wReck Serge Gainsbarre 1148

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WTM #1148: Serge of Electronica
wReck thiS meSS ~ Radio Patapoe 88.3 
Amsterdam ~ Ethno-Illogical Psycho-Radiographies
02.04.12 // 16.55-18.30
Serge WTM Intro Bulgarian > b/art vs Serge
Initials BB > Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra
Couleur Cafe > Serge Gainsbourg [Couleur Café / Philips]
Couleur Cafe > Youth In Revolt
Cargo Culte  > Blake Cotton
Cargo Culte  > Serge Gainsbourg [Histoire de Melody Nelson / Philips]
Melody Nelson  > Serge Gainsbourg vs Molecule
Ballade de Melody Nelson [Serge Gainsbourg / Polygram]
Sex Machine > Serge Gainsbourg vs La Horde
Paradisco Charlotte Forever [Wreck This Mess Remix] > B/art
Chez les Yéyé  > Boogalox Re-Work + Serge Gainsbourg
Chez les Yéyé  > Serge Gainsbourg [Du Jazz dans la Ravin / Philips]
Requiem Pour Un Con  > St. Germain vs Serge vs Patrick O
Requiem Pour Un Con Bonus Beats + Sexual Temperature Rises Rapidly > Serge Gainsbourg + Barry Long [Les Années Psychedelique / LSD]
Requiem Pour Un Con > Franz Teichler [Great Jewish Music: Serge Gainsbourg / Tzadik]
Jane dans la nuit > Serge Gainsbourg [Cannabis / Sido-Sony]
Requiem Pour Un Con > Kouyate Neerman
Requiem for a Jerk > Faultline + Brian Molko + Françoise Hardy [Monsieur Gainsbourg Revisited / Universal]
Chanvre indien > Serge Gainsbourg
Javanaise Remake Live Mix! > Dubble Dubble
Javanaise Remake > Serge Gainsbourg [Aux Armes et caetera / Mercury]
Requiem Pour Un C… > The Orb [I ♥ Serge: ElectronicaGainsbourg / Mercury]
In The Absence Of The Parisienne > Malcolm McLaren + Serge Gainsbourg
Les Loups Dans La Bergerie  > Jazz&Cinema Remixed
Les Loups Dans La Bergerie  > Serge Gainsbourg [Jazz & Cinema vol. 3 / Gitanes]
Chick Habit [Laisse Tomber les Filles] > April March
Striptease > Serge Gainsbourg + Nico
Ne dis rien > Serge Gainsbourg & Anna Karina
Lola R. Forever > Marianne Faithfull & Sly & Robbie [Monsieur Gainsbourg Revisited / Universal] Some Small Chance > Serge Gainsbourg
Bonnie & Clyde (Fred & Ginger MIX) > Herbert [alt. Version not on I ♥ Serge: ElectronicaGainsbourg / Mercury]
Pretty Fly for a Poinconneur > Yold
Serge Gainsbourg is our alter-ego because he lived the life we men can only dream of: who else can say he had Jane Birkin, Brigitte Bardot, Isabelle Adjani, Catherine Deneuve, Anna Karina & Frans Gall within his reach as fans, lovers, partners. We could think of him as a strange kind of ugly-handsome everyman, painfully shy, who dabbled & succeeded in many arts including: song. Painting, photography, writing. Grafitti outside his home after his death at 5 rue Verneuil in Paris said: Serge is not Dead, he is in heaven fucking.”
He gained Anglo-Saxon recognition only after his death in 1991 which ensured his immortality. He lived a dream life but then squandered it to live a kind of sad diminished parody in his last years as a result of a heart attack & his trademark smoking.
But what sets him apart from say his nearest equivalent in Anglo culture, Leonard Cohen & Bob Dylan – both also Jewish & blessed with flawed, limited vocal capacities, which all 3 turned into a perk. It’s his role as a dandy, a rogue, & an outlaw that we embrace as part of
He is important because he reinvented French chanson & opened up French ears to music like Anglo-pop, rock & reggae. But more so gave it production, verve, weird dadastic poetics, & an edge.
The reason his work is so readily covered by modern musicians from Molecule to Mick Harvey, Blur, & the Downtown Knitting Factory is his great ear for sound.  He felt & understood the sound more than other singer-songwriters of his time, say the 50-60s. He had a sonic gift that gave it an edge, but also a rich ambience that allowed him to color his lyrics with a rich palette understood by a true musician. This is exemplified by his acknowledged masterwork: Ballad of Melody Nelson about an older man’s affair with a teen that captures not only John barry’s orchestral charm but a poignancy.
Read more at wreck write serge

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