Le Barman A Tort de Sourire (The Barman Is Wrong to Smile) was Michel F. Côté's first project to be released by the label Ambiances Magnétiques since he became a late member of the collective. Bruire is not really a band, but Michel F. Côté orchestrating collaborations from various people. Interestingly enough, along with usual Ambiances Magnétiques musicians (Jean Derome, Diane Labrosse, Joane Hétu, Robert Marcel Lepage, André Duchesne), Côté brought a handful of new faces and some of them would stick around long enough to release an album on the label (Jerry Snell's Life in the Suicide Riots, Geneviève Letarte's Vous Seriez un Ange) or even become a full-time member of the collective, in Martin Tétreault's case.
Le Barman A Tort de Sourire is made of 18 short pieces, some of them songs, other more like scenes. Each track calls for a different selection of collaborators, the only unifying factor being drummer Michel F. Côté. His musical universe was wide, but very influenced by electronic percussion at the time of this record. As a result, this first album aged more rapidly. Anyway, it wasn't as mature as the two following efforts -- too scattered. But it still offered memorable tracks such as the two vocal performances by Jerry Snell, "Saigon" and "Come"; Geneviève Letarte's superb "Aquarium"; and "Téléspectateurs," Martin Tétreault's first recorded performance.