Serge Gainsbourg, Histoire de Melody Nelson (1971)
Those gorgeous, sumptuous strings and that beguiling version of oh-so-white funk music; the Lolita-esque storyline – Serge Gainsbourg bumbles and mumbles and wafts through these half-spoken/half-sung, buoyantly slung story-songs. And all in under half an hour, or, if you’re on Serge time that’s just four pints of cognac. Serge Gainsbourg was a name I always wanted to check out – and reading Sylvie Simmons’ book was helpful, grabbing a few CDs from the library here and there, that sort of thing. This reissued record had a sticker proclaiming Beck a huge fan. Well, anyone who’s heard his (admittedly rather lovely/career high) Sea Change will know he’s a fan and he chose to show that by ripping off whole arrangements wholesale. Perhaps he then produced Charlotte’s album as an act of contrition?
Sample Track: Melody
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