Daniel Darc, the former lead singer of French post-punkers Taxi Girl, died yesterday of an apparent drug overdose.
Of the many French bands who were influenced by the dark romanticism of British groups like Joy Division, The Stranglers and Orchestral Maneuvers In The Dark, Taxi Girl reigned supreme among French rock fans during the late 1970s and early ‘80s. In addition to the synth-pop aspects of their sound, Darc and his collaborator Mirwais Ahmadzaï brought an edgy authenticity and street sensibility to their music that recalled The Velvet Underground and Darc’s hero Patti Smith.
In addition to Smith, Darc was a devotee of aphotic bards like Charles Bukowski, William Burroughs, Serge Gainsbourg, Iggy Pop and Johnny Thunders and they provided some of the inspiration in the creation of his own noir mythos. Sadly, he may have followed the darkness further than he intended.
In addition to his work with Taxi Girl, Darc recorded several solo albums, of which Nijinsky is a personal favorite.