Plus Rita!


I was obsessed with French pop group Les Rita Mitsuoko all through college. My friend Clovis Pennington who waited tables while I slung cocktails at Stingy Lulu’s in the East Village turned me on to them. They were formed by guitarist Fred Chichin and singer Catherine Ringer and first performed as Rita Mitsouko at Gibus Club, Paris in 1980. They went on to become one of the most successful musical acts of the 1980s in France and one of the most unconventional and inspiring bands in French music. It was recently announced that Catherine Ringer is due to resume touring this April following the sad death of her partner Fred Chichin.

This is the video from one of my favorite songs of theirs, C’est Comme Ça. It was directed by Jean Baptiste Mondino.


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