Thursday, May 04, 2006

Gainsbourg


Shoot me in the face, but I'd never really heard of Serge Gainsbourg until the compilation Monsieur Gainsbourg Revisited came out with people I already know like Franz Ferdinand, Cat Power, and gasp! The Rakes. So then I started wondering who this guy was. French obviously. Turns out he's a huge huge huge thing in France, a legend, etc. Don't I feel dumb.
Anyway I rented Jean-Luc Godard's A Woman is a Woman after loving Breathless and noticed there was an interview with him on the Criterion Collection DVD. This meant yes, I had to know who he was. A quick Google came up with several songs and, while I can't speak French or really understand it (a shame after having seen several dozen French films at school) so much of it is lost on me, but Gainsbourg's laid-back pop is great for any summer day where I'm looking for a job. Might have to kick Beirut out of the car stereo...
In case you didn't know who he was either, here's some starter tracks.

Je T'Aime Moi Non Plus (with Jane Birkin)
Aux Armes et Caetera
Orange Outan (with Jane Birkin)

4 comments:

Mistress La Spliffe said...

Serge Gainsbourg, creepy creepy creep though he may have been, is a perfect, one-man reason to learn French. The fun, laid-back sounds of his music are nice enough, but his lyrics can make your hair stand on end, in both good and bad ways. French-speaking or not, I reallllly reccoment you get "L'histoire de Melody Nelson".

Anonymous said...

yes, and "l'homme à la tête de chou" too. "marilou sous la neige" is a gorgeous song. so sad and beautiful.

itstoolong said...

But that compilation is just crap. Everyone should listen to those original songs from Serge and then bury that "Monsieur Gainsbourg revisited" deep down.

AeonFlux said...

listen to
melody nelson
and
requiem pour un con

there's so many good stuff

miss u Serge.