Posted May 14th, 2011 12:00 PM IPOutside France Gall, Sylvie Vartan, and Françoise Hardy, there were a number of seriously cool French girls on the scene in the 1960's.
I hope to introduce you to a number of them (presuming you don't know them already that is).
First is Jacqueline Taïeb who had some success with 7 heures du matin.
Born in Tunisia, JB was raised in France. She was very young in the mid 60's, when she recorded during the hip Yéyé scene.
Her biggest hit was "7 Heures du Matin" which she also recorded in English as "7:00 AM".
What makes her different from the more comercial artists of the time is the garage feel to her music because of the edgy use of guitar on this song the fact that she mentions Paul McCartney, Elvis, Little Richard, and The Who.
Here is the same song in English
And here is what the blurb says on Youtube. And This is totally correct
"The combo of garage crunch with her teen disdain predicts everyone from the Runaways and Nikki & The Corvettes to Bratmobile and the Donnas. Her youthful impatience with the status quo and personal declaration through rock and fashion captures the spirit of the mid-60s, and its center, London, particularly."
Today's girl is Christine Pilzer. Anyone familiar with Bardot's will hear that Christine had an interesting model. Except that humour plays a major part in her lyrics. In this song she gets dressed up with the mini skirt, sunglasses and blush, in order to go meet her guy. When she gets to the Champs Elysées, she discovers that he is surrounded with 100 other girls dressed exactly like her, so she decides to go back home, hence the list of metro stations at the end of the song.
Original version of Champs Elysées - 1967
Here she is in 2008, obviously the content of the song is a tad incongruous 40 years or so later
Another great one ah-hem-ho-uh-err
(in other words for non French speakers A M O U R... Love) a great saire in the Jacques dutrons style about love.
The great thing about these girls is not only the delightful singing mannerism, but really the music is just so darn cool.
Posted May 16th, 2011 02:46 PM IPFrance loved English girls in the 1960's. There was Petula Clark, and Sandy Shaw, and of course Jane Birkin. An English accent is seen as very sexy when speaking French by the French.
In amongst these babes, was Brigitte Bardot lookalike Gillian Hills, who had quite a career singing in France and also in the cinema she appeared in Beat Girl and A CLOCKWORK Orange.
Here my favourite songS by her, in which she makes her otherwise very mild English accent VERY noticeable.
Cha cha stop
Maintenant il téléphone
And really it would have been surprising if Gainsbourg had never has anything to do with her, but you'll have to click on the link as Youtiube wont let me embed it Une petite tasse d'anxiété
Posted May 17th, 2011 03:17 PM IPToday's girl is Nicole Paquin, authentic rock and roll girl.
She was one of the first to sing this nstyle of music in France from 1958.Her two biggest hits were Comme un Clou and Mon mari c'est Frankenstein in 1961 She left the rock scene in1962 because she found the environment too misogynistic.
She was also the first woman to appear naked on French television in the TV movie "Execution" issued January 29, 1961.
Allons dans les bois
What is sriking of French “rock”music of this era for want of a better word is two fold
1) the words are nearly always funny
2) there is no complex of inferiority as far as singing rock and roll in French or even singing French with an English accent. There is a true exchange of musical values, the English speaking world admires Piaf and Aznavour, and in France there is true a respect for and inspiration from rock and roll. Nothing is second degree. It's all good fun.
Lots more of her songs on musicme, just ype her name, and Dis lui que tu l'aimes. Quite hilarious just through voice mannerisms.
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Posted May 18th, 2011 06:20 PM IPToday's yéyé girl is Monique Thubert
I could not gather much info about her but here is her picture, na dbelive me her voice really doesnt match her face.
First of all she totally copies Brigitte Bardot's style of singing, and the music is really psychedelic... grooooveeee, lots of hammond organ.
Yesterday I was saying how these songs are really funny, her is an example. I did a quick translation of the French words of the song hereunder
Your band is so great!
And who ever said that it was forbiddent to copy English music?
Wow, you at so groovy for your age.
And then you got a great gimmick. Awesome, I've never seen the like.
If I had your album, you know what I'd do? I break it just to get another one. Hehehehe
Hey you're like me, you play with your body, your hips, your mouth. Groovy!
In short, your ears are the only thing that you dont do anything with! Hehehehe
Ton orchestre, qu'il est chouette!
Qui c'est qu'a dit qu'on peut pas imiter les Anglais?
Oh dis donc, tu balances drôlement pour ton âge.
Et puis t'as un gimmick formidable. Oh terrible. J'en n'ai jamais vu de pareil.
Si j'avais ton disque, tu sais ce que j'en ferais? Je le casserais pour en avoir un autre. Hihi.
Tiens t'es comme moi, tu joues avec ton corps, tes hanches, ta bouche. Oh, du tonnerre.
En somme, y'a qu'avec les oreilles que tu fais rien. Hihihi.