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<p>Someone once warned, “Don’t listen to the music of your youth; it will make you old.” Nouvelle Vague might beg to differ.</p>

Someone once warned, “Don’t listen to the music of your youth; it will make you old.” Nouvelle Vague might beg to differ.

“When the first album was released in 2004, it happened to be very successful with a very young audience,” says Olivier Libaux, co-leader of the French troupe who just issued their third album of ’80s hits with a smoky boulevardier twist.

“Originally, we thought people more our age would be listening,” the 45-year-old says. “But the young audience gave us energy.”

The band gained more than neo new wavers as fans, though. Simply titled “3,” the new disc features Depeche Mode’s Martin Gore, Echo and the Bunnymen’s Ian McCulloch, and other musical ’80s heroes, dueting on their own songs.

“We were a small cover band, and now we are able to collaborate with these very important people,” Libaux says incredulously. “We were fans when we were teenagers!”

Nouvelle Vague
Saturday, 7 p.m.
Webster Hall
125 E. 11th St
$25, 212-353-1600
www.websterhall.com