French rock band Superbus was formed in 1999 by frontwoman Jennifer Ayache (the daughter of actress Chantal Lauby) upon her return from a seven-year stay in the U.S. Guitarist Michel Giovannetti and bassist FranÃ§ois Even co-founded the original lineup, with guitarist Patrice Focone and drummer Guillaume RoussÃ© later added to the roster. Inspired by both the sound and visual iconography of pre-Beatles rock & roll, the group took its name from a very different tradition when Ayache saw the word "superbus," meaning proud and superior, in a Latin dictionary. In the spring of 2002 Superbus issued its debut LP, AÃ©romusical, and while the record entered the lower reaches of the French charts, its 2004 follow-up, Pop 'n' Gum proved their commercial breakthrough, generating hits like "Radio Song" and "Little Hily." RoussÃ© left Superbus in early 2005, and with new drummer Greg Jacks in place, the quintet cut its third album, 2006's Top Ten smash Wow. ~ Jason AnkenyPortions of Content Provided by Rovi Corporation.
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