This fille fragile didn’t sing: Petite blonde Marie Girard played la batterie in Lyon-based proto new wave outfit Marie et Les Garcons. For an instant in the early spring of 1978, they were so hot that they played the legendary CBGB’s with X-Ray Spex, and opened for the Patti Smith Group at the Pavilion à Paris on March 26, 1978. Few people understood: They were booed off the stage. A few days earlier, John Cale of Velvet Underground fame had produced their second single which also went more or less unheard down the drain ... though being a fine and inimitable blend of Modern Lovers cool, punkish Europop attitude and this certain rhythme de jerk only the French can do. They even dared to fuse one of their songs with the Village People's Macho Man the very same year: See the beer cups fly here. Soon afterwards, Marie quit the band. She died of a ruptured aneurysm in 1996, forty years old.
Marie et Les Garcons – Re Bop
Marie et Les Garcons – A bout de souffle