From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Marc Moulin (born 1942 - September 26, 2008) was a Belgian musician and journalist (print, radio, TV). He was a member of the avant-garde rock band Aksak Maboul and founder of jazz rock studio project Placebo and later the electropop band Telex who came to international attention with "Euro-Vision" and achieved cult status with "Moskow Diskow".
Belgian keyboardist Marc Moulin has been a jazz craftsman for more than three decades. A leader in the field of acid jazz, he began his career by playing the piano in the '60s throughout Europe. During the following decade, he established a band known as Placebo. By 1974, he had made a trio of albums, influenced by such masters of jazz as Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock. One of those early releases, Sam Suffy, has withstood the test of time and is still popular decades later with aficionados. Before the '70s had passed, Moulin switched gears; working with the band Telex, his style shifted to electro pop. With bandmates Michel Moers on vocals and Dan Lacksman on synthesizer, he put out five albums that spawned hit singles like "Rock Around the Clock," an electro pop version of the song originally made famous by Bill Haley & the Comets, and "Moscow Diskow," which won fans in discos as far away as Australia and Brazil. By 1992, Moulin again pulled a switch, this time turning to a sound that was more ambient with the release of Message. As the calendar flipped forward to a new millennium, Moulin flipped back in time to the place where he'd started: jazz. He signed with Blue Note, a label fond of pushing boundaries, which allowed him to freely combine his proclivity for the electronic sound with his jazz roots.
Marc Moulin is also a producer and composer. In particular, he worked with Lio ("Banana Split", "Mona Lisa" and "Les brunes ne comptent pas pour des prunes"), Jacques Duvall ("Comme la romaine", "Je déçois"), Alec Mansion, Anna Domino, Kid Montana, Viktor Lazlo and, more recently, Alain Chamfort.
- Placebo : Ball of Eyes (1971)
- Placebo : 1973 (1973)
- Placebo : Placebo (1974)
- Sam Suffy (1975)
- Picnic (1986)
- Maessage (1992)
- Top Secret (2001)
- Sam' Suffy (2005)
- Placebo Sessions 1971-74 (2006)
- Entertainment (2004)
- I Am You (2007)