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Meet Jean-Luc Retard and Bonnie Day from the Faux French Band, Nous Non Plus

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Jean-Luc Retard and Bonnie Day are ready for their close up. I Photos: Benjamin Hoste/LAist
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There is no Santa. George Bush did not win the 2000 election. And Jean-Luc Retard and Bonnie Day are frauds. Inspired by 1960s French pop, these ex-Brooklynites have been spreading their cheeky, retro pop all over the world. We sat down with Jean-Luc Retard and Bonnie Day (aka Dan Crane and Emily Welsch) for brunch in Silverlake last Saturday, in order to get to our burning questions answered. How French were they? How many Skittles did Emily have to consume in the Loli video? Was it true that Dan had an alter ego that was an air guitar champion? And did they really get sued by their former band member? Here is some of what was said. For frauds, their answers were surprisingly honest.

I’m really excited that you’re here. I thought you guys were a Brooklyn band.
We started out in Brooklyn, but now we’re all dispersed. We’re not even all in Los Angeles. Like I didn’t even know that Emily was going to be here, she emailed me last week and said she was going to be in LA. One singer lives in Paris, that’s Celine Dijon, and the drummer and Emily live in New York, I live here, and the guitarist lives in Austin.

How do you guys practice? That seems like it would be really difficult.
(laughs) We don’t practice as often as we probably should. We all kinda practice on our own at home. I feel like we’re later area Pavement because they lived all over the place.

How old were you when you first picked up an instrument?

Well, I think I started playing guitar in third grade maybe. My older brother played and I wanted to be better than him.