YMMV / Jean-Michel Jarre

  • Crack Is Cheaper: Collecting Jarre releases can become horrendously expensive. Once you have everything that was sold on CD at some point, the next step are the promos, and especially those on vinyl can get costly. Once you're pretty much done with these, you've reached the point when all that's left to buy are the actual rarities. These are both expensive and numerous, but they still contain material that has never been made available on CD (or even on record) in stores.
    • It was worse before the release of Essentials & Rarities and even worse before the CD re-issue of the Les granges brûlées soundtrack that made pre-Oxygène material more easily available. Nowadays, you don't have to pay ridiculous prices for one of 117 sold "La Cage"/"Erosmachine" singles anymore to get these two pieces. Of course, it's different when you absolutely have to own that one particular record.
  • Ear Worm: "Fourth Rendez-vous".
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: On Electronica 1, Jarre collaborated with Tangerine Dream, the number one Berlin School group and one of the most famous German classic electronic music acts ever. It seemed like a collaboration of titans. And it might have become Tangerine Dream's last production, at least with Edgar Froese who passed away not much later.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: It's incredible how many fans Jarre has in the United Kingdom and in Poland (even before 2005's Space Of Freedom concert).
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • In a 1997 interview about Oxgène 7-13, when asked which Oxygène he preferred, Jarre answered in jest, the third one, the one he'll make in another two decades. In 2016, he released Oxygène 3.
    • In 1996, when Oxygène 7-13 was heavily discussed but far from its release date, it was often referred to as Oxygène 2. 20 years later, along with the release of Oxygène 3, it was actually renamed Oxygène 2.
    • For his millenial concert in Egypt, Jarre had to change "Revolution, Revolutions" into "Evolutions" and replace each instance of the word "revolution" with "evolution" because the word "revolution" was banned in Egypt. Eleven years later came the Jasmine Revolution.
  • Misattributed Song: Gershon Kingsley's "Pop Corn" is often attributed to Jean Michel Jarre. Jarre did cover it in 1973 under pseudonym, but he isn't the original artist.
  • Signature Song: "Oxygène 4".
  • Song Association: Seems not to have happened although "Oxygène 4" can be heard in Grand Theft Auto IV.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks:
    • Common fan opinion on almost all of Jarre's live releases ever because most of them have been heavily edited, shortened, overdubbed, remixed, even reordered which is the very reason why there are so many bootlegs of Jarre shows. Jarre's first concert to ever find a wide release unshortened was the show in Beijing 2004, and even this only after fans complained and sent masses of mails to the publisher, demanding a full release of the concert. They succeeded—the single DVD Live In Beijing was replaced by the THX-certified double DVD plus CD Jarre In China.
    • Also, the common reaction of everyone who got to know Jarre through Oxygène and Equinoxe back then when hearing any of his later music.


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