A sad day of January, 1986... To bring people water Balavoine made one more journey, a journey too many... More than twenty years after his death, his songs are still carved in his fans' memories. If some are part of a time long gone ("Lady Marlène" and the Fall of the Berlin Wall), most of them are still very much part of the time we're living. Visionary? Most of all, Balavoine understood our world and guessed what was to be.... Young people riots against injustice, misery in the Third World, political scandals, the urge to live or survive... Lyrics for the generation of both yesterday and today and maybe those to come too. "L'Aziza" still is one of the very best French songs against racism. "Frappe avec la tête", an hymn for the oppressed. "La vie ne m'apprend rien" and that neverending quest for life's meaning. He sang of love too: "Les petits Lolos" for his dearly beloved, "Dieu que c'est beau" to move every father and father to be.
Coming from a rock background with his first band, Presence, Daniel Balavoine will see his sound evolve to a poppier sound with influences from musics from around the world, not unlike Peter Gabriel. At the time of his death, he was planning a more international career, that never happened.
Not a hero, indeed not... Balavoine was just a man... A good man, tender, emotive, with a face which shown both malice and sadness and a smile unlike any other. Balavoine was also a voice, unique. "Le Chanteur" is gone with that urge to save the world but his music and lyrics remain. You can witness his art with these few chosen songs among the most beautiful of his oeuvre... His multicoloured shouts.
mStanzas' BALAVOINE's Top 3
1- Sauver l'amour
2- Pour la femme veuve qui s'éveille
3- Un Autre Monde
mStanzas' BALAVOINE's Bottom 3
1- De Vous à Elle en passant par moi
2- Face amour, face amère
3- Les Aventures de Simon et Gunther Stein
(Artwork and translation by S.F.P. / Selection and text by mStanzas)