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Petrol Pop  performed by Michel Magne & Jean Yanne
Recommended by bobbyspacetroup [profile]


available on CD - Shake Sauvage (Crippled Dick Hot Wax)




  21 Oct 03 ·heinmukk: this one's great for sure. and check out the other songs on shake sauvage. especially francis lai - i don't know why. and the songs from georges garvarentz. who is this guy? great stuff.
Roller Girl  performed by Anna Karina  1968
Recommended by tinks [profile]

French girlie pop of the sort that only Serge was capable of! This is taken from the soundtrack to a television comedy special starring Gainsbourg, Jean-Claude Brialy & Anna Karina, who prior to this had of course been Jean-Luc Godard's primary actress and wife (reportedly, her dalliances with Mssr. Gainsbourg played a pivotal role in the dissolution of their marriage). Rah-rah-rah-roller gairl!

from Anna (Philips), available on CD (Philips France)



  18 Oct 02 ·LetFreedomHappen: What a great song! I was about to recommend it myself. I love her film work with Godard, and was way excited to find out that she sang stuff too. Especially Gainsbourg stuff. This is one of my favorites. How cool, how cool.
Tous Les Garçons Et Les Filles  performed by Françoise Hardy  1963
Recommended by tinks [profile]

I knew that this song was depressing even before I knew what it was about. Poor Françoise just can't find a boy! I've seen the Scopitone for this, and I really doubt that she was having trouble finding dates, but çest-la-vie, right? Anyhow, it's an absolutely beautiful ballad.


available on CD - 36 Grandes Succes (Vogues/BMG France)


der computer #3  performed by france gall  1968
Recommended by daidai [profile]

a very futuristic song sung in german by the french chanteuse france gall. you have to dig the opening 'computer' vocals.





Manon  performed by Serge Gainsbourg  1969
Recommended by delicado [profile]

A lovely, dark, haunting song with an intricate string arrangement; this really got me hooked on Gainsbourg as soon as I heard it. Musically, the song dazzles me - the arrangement flows beautifully and sounds very original (to me, anyway; if I'm wrong, please help steer me in the direction of more recordings like this!). Serge is a great vocalist here as well. At times he whispers, but some lines he really spits out - 'a quel point je HAIS......ce que tu es...' The guy was a genius.

from Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg, available on CD (Polydor France)




  03 May 01 ·Mike: I must agree with you (it seems pretty appropriate to do so as you introduced the song to me yourself a few years ago) - this is a very beautiful song, very beautifully and expressively sung, and the arrangement is frankly stunning. This is definitely one of those Gainsbourg tracks which really hits the heights in every department. Surely worth a listen, even to those who can't stand the bulk of Serge's output.
  09 Apr 02 ·tempted: Scott Walker has some similarly haunting orchestral arrangements but as a singer he's a sheep whereas Serge's a wolf. A great sheep, though.
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