Asphalt Jungle France Punk 1977

Formed: Paris, France

One of the best first wave French bands, Asphalt Jungle (along with The Dogs and certainly Metal Urbain) helped save the country's reputation after the awful Stinky Toys had embarrassed the French at the 100 Club Punk Festival. Their Déconnection EP lays claim as the first French punk single, and it's amazing that a career retrospective has never been issued.

Their lineup changed several times throughout their short career, which lasted from mid 1976 to 1978, but at all times featured singer Patrick Eudeline (ex-Angel Face) and guitarist Eric "Rikki Darling" Feidt (ex-Metal Urbain). The band's third bassist was Riton, Eudeline's former bandmate in Angel Face. Pierre-Jean Cayatte (bassist number four) and Didier Laffont (drummer number three) also played in Gazoline.

After Asphalt Jungle split, Eudeline embarked on a solo career (with Darling in his backing group), while his younger brother wrote the Nos Années Punk book.



Singles & Albums

Asphalt Jungle - DéconnectionDéconnection (7”, 1977)

Asphalt Jungle - Planté Comme Un Privé Planté Comme Un Privé (7”, 1978)

Asphalt Jungle - Poly Magoo Poly Magoo (7", 1978)

Various Artists

Le Rock D'Ici Á L'Olympia France LP 1978 (Pathé Marconi/EMI): Asphalt Jungle

Skydog Commando France LP 1978 (Skydog): Money

Les 30 Plus Grands Succès Du Punk France 2xLP 1987 (Skydog): Planté Comme Un Privé / Purple Heart

Les Plus Grands Succès Du Punk France CD 1992 (Skydog): Planté Comme Un Privé / Purple Heart

Nos Années Punk 1977 - 1980 France CD 2002 (Capitol/EMI Music France): Poly Magoo / Love Lane

Les Punks: The French Connection (The First Wave Of French Punk 1977-80) UK 2xLP/CD 2016 (Soul Jazz): Planté Comme Un Privé




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