We were now signed and produced by Elektra and published by Warner's.
With all accessories and utilities , we soon found ourselves at the gates of the Château d'Hérouville. David Bowie was just finishing the Idiot album with Iggy Pop and the masters of the Low album were still just there on the shelves.
The library Room @ the Château was a trip and a half with Van Gogh and Chopin's ghosts having dramaramas, both had spent time nearby and incidently the weirdest stuff would manifest in that place.
Le Château d'Hérouville was a very special spot and one day the experience of recording the magical take of "In the Gold Mine "when the Sun was just rising is still memory stored for ever.
" Retour dans la Grosse Pomme " was the Hit single that kept us 22 weeks in Europe 1's charts. Then the award at Midem in 1980 for best french group of the year landed like a cherry on the cake.
We visted many times RTL's Video studios in Luxembourg , to shoot those tracks and gigs were plenty.
A lot of pressure was piling up, Murray Ward had replaced Olivier on bass and Nick Sykes, the english keyboard player who had just finished playing on the "Broken English" Marianne Fairhfull's album came to join during those sessions for this first Extraballe alabum on Elektra.
This line up with a heavier stucture needed more back up
This ended with our signing with Super boss Alain Levy on Columbia.
It was obvious that this new profile implied a lot of changes and I was forced to upgrade the line up of the band for the following album:"Sales Romances", the first album recorded for C.B.S.
One Huge Mistake ! I should have said "NO" to all those changes when Warner's publishing was not even communicating well anymore with C.B.S.
GOOD NIGHT DRESDEN, 5' 15
QUAND LA VILLE SERA HAUTE, 3' 09
1000 KMS EN Union Soviétique, 2' 42
ABRI, 4' 07
MONDE SOUTERRAIN, 4' 24
WILD BOYS, 2' 30
JE PENSE À SID, 3' 18
IN THE GOLD MINE, 4' 15
LOVE TRAP, 4' 10
RETOUR DANS LA GROSSE POMME, 3' 03
Jean Jovenet : Vocals & guitars
Michel Peyronel : drums/ vocals
Lolita Carabine : guitars
Murray Ward : bass/vocals
Nick Sykes : Keyboards
Recorded at Le Château d'Hérouville et Air Studios
Mixed at Air Studios.
Produced by Robin Millar.
Engineers: Jean Luc Lemerre, Anton Mathewk, Steve CHURCHYARD
All songs by Jean Jovenet
Cover design: Lulu LARSEN
EXTRABALLE, a name that cuts like a knife because of the state of Emergency that over rules ALL.
EXTRABALLE the new killer bands of all Parisian white nights.
EXTRABALLE the meeting of four alien characters, out of this World performers.
Jean Jovenet , blonde , handsom, fragile, fragment of a past myth named the Dogs, but he does not want to talk about it.... he's killed that past with a rusted E string.
FRENCHY BUT CHIC December 1978 Jean-Eric PERRIN