Sur le chemin des incendies, which sold more than 100,000 copies, revealed a more personal facet of the songwriter. Many pieces were written in collaboration with the guitarist Rick Haworth. 'J'appelle,' reached first place on the Radio activité chart in December 1988. In the spring of 1989 Piché performed on five stages in Montreal and then before 4000 persons at the Centre Sportif of the University of Montreal. His participation in the huge St-Jean-Baptiste nationalist gatherings in 1990 on the Plains of Abraham of Quebec City, and on St-Helen's Island in Montreal, established his popular success. Often associated with the great names of the Quebec chanson, Piché participated in La Fête à Vigneault at the Francofolies of Montreal in 1990, which celebrated the 30 year-career of the national poet. Montreal's La Presse proclaimed Piché 'Personality of the Year' in the song category.
An artist committed to the causes of workers, of the state, and of ecology, Piché is the songster of the common man. Such songs as 'À qui appartient le beau temps,' and 'Les Pleins' have become classics of the genre. If he evolved, during the 1980s, toward a more personal style, he nevertheless took part in all the struggles. A French journalist stated that he was the missing link between Bruce Springsteen and Jacques Brel, 'an original mixture of French song, American rock, and Quebec folklore,' according to Laurent Saulnier. (Voir, 23 Feb 1989).
Author Christian Rioux
À qui appartient le beau temps. 1977. Kébec-Disc KD-932/Audiogram 10-017
L'Escalier. 1980. Kébec-Disc KD-987
Paul Piché. 1982. Kébec-Disc KD-564
Nouvelles d'Europe. 1985. Audiogram AD-801
Intégral. 1986. 2-Audiogram AD-2000
Sur le chemin des incendies. 1988. Audiogram AD-10-023
Saulnier, Laurent. 'Paul Piché, chevalier ardent,' Voir, 23 Feb 1989
Chartrand Luc. 'Le boss Piché,' L'Actualité, 15 Mar 1991