In December 2012 I was delighted to go to Paris to meet my French pop hero Evariste (aka Joël Sternheimer) and interview him for Hero Culte, the interview will follow shortly. In the meantime I thought I would share with other Evariste fans some of the information I have gleaned on his career.
This listing is by no means definitive but it provides a much fuller picture of Evariste’s recordings and appearances on TV, film and radio to date. If anyone has any information to fill in the gaps, please let me know. I am also trying to track down some of the TV shows and as and when I do I shall include more information and pictures. Again, if anyone has any of the TV shows or films, please get in touch!
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1967 — 7” EP Connais-tu l’animal qui inventa le calcul intégral? / Si j’ai les cheveux longs c’est pour pas m’enrhumer Atchoum / Dans la lune / Evariste aux fans (DiscAZ 1088)
1969 – LP Je ne veux pas mourir idiot (EMI Pathé, 054-10031)
1969 – LP Je ne pense qu’à çà (EMI Pathé, 054-10.564)
1974 – Evariste wrote Je voudrais que tu me fasses un enfant, a lovely song – you can find it on YouTube performed by Line et Willy here
2011 – Do You Know The Beast? LP (unofficial, bootleg compilation album) (NoSmoke Records, Portugal, NS0010LP)
(Links to tracks are from the excellent website http://mixagesobsoletes.free.fr/)
05/03/71 (release date) – Jupiter (dir Jean-Pierre Prévost), starring Martial Raysse, Jean-Pierre Kalfon, Pierre Clémenti, Evariste song Le p’tit Patrick
??/??/72 – Short film, Je ne suis pas simple (dir Claude Confortès) exact release date unknown. Produced by Simon Damiani who executive produced La planète sauvage; script by Jean Confortès et Georges Wolinski; music by Evariste
22/02/67 – Tilt-Magazine (dir Jean-Pierre Spiero, produced by Michèle Arnaud), report filmed at Princeton, Evariste interviewed by Michel Drucker, song Connais-tu l’animal qui inventa le calcul intégral
February / March 1967 – Title of show unknown, Belgian TV, report, songs Dans la lune, Si j’ai les cheveux longs… and Evariste aux fans
05/03/67 – Nuit des élections (dir Raoul Sangla), 1ère chaîne, Evariste interviewed by Georges de Caunes, song Dans la lune
09/03/67 – Vient de paraître (dir Georges Barrier), 2ème chaîne, song Connais-tu l’animal qui inventa le calcul intégral
15/03/67 – Deux Minutes Avec Evariste (dir ?), from Actualités Pathé Gaumont, song “Connais-tu l’animal qui inventa le calcul intégral”.
Evariste told me that the video was supposed to represent “an argument between a scientist and a singer, viewed as if these were two incompatible worlds, wherefrom the electrodes…” (I found this on the Gaumont Pathé Archives site and although it provides screen shots and a description of the clip you can’t actually watch the clip – what a shame as it looks and sounds amazing from the photos and description!)
12/11/67 – Dim Dam Dom (dir Peter Knapp?), 2ème chaîne, song Wo I Nee
08/02/68 – 21h45, 2ème chaîne, song Les pommes de lune
??/??/70 – Bienvenue au monde de demain, Guy Béart TV show, filmed but never screened, songs Je ne veux pas mourir idiot, Reviens Dany reviens, Le pauvre petit chercheur, SU(3), and Ma mie
??/??/70 – Title of show unknown, Italian TV, TV show on Leftism by Jean-Pierre Prévost, songs L’amour et la révolution and Reviens Dany reviens
??/??/71 – Title of show unknown, Belgian TV, filmed in Jerusalem, songs Roch Hachana, La faute à Nanterre and Herzl rent a car
??/??/71 – Title of show unknown, Italian TV, TV show about Evariste Galois, songs Si j’ai les cheveux longs…, Je ne veux pas mourir idiot, and Reviens Dany, reviens
??/??/71 – Title of show unknown, Swiss TV, TV show on Leftism, censored, song Reviens Dany, reviens
??/??/71 – Eurêka, 1ère chaîne, episode entitled Evariste et les sept dimensions (dir Michel Treguer) filmed in 1971 but apparently deprogrammed at the request of ORTF’s Scientific Committee, song Les boutons de manchette, Où sont passés les révolutionnaires, Pour un baiser de toi, and L’amour et la revolution (There’s a short article about this in a socialist magazine called l’Unité, 28/02/72, which can be found here)
??/??/71 – Journal de la recherche, censored, songs Ma mie and Le pauvre petit chercheur
23/03/71 – Post- Scriptum de Michel Polac, show about anti-psychiatry, live debate
30/03/71 – Post-Scriptum de Michel Polac, show about futurology, live debate
02/10/71 – Samedi soir, Philippe Bouvard, with Jean Rouch, song La ballade des grenades and an alternate version of Ça pince by Boris Vian and Henri Salvador
16/11/71 – Midi-Magazine, live, song J’f’rais mieux de r’tourner à l’école
09/03/74 – Samedi soir, Philippe Bouvard, songs Finjan (on guitar, with Enrico Macias) and Belev Haleyl (in Hebrew)
You can watch the clip of Belev Haleyl on YouTube here. Here’s what Evariste looked like in 1974!
Evariste kindly alerted me to this video clip and told me: ” Another song had been on rehearsal and was expected to be performed, but since Enrico Macias and I were asked impromptu by Philippe Bouvard if we could play something together on the guitar, and found ourselves to agree and play a well-known Hebrew song, which came out quite nice, I went on to sing one I had composed (Belev Haleyl)”
??/01/75 – Le petit rapporteur (Jacques Martin), not broadcast, La Révolution
21/02/75 – Bouvard en liberté, Antenne 2, song a plus b puissance n égale C n et p mais non y’a plus d’CNEP maintenant, y’a plus qu’la BNP
??/??/76 – Episode of the TV series Bon baisers de Mandrake (dir Pierre Desfons) with Gérard Jourd’hui, broadcast summer 1976, song Les pommes de lune
10/06/86 – Journal de 13 heures d’Antenne 2 (presented by Noël Mamère), with a report directed by Monique Atlan about the mico-intervals guitar
??/??/71 – Le jardin des fleurs vivantes, François Bayle radio show for France-Culture, with Ma mie, Ma puce, Les pommes de lune, and Les chaussettes de l’archiduchesse (Un chercheur sachant chercher doit savoir chercher sans CNRS)
Video / DVD
1988 – Je ne veux pas mourir idiot filmed theatrical performance (dir Claude Confortès / Nicolas Errera) DVD
1999 – Inventions pour demain,Sciences frontières production VHS, Joël Sternheimer participates in debates during the 16th Science frontières festival and sings a bit of a Michel Polnareff song!
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Regarding the bootleg LP Do You Know The Beast?, I asked Evariste about this. There was not a hint of resentment on his part, but the album was apparently released without his knowledge or permission; he didn’t even have a copy of it! I bought him a copy myself when he told me that because it’s just not right that an artist should have to buy their own records. When he received it he had the following to say: “Funny that the compilers translated Evariste Galois’ name as “Evariste Welsh” on the back cover. Also, May ’68 happened in 1968 (not 1969) – so the single La révolution came out in summer 1968, as press articles of the time may testify. I also saw the mention “All rights reserved” on the back cover… and wondered to whom should I ask?” It’s a very good question. I have tried to find NoSmoke Records myself to tell them, if they didn’t already know it, that Evariste is easily contactable but they are very elusive indeed. If NoSmoke would like to make contact I can make sure any messages get passed on.
I hope readers have found this information useful. Further articles on Evariste follow, so remember to visit Hero Culte again soon for more.
Many thanks to Evariste for answering so many questions and providing a lot of information.