In 1981 our two favourite French sonic cosmonauts J.P. Massiera & his half-brother Bernard Torelli released two singles on the label Général Music France using the artist name Usted Del Fuego. Perhaps the more well known of the two releases is Misa Criolla, an adaption of the ‘gloria’ hymn by Ariel Ramírez. The other single is Cancion Del Fuego and though credited to Massiera and Torelli on the record label, it seems to be an adaption of the twelth movement from the ballet El Amor Brujo by Manuel de Falla written in 1915.
According to the sleeve notes, the track appeared on the soundtrack to the 1982 French film Espion, lève-toi directed by Yves Boisset. The film itself, a political thriller has been described as a cross between the Alan J Pakula 1974 conspiracy-noir The Parallax View and the John Frankenheimer original The Manchurian Candidate. As these are two of my all time favourite films, I have wanted to see Espion, lève-toi for quite a while.
However it is the b-side of the release that I am posting called Usted, an original Massiera/Torelli compostion and in my opinion it is one of the best things the dynamic French duo have ever done. A killer blend of familiar tribal rhythms (first heard I think on the Transport Mission Security track from their 1977 Space Woman album by Herman’s Rocket) and plaintive yearing chants & multi-lingual vocals with the odd Simon & Garfunkel melody thrown into the mix!
As I cannot decide between the two versions of the track, here are both:
Interestingly, the writing credits to the Usted track include a certain Marie Pierre who also seems to have done the backing vocals for the track. I am always interested in the artists and musicians around Massiera & Torelli but the only other related release I can find her on is the 1983 John Luongo mixed album Back To Light by Serge Ponsar where she again gets a writing credit along with Massiera & Torelli for most of the tracks on the album. Aside from some reggae related releases in the late 70s & early 80s, the most recent reference I can find is a credit on the 1988 Robert Plant album Now & Zen singing backing vocals along with the late great Kirsty MacColl & the wonderful Toni Halliday from UK etheral shoe gaze rockers Curve. If anyone comes across any more information about Marie Pierre, let us know.