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I am listening to Serge Gainsbourg from start to finish for my thing. Come join me.

Unfortunately can't find a really solid single chronology, so am going by these compilations. Anyone have anything better, please let me know.

I know Serge is often, uh, problematic - but also know there's loads of great stuff out there people are generally unaware of, and looking forward to finding more of that.

Should mention that I don't really speak French (so sorry if the title is malformed) so will probably have to learn a bit as we go.

the world is your octopus (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Friday, 10 November 2023 22:39 (three months ago) link

Here's his debut single from 1958, "Le Poinçonneur des Lilas"


It's about a guy who punches tickets on the metro for a living, translation of the lyrics is here - https://www.mickharvey.com/gainsbourg-lyrics-the-ticket-puncher

In a way it's standard 50s chanson stuff, but Serge already sounds bitter and angry, that's what really makes it.

the world is your octopus (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Friday, 10 November 2023 22:48 (three months ago) link

On y va!

enochroot, Friday, 10 November 2023 23:24 (three months ago) link

Excellent thread idea! I've been listening to him a lot recently.

This one tends to get stuck in my head despite my real-time French comprehension being almost non-existent. It helps that it's the opening track on least two discs I have. Great lyrics, not least the latter bits.

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Saturday, 11 November 2023 00:43 (three months ago) link

Another performance of the song, this one from a year later. He is still extremely awkward on stage.


the world is your octopus (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Saturday, 11 November 2023 10:39 (three months ago) link

Don't know who the pianist is here, but he's amazing

the world is your octopus (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Saturday, 11 November 2023 10:40 (three months ago) link

His stagefright in those early years was real. It took him a while to gain confidence in front of audiences - not least because he was often mocked for his looks.

SQUIRREL MEAT!! (Capitaine Jay Vee), Saturday, 11 November 2023 16:09 (three months ago) link

Great thread idea, btw!

SQUIRREL MEAT!! (Capitaine Jay Vee), Saturday, 11 November 2023 16:10 (three months ago) link

I like how despite this being very atypical of Gainsbourg's later works, he does still have the ticket collector dream about the girls with sweet assses in Miami.

Daniel_Rf, Saturday, 11 November 2023 18:22 (three months ago) link

La Recette De L'amour Fou


Like a chanson version of "It's Oh So Quiet" - https://lyricstranslate.com/fr/la-recette-de-lamour-fou-recipe-crazy-love.html

the world is your octopus (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Thursday, 16 November 2023 15:13 (three months ago) link

love the half second shots of the dude with the washing machine at the start and at the end

I didn't know this tune, it's cool

Gainsbourg such a good actor in his live performances, those little nods

Daniel_Rf, Thursday, 16 November 2023 16:07 (three months ago) link

Young Serge looks a bit like middle-aged Jonathan Richman

enochroot, Friday, 17 November 2023 01:57 (three months ago) link

Wait we never had that discussion before?

Shifty Henry’s Swing Club (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 17 November 2023 02:18 (three months ago) link

Early 60s Serge is the period I always come back to. Stuff like 'Requiem pour un Twister', 'Black Trombone', 'L'Eau à la Bouche', all encapsulate that noir cha-cha he did so well.

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Friday, 17 November 2023 16:30 (three months ago) link

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