Playing tracks by
Richard De Bordeaux & Daniel Beretta, Dominique Webb, Brigitte Bardot, Brigitte Fontaine, Danyel Gerard and more.
My first introduction to French music was through Serge Gainsbourg. I had heard a compilation containing all his late 60s singles which I thought was great, but it wasn’t until I discovered L’Histoire de Melody Nelson that my interest turned to an obsession. It was probably around eight or nine years ago. I then started collecting everything he had ever recorded and also found English translations of his lyrics which were incredible. Then, I found out about other French records from the yeye, freakbeat and psych era. As a non-French speaker the records sound far more mysterious than those of UK and US groups and singers from the same period. This is just a taster, as once you delve into the music created in France from this period you’ll unearth loads of other treasures. Recently I’ve been listening to the other French groups from the 70s like Heldon, Lard Free, Melmoth and Pole, but I haven’t included them in this list as it’s a whole