Left behind for a while in favour of podcasts and reviews, the Charts section strikes back today with a very nice selection by Benoit & Sergio. This Washington DC’s duo has been hitting the headlines for the last few months, even though they have a small (only two EPs) but efficient musical repertory. After the acclaimed What I’ve Lost, followed by Midnight People released on Spectral Sound last year, Benoit & Sergio are now dropping the very first release of Visionquest, the brand new label we discussed with Ryan Crosson during this interview. Entitled Where The Freaks Have No Name, this record was already designated as a highlight for this starting year even before its release. The vinyl is finally available this week, so here’s a small reminder of Benoit & Sergio influences.

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Dire Straits – Money For Nothing (Vertigo – 1988)
I listened to this track with my friend in front of my dad’s speakers, which were as tall as us. We were mimicking the tom fills and loving the superness of the track, getting really hyped in an 80s manner.

Valerie Dore – Get Closer (ZYX Records – 1984)
This track represents the electro/disco-ish side of my influences, ranging from Moroder to Vitalic. The imperfections of the vocals are what make this track so great.

Gabrielle – Forget About The World (Daft Punk Don’t Forget The World Mix) (Go! Discs – 1996)
This is one of the first tracks of Daft Punk that I discovered. They are a huge influence on our sound and started it all for me.

Japan – The Nightporter (Live Version) (Virgin – 1982)
This is one is a little simple and beautiful gem. The live version is amazing with this wurli’ish sound.

Rondo Veneziano – La Serenissima (Baby Records – 1981)
I remember listening to this track on TV as a kid. You can’t really get cheesier than this, but the video clip and the leitmotif of the melodies and the heroic aspect of the drums have always been haunting me.


Prince – Erotic City (Warner Bros. Records – 1984)
I remember hearing this on headphones one night on the radio past my bed-time as a nine year old boy and being scandalized and thrilled by the lyrics. This was the first moment that linked music to illicit pleasure. If I ever marry, this will be the song I slow dance to with my wife.

Beach Boys – When I Grow Up (To Be A Man) (Capitol Records – 1975)
I would listen to this in my family’s busted brown station wagon, trying to sing along to its cosmic falsetto.

Elliott Smith – Angeles (Kill Rock Stars – 1996)
He had the voice of an orphan-angel who lived alone in a roughly hewn tree trunk in heaven.

The Pixies – Here Comes Your Man (Elektra – 1989)
This is the first song I learned on the guitar and I learned the guitar to make up songs like this one, but I never did make a song this good, and I never will.

Bobby Brown – Every Little Step (MCA Records – 1989)
The jam is amazing, but I put it here because I have been imitating Bobby Brown’s dance moves in this video for two decades now.


Where The Freaks Have No Name is out now, buy it on Juno.

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