Sunday, October 29, 2006

Serge Gainsbourg - Histoire de Melody Nelson (1971)

Serge Gainsbourg - Histoire de Melody Nelson

Melody is Gainsbourg's concept album.The Lolita-esque pseudo-autobiographical plot involves the middle-aged Gainsbourg unintentionally colliding his 260-horsepower Rolls Royce into teenage nymphet Melody Nelson's bicycle, and the subsequent seduction and romance that ensues. Histoire de Melody Nelson is considered by many critics and fans to be Gainsbourg's most influential and accomplished album.
At just under twenty-eight minutes, the short running time and the stylistic consistency and similarity throughout the album gives it qualities more in line with an EP or an extended musical piece with a number of movements. Histoire de Melody Nelson‘s mix of freewheeling guitar, funk style bass guitar, near spoken word vocal delivery, and lush, deep orchestrated string and choral arrangements by Jean-Claude Vannier have proven to be highly influential amongst later francophone and anglophone musical performers including the French band Air, David Holmes, Pulp's Jarvis Cocker and Beck, whose 2002 track "Paper Tiger" from Sea Change is extremely close to the distinctive Histoire de Melody Nelson sound.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

y el password??

Sunday, October 29, 2006 7:57:00 PM  
Blogger chicken one said...


Sunday, October 29, 2006 8:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

gracias!! thanks!!!

Sunday, October 29, 2006 9:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Andy said...

Dang you. Now I'm on a huge Serge Gainsbourgh kick. People (who speak French) have been talking about him for decades, but I blame you for making it so easy.
(No but seriously, thanks).

Friday, November 24, 2006 4:31:00 AM  
Blogger chicken one said...

to Andy:

Yeah his fans are usually musicians, don't know if is it trend or obsession, but there is a LOT of tribute albums to gainsbourg.. you can buy reggae tribute, house tribute.. even romantic piano shaggy versions.

Friday, November 24, 2006 5:46:00 PM  

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