Jacques Dutronc!!!! “Les Cactus”
What is this song about? I’m dying to know.
“Good Morning Starshine” by Franck Pourcel. Odeon LP, Argentina, 1969.
“Le Responsable” by Jacques Dutronc. Been jonesin’ to hear this all day. Plus I talked Ranie Mae’s ear off about Frank Zappa and she was probably like, “Tate takes good photos but sure does talk about stuff only he cares about.” LOL
J'ai Tout Lu, Tout Vu, Tout Bu
New fave Jacques Dutronc song, “J’ai Tout Lu, Tout Vu, Tout Bu”.
Pretty sure I’ve heard this sampled somewhere but can’t place it.
La Dame Dans L'Auto
Mi sol mi mi ré ré mi
This is actually my new theme song.
“Mi sol mi mi ré ré mi” by Michel Legrand. Off a French soundtrack.
Histoire de Melody Nelson
My fave Serge Gainsbourg record is 1971’s Histoire de Melody Nelson which is essentially a concept album about Serge’s lust for cover model Jane Birkin. It’s a lecherous masterpiece of perversion, desire and corruption. This is Serge Gainsbourg at his best. The lush arrangements which he is known for are mixed with funky rhythms and sleaze-drenched guitar. Seductive, dark, disturbing. You don’t need to speak a word of French to get this album. Fuck yeah, I love this record.
So love the album cover as well. Looks like something I would shoot.
Brigitte Bardot Show
Brigitte Bardot’s “St Tropez” from her 1968 masterpiece The Brigitte Bardot Show. Song composed by Francis Lai.
Les Gens Sont Fous, Les Temps Sont Flous
Been listening to Jacques Dutronc a lot lately. This is solid stuff from 1966. Love it. Maybe tomorrow I’ll go with some Os Mutantes…
Milk and Cheese
Youth In Revolt
Gin makes a man mean
Jacques Dutronc in 1966 performing “Les Cactus” which I think translates to “Everyone Booze Up and Riot” but my French is horrible.
This song was in the movie “Youth In Revolt” and it ROCKS.
we are all Bowie
Today’s audio is a fucking killer slice of French pop music from Jacques Durronc. “Le Responsable” comes from his 1969 self-titled album (a lot of his albums are self-titled, he was incredibly humble) and it’s my fave cut on the album. Dutronc mixed French pop with a more British garage sound and it’s easy to see why he was often compared to Ray Davies of the Kinks. His music was actually very satirical and made fun of youth culture. Though not as cool or sleazy as Serge Gainsbourg I highly recommend checking out Jacques Dutronc. He later became a big film star in France.
Dutronc’s “La fille du père Noël” and David Bowie’s “Jean Genie” share a riff likely derived from the Yardbirds’ accelerated version of Bo Diddley’s “I’m a Man.” The Belgian singer Arno recorded a medley of the Dutronc and Bowie songs (“Jean Baltazaarr”) with the American singer Beverly Jo Scott that makes clear their similarities.