace out of them, has enabled a whole generation to think “pop” when they heard music sung in French… His second album, released in 1983 with its Italian title La Notte La Notte, opened with “Week-End à Rome”, a song as eternal as the city in question. Thirty years later, sweet dandy Daho is still polishing his works with “Les Chansons de l’Innocence Retrouvée”, a great demanding and generous French pop record, tenth landmark of an impeccable career that we endlessly rediscover from a novel angle in the French musical song-writing landscape.
[Rock en Seine 2015]

He started out from the Rennes rock scene of the early eighties, but today Etienne Daho is a complete artist. He rapidly made his mark and became a major figurehead on the French pop scene. Lyricist, composer, performer, actor and producer, he has continued to create and invent and, even after ten major album releases, has never hit a wrong note or shown signs of faltering. He is often cited as a role model, as much by young electro enthusiasts as by singer-songwriters, and now this major icon of French pop will be offering us his latest collection: Les chansons de l’innocence retrouvée. Rarely has an album been so eagerly awaited.
[Paléo 2015]

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