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Justice – 'Stress' And Jacno – 'Rectangle'

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Traffic sucks, so why not start your morning off with some music? You provide the toast and we’ll provide the jams.

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Here are two videos that deal with the towerblocks of France, the banlieues that are and are not France’s projects.

The first is what I think is a TV airing of Jacno’s ‘Rectangle’ shot in 1980 with sort of a kind of an obsession with the very brutal architecture. Jacno was doing his electronic solo debut after making his name in punk with the group Stinky Toys.

There’s a bit of a glimpse of humanity in the ‘Rectangle’ video and there’s one in Justice’s controversial ‘Stress.’ It’s just that Justice’s video has an, er, slightly different tone. There’s a more open condemnation of the buildings the imposition the distant towerblocks have on people’s lives. The ‘Stress’ video debuted in early 2008. Only a few years earlier France had seen a bunch of riots that looks a lot like this video.

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I wonder how much of the futuristic, modern, brutal French design I so adore fits in with the failure of the banlieues? The Citroën BX they burn to the ground certainly leaves a strong impression one way rather than the other.


Contact the author at raphael@jalopnik.com.

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daniel1976japan
Dan76Japan

I’ve been really tempted by the Citroen BX recently. I even went and looked at one. It’s such a quirky design and I always hear how fantastic the hydro pneumatic suspension is. Unfortunately the one I looked at wasn’t registered so I couldn’t drive it. Also it seemed way to expensive (I live in Japan) can anyone attest to these being wonderful drivers or a terrible idea.