“Pure, poetic and brilliant rock’n’roll!” This is how lyricist Stéphane Venne describes Offenbach’s music, as he told journalist Dominic Tardif in “Gerry Boulet: animal musical”, an audio series from QUB radio and QUB musique.
For QUB music subscribers, journalist Dominic Tardif retraced Gerry Boulet’s career in a major report in four one-hour episodes, available now. The audio series commemorates the death, 30 years ago, of this immense Quebec musician and singer with an unparalleled voice.
Note that Denis Boulet, who made music with Gerry, agreed for a rare time to grant an interview about his famous brother. “Denis is the person who most resembles him. With him, I had access to Gerry. The two have spent their entire youth playing together. Their common dream was to do rock’n’roll. ”
Denis never talks about his brother by calling him Gerry. Rather, he names him Gerald, his real first name. For Denis and Gerry, singing in French was synonymous with poverty. In the clubs, you had to sing in English.
One day, Pierre Harel explained to Gerry that it would be a good idea to sing in French. Stéphane Venne, famous lyricist – notably for Renée Claude and Isabelle Pierre at that time -, tells in the first episode that he had auditioned in Offenbach.
When he heard “Câline de blues” and “Faut que j’me Push”, he immediately signed Gerry to the Barclay record company, while he was artistic director. He confides to Dominic Tardif: “They were bums, but so nice! Pure, poetic and brilliant rock’n’roll! ”
It was a rock group of international caliber, ”adds the journalist.
In the second episode, we meet Pierre Harel, who played a major role in Offenbach’s trajectory. It was first a friend who had trained him to go see a group show. It was a revelation for him. The man, who was in the process of making his film “Bulldozer” and who was looking for a soundtrack, finally took the music of Offenbach. In addition, he was offered to join the group, which he did, but briefly.
We also meet with lyricist Pierre Huet and singer and bassist Breen LeBoeuf, who joined the band in 1978. The group lasted from 1969 to 1985.
Pierre Huet recounts that he composed 8 songs in 15 days, including “My blues pass pu dans’ porte”, “Je chante comme un coyote” and “Deux other beers” for the album “Traversion”. Huet would go to the race to look for a cassette on which there was music, then he would come back to see the group with words on it!
The first time Breen LeBoeuf saw the members of the group was in Toronto. During the intermission, they chatted together. A few months later, when Offenbach found himself without a bass player, LeBoeuf joined them. Breen continued to perform with Gerry even after the band disbanded. He was also part of a tour with Celine Dion; if he had a scheduling conflict he would always choose Gerry and have himself replaced for Celine’s show. That’s how loyal he was to Gerry.
In the last episode, we hear Marjo, who performed in duet “The eyes of the heart” with Gerry. We also hear the author Denise Boucher, who had written “Les fées ont thirst”, a play that caused a scandal, but also songs for the album “Rendez-vous Sweet” by Gerry.
The host of the audio series confides in closing: “We must remember from Gerry that he was fiercely independent of mind, that he was touched by grace, that he worked very hard to do good. rock. A voice like his is a gift from heaven. There aren’t two like him. ”
“Gerry Boulet: musical animal” is offered exclusively on the QUB music application and online at qubmusique.ca.