LABEL: Born Bad
CAT NO: BB152LP
A2. Polaroïd/ Roman/ Photo
A3. She Brings The Rain
A4. Misty Mouse
B3. Tu M’Ennuies
RUTH – Polaroid/Roman/Photo
LP – Black Vinyl
(With 12-page Booklet, download code + Liner notes in English & French.)
Classic 1985 French new wave holy grail, reissued on LP with a 12 page booklet and digipak CD with 24 page booklet (liner notes in English and French).
Thierry Müller, the French musician, photographer and graphic designer initiated the Ruth project. As early as 1982, a first version of the track “Polaroïd/Roman/Photo” emerged. “I wanted to write a piece to make the girls dance and make fun of the boys. I plugged a small handmade clock on my Farfisa organ as a sequencer. I had a small Roland synth-guitar, I put the organ in it and that’s how it started.”
Philippe Doray, a big name of French experimental music, is amused by the idea of working on a more pop project and offers to write the lyrics. Thierry worked on other tracks for the future LP and asks some friends to write other lyrics: Edouard Nono, visual artist, writes the lyrics of “Mots“, Frédérique Lapierre those of “Misty Mouse” and “Tu m’ennuies“.
The album was finally released in 1985 on Paris Album, a small independent label but barely sells 50 copies. In 2004, two DJs Marc Colin and Ivan Smagghe discover the track “Polaroïd/Roman/Photo” and decide to exhume it from oblivion. They release it on a compilation called ‘So Young But So Cold: Underground French Music 1977 1983‘ (Tigersushi) and then Born Bad Records includes it on the ‘BIPPP – French Synth-Wave 1979/85‘ compilation in 2008. Thanks to them, the track and the album start a new life, which sees several limited edition (and now highly expensive) represses coming out between 2010 and 2015.
See below for tracklisting…