Christine And The Queens have had a massive year. After the French popstar’s amazingly choreographed Glastonbury performance made her the talk of the festival, her debut album ‘Chaleur Humaine’ climbed to Number Two in the UK and, last month, she performed with Elton John at the Apple Music Festival. In November she’ll play two nights at London’s near 5000-capacity venue, Brixton Academy.
Also known as Héloïse Letissier, Christine is currently Box Upfront Artist of the Month, and tonight (October 3) she’ll have a interview and session on Upfront with got2b at 6pm on 4Music. Ahead of that, catch Christine’s performance of ‘Saint Claude’ – shown here exclusively for NME.
When NME spoke to Letissier recently, she told us the story behind the song. “In Paris I witnessed a scene of humiliation,” she explained. “I was on the bus and he was just sitting there. He had this really extravagant look and he was talking on his own. He looked really ill, but at the same time really extravagant. And people started to mock him. I witnessed this amazing phenomenon where people just rejoiced in mockery of someone else: pointing a finger at just one person. The whole bus seemed to be friends just like that. It was kind of scary to watch.”
“And actually, I did nothing. I didn’t stand up for the guy. I was so embarrassed I decided to get off the bus – I got off at this station called Saint Claude in Paris – and this is why the song is called that. I gave him this name afterwards as a symbol. But the song was like me trying to mend something that happened – I didn’t do anything and I felt I should try to write a letter to this boy in a way. Because he was an outsider, kind of a freak, and I think I just witnessed how easily some people point fingers at freaks, you know.”