FridaySong: Serge Gainsborough

Nobody does French pop decadence like that lecherous troubador Serge Gainsborough, who gained all kinds of fame and infamy during the 60’s all the way up to the 80’s, from kinky duets with Brigette Bardot and Jane Birkin to love ballads with Whitney Houston. Clearly his coolest period is his musical prime from 1966-1971, culminating in his masterpiece, HISTORIE DE MELODY NELSON. I’m not at all interested in the album’s sordid thematic, only the wonderful epic funk psychedelic soundscape, a Frenchman’s version of Issac Hayes brilliant HOT BUTTERED SOUL from 1969. Gainsborough pulls in a lot of other sonic influences, often cinematic, and for proof, here’s a cool clip from the full-length French TV special with my favorite track, “Ah Melody.” Bon appetit.


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