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What Lady Miss Kier was to the candy ravers in the late 80s and early 90s, Caroline Herve, aka Miss Kittin, is to a certain disaffected subset of modern Eurotrash. She met Michel Amato, aka the Hacker, on a dance floor in her hometown of Grenoble, France, but the two worked individually--she as a DJ in Geneva and he in industrial, techno, and hardcore bands--until 1997, when they recorded their neo-new wave single "1982," the video for which made it onto German MTV. Miss Kittin spearheaded the lobotomized-diva style now practiced by several arty electro groups in New York, and last year she practically became a household name in Europe after a collaboration with Felix da Housecat, "Silver Screen (Shower Scene)," made Pete Tong's Essential Selection playlist at the BBC's Radio 1. Miss Kittin and the Hacker have since released a full-length collection of their work (on International Deejay Gigolos, the label run by electro-perv DJ Hell), named (in a burst of imagination) The First Album. Miss Kittin speak-sings, in English, through a cavernous-sounding metallic effect over the Hacker's energetic analog synths, and though her accent is sexy as hell, she seems confused by the too-loud and almost too-fast backbeat. Live, she's been known to perform in a rubber nurse's outfit, and her taste in topics tends toward the raunchy. In the hilarious "Frank Sinatra," she imagines Ol' Blue Eyes "sniffing in the VIP area": "To be famous is so nice / Suck my dick / Kiss my ass / In limousines we have sex / Every night with my famous friends." Performances by the duo are rare, period, and doubly so in the U.S.; the Hacker DJed here in August, but this is their first Chicago appearance together. Miss Kittin will also DJ. Friday, January 25, 10 PM, Zentra, 923 W. Weed; 312-787-0400.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photos/F. Holzer.

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