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French music group Pigalle, most widely known for its strike solitary “Dans la Sale du Bar-Tabac de la Rue des Martyrs,” was among François Hadji-Lazaro’s two alternate outfits in the 80s. Much less punk-oriented than its parallel task Les Garçons Bouchers, Pigalle provided a warm mixture of pop, rock and roll, and traditional affects. “Hadji-Lazaro” finished Pigalle in the past due ’90s, after four studio room albums (1986’s Pigalle, 1990s Regards Affligés Sur la Morne et Pitoyable Living de BenjaminTrembley, Personage Fâgreat deal Mais ô Combien Attachant, 1993’s Rire et Pleurer and 1997’s Alors), and one live LP (1992’s Pigallive). In 2007, though, a reunion was announced and shipped with the launch of the double-CD compilation made up of main singles, outtakes, and six previously unreleased songs.

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