Les Wampas for France?

by Richard West-Soley 95 views

The French punk rock group Les Wampas has declared an interest in representing France at the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest in Helsinki, according to an article in the Swiss newspaper Le matin.

The group is chiefly famous for frontman Didier Wampas (real name Didier Chapedelaine), whose trademark is deliberately off-key, and often high-pitched singing. Gigs are often high-energy and characterised by crowd-surfing by the band members, and a great deal of audience interaction.

Never shy of controversy, the band's January 2006 single Chirac en prison was banned by French TV and radio, although defended by Mr Chapedelaine: "I just wanted to see how far freedom of expression can go".

The band has release eleven albums since its debut Tutti frutti in 1986.

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Richard's ESC history began way back in 1992, when he discovered the contest could fuel his passion for music and languages. Since then, it's been there at every corner for him in some way or another. He joined the esctoday.com team back in 2006, and quickly developed a love for writing about the contest. In his other life, he heads the development team at the learning resources company Linguascope, and writes about all aspects of language learning on the site Polyglossic.com.