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Mies Kat Onoma were a remarkable French rock band whose lyrics were often based on the contemporary poetry of the likes of Jack Spicer. 'Play Kat Onoma' presents a selection of their tracks, mostly from their album 'Billy The Kid', reworked by the two surviving band members. As always, Rodolphe Burger's unique vocal delivery (both in French and in English) and guitar work pull you in deep into Kat Onoma's darkly elegant and seductive world. Favorite track: Be Bop De Beep.
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The Radio 04:51
The radio that told me about the death of Billy The Kid (And the day, a hot summer day, with birds in the sky) Let us fake out a frontier – a poem somebody could hide in with a sheriff’s posse after him – a thousand miles of it if it is necessary for him to go a thousand miles – a poem with no hard corners, no houses to get lost in, no underwebbing of customary magic, no New York Jew salesmen of amethyst pajamas, only a place where Billy The Kid can hide when he shoots people. Torture gardens and scenic railways. The radio That told me about the death of Billy The Kid The poem. In all that distance who could recognize his face.
The Gun 04:40
Tragic Muse 02:52
The Trap 04:54
Magic 05:18


Sortie nationale le 30 mars 2015

En juin 2014, dans le cadre de sa carte blanche à la Maison de la Poésie, intitulée « Explicit Lyrics », Rodolphe Burger a proposé à Philippe Poirier, guitariste et saxophoniste de Kat Onoma de rejouer avec lui le temps d’un hommage au poète américain Jack Spicer, qui a inspiré au groupe de nombreux titres, et notamment l’album Billy the Kid. Une date supplémentaire a dû être ajoutée, tant la demande du public a été forte.

Il ne s’agit pas d’une « reformation » de Kat Onoma, par définition impossible, Guy “Bix” Bickel, l’emblématique trompettiste du groupe, étant décédé en avril 2014.

Un véritable travail de « relecture » du répertoire a été effectué en amont dans le studio Klein Leberau, en Alsace. Rodolphe Burger et Philippe Poirier sont accompagnés par Julien Perraudeau aux claviers.

L'album Play Kat Onoma, issue de cette “recréation” accompagnera un travail de réédition de l’ensemble du catalogue du groupe.


released March 30, 2015

Rodolphe Burger: vocals, guitar
Philippe Poirier: guitar, vocals, whistling
Julien Perraudeau: keyboards, drums, piano

All lyrics by Jack Spicer
All music by Rodolphe Burger
except 1, 6 by Philippe Poirier
Publishing Dernière Bande/Warner Chappell
except 1, 6, 7, 9 by Dernière Bande

Recording: Leo Spiritof
Mixing & mastering: Luc Tytgat
Studio: Klein Leberau, Sainte Marie-Aux-Mines
Executive production: Michaëlle Roch
Photography: Patrick Mario Bernard
Artwork: Salvatore Puglia & Carole Peclers

Jack Spicer's voice: recording unknown

Special thanks:
Olivier Chaudenson (Maison de la poésie, Paris),
Phil Cabon, Joël Theux, Dany Baur,
Robin Blaser, Emmanuel Hocquart,
Pierre Alferi, Olivier Cadiot

This album is dedicated to Guy "Bix" Bickel

℗ © 2015 Dernière Bande


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+ Rodolphe Burger
+ Olivier Cadiot
+ Jeanne Balibar
+ James Blood Ulmer
+ Fred Poulet
+ Kat Onoma
+ Beau Catcheur
+ Alain Bashung
+ Chloé Mons

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