Les Sans Culottes, which translates to "those without undergarments," with their campy sex vibe, would sound at home in any of the Austin Powers films and should the Man of Mystery go to Paris to meet Octo-pusé, LSC would definitely follow him there. "Demimonde" with its mystery and show-stopping chorus even sounds like a lost James Bond theme. You can get an idea of the Brooklyn-based band's approach and sentiment just from the names of their deux chanteuses, Kit Kat le Noir and Celine Dijon. Disc opener, "Sa Sabine," sets the stage for much of Faux Realism with it's backing harmonies and party atmosphere. "Balzac 7502" is nostalgically reminiscent of the music of the Gallic past as "SOS Elephants" sounds like They Might Be Giants filtered through red wine and Roquefort. "Ecole de Merde" is French garage pop at its finest and "Le Cog Sportif" translates perfectly the live energy of their shows to your living room. Album standout, "The Tongue of Romance," mocks many of the wonderful things the world has received from LSC's home and sarcastically features the opening notes of classical standard "Fur Elise" played on a concertina. Recently, their tunes can be heard in commercials by Hewlett Packard and most episodes of The Real World: Paris. If the Nineties brought the J-Pop & Britpop invasions, Les Sans Culottes with their ironic party kitsch could be the one to usher in the Franco-phoney wave of "Grand Guignol Roque & Roll" in this new millennium.