Why doesn't Brigitte Fontaine have her onw thread?

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I re-listened to 'Vous et Nous' last night - I really can't think of anything else like it.

baaderonixx, Thursday, 13 November 2008 14:58 (nine years ago) Permalink

I don't know that one, but "L'Incendie" and "Je ne connais pas cet homme" are some of my favorite record. In fact, I can't think of anything else from France that I listen to with as much regularity or get as much pleasure from.

ian, Thursday, 13 November 2008 15:31 (nine years ago) Permalink

mizzell, Thursday, 13 November 2008 15:34 (nine years ago) Permalink

a taste of her new stuff

baaderonixx, Thursday, 13 November 2008 15:42 (nine years ago) Permalink

a bit dated now but I still really like this one

baaderonixx, Thursday, 13 November 2008 15:48 (nine years ago) Permalink

"Lettre à Monsieur le chef de gare" is one of my favourite songs ever.

Marco Damiani, Thursday, 13 November 2008 15:50 (nine years ago) Permalink

If I got rich and started a vanity reissue label Comme a la Radio would be project #1.

funky president (call all destroyer), Thursday, 13 November 2008 16:17 (nine years ago) Permalink

I was gonna say, don't know much about her but that record (Comme a la Radio) with the Art Ensemble Of Chicago is one of the best things ever.

sleeve, Thursday, 13 November 2008 20:12 (nine years ago) Permalink

One of my most sought after LPs :(

ian, Thursday, 13 November 2008 20:58 (nine years ago) Permalink

I feel yr pain, ian.

funky president (call all destroyer), Thursday, 13 November 2008 21:00 (nine years ago) Permalink

saw it in Portland for 60 bucks, did not buy.

sleeve, Thursday, 13 November 2008 21:29 (nine years ago) Permalink

is it that sought after? Amazon France sells it used for 9 euros I think

baaderonixx, Thursday, 13 November 2008 21:34 (nine years ago) Permalink

!!!

sleeve, Thursday, 13 November 2008 21:40 (nine years ago) Permalink

on LP?

sleeve, Thursday, 13 November 2008 21:40 (nine years ago) Permalink

no, CD, sorry

baaderonixx, Thursday, 13 November 2008 21:48 (nine years ago) Permalink

seven months pass...

I've recently pulled out all my Fontaine & Areski - all of it is amazing.
I found an Areski record, Un Beau Matin, that is equally fantastic. About half the songs are credited to Fontaine/Areski and I hear her vocalizations throughout the record tho Areski takes the driver's seat on the record.
I need to own copies of Vous et Nous and Le Bonheur...

sknybrg, Sunday, 28 June 2009 02:45 (nine years ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

just heard the first track off "queen of kekeland" in a record shop.
it's very good.

m0stlyClean, Monday, 27 July 2009 22:49 (nine years ago) Permalink

I listened to "Il pleut" just the other night.
What a song.

Marco Damiani, Tuesday, 28 July 2009 08:21 (nine years ago) Permalink

il pleut
c'est tout ce qu'il sait faire

je bouge
c'est tout c'que je sais faire

la nuit descend
c'est tout ce qu'elle sait faire

le vent souffle
c'est tout ce qu'il sait faire

il neige
c'est tout ce qu'il sait faire

j'ai peur
c'est tout c'que je sais faire

les enfants naissent
c'est tout c'qu'ils savent faire

la terre tourne
c'est tout ce qu'elle sait faire

il gèle
c'est tout ce qu'il sait faire

je pleure
c'est tout c'que je sais faire

la guerre éclate
c'est tout ce qu'ell'sait faire

la bombe hache
c'est tout ce qu'elle sait faire

il tonne
c'est tout ce qu'il sait faire

je crie
c'est tout c'que je sais faire

les morts sont froids
c'est tout c'qu'ils savent faire

c'est dommage
c'est tout c'que ça peut faire

Marco Damiani, Tuesday, 28 July 2009 08:30 (nine years ago) Permalink

yeah that one is probably my favorite.

Gigolo Grasiento (baaderonixx), Tuesday, 28 July 2009 08:44 (nine years ago) Permalink

nine months pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48bcOBp13Ks

Amazing song.

Turangalila, Thursday, 29 April 2010 10:47 (eight years ago) Permalink

I only have Kekeland. She was great when supporting Stereolab, would love to see her again.
http://www.youtube.com/watch#!v=ZZMUhxvqOk0&feature=related

mmmm, Thursday, 29 April 2010 11:48 (eight years ago) Permalink

Get “Comme à la radio”

Turangalila, Thursday, 29 April 2010 12:07 (eight years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

tons of fontaine on spotify. currently enjoying the self-titled record, which is insanely paced

mutant slow drum (BradNelson), Saturday, 29 October 2011 16:34 (six years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

I've just discovered BF via Comme A La Radio. This is seriously cool and weird and deserves more recognition. Jai 26 Ans is a fave at the moment.

a beef supreme (dog latin), Thursday, 21 November 2013 15:42 (four years ago) Permalink

I looks like Comme A La Radio is getting a reissue;
http://www.superiorviaduct.com/products/brigitte-fontaine-comme-a-la-radio-lp

And she's released an album this year. Thanks for bumping the thread, I will investigate further. Definitely worth seeing live, based on when I saw a few years back.

mmmm, Thursday, 21 November 2013 16:08 (four years ago) Permalink

I = It

mmmm, Thursday, 21 November 2013 16:08 (four years ago) Permalink

she's got such an interesting voice, it wavers between extreme confidence and just-about-to-crack. there's something just slightly unsettling about the way she sings.

a beef supreme (dog latin), Thursday, 21 November 2013 16:13 (four years ago) Permalink

wow Superior Viaduct continues to amaze, great news xxp

sleeve, Thursday, 21 November 2013 16:30 (four years ago) Permalink

aw shit it doesn't have my favorite track! apparently 'Le Goudron" is a CD-only bonus track on the older versions :(

sleeve, Thursday, 21 November 2013 16:32 (four years ago) Permalink

It is??? That's my fave on 'Comme' too.

'Est' is a fantastically fruity record and well worth investigating too.
Bought one of the early 70s ones w Areski and wasn't that into it.

mr.raffles, Thursday, 21 November 2013 17:40 (four years ago) Permalink

'Vous et Nous', mentioned upthread a couple of times, is quite good, though I don't think anything quite tops 'Comme'

rob, Thursday, 21 November 2013 19:49 (four years ago) Permalink

Love Brigitte, have listened to pretty much every album she's done. I'd say her self-titled album might be her best album besides "Comme," although all her 70s albums are scattered with great tracks.

Michael F Gill, Thursday, 21 November 2013 23:22 (four years ago) Permalink

if you're looking for le goudron on vinyl, it can be found on the bearded ladies comp finders keepers put out. not sure when or where the bonus track that was added to the cd i have of her first record comes from, but it's completely out of place with the rest of the album. how are her recordings with jacques higelin that have been (re)released lately? quite like the higelin/areski record too!

no lime tangier, Friday, 22 November 2013 21:31 (four years ago) Permalink

sweet, thanks so much for that reference! I have been on a big LITA kick lately anyway.

sleeve, Friday, 22 November 2013 21:37 (four years ago) Permalink

seven months pass...

Been listening to Comme a la Radio all week. Not sure what's being sing about but am enjoying the lp.

I'm not familiar with any of the rest of her work so wonder if there's anything to progress to. Did Superior Viaduct do any of the other titles than the 1st 2? Or are they planning to?

Stevolende, Tuesday, 1 July 2014 22:22 (four years ago) Permalink

Comme a la radio is more avant-jazzy than all the rest of her records, due to it being a collaboration with Art Ensemble of Chicago. Most of the rest of her more is (freak?) folky, with a lot of duets with Areski.

Her self-titled record is excellent, has some lush orchestral pieces as well as some short acapella bursts that I wished she explored more. Vous Et Nous is also great, although slightly long-winded as a double album. I would say all her 70s records have worthwhile things to offer.

Michael F Gill, Tuesday, 1 July 2014 23:49 (four years ago) Permalink

the arrangements on her debut are by jean-claude vannier, i think? vous et nous is one i've always wanted to check out but never been able to find. her self-titled album from the early seventies is a favourite of mine, also have a soft spot for l'incendie, one of the fontaine/areski albums: definitely the most "folk" one that i've heard.

no lime tangier, Wednesday, 2 July 2014 00:56 (four years ago) Permalink

I love 'Vous et Nous' - very sprawling indeed but despite the variety (some folk stuff, some Oud/arabic Areski jams, even some proto-electro stuff) all the songs capture a kind of floating eeriness that's really poetic. Her new stuff ain't bad either

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Wednesday, 2 July 2014 13:10 (four years ago) Permalink

great recommendations everybody, thanks

polyamanita (sleeve), Wednesday, 2 July 2014 14:11 (four years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

I found an Areski record, Un Beau Matin, that is equally fantastic. About half the songs are credited to Fontaine/Areski and I hear her vocalizations throughout the record tho Areski takes the driver's seat on the record.

Just got a reissue of this album. Mesmerising.

willem, Saturday, 9 June 2018 10:24 (two months ago) Permalink


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