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A little timeline through the Cernettes years, with some comments, facts and gossips.

 

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One of the very first musicians websites

1990 - The first Cernettes

<< Catherine, Michele, Ruth, Caroline.

 

First time on stage. "Les Horribles Cernettes" are born in front of a cheering CERN audience (from CERN Bulletin - July 1990)

1991 - The "original" Cernettes

LHC on the LHC

LHC on the LHC

"Les Horribles Cernettes" on the "Large Hadron Collider". The girls were sitting on a mockup of the LEP accelerator, on top of which the LHC was going to be built, according to the original design.

LHC on LHC

LHC on LHC

more sitting on a mockup of the LEP/LHC

With the LEP train

With the LEP train

Dolce Vita style modeling on the monorail hung train that serviced the LEP tunnel

More on the LEP train

More on the LEP train

LHC and LHC

LHC and LHC

A gig in CERN Restaurant 1

A gig in CERN Restaurant 1

"You only love your collider"

"You only love your collider"

"My Sweetheart's a Nobel Prize"

"My Sweetheart's a Nobel Prize"

Hardronic '91

Hardronic '91

Michele & bump

Michele & bump

At the Hardronic '91 Michele wore a 1965 baloon dress, cleverly making room for a baby bump.

Colette

Colette

Angela

Angela

"Burning in your microwave looove"

in Restaurant 1

in Restaurant 1

Colette at the Hardronic '91

Colette at the Hardronic '91

1992 - The Cernettes sensation

Charpak Nobel Party

Charpak Nobel Party

The Cernettes sing for the Nobel Prize Party in honour of Charpak. L>R: Max, Colette, Silvano, Michele, Harald, Lynn, John

CHEP '92

CHEP '92

Performing on the "Annecy" boat at a conference

CHEP '92

CHEP '92

CHEP '92

CHEP '92

CHEP '92

CHEP '92

CHEP '92

CHEP '92

En route pour Sevilla

En route pour Sevilla

The Cernettes and Abraxas, the two bands chosen to represent CERN at EXPO'92, taking the shuttle to the airport

En route pour Sevilla

En route pour Sevilla

Arriving at the Sevilla airport

En route pour Sevilla

En route pour Sevilla

The Cernettes and Abraxas share drummer (Max) and keyboard player (Silvano), as well as sound engineer (Cesare, front left)

Arrived in Sevilla

Arrived in Sevilla

Sep 30th and 32 degrees! Angela, Michele and Colette just arrived. Lynn will fly in later, at midnight.

On stage at Sevilla World Expo'92

On stage at Sevilla World Expo'92

The Union Jack

The Union Jack

With the arrival of Linda, the Cernettes achieve the Union Jack. L >> R: Ireland (Linda), England (Michele), Scotland (Angela)

Stike a pose!

Stike a pose!

dip dah hoooo...

dip dah hoooo...

happy drummer

happy drummer

the girls can always rely on Max, their Sicilian drummer, to keep the beat.

Angela

Angela

and with Colette

and with Colette

Colette had not quit the band though. She used to pop in to represent Scotland whenever "sister" Angela was on a mission to save mankind.

Michele, Colette, Linda

Michele, Colette, Linda

the next generation

the next generation

An enchanted young audience would copy their moves, hoping to join the band when they grow up.

Colette, Michele, Linda

Colette, Michele, Linda

Stage entrance

Stage entrance

Michele Colette and Linda rehearsing their stage entrance in a typical CERN fashion. Lights off, the boys are already on stage. The music starts and the Cernettes appear in a spotlight on the roof of the restaurant. After the first chorus they descend into the audience standing on a forklift.

1993 - Linda from Ireland

American honey blonde Anne steps in

American honey blonde Anne steps in

New to Geneva, and already famous within Geneva International community for her leading role as Sandra Dee in a staging of "Grease", Anne gets to CERN, to turn more than one head

the Cernettes get sexy

the Cernettes get sexy

Years before the Spice Girls wore tank tops and miniskirts on stage, the Cernettes had invented it all, catching the eye of CERN physicists

Anne and Michele

Anne and Michele

The start of a long bond between two stage beauties. Although at the time they were doing office work for CERN and the UN, they will both change their careers within a few years, becoming fitness trainers. Anne will then proceed to being a Yoga guru, and Michele a Pilates instructor.

Cernettes'94

Cernettes'94

Michele, Anne and Linda striking a pose for a photo session

Montreux Jazz Festival

Montreux Jazz Festival

The Cernettes held a stage at the "Montreux Open Air" festival

Montreux

Montreux

The Cernettes '94

The Cernettes '94

The Cernettes '94 singing at CERN

The Cernettes '94 singing at CERN

Anne

Anne

Not the cover of Elle, but a portrait of our own Marylin

1994 - Anne

The Colliders

The Colliders

Playing to a wider audience, the band changed name and format, along the lines of the B52s, with Michele, Anne, Silvano and John singing. In this version, the "boys" took front stage along with the girls.

Laurent

Laurent

Band action

Band action

John (left) and Laurent (right) actually met for the first time on a football field, playing for a local team.

Colliders

Colliders

The whole band on stage

On stage at a festival

On stage at a festival

The repertoire was mostly sixties standards. The Colliders was the "dance" version of the Cernettes, addressing a general audience rather that CERN Physicists only. Their repertoire included many more covers than originals,

Lookers

Lookers

Looks was an important asset in the Colliders. Our girls at a photoshoot.

Looks

Looks

and on stage

Colliders girls

Colliders girls

stage action

stage action

Getting down on "These Boots"

shoulder to shoulder

shoulder to shoulder

like Metallica

The Colliders

The Colliders

Posing outside the CERN rehearsal hangar

The Colliders

The Colliders

Most of the band on stage at the "St Gervais Festival" in Geneva

Our angel

Our angel

...or so she looks to those who don't know her

Legs & co.

Legs & co.

Football pose

Football pose

A very sporty band. Silvano (karate, windsurf), Anne (Hip hop), Michele (aerobics, dance), Max (bike), John & Laurent (football)

The Colliders... colliding!

The Colliders... colliding!

No Higgs out of this one I'm afraid

1995 - The Colliders

Colette, Michele, Sue

Colette, Michele, Sue

Michele

Michele

First webcast

First webcast

A frame capture during a video fade effect. The Hardronic '96 was one of the first concerts to be webcast live. The term "Webcasting" had not been invented yet, but Silvano set up a "video over MBONE" session for the occasion, so that our collagues from Fermilab and Harvard (USA) could watch their favourite High Energy Band.

Sue

Sue

I'm gonna wait - WAIT - to the midnight hour

Sue checking the time

Sue checking the time

Sue - Midnight Hour

Sue - Midnight Hour

Whoops... midnight... my horses are about to turn back into mice!

Sue, Michele, Colette

Sue, Michele, Colette

And John, towering behind them

finale

finale

Sue, Michele, Colette

Sue, Michele, Colette

Sue

Sue

Sue played only one gig with us, the Hardronic Festival 1996

Colette, Michele, Sue

Colette, Michele, Sue

Musician's view

Musician's view

A motivational shot. One of the highlights of being a backline musician for the Cernettes

1996 - The Cernettes are back, with Sue

Colette, Michele and Angela

Colette, Michele and Angela

In between Red Cross missions, Angela joined us on stage for a gig or two

Michele

Michele

Michele

Michele

1997 - Angela is back

Singing on base

Singing on base

For the Hardronic'98 the Cernettes didn't have a live band so Silvano prepared the bases and they gave an excellent vocal performance, including a few "a Cappella" songs, rehearsed a few hours before, at the hairdresser.

Hardronic '98

Hardronic '98

Hardronic '98

Hardronic '98

Hardronic '98

Hardronic '98

Hardronic '98

Hardronic '98

Angela microwaving her love

Hardronic '98

Hardronic '98

Hardronic '98

Hardronic '98

Hit the road, jack

Hardronic '98

Hardronic '98

"Goodbye sweet CERN" the moment feared by their loving fans

Hardronic '98

Hardronic '98

1998 - A vocal performance

Sweetie pie Louise joins us

Sweetie pie Louise joins us

Louise and Michele

Louise and Michele

With the flow of singers and backline musicians stepping in and out of the band, the Cernettes became a flexible band, who's only constant members were Michele, Silvano, Max and John. At each concert, a different lineup was cast. On this one there were only two girls singing.

Silvano

Silvano

Author and composer of all the Cernettes songs, Silvano leads the band and trains new musicians to reproduce that "Cernette sound", while Michele is the choreographer and vocal arranger.

Max

Max

Faithful for over 20 years to the band, Max has missed only one concert, when he broke his ankle in '93.

Cernettes '99

Cernettes '99

Cernettes '99

Cernettes '99

Cernettes '99

Cernettes '99

Cernettes '99

Cernettes '99

Photoshoot for a magazine

Photoshoot for a magazine

At the Arthur's discoteque in Geneva, for the WIRED magazine

Photoshoot for a magazine

Photoshoot for a magazine

Photoshoot for a magazine

Photoshoot for a magazine

Photoshoot for a magazine

Photoshoot for a magazine

Good bye LEP!

Good bye LEP!

The Cernettes posing in a section of the LEP accelerator, which was then running its last days of particle smashing, before leaving the place to the LHC.

Sitting on the LEP

Sitting on the LEP

The Cernettes were always welcome by CERN's physicists and engineers. Just imagine being at work and having your favourite girls trio walking into your workplace for a photoshoot. Many physicists have quoted such sightings in their thesis, books, papers and talks.

1999 - Louise

Susan - the midriff from down under

Susan - the midriff from down under

Cernette Susan joined the band for about a year. Unfortunately she quit the band to move to Barbados. But hey... would you blame her?

The Cernettes at LEPFest

The Cernettes at LEPFest

The girls sang for a VIP audience at the LEPFest, the official event to celebrate the decommissioning of LEP, our Large Electron-Proton collider

The Cernettes at LEPFest

The Cernettes at LEPFest

The Cernettes at LEPFest

The Cernettes at LEPFest

The girls always design their hairstyles, makeup and clothes themselves. For the LEPFest they chose a "metallic" look, with a Helium atom on their top, to welcome CERN's next project, the Helium cooled LHC, .

The Cernettes at LEPFest

The Cernettes at LEPFest

Susan, our kiwi girl

Susan, our kiwi girl

Singing Microwave Love at the LEPFest. A theatrical photo sequence

Susan, our kiwi girl

Susan, our kiwi girl

Susan, our kiwi girl

Susan, our kiwi girl

Susan, our kiwi girl

Susan, our kiwi girl

Susan, our kiwi girl

Susan, our kiwi girl

Michele

Michele

Pretty as ever

Michele and Anne

Michele and Anne

Anne

Anne

Blonde as ever

Anne

Anne

The Cernettes at LEPFest

The Cernettes at LEPFest

The Cernettes at LEPFest

The Cernettes at LEPFest

The Cernettes at LEPFest

The Cernettes at LEPFest

The Cernettes at LEPFest

The Cernettes at LEPFest

The Cernettes at LEPFest

The Cernettes at LEPFest

The Cernettes at LEPFest

The Cernettes at LEPFest

The Cernettes at LEPFest

The Cernettes at LEPFest

The Cernettes at LEPFest

The Cernettes at LEPFest

The Cernettes at LEPFest

The Cernettes at LEPFest

The Cernettes at LEPFest

The Cernettes at LEPFest

And then there were two

And then there were two

Michele and Susan often performed as a duo, helped by Silvano on backing vocals

When not playng violin...

When not playng violin...

Apart from being a singer, Susan is a violin player. During her Cernette period she was recording a solo album with many violin parts.

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Django

Django

He was named after a great jazz guitarist. Little did his parents know that he would become another great "cernette" guitarist

"Arms up!"

"Arms up!"

Michele and Susan were a very dynamic duo, and never failed to involve the audience singing along and clapping hand

At the Hardronic Festival

At the Hardronic Festival

The ubiquitus "CERN Staff Association" banner at the back is the signature of CERN Hardronic festivals, of which the Staff Association is a major sponsor.

Burning in her microwave love

Burning in her microwave love

our kiwi girl in a wonderful interpretation of Angela's Microwave Love

Michele's hairstyles

Michele's hairstyles

Over 22 years of concerts, Michele sported all possible hairstyles, always looking pretty and cute. Lady Gaga did not invent anything after all.

Hardronic 2000

Hardronic 2000

Hardronic 2000

Hardronic 2000

Hardronic 2000

Hardronic 2000

Hardronic 2000

Hardronic 2000

Hardronic 2000

Hardronic 2000

Another epic midriff shot

Another epic midriff shot

Silvano backing

Silvano backing

Whenever performing with only two girls, the boss used to stand in for the third girl, usually with lower harmonies or falsettos

2000 - Susan

Our Swiss Cernette

Our Swiss Cernette

Valerie was Anne's fitness student. She passed the audition with flying marks, and so we had our first and last Swiss Cernette.

ATLAS cavern inauguration

ATLAS cavern inauguration

The Cernettes in a simple performance on the ATLAS experiment site, for the party to celebrate the acievement of the cavern.

ATLAS cavern inauguration

ATLAS cavern inauguration

No lights, no band, no stage, just them on a concrete blocks slab. Shining as ever.

ATLAS cavern inauguration

ATLAS cavern inauguration

ATLAS cavern inauguration

ATLAS cavern inauguration

ATLAS cavern inauguration

ATLAS cavern inauguration

ATLAS cavern inauguration

ATLAS cavern inauguration

ATLAS cavern inauguration

ATLAS cavern inauguration

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ATLAS cavern inauguration

ATLAS cavern inauguration

ATLAS cavern inauguration

ATLAS cavern inauguration

ATLAS cavern inauguration

ATLAS cavern inauguration

ATLAS cavern inauguration

ATLAS cavern inauguration

ATLAS cavern inauguration

ATLAS cavern inauguration

ATLAS cavern inauguration

ATLAS cavern inauguration

ATLAS cavern inauguration

ATLAS cavern inauguration

ATLAS cavern inauguration

ATLAS cavern inauguration

ATLAS cavern inauguration

ATLAS cavern inauguration

ATLAS cavern inauguration

ATLAS cavern inauguration

ATLAS cavern inauguration

ATLAS cavern inauguration

ATLAS cavern inauguration

ATLAS cavern inauguration

ATLAS cavern inauguration

ATLAS cavern inauguration

ATLAS cavern inauguration

ATLAS cavern inauguration

ATLAS cavern inauguration

ATLAS cavern inauguration

ATLAS cavern inauguration

ATLAS cavern inauguration

ATLAS cavern inauguration

ATLAS cavern inauguration

ATLAS cavern inauguration

ATLAS cavern inauguration

ATLAS cavern inauguration

ATLAS cavern inauguration

ATLAS cavern inauguration

ATLAS cavern inauguration

ATLAS cavern inauguration

ATLAS cavern inauguration

ATLAS cavern inauguration

ATLAS cavern inauguration

ATLAS cavern inauguration

ATLAS cavern inauguration

ATLAS cavern inauguration

ATLAS cavern inauguration

ATLAS cavern inauguration

ATLAS cavern inauguration

ATLAS cavern inauguration

ATLAS cavern inauguration

ATLAS cavern inauguration

ATLAS cavern inauguration

Thank you ATLAS...

ATLAS cavern inauguration

ATLAS cavern inauguration

...and goodbye!

ATLAS cavern inauguration

ATLAS cavern inauguration

Meeting the fans, after the gig

ATLAS cavern inauguration

ATLAS cavern inauguration

Signing autographs

ATLAS cavern inauguration

ATLAS cavern inauguration

A pose with ATLAS scientists

Photoshoot in ATLAS

Photoshoot in ATLAS

Photoshoot in ATLAS

Photoshoot in ATLAS

Posing in the cryogenics world of the ATLAS detector

Photoshoot in ATLAS

Photoshoot in ATLAS

Apart from being singers and dancers, the Cernettes are also actresses. They usually play the role of clueless bimbos lost in a science and technology world. In reality some of them were involved with the design and engineering of the Large Hadron Collider. For instance, the 3D Virtual Protoype of the CMS detector assembly procedure was designed to a large extent by Michele

Photoshoot in ATLAS

Photoshoot in ATLAS

Photoshoot in ATLAS

Photoshoot in ATLAS

Photoshoot in ATLAS

Photoshoot in ATLAS

Photoshoot in ATLAS

Photoshoot in ATLAS

Photoshoot in ATLAS

Photoshoot in ATLAS

Photoshoot in ATLAS

Photoshoot in ATLAS

Photoshoot in ATLAS

Photoshoot in ATLAS

Photoshoot in ATLAS

Photoshoot in ATLAS

Disagreements are usually resolved... with Kung Fu!

Photoshoot in ATLAS

Photoshoot in ATLAS

KIAI!

Photoshoot in ATLAS

Photoshoot in ATLAS

Anne

Photoshoot in ATLAS

Photoshoot in ATLAS

Michele

Photoshoot in ATLAS

Photoshoot in ATLAS

Valerie

2003 - Valerie

The Cernettes at Hardronic'07

The Cernettes at Hardronic'07

Sporting a wet hairstyle, due to adverse weather conditions, Vicky sang in her only performance with the Cernettes, under the pooring rain

The Cernettes at Hardronic'07

The Cernettes at Hardronic'07

Victoria joined us to stay, and she loved the band and her audience, but she had to quit soon after her first gig, because she had unexpectedly been admitted at Drama School in London. Today she is a Drama teacher.

The Cernettes at Hardronic'07

The Cernettes at Hardronic'07

Steve hops on

Steve hops on

Blues sensation Steve Goldfarb, singer of "The Canettes Blues Band", joined us on stage for "Surfing on the Web", in the role of a websurfer.

Anne, Michele, Steve and Vicky

Anne, Michele, Steve and Vicky

Steve surfing between and Vicky

The Cernettes at Hardronic'07

The Cernettes at Hardronic'07

Vicky was a perfect fit for the role. Young and beautiful, she was the streteotype British sixties doll.

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The Cernettes at Hardronic'07

The Cernettes at Hardronic'07

Drummer's view

Drummer's view

Needless to say it, the post of drummer for the Cernettes is a highly rewarded one. No wonder Max clung on it for 22 years

Max the drumma

Max the drumma

The Cernettes at Hardronic'07

The Cernettes at Hardronic'07

The Cernettes at Hardronic'07

The Cernettes at Hardronic'07

The Cernettes at Hardronic'07

The Cernettes at Hardronic'07

The Cernettes at Hardronic'07

The Cernettes at Hardronic'07

"And I love every proton of you" Michele premiering her brand new song for CERN's proton-hungry audience

The Cernettes at Hardronic'07

The Cernettes at Hardronic'07

The Cernettes at Hardronic'07

The Cernettes at Hardronic'07

Anne with a typically Cernette heart-ballon tree. It rained so hard and the temperature drop was so drastic that the helium filled ballons dropped to the ground instead of standing up on their strings

Vicky and Laurent

Vicky and Laurent

Victoria, happy to be on stage, performing for a loving audience. Behind her is our friend and faithful cameraman Laurent, who never missed a single Cernette concert. Always ready to jump on stage with the girls, in most cases for free. This was his last gig with us. A sad destiny took him away two years later. He still lives in our photos and our hearts.

The Cernettes at Hardronic'07

The Cernettes at Hardronic'07

The Cernettes at Hardronic'07

The Cernettes at Hardronic'07

The Cernettes at Hardronic'07

The Cernettes at Hardronic'07

Live from the Black Hole

Live from the Black Hole

Live from the Black Hole

Live from the Black Hole

A picture taken in the dark. The pooring rain shortcut the lights dimmers, and the light show blacked out. Luckily we still had sound, so we went on singing in the dark. This episode earnt this gig the title above.

Live from the Black Hole

Live from the Black Hole

The Cernettes dancing with a few "Mr. Higgs" in the dark. To see his keyboards, Silvano wore his LHC tunnel helmet, equipped with a headlight (stage right). The audiece followed his example. They all went to their cars and fetched their helmets, standing in the pooring rain to watch their fab girls. Hundreds of little LED headlights pointed to the stage made up for the missing lightshow, and cast enough light for the video cameras to keep flming. These shots all come from the video clip.

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Live from the Black Hole

Live from the Black Hole

As the writing in the video says, Silvano quit his keyboards to go under the stage fix the lights, but it took him some time to find which cables to connect in order to shunt the shortcut dimmer.

Live from the Black Hole

Live from the Black Hole

But he finally did. Totally drenched, our hero messed with the cords till he restored power, at the price of little electrocution

Live from the Black Hole

Live from the Black Hole

And the light came back

Live from the Black Hole

Live from the Black Hole

Live from the Black Hole

Live from the Black Hole

Live from the Black Hole

Live from the Black Hole

Live from the Black Hole

Live from the Black Hole

Live from the Black Hole

Live from the Black Hole

Live from the Black Hole

Live from the Black Hole

But the light didn't last long. After a couple of songs another dimmer was flodded, causing a new shortcut.

Live from the Black Hole

Live from the Black Hole

And so we were back in the Black Hole, with a very noisy picture, looking like a Higgs field.

Live from the Black Hole

Live from the Black Hole

A big thank you to our faithful audience, who stood for an hour under the pooring rain to watch us play. We love you CERN! xxx

2007 - Vicky

LHCFest party

LHCFest party

The Cernettes headlining at the LHC Inauguration party, held for 4000 selected staff, after the inauguration cerimony, including Europe's heads of state.

LHCfest party

LHCfest party

After the official cerimony the big tribune table sitting 20 European presidents and ministers was taken away to transform the venus into a 30mt long stage for the bands.

LHCfest party

LHCfest party

LHCfest party

LHCfest party

250 lights, 80 speakers and 40,000 watts gave the Cernettes the biggest stage they ever performed on.

LHCfest party

LHCfest party

Cute as ever, the girls got their audience to cheer and dance as ever.

LHCfest party

LHCfest party

LHCfest party

LHCfest party

LHCfest party

LHCfest party

LHCfest party

LHCfest party

LHCfest party

LHCfest party

For the occasion, Silvano decorated his synths with neon hearts and lights, catching the eye.

LHCfest party

LHCfest party

Our dear CERN audience, whom our songs are specially written for.

2008 - The LHC Inauguration

Live at the Globe

Live at the Globe

The Cernettes singing for a webcast show in the Globe of Science and Innovation, for the European Researchers Night 2010

Live at the Globe

Live at the Globe

Live at the Globe

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2010 - European Researchers Night