France Gall help needed! (RIP January 2018)

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I'm searching for an album/ comp whatever containing France Gall's Frankenstein and Les Petits Ballons (both songs were penned by Serge Gainsbourg). Thanks for the help!

Marco Damiani, Friday, 6 March 2009 15:08 (nine years ago) Permalink

Gainsbourg Chante Par has them, along with a lot of other good stuff.

Eyeball Kicks, Friday, 6 March 2009 16:03 (nine years ago) Permalink

swear i first read this as "france gall needed help" -- i thought it was going to a '60s autotune scandal.

paper plans (tipsy mothra), Friday, 6 March 2009 16:11 (nine years ago) Permalink


Marco Damiani, Friday, 6 March 2009 17:21 (nine years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

France Gall is awesome.

besides Sunny Real Estate (dog latin), Thursday, 10 January 2013 12:53 (five years ago) Permalink

Her music always makes me happy.

Solange and thanks for all the fish (Nicole), Thursday, 10 January 2013 14:08 (five years ago) Permalink

funny because as a french who was kid in the 70s/80s, I find her mostly horrible.
and even for the 60s part, she must be my least favorite french singer !

AlXTC from Paris, Thursday, 10 January 2013 14:13 (five years ago) Permalink

She is a terrible singer. I think Anglophones like her for her kitschy charm, but I was brought up in an Anglo-French household so her songs were always being referenced or sung by some family member. When I told people my name was Charles, they'd often start singing "Sacre Charlemagne" for some reason. "Bonsoir John John" was a lullaby in our house, I only recently discovered the song was actually France's tribute to JFK which adds an extra poignancy to it for me.

besides Sunny Real Estate (dog latin), Thursday, 10 January 2013 14:21 (five years ago) Permalink

She's not a great singer at all, but that's part of the charm.

Solange and thanks for all the fish (Nicole), Thursday, 10 January 2013 14:30 (five years ago) Permalink

I love the bit in the Gainsbourg biopic where she sings "Baby Pop" acappella and it's suitably shrill and out of tune. They picked some great actors for that film.

besides Sunny Real Estate (dog latin), Thursday, 10 January 2013 14:34 (five years ago) Permalink

I think ILX anglos need to be exposed to latter day France Gall

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Friday, 11 January 2013 10:19 (five years ago) Permalink

i know Babacar very well actually - used to run around singing it with my cousins (maybe playing hide and seek?)

besides Sunny Real Estate (dog latin), Friday, 11 January 2013 10:20 (five years ago) Permalink

This thread popping up inspired me to put the album I recommended Marco Damiani at the top of the thread on Spotify, and I've just noticed it's got the exact same track twice - track 10 and 12 are both Les Papillons Noirs by Michele Arnaud.

Eyeball Kicks, Friday, 11 January 2013 11:55 (five years ago) Permalink

France Gall is so awful she made me hate Michel Berger for a long time which is a shame because the guy had some very good tunes.
message personnel of course :
but also :

AlXTC from Paris, Friday, 11 January 2013 11:59 (five years ago) Permalink

Ha! Michel Berger made me hate him for many years for insisting on writing songs for FG and basically turning her into dross overnight.

Jeff W, Friday, 11 January 2013 12:13 (five years ago) Permalink

ahah. but I think she was already !
but their songs together are definitely horrible...
they're like a poor man's gainsbourg/birkin.

AlXTC from Paris, Friday, 11 January 2013 12:18 (five years ago) Permalink

Bonjour! I just wrote a short piece about Gall and my relationship to her music on the new blog Johnny Fever set up last week:

besides Sunny Real Estate (dog latin), Wednesday, 16 January 2013 09:31 (five years ago) Permalink

four years pass...


Loved here songs.

nostormo, Sunday, 7 January 2018 10:46 (nine months ago) Permalink

Ella, hélas

Et Dieu crea l' (Michael White), Sunday, 7 January 2018 12:39 (nine months ago) Permalink

:-( what a crappy start to 2018 - RIP France

This looks like a good memorial playlist -

Jeff W, Sunday, 7 January 2018 14:41 (nine months ago) Permalink

^bookended by the two songs requested in the first post itt!

Jeff W, Sunday, 7 January 2018 14:43 (nine months ago) Permalink

RIP, Bébé Requin

The Harmony Illustrated Encyclopedia of Blecch (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 7 January 2018 14:56 (nine months ago) Permalink

Chante, danse Baby pop, comme si demain, au petit matin, tu devais mourir.
Repose en paix 😢

LeRooLeRoo, Sunday, 7 January 2018 15:17 (nine months ago) Permalink

thanks for that libération link!

budo jeru, Sunday, 7 January 2018 17:52 (nine months ago) Permalink

also this !!! lol

«Un jour, on a demandé à Gainsbourg s’il avait quelqu’un de moins de 30 ans à statufier et il a dit quelque chose qui m’a bouleversée : ce serait France Gall. Ce serait une immense statue en sucre d’orge et tous les enfants viendraient lui lécher les doigts», s’émouvait France Gall dans un entretien de 1968.

budo jeru, Sunday, 7 January 2018 18:18 (nine months ago) Permalink

People itt saying she was a bad singer are probably right, but it worked somehow for me. I always thought she did the best version of 'Monopolis' :

LeRooLeRoo, Sunday, 7 January 2018 18:42 (nine months ago) Permalink

her voice is awesome, i don't understand what those ppl are talking about

budo jeru, Sunday, 7 January 2018 19:12 (nine months ago) Permalink

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