The Bonnie & Clyde of the Belgian music scene, that’s how Danny Mommens and Els Pynoo alias Vive La Fête could be described. For nearly twenty years (!) they have climbed up on stage with a disregard to just about everything : trends, to etiquette, to ‘good taste’, grammar. For twenty years a ‘I don’t give a damm’ but with no jubileum.
You Can Sleep in my Bed
Now, the couple comes back after three years of silence with a new song: ‘You can sleep in my bed’. The song shows that Danny and Els pay relatively little attention to the current state of the pop music – ie post-hip hop everywhere – and just do their own thing.
Vintage Vive La Fête
‘You can sleep in my bed‘ is grammatically incorrect disco, plain kitsch to the smallest seam, party music a bit like faded perfume and pheromones. Men and women with perfectos and in stilettos. So in other words, vintage Vive La Fête. Like their other songs, this one sounds like a combination of drunken lightness and melancholy. We hear a grownup Els singing, naïve and from her nineteens : you feel suddenly like prey in the midst of dancing men, in the thick of the night, come then and feel free to stay with me tonight.
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Vive la Fête will go down to South America for a series of concerts in October 2015. Make sure you don’t miss this opportunity to see them live in concert. Shows have been confirmed for Bogota and Cali (both Colombia), Lima (Peru), Buenos Aires (Argentina), Santiago (Chile) and Sao Paulo (Brazil). More details on venues will be available shortly – keep an eye on the tourdates section of this website or the Vive la Fête Facebook page. Meanwhile: clear your agendas and get ready to party!
Vive la Fête played at the annual Wave Gotik Treffen festival in Leipzig, Germany on May 24 2015. An audience video recording of this show is now on YouTube. This is Vive la Fête at their finest with a selection of greatest hits, best live fan favorites and tracks from their most recent album ‘2013’.
Back in the early 2000’s Vive la Fête’s unique style and sexy music got the attention of some of the biggest names in the fashion world. Among them was Karl Lagerfeld, who asked the band to perform live at the catwalk during the presentation of his autumn – winter 2002/2003 collection.
Vive la Fête performed five songs during the 23 minute fashion show, all the while playing on a rotating platform in the middle of the catwalk. Surrounded by the most beautiful fashion models in the world, the band set the right atmosphere for the presentation of Lagerfeld’s new collection.
The set ended with a killer version of Attaque Surprise from the album with the same name. Lagerfeld came onstage to thank the models, the audience and the band.
Upcoming Vive la Fête DVD
This exclusive footage has been rarely seen. The full fashion show set is scheduled to be included on the upcoming DVD with rare Vive la Fête material which is due for later this year.
A few new live shows have been confirmed! Come and see Vive la Fête in Belgium (Eurorock festival) in May or in France (Lyon or Paris) in April.
Welcome to the brand new Vive la Fête website! We’re adding content in the next couple of days – including fresh tourdates! – so check back often and don’t miss a thing. Meanwhile, do you like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter yet?
Je ne veux pas
It all started back in 1998 with the EP Je Ne Veux Pas. Els and Danny, freshly in love, recorded their mutual love for music, electronics, romance and catchy beats and shared it with the world. The CD quickly sold out and even though it was repressed a few years later, it has been unavailable for many years. The title track was re-recorded in 2000 for Vive La Fête‘s first full lenght album Attaque Surprise, but nothing beats the original version.
The entire Je Ne Veux Pas EP has now been made available in glorious digital format through Bandcamp. Download in your preferred format, either lossless or hi-quality mp3.
After playing exclusive shows on the catwalk for Chanel in Paris, Berlin, Tokyo, New York and Las Vegas, Vive la Fête was invited to open The Ball de la Rose in Monaco in Match 17, 2002. Initiated by Karl Lagerfeld, for whom the band had played the catwalks shows, Vive la Fête opened the dance party, after concerts by Marianne Faithfull and The Ringo Starr Allstar Band.
For the opening dance, Princess Caroline of Monaco requested a cover version of the Rolling Stones classic ‘Angie’. With Mick Jagger present among the guests of the annual fundraising event, Vive la Fête played an impressive and sexy version of the song which set the mood for the rest of the evening. Being in the world of the rich and famous, Els changed the lyrics from ‘Angie’ to ‘Angel’, referring to the magic of The Ball de la Rose and host of the ball, Princess Caroline of Monaco, in particular.
Amateur footage of the Vive la Fête set at The Ball de la Rose recently surfaced from the vaults of Danny Mommens.
On November 29, 2003 Els and Danny performed at the notorious Ex Pornstar party in Amsterdam. Vive la Fête shared the bill of this extravagant event with the legendary Cicciolina, aka Ilona Staller. Staller is famous for being both an e member of the Italian parliament and, literally, an ex-pornstar. After her carreer in the adult film industry, she went on to politics to put love on the political agenda.
At the Ex PornStar event, Cicciolina performed semi-live and sung a cover of David Bowie’s “Heroes”. A partial video of her performance can be found on YouTube. The clip stops halfway, as the rest didn’t pass the YouTube guidelines. Look at her dress and imagine what could happen… (and yes, it did).
Earlier that day, Els and Danny, together with Cicciolina, went to a TV studio in Hilversum (the Netherlands) to perform a cover of Bob Marley’s ‘No Woman No Cry’ on the – prerecorded – late night television show Barend & van Dorp. The idea was to have Cicciolina sing a duet with Vive la Fete, but in the end it was mainly Els singing and improvising, with Cicciolina attempting to remember the words of the verse. They decided to keep it by this unique, one-time collaboration and not repeat the act at the Ex PornStar party the same night.
Vive la Fete at Ex PornStar without Cicciolina
Highlight of the Ex Pornstar party was the performance of Els and Danny as Vive la Fete. Without their extended band, they took the stage as a duo and played five songs. All five tracks of their sizzling show are now available for the first time -and we put them on YouTube for your viewing and listening pleasure! So check it out:
- Touche Pas
- Noir Desir
- (encore:) AC
In 2004, Vive la Fête performed at the 2nd anniversary party of record store La La Land music. The shop has always been very supportive of the band, and it made sense for Vive la Fête to play at this wild party. Special guests this night were Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth of Tom Tom Club and Talking Heads fame, also friends of the owners of La La Land Music. As a special treat, Danny performed Talking Heads’ classic Psycho Killer together with Chris and Tina, who co-wrote the song back in 1975. Exclusive video footage of this once in a lifetime performance was recently discovered and edited into this unique and super-rare video.