Band compiling mix albums is a definite growth industry right now – it’s a shame most of them are dull or try too hard to be cool. Better to just throw together a genuinely random selection tracks and see what happens – as it the case with Nouvelle Vague – Late Night Tales.
Eclectic is an overused term, but it really does fit this album by the French cover specialists. From vintage acts including Julie London, Glen Campbell and Peggy Lee, taking in a few 60s and 70s cult acts, then moving onto the more familiar Nouvelle Vague territory of 70s and 80s alternative pop – Special AKA, Pale Fountains, Tones on Tail and This Mortal Coil.
And there’s even room for a Nouvelle Vague cover – the band’s take on Come On Eileen. It’s out this week – a definite try before you buy, but well worth a listen.