Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Odd And Sods: Serge Gainsbourg "En Melody"
Revealing Rock's Oddest Songs...
The sexy and seductive --or is it seedy and vulgar? -- 1971 concept album Histoire De Melody Nelson tells the tale of a doomed love affair between a dirty old man ( the French chain-smoking pop maestro Serge Gainsbourg as himself) and an English school girl ( His lover, the actress Jane Birkin).
"En Melody" is a funky instrumental guaranteed to make you smile. That's because the sweet Lolita on the album cover, Birkin, giggles, laughs and squeals throughout the three and a half minute track. Sounds like quite the hotel room romp but in fact Jane's brother was tickling her.
The album never did become a commercial success but its influence can be heard on artists like Beck and Air. When Gainsbourg died, Jane placed the monkey from the album cover in his coffin.