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Hubert-Félix Thiéfaine

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Hubert-Félix Thiéfaine (French pronunciation: ​[ybɛʁ feliks tjefɛn]) is a French pop-rock singer and songwriter. He was born on 21 July 1948 in the town of Dole in the Jura département.

Mostly shunned by television and radio, he has built over the years – through word of mouth and frequent touring – a considerable following which allowed him to fill the 17,000-seater Palais omnisports de Paris-Bercy for an anniversary concert in 1998. In recent years he has been increasingly name-dropped as an influence by the latest generation of performers in France, and was the subject of a tribute album of covers in 2002. He has been performing since the late 1960s and releasing records since 1978.

Musically, Thiéfaine draws mostly from classic rock, with rare nods to the latest musical trends, and generally leaves the arranging to a collaborator. His songs are most notable for instantly recognisable lyrics, with their trademark streams of consciousness, surreal and often extreme or dark imagery, often tinged with comedy, cynicism, literary references, neologisms and liberal use of scientific, long or foreign words. The lyrical mayhem sometimes spreads into comically long song titles, such as Enfermé dans les cabinets (avec la fille mineure des 80 chasseurs), or Exercice de simple provocation avec 33 fois le mot "coupable". His education in a Catholic boarding school has also left deep traces which surface in his lyrics in the form of biblical quotations and cheerfully blasphemous lyrics.

His avowed influences include Léo Ferré, Lou Reed, and many French, Anglophone and German novelists and poets, with a preference for romantic literature.

Discs

Géographie du vide

October 8, 2021

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La fin du roman

September 10, 2021

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Du soleil dans ma rue

June 11, 2021

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Page noire

May 12, 2021

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Météores

February 26, 2021

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40 ans de chansons sur scène (Live)

March 15, 2019

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40 ans de chansons

September 28, 2018

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Concert symphonique Maison de la Radio

November 18, 2016

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VIXI Tour XVII (Live)

April 22, 2016

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En concert à la Maison de la Poésie (scène littéraire)

October 23, 2015

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Stratégie de l'inespoir

November 24, 2014

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Homo plebis ultimae tour

October 22, 2012

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Suppléments de mensonge

October 17, 2011

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Scandale mélancolique Tour

March 16, 2007

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Scandale mélancolique

October 10, 2005

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Défloration 13

March 19, 2001

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En concert à Bercy (1999)

September 28, 1999

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Le bonheur de la tentation

April 3, 1998

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La tentation du bonheur

October 7, 1996

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Paris-Zénith (1995)

February 3, 1995

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Fragments d'hébétude

October 17, 1993

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Chroniques bluesymentales

October 14, 1990

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Eros über alles (Remastered)

May 1, 1988

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Météo für nada (Remastered)

November 1, 1986

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En concert, Vol. 2

October 17, 1986

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Alambic / Sortie sud (Remastered)

November 1, 1984

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En concert, Vol. 1 (Live)

October 17, 1983

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Soleil cherche futur (Remastered)

September 1, 1982

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Dernières balises (avant mutation) [Remastered]

September 1, 1981

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De l'amour, de l'art ou du cochon ? (Remastered)

April 1, 1980

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Autorisation de délirer (Remastered)

January 1, 1979

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...tout corps vivant branché sur le secteur étant appelé à s'émouvoir... (Remastered)

February 1, 1978

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