Sebastian Tellier: Broadway

Parisian songsmith takes off jacket

NME has always said that the main problem with French pop is that it’s too often concerned with the seduction of suspiciously young schoolgirls, and too seldom with apocalyptic scenarios featuring the shooting of large quantities of CGI aliens. Let’s attempt to make this review make sense with the revelation that Monsieur Tellier’s ‘Broadway’ – on the surface, a slice of lush, string-smooched symphonic pop on winking terms with Super Furry Animals’ ‘Northern Lites’, just without the grass skirts – is in fact a song about Private Rico, that piece of military stud from Paul Verhoven’s Starship Troopers, coming back to save the world from impending apocalypse. Ace trumpet solo, too. Was that in the film?