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September 28, 2006

Chris Conty does not exist

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Brice Le Blévennec

Chris Conty does not exist. Just like Sam Lennov, Nico and his Goblin, LonelyGirl15 or Tony Sheraton (sounds familiar?). Chris Conty is a pure invention from French channel Canal + who will air next week a “rockumentary” about the “David Bowie from Belgium”.

However, since mid September 2006, there’s a wide range of websites, blogs, forums on this guy. And more than 40.000 entries on Google.

This incredible viral campign took the best of Web 2.0 to tell us a wonderful story and I must confess that I’ve been part of the believers. The huge thing is other artists (Michel Fugain, Nicolas Sirkis of Indochine, Axel Bauer, Thierry Ardisson, Marka and Laurence Bibot, Adamo…) and partners (Canal +, Universal, FNAC?, Amazon?) all played the game and fostered the buzz. Let’s see now if the documentary will talk about this “real fake” character or rather about this enormous joke.

A few more interesting URLs:

Since you know it’s a joke, find yourself the others


dig further please, sounds that your article is a just a translation of another embittered jealous (as he missed the myth) guy.




I saw personnaly a concert of Conty in Liege, Belgium, 1980. The problem is that he was never an international star. While I really did enjoy the concert (I was 11), his music is objectively mediocre.

A producer must have found some old stuff from Conty and decided for some reasons to make him a mega star.

I’m very surprised how Conty is popular those days. I had myself almost forgotten him. I’ve searched for years for material on Conty, but was not able to find anything, except some old LPs of bad quality.


Let him alone, Julien, some young folks just believe french music started with Patrick Bruel, Pascal Obispo and other media-fabricated stars.
All Chris Conty fans know that press and television can build you one day and crush you the next week, like it was the case with Chris.
Believe it or not, music existed before the CD was invented…