Ludwig Von 88

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Ludwig von 88 is a French punk rock and alternative rock band mostly active in the 1980s and 1990s, and which gained an important success in the underground scene of its country. The band has not released any new material since 2001, but has not disbanded and is thus officially still active. Their music is quite similar to that of influent French punks Bérurier Noir: two-fingered and distorted guitar chords and drum machine as a drummer. Their lyrics evolved along their career from nonsensical and often juvenile humour to something more serious and sometimes social and political.

The band had different line-ups, among which the most famous from the late 80’s featured Karim Berrouka on vocals, Nobru (real name Bruno Garcia, his new pseudonym is Sergent Garcia) on guitars, Laurent and then Charlu on bass, and Jean-Mi on programming.

They made their reputation through endless and delirious shows performed by disguised musicians. Among their notable stage clothing: cycling jerseys, diving suits, Mexican ponchos and various funny headgear.

Some of their songs are satires on stars like Louison Bobet, Nicolae Ceauşescu, Maria Callas, Jacques Chirac, Jodie Foster or deal with more serious topics like war: "Libannais raides", "Hiroshima"; drugs: "Le Manège enchanté", "Kaliman"; and misery: "LSD for Ethiopie", "In the Ghettos" — always with irony.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1986 Houla la ! Ludwig von 88 4
1990 Ce jour heureux est plein d'allégresse Ludwig von 88 1
1991 New Orleans Ludwig von 88 1
1992 Tout pour le trash Ludwig von 88 2
1992 Houlala 2 la mission Ludwig von 88 2
1994 17 plombs pour péter les tubes Ludwig von 88 1
1996 Prophètes et nains de jardin Ludwig von 88 1
2001 La révolution n'est pas un dîner de gala Ludwig von 88 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2003 10 chansons d'amour à déclamer au lance-roquettes Ludwig von 88 1
2004 De l'âge de la crête à l'âge du bonze (1983-1990) Ludwig von 88 1
2004 De l'âge du trash à l'âge du zen (1991-2000) Ludwig von 88 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1997 Live Ludwig von 88 1
1998 Houlala 3 l'heureux tour Ludwig von 88 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1997 La Sacrée Grôle Tamèrantong! & Ludwig von 88 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1985 Live ? Ludwig von 88 1
1987 Les Trois P'tits Keupons Ludwig Von 88 1
1990 L.S.D. for Ethiopie (We Are the World) Ludwig von 88 2
1993 Tamèrantong Ludwig von 88 1
1994 2 plombs pour péter les tubes Ludwig von 88 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1987 Va-z-y Louison ! Ludwig von 88 1
1988 Sprint Ludwig von 88 1
1993 In the Ghettos Ludwig von 88 1
1995 Hiroshima Ludwig von 88 2
1996 Le Crépuscule des fourbes Ludwig von 88 1
1998 Saint-Valentin 98 Ludwig von 88 & René Binamé 1

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