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Trust was a Frenchmarker rock band closely associated with both AC/DC and the New Wave of British Heavy Metal

Band history

Trust was founded in 1977 by:

The band released its first single Prends Pas Ton Flingue ("Don't Take Your Gun With You") in the same year. This record was later re-released when the band made its first short-lived come back in 1992.

Trust rose to fame in 1979 and 1980 with a music mixing hard rock influences with acerbic social and political commentary with anarchist and anti-Soviet undertones, with a renegade attitude à la MC5.

Trust's success was also due to Krief's stature as a French guitar hero and Bonvoisin's both sincere and mature lyrics as well as his raw energy. Their 1980 hit song Antisocial (on the Répression album) criticized the frenetic, dehumanizing pace of modern life and work in large cities. Its English adaptation by Anthrax on the 1988 Album State of Euphoria is pretty rough and mild compared to the original lyrics: "You spend a lifetime working to pay for your own tombstone, You hide your face behind the newspaper, You walk like a robot in the subway corridors, Nobody cares about your presence, It's up to you to make the first step". Trust were helped on English lyrics for the Repression album by Jimmy Pursey of UK Punk band Sham 69, who may have helped translate the songs' aggressive political messages. Songs such as "Le Mitard" (1980) attacked what Trust claimed was an excessively repressive handling of juvenile delinquency, featuring texts from public enemy number one Jacques Mesrine. Other major political songs includes "Darquier" (1980) commenting on notorious Nazi Germany collaborator Louis Darquier de Pellepoix, and "Mr Comédie" (1980) criticizing Ayatollah Khomeini, who was in exile in France at the time, depicting him as a "torturer". "Les Brutes" (1980) describes the savage acts done by the Warsaw Pact military forces at the Prague Spring in Czechoslovakiamarker, "H & D" (1979), with "H & D" standing for "Hôpital & Débiles" ("Asylum & Psychos"), accuses the Soviet Unionmarker and its secret services (KGBmarker) of suppressing dissent by sending political opponents to psychiatric hospitals under fake diagnoses.

The style of singer Bernie Bonvoisin was compared to that of Bon Scott from AC/DC, with whom Trust had a friendly relationship. Ride On by Bon Scott's AC/DC was covered in Trust's '79 debut album. 1980's Répression dans l'Hexagone live album, which is regarded by many fans as the band's most solid record to date, features two AC/DC covers of "Problem Child" and "Live Wire". Trust Live was released twelve years after its recording by Sony Music France to coincide with AC/DC's famed Live album release in France. However, the band members denied using such a marketing strategy, claiming the masters they thought were lost had been found the same year by coincidence.

From 1983 onwards, the band came under increasing criticism for its less "incisive" sound and the frequent changes of drummers (e.g. Nicko McBrain quit the band after Savage to join Iron Maiden and release Piece of Mind with its legendary "The Trooper"). Furthermore, the French political climate had changed: with the election of François Mitterrand (French Socialist Partymarker) in 1981 after 23 years of Conservative governments, the preoccupations that formed the basis of Bonvoisin's lyrics – denunciation of prisons and law enforcement, the alienation of workers, etc. had lost their edge.

Trust disbanded in 1984 but Bonvoisin and Krief later re-formed occasionally for records and concerts, later "compromising" the once hard rock legend with '00s notorious French rap acts including NTM.

The band's most successful song "Antisocial" was covered by the American thrash metal band Anthrax on their 1988 State of Euphoria album (adapted to English, although a French version of the song is also available) and became one of their most popular songs and videos. A live version of the 12" single for "Make Me Laugh" features Bernie on vocals with Anthrax singer Joey Belladonna.

In early July, Trust's original lineup reformed to perform a '79-'86 best of gig at Festival des Terres Neuvas. The concert will be taped in order to release a musical DVD.

Monday, September 8: A new album called "13 à table" ("Thirteen at the table") is released.The band takes a new musical direction, with a lot of DJ and rap influences in the singing.



  • 1977 Prends Pas Ton Flingue / Paris By Night [SP] Francemarker
  • 1979 Trust I (L'Élite) France, United Kingdommarker, United Statesmarker, Netherlandsmarker, Japanmarker
  • 1980 Répression France, Germanymarker
  • 1980 Repression (English version of Répression) United Kingdom, United States, Netherlands, Japan, Canadamarker
  • 1981 Marche Ou Crève France, Germany, Italymarker[ (with Nicko McBrain on drums)
  • 1982 Savage (English version of Marche Ou Crève) United Kingdom, United States, Netherlands, Portugalmarker, Japan (with Nicko McBrain on drums)
  • 1983 Trust IV (Idéal) France, Germany (with Clive Burr on drums)
  • 1984 Man's Trap (English version of Trust IV) United Kingdom, United States, Japan, Netherlands (with Clive Burr on drums)
  • 1984 Rock'n'Roll France
  • 1989 En attendant... [EP] France, United Kingdom, United States
  • 1992 Prends pas ton flingue [EP] France
  • 1993 The Back Sides [EP] France
  • 1996 Europe et Haines France
  • 2000 Ni Dieu Ni Maître France
  • 2008 13 à table France


  • 1988 Live: Paris By Night (recorded during the Monsters of Rock) France, United States
  • 1992 Répression dans l'Hexagone (Live) (Répression dans l'Hexagone 1980 tour) France
  • 1997 A Live Tour 97 (Insurrection dans l'Hexagone tour) France
  • 2000 Still A-live (German edition of A Live Tour 97, contains a bonus 6-track EP) Germany
  • 2006 Soulagez-vous dans les urnes! (2006 tour, contains 3 new studio tracks) France
  • 2009 A L'Olympia (2008 tour, Rockpalast 1982 gig added in the limited CD + DVD edition) France


  • 1997 Anti Best Of France, Germany
  • 2001 Les Indispensables De Trust (Original versions) France
  • 2002 Les Plus Belles Chansons (Canadian edition of "Les Indispensables", original versions) Canada
  • 2004 Le Meilleur Des Années CBS (Original versions) France

Boxed set

  • 1997 Trust I / Repression France, United States


  • 2001 Tribute To Trust [VA] France

Hit songs

  • L'élite
  • Préfabriqués
  • Le Mitard
  • Fatalité
  • Monsieur Comédie
  • Ton Dernier Acte
  • Saumur
  • Antisocial
  • Police Milice
  • Au Nom De La Race


  • Nicko McBrain performed the drums on the Marche Ou Crève ("March Or Die") '81 LP, and its English version Savage (1982).
  • After drummer Clive Burr switched with Nicko McBrain from Iron Maiden, he joined Trust and recorded Savage's follow up named Trust IV (1983). In 1985, Burr also recorded the remarkable Jack Le Vaillant track featured in the 1993 The Backsides EP. The English version of Trust IV, renamed Man's Trap (1984) was released in 1984 and featured the original tracks with slight remix and English lyrics overdubbed.
  • The Trust hit "Antisocial" was featured as a downloadable track to the popular video game Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, and is featured in the sequel "Guitar Hero: World Tour".
  • An English version of the song "Préfabriqués" was featured in the animated movie Heavy Metal.
  • February 1980, in London, 10 days before Bon Scott's death, Trust recorded a rare version of AC/DC's "Ride On" with Bon Scott, who provided vocals to certain parts of the song.

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