Sunday, May 18, 2008

I wish I had Paul McCartney to help me

May Jacqueline Taieb's 7 Heures du Matin soundtrack your walk to work:



For me, French-Tunisian Taieb's jaunty lament about the tragedy of having to get out of bed in the morning is yé yé perfection. It's winking insolent chatter, interspersed with – talkin' 'bout my g-g-g-generation – fragments of the early pop meteorites of The Beatles, Chuck Berry and The Who. Yé yé was France's cultural call-and-response to the British invasion and American rock and roll, ventriloquised via a rotating assortment of ingenues. What's different about Taeib's Sept Heures du Matin, is here she's actually singing along to Swinging Radio England, miming yé yé's influences straight back into a hairbrush in front of the bathroom mirror.


A warning: the English version - as with so much - is a bit of a let down.

Of course, a post about yé yé couldn't possibly be complete without a quick Gainsbourg anecdote:
When France Gall, singer of the Gainsbourg-penned Les Sucettes, caught wind of a possible second meaning behind his ode to aniseed lollies their partnership (which also resulted in Eurovision winner Poupée de Cire, Poupée de Son) immediately dissolved. Gainsbourg, the vaudeville iconoclast, riposted: "It's the most daring song of the century".

Well, see what you think; there's winking and hair twiddling aplenty here:



The English translation is here.

Hmm.. this feels like to lead-in for something much more involved about sex and 'baby pop'. Later, I think.

For now, there's Yé Yé Land and news of a new Jacqueline Taieb album here.

1 comment:

stanfairbank said...

Gall-Gainsbourg's "Teenie Weenie Boppie" is fun too, and another one of hers called "Daddy Da Da".

I see someone with the handle "claude1943" has tons of France Gall links on YT:

"http://www.youtube.com/user/claude1943