Once upon a summer there was a girl. She was a CERN secretary tired of waiting day and night for her permanently-on-shift physicist boyfriend, and so she decided to attract his attention by stepping on stage during the CERN Hardronic Festival to sing about her lonely nights in front of the entire CERN population. She asked Silvano to write a song about her life and a couple of girlfriends to back her up on stage. A few weeks later the Cernettes were on stage for the first time, for the delight of thousands of happy Physicists, singing Collider , the song that since that day became the National Anthem of the High Energy Kingdom.
In the years to come, the popularity of the Cernettes grew out of the valley of Geneva, to reach other nations and continents, as they performed in events such as International Physics conferences and The World'92 Expo in Seville. Silvano wrote many more songs and many singers and musicians came in and out of the band, each bringing a sligtly different flavour and taste, but the style of the band is solid and unique, and their fame grows larger and larger with every new gig, but they still have one problem: their boyfriends still spend their lives in night shifts.
Today, Les Horribles Cernettes are
- Michele de Gennaro (UK),
- Anne MacNabb (USA) .
- Colette Marx-Nielsen (UK)
In the past years we also had Ruth Rubio Marin (E), Angela Higney (UK), Louise Richmond (UK), Caroline Good (UK), Catherine Decosse (F), Linda Timms (UK), Lynn Veronneau (CAN), Angela Byrne (UK), Patty McBride (USA),Valerie Biselx (CH), VIcky Corlass (UK).
The live band is:
- drums: Max Kockel (F)
- keyboards: Silvano de Gennaro (I)
- guitar: Harald Koch (D)
- bass: Matt Finn (UK)
Previous band members: Guitar: Django Mangkunki (B), Laurent Grandchamps (F), Bass: John Messersmith (USA),
- Silvano's interview
BBC Radio, pods&blogs, Aug 21, 2007 - Chris Vallance
- on a roll...
Inkling Magazine, Aug 03, 2007 - Anne Casselman
- Making a song and dance about physics
CERN Courier, Nov. 1998 - James Gillies
- Physicists Discover Another Unifying Force: Doo-Wop
The New York Times, Dec 29, 1998 - Malcom Browne
- Everybody's doing the Atom-Smasher
The Herald Tribune, Dec 31, 1998 - Malcom Browne
- "Les Horribles Cernettes" réchauffent les nuits des physiciens du Cern
La Tribune de Gènève, Feb 6-7 1999 - Marc Breton
- Grrl Geeks Rock Out
Wired News, Feb 10 1999, - Heather McCabe
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