Thursday, November 29, 2007

Les Jaguars

Saguenay, Quebec's Les Jaguars were formed in 1962 and rose to the top of the Quebecois rock scene with their mix of surf rock and lounge guitar. After releasing a number of singles and a couple of LP's on the Tournesol label, their audience thinned out as vocal groups influenced by The Beatles and the rest of the British Invasion began to gain in popularity. By 1966 they'd called it a day, but the band's leader, Arthur Cossette, recorded for a short while as "Arthur, a crazy long haired, flowered hipster pants wearing garage band weirdo," before joining Les Sinners after the death of their lead singer and resurrecting Les Jaguars several times over the years for tours and new recordings.

Although Les Jaguars did record some songs with vocals, these four tracks are totally instrumental. The page I linked to up above describes their sound as somewhere between Link Wray and The Shadows, and that's about right, although their comparatively mannered style lacks Wray's all-out abandon.

Arvida, Nous Voici
Guitare Jet
Guitare Strip

Note: These songs have been archived at It Came From Canada.


At 6:14 PM, Blogger said...


Hello! My name is Noah Sanders and I'm heading up the New Media department over at Seattle-based record label Light In The Attic (Jamaica to Toronto, Betty Davis, Karen Dalton).

Our mutual friend Sipreano (Kevin) had steered me in your direction and I wanted to talk about getting you on the guest list for the December 13th Jamaica to Toronto show at Club Mod. I don't want to clog up your comment board though, so if you'd like to discuss, please email me at

And thanks for the write-up about Summer Records a while back.

Hopefully I'll talk to you soon.

Noah Sanders
Light In The Attic


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