The Sourice brothers Eric and Christophe started in a small band
called IVG : punk with French lyrics like "Travail famille patrie"
(motto of the Vichy state). Les Thugs started in April 1983 with five
members among which a lead singer Philippe Brix as in the previous
band Stress. Rapidly, the band had four musicians (June 1983) : the
singer and guitarist Eric, the other guitarist Thierry Meanard, the
bassist Gerald Chabaud and the drummer Christophe. Pierre-Yves, the
third Sourice brother, replaced Gerald after his decision to stop
after the 1988 tour in Sardinia.
After their album I.A.B.F. on Alternative Tentacles in 1991, the band have released 3 or so albums on Sub Pop.