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Added 26th November 2009 by mikmakmok

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Record / CD / Tape
The French, Yargo
1981

Here we have an obscure 1981 release by The French. There is an Manchester phone number on the rear so I'm presuming they were Manchester based.

I've had this record in my collection for maybe 10-12 years, its an early cover version of Kraftwerk's 'The Model' - maybe Joy Division would have attempted it like this? Its a pretty good version which no doubt would interest collectors if it came up for sale. I've never seen another copy in years of searching.

The line up is listed as:

Vocal: William Redfern
Guitars: Graham Lees
Keyboards: Pat Allen
Bass: Ian Ward
Drums: Phil Kirby

Produced and engineered by Frogsy
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“I've added Yargo to the band names, as this features Phil Kirby their drummer. I also have a copy of this but have also never seen another (until now that is).”
27 Nov 2009
“Hi I think me Mums got a copy of both the Singles we released (The River Flows East was the other) I used to play Bass in the band. If you see Phil say hello for me!”
03 May 2010
“Blimey I just stumbled on this and am quite frankly astonished that anyone remembers us...us being me, William Redfern and the rest of The French...I think I still have a number of these singles if anyone wants one plus I still have copies of the follow up 'The river flows east'...Ian, Phil, Graham or Pat if you see this I hope you are well...I feel positively overcome with nostalgia”
07 Jul 2010
“Bill! What a suprise. e-mail me irward@yahoo.com
TTFN
Ian”
07 Jul 2010
“i had a copy of this in the early eighties which has since gone missing . i still have a copy of the river flows east with heat as the b side . my copy was auto graphed by all the band right next to where it said sanguine products on the back of the cover. i'd love to get hold of this copy of the model so if anyone knows how i can do this please email me krafty_john@yahoo.co.uk”
08 Aug 2010
“Hi, I was the original poster of this record. I wouldn't mind another copy myself and I haven't got the other single so would be interested in that too.”
08 Aug 2010
“Hello there, I am touched, moved, amazed and happy that anyone should want copies, so if you drop me a line to w.redfern@sky.com I would be delighted to send them to you.”
17 Sep 2010
“Just passing by again to post an mp3 of the superb version of "The Model" for anyone interested to have a listen to, really needs to be heard. Copy and paste this if it doesn't come out as a link:

www.flashback81.com/thefrenchthemodel...

I will be back with a scan of the second single "The River Flows East" soon for the archive (courtesy of Bill!). Great sleeve too.

Cheers
Chris”
12 Oct 2010
“THAAAAAAAANK YOU!! In the early eighties i taped some John Peel Shows on BFBS in Germany. This Version of THE MODEL is still one of my favourite ones - but the memorex tape from 1981 is still gone. (Wonder why:)) I never knew who was the artist and i always tried to find out who the hell was responsible for it. Thanks to the net and diskogs NOW i've got an mp3 of it. I'm in Heaven. Honestly. Thanks from Germany, Tom”
18 Mar 2011
“Many thanks for your kind words Tom, this is great I thought the world had forgotten us long ago - nice to know there are still some people out there with taste!”
22 Mar 2011
“Former guitarist with The French, Graham Lees, now runs his own studio and production company in LA and has been remastering old tracks by The French for a forthcoming retrospective album release - have a listen to some tracks at
www.duenierproductions.com/the_french
14 Apr 2012
“'The Model' is now available to download from itunes under the name 'The French 8083' - (for copyright reasons)”
30 Nov 2012
“I have a copy of this although I know nothing about it.”
03 Jul 2023
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