Genres: Pop/Rock, International
Styles: Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, French Pop, French Rock, Western European Traditions, French
While many French acts have little effect on the other side of the Pacific, eighties synth-pop duo Niagara had some minor success before calling it a day in 1992. Made up of Muriel Laporte on vocals and Daniel Chenevez on synths and keyboards, Niagara drew many comparisons - both musically and in membership format - to the Eurythmics. They came together in 1984 in Rennes, and by 1986 had scored two hit singles (1985's "Tchiki Boum" and 1986's "L'amour a la Plage.") and released their first album, 1986's Encore Un Dernier Baiser. 1989 saw them gain a following in Canada, but they weren't to remain in the business for too much longer, they released two more albums, Religion in 1990 and La Verite in 1992, and Muriel and Daniel went their separate ways shortly thereafter. In 2002, the legacy that the group had left behind was re-examined with the compilation release, Flammes.
- Chris True (All Music Guide)
Niagara is the name of a French synthpop duo that achieved popularity both in France and Canada from 1986 to 1989. The band, whose was known under the name L'Ombre jaune from 1982 to 1984, was formed in Rennes, France, in 1984, by vocalist Muriel Laporte (later known as Muriel Moreno) and keyboardist Daniel Chenevez. They were frequently compared to the UK duo Eurythmics.
They became famous in France when they issued in 1985 their first single, "Tchiki boum", which was followed in the summer 1986 by their second single, "L'amour a la plage". 200,000 copies of each single were sold in France, becoming both silver disc. Driven by exotic-looking Laporte's charisma and singing ability, the duo released their first album in 1986, Encore un dernier baiser which included their first two hits and a new single, "Je dois m'en aller". Their second and most popular release was the album Quel enfer in 1989 ; the video for the lightweight "Soleil d'hiver" received frequent airplay in Canada, leading to the group forming a following in North America. Also in 1989, their singles "J'ai vu" and "Pendant que les champs brulent" became minor hits in central Europe.
Niagara released two more albums: Religion in 1990 (which introduced a harder-edged sound to their music) and La Verite in 1992 before the band (and the real-life couple of Laporte/Moreno-Chenevez) separated. Both musicians went on to solo careers. In 2002, a compilation entitled Flammes was released (also released as double CD and DVD), containing all the band's hits. It hit #1 for three weeks on the French Compilations Chart.