Flyers

When graphic designers met the DJ's and never slept

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THE FRENCH WAVE BEGAN WITH PROHIBITION

Here you can find one of the best historical flyers : the first big rave party that never could happen ! It was to be held in Amiens, North of France, canceled by the police under the false pretext of the Tour de France passing through the city.

FG was a partner, of course!
It was Laurent Garnier and Coda magazine’s project, the first “pure player” in France. Both lost a lot of money with this cancellation...

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The flyer of the party of the first techno wave scene hosted by the Dance division of Fnac Records. A few years later, the label changed its name to F Com and was led by Laurent Garnier and Eric Morand.

The jacket of the label.

Laurent Garnier’s last party before the Rex Club. The club La Luna disappeared in the 90s

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FROM BOY TO REX CLUB

The boy was a radical club for LGBTQ members and party people, a mix inspired by the Bocaccio in Belgium. Closed in ‘95, It became the parking lot of the Olympia concert hall.

Wake Up

Laurent Garnier's evening at the Rex Club, each thursday night, one of the parties that placed Paris on the map of the dance floor world since the beginning of the ‘90s

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THE FIRST DAFT PUNK RELEASE PARTY

The team behind the Magic Magazine, specialized in the pop UK scene, helped the duo sign with Soma Records.
Serge Nicolas, former Magic’s graphic designer, designed the flyer and organized the party, which took place in a jazz club near the Gare du Nord (le Blues du Nord).

Design : Serge Nicolas.

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QUEEN CLUB

THE FLAGSHIP OF CLUB CULTURE ON THE CHAMPS ELYSÉES


Design : Marc Antoine Serra for Waouh! 

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RESPECT TO PARIS !

Respect Is Burning. Hosted by the three promoters : Jerome Viger-Kohler (journalist at FG), David Blot (moderator at Radio Nova) and Frédéric Agostini (one of the pioneers of the rave scene with Xanadu project), the party reviewed each Wednesday all the aspects of the House Nation and Hip Hop genres.

1996, Respect, Le Queen, design Marc Antoine Serra

Daft Club for Christmas, charity evening for children, initiated by Daft Punk, The Queen, 1998.


Design : Waouh! for Marc Antoine Serrra

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LIL LOUIS THE QUEEN LOVE AFFAIR

The artist from Chicago who did one of the only House albums in the history of music went regularly to the Queen club.
1997, Made In Queen, Lil”Louis, design MA Serra.

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Queenopoly, Le Queen, 1996.

Design by Nicolas Lesbros.

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A TOUCH OF POP TO THE HOUSE NATION

Michael Amzalag was the former graphic designer of the estimated magazine Les Inrockuptibles when he began to create the first House fanzine in France, eDEN, with Christophe Vix, Christophe Monier and many european crazy people living in Paris at the time...

He created the M/M Paris duo with Mathias Augustiniak, who is one of the most renowned graphic design collective in the world (Björk, Madonna, Givenchy, Loewe, Centre Pompidou to name some of their clients).

The First Big Garage (the most soulful House genre) in France with Tony Humphries’ first gigs (the magical resident DJ of Zanzibar club in NYC), David Morales, Robert Owens and Rhythm Doctor’s british team (Mama Records).

  Le Pulp aka “the club for girls who like girls” had finally connected Paris with the international lesbian culture and was the place of the electro clash wave in the early 2000 with the revelation of artists like Jennifer Cardini, Ivan Smagghe, Scratch Massive or Chloé.

In 1996 Le Pulp offered lesbian, rock and electronic nights.


Design by M/M Paris : Michael Amzalag

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IMPULSION RELEASE PARTY

Release party of Impulsion, a project made by Pascal R and The Micronauts (Christophe Monier).

Design M/M Paris.

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THE SEXY HOUSE OF NEW YORK

At this time, after the handbag UK wave, that generated handbag matches on some parisian dance floors, it was the turn of the New Yorker’s hard house.

Some of its best known figures in town were Johnny Vicious, the former A&R director of Salsoul Records. Sextoy wanted to play there; we wanted to dance to it and the party was gorgeous.


Design : Michaël Amzalag / M/M Paris  

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MA SHAMPOO WORLD !

A panorama of its best works for the parisian clubs as Le Queen, Folies Pigalles and many other places by Michel Poulain, formerly known as La Shampoo. His works are in the national collection of the Union Centrale des Arts Décoratifs.

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LE PALACE WITH DAVID GUETTA

  “Aquí puede encontrar el espíritu de Paris…”Before working with Daft Punk and creating his own label, Head Banger, Pedro Winter worked with Cathy & David Guetta at Le Palace, the famous club of the disco’s golden era, which closed its doors in 1996.

Design Michel Poulain 1994 or 1995

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FOLIES PIGALLE ERA WITH LA SHAMPOO

Another aspects of the collaboration between Pedro Winter and Folies Pigalle, led, at that time by Cathy & David Guetta.


Design Michel Poulain 1994 or 1995

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CLUB HOUSE THE WEEKLY FG PARTY AT THE QUEEN

 Club House was a special project for the FG team that lasted for two years. The party hosted Carl Cox, Josh Wink, DJ Deep, DJ Gregory, Sextoy and many others DJs and was coordinated by Antoine Baduel, CEO of FG Radio, Christophe Vix, David Guetta  and Didier Sinclair.

Left and right : design by Nicolas Lesbros.

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HOUSE MUSIC TREMENDA IN PARIS

Sylvie Chateigner and Martine Meyer were two of the most important women promoters. Some of their projects are Thanks God I’m VIP (in reference to the  film about disco music “ Thanx God I’m Friday”)...

...and La Ménagerie, a party that brought in Paris some of the best italian DJs as Flavio Vecchi, Ricky and Montanari live from Riccione (Rimini).


Nicolas Lesbros’s career led him from Lyon to Paris and New York, from PR and parties promotion to digital graphic design with the first graphic design softwares of the decade.

Design : Nicolas Lesbros.

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FOLIES PIGALLES WAS ULTRA! WITH AXEL HUYNH

At the time, the Folies Pigalles club became one of the most eccentric place for nightclubbers in search of glamour and house music.

Drawing by Olivier Boscovitch, design by Michel Poulain.


Ultra! flyer by Michel Poulain. DA : Axel Huynh


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CrazyBaby! from dance floor to the desk

Axel Huynh was Folies Pigalles’ art director. His work revolutionized the clubbing graphic style, he was also the photographer of a number of fashion magazines. 

The CrazyBaby! parties were also the cradle of 90's club culture unveiling essential creative talents such as Pedro Winter, Jeremy Scott and Ora Ito.

A compilation of Axel Huynh’s works with CrazyBaby! in the middle, shown at the exhibition on French Touch at MAD Paris (Arts & Craft museum in Louvre).

Design Michel Poulain.

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TRIBUTE TO THE GRAPHIC DESIGNERS

These graphic designers worked hard to add some magic to weekly flyers and posters that all these parties and clubs needed. A typical style based on the mix between glamorous retro & kitsch was reinvented night after night.

Some of the other graphic designers that helped develop the identity of the french night life were also M/M Paris, H5 Studio, Geneviève Gauckler, Vincent Bergerat (Respect Is Burning flyers) with the photos of Agnès Dahan.

Michel Poulain

Marc Antoine Serra (the third from the left)

Nicolas Lesbros with Allen at a TGV party

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TRIBUTE TO THE GRAPHIC DESIGNERS & ARTISTS

Paris wasn’t the “club kid’s” city as NYC, but some took the lead in their domain. The duo M&M’s worked for Coda Magazine and Radio FG for the photos, exhibitions or parties.

Alexandre Moggi aka “Moche” (ugly) was responsible with scenography of the launch party of FemininMasculin on the Centre Pompidou organized by FG. Olivier made a skin for the FG program. At the same time, Axel Huynh became a night influencer for many fashion brands.

Alexandre Moggi at the Global Tekno, 1996

Olivier Degorce at his home

Axel Huynh

in the heat of the night at Folies Pigalles with the legendary Dimitri from Deee-Lite band and Pedro Winter.

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