Mr. Oizo is the brainchild of French music and video director Quentin Dupieux. The series of TV ads that he directed for Levi's Sta-Prest featuring yellow fuzz-puppet Flat Eric and his accomplice Angel driving furtively around LA were inescapable in 1999. Not only did Dupieux direct the commercials, they were also a showcase for his music and this heavily distorted instrumental tune zoomed to #1 in a number of European countries including Belgium, Germany, Italy and the UK. It proved to be his only hit.
Dupieux explained his recording name in 1000 UK #1 Hits by Jon Kutner and Spencer Leigh: "Oiseau means 'bird' in French. A long time ago I was with a bunch of friends, we were all high and one of my friends saw me as a bird, so it became my nickname."
Flat Eric was designed by Quentin Dupieux and made by Jim Henson's Creature Shop. He was called Flat Eric because of his flat head.
If counterpoint and polyrhythms are your thing, you might love these guys. Even by Progressive Rock standards, they were one of the most intricate bands of the '70s. Then their lead singer gave us Bon Jovi.