I keep coming across the mention of a pasha - first in the Uschi Glas quote, then in this track from Québéc yé-yé girl Dany Aubé, and then in this scopitone from Jean Constantin. I wonder if there was any sort of significant trend for all things Persian, or if they're just a handful of mentions as part of 60s pop culture's taste for the 'exotic'.
In 'La Fille du pacha', Dany sings that it's no fun being the daughter of a pacha and having lots of clothes, cars and fine silks, because people only love her for her money.
A little about Dany, translated from Rétro Jeunesse 60:
Dany Aubé (real name - Réjeanne Aubé) was born in Lasarre, Abatiti in 1947. While taking part in amateur singing contests, she was given the title 'Queen of The Quebecois, North-West'. Based in Montreal, she became famous in the spring of 1966 with the song 'Goodbye, au revoir, arrivederci'. During the same year, she stays at the top of the charts with 'Il m'appalait Goguette' ['They Call Me Goguette'] and 'Ma Casquette' ['My Cap']. She performed in the Musicorama tour of 1967, and worked the cabaret circuit until the mid-70s.
I wracked my brain trying to remember where I'd heard this before, then it finally hit me:
My last.fm friend Aaron wrote an excellent piece for mercurialsound.com on the early use of distorted guitar in Françoise Hardy's 'Je n'attends plus personne'. The site has been down for ages, but he's kindly given me permission to print it here in full.
Françoise's track is actually a cover of a hit by 60s Italian rock star Antonio Ciacci, who went by the name of Little Tony. This version is certainly lighter on the fuzz, but you can detect a single distorted note as the lead beat in each bar of the intro, which melds with the bassline to create what serves as a fairly heavy intro. However, it's still not as heavy a sound as you hear on Françoise's cover, nor the same application of distortion, so credit still goes to the makers of her track for being ahead of their time. But the original does stand out as having a heavier guitar sound than typical European pop of the time and combined with Little Tony's strong vocals, makes quite an impact. It makes me wonder whether this is what inspired the creators of 'Je n'attends...' to chunk up the guitar even more, to get a little of the more of the aggressive effect that Françoise's vocals can't convey.
I think I've hit on a plan to let me keep blogging without exhausting myself and then subsequently losing interest. I'm going to keep things as simple as possible with just pictures and the song and probably not buying links, although I feel a bit guilty leaving those out. But you should be able to find any albums from the vendors in my sidebar. If you've searched high and low and can't find where to buy something, you can always ask and I'll help you out.
Please use the comments section to ask me any questions. I've taken down my email address, but if you still have it, please don't use it to ask me questions you can easily find answers for on a search engine. I'm also unable to send out anything individually, even for a trade. Nor am I taking requests or band submissions. Unless you're a band in my myspace friends and you want to send me free stuff? Eh? Eh? Can't blame a girl for trying.
I'm excited to be adding
Radioblog*, which I discovered on the gorgeous blog Pop 'N Cherries. I've been trying to find a free way to do something like this for ages, but had no luck so it's a happy discovery indeed. This is my exception to my no requests policy; you can ask me to post an mp3 if you like anything on there. And I'm hoping that will make the blog a little more interactive and I'll get some more feedback on what people like. Remember, feedback keeps your widdle bloggers happy and makes them want to go on! Even just a 'thanks' or 'you rule the school' or even 'you suck!' (no just kidding, please don't) is great to hear.
I did think of starting up a forum where readers of this blog and the others that post French 60s stuff regularly could talk about what they love and any new discoveries, or trade stuff, but again I'd be biting off a bit more than I can chew. But for anyone who'd be interested in such an idea, please join the last.fm groups I have, French 60s and Ye-Ye Girls and maybe you could liven those up a bit. Even if you don't use the other last.fm features, the forums have the potential to be a great meeting place for fans.
And don't forget
Spiked-Candy Last.fm Radio is still chugging away, churning out lots of aural treats and free to listen to. If the player has let you down before, try the beta for the upcoming release. As long as you have a decent connection, it should work a charm. And I know the 2 separate downloads for the Audioscrobbler plug-in and the Last.fm player are confusing to some; this download has them both in one and guides you through everything you need to do.
Merci, and I'll be back with some tunes very soon .
Yes, Clothilde's Italian tracks do actually exist! And, thanks to Simon, the man behind the brilliant Ye-Ye Girls Website, I'm now able to bring them to you. These plus the French tracks BlowUpDoll has posted are, as far as anyone knows, her entire output. So all you Clothilde fanatics can finally be Clothilde completists!
Update: Can now be purchased on Born Bad Records' Clothilde compilation.
Some of the posts from Poupées de son, a feature originally posted in the sidebar:
OK, I have bandwidth to burn now, so time to go nuts on the Eurovision stuff.
First up, the song mentioned in the comments on my last post:
Quite a good little crooner number, this song is listed as having placed 9th, but 4th place is more accurate. Only 3 songs scored higher than this one, but there was a four-way tie for first place, and a tie between this and Monaco's entry. There are a few hidden unknown gems like this in the Eurovision back catalogue, it seems, but it takes wading through some serious crap to discover them, so thanks Bruno for suggesting this one.
Greek singer Vicky Leandros first competed for Luxembourg (yes, this contest confuses me too) in 1967, aged just fourteen. 'L'Amour Est Bleu' came fourth that year, and kicked off her singing career. The song was written by Pierre Cour and André Popp, the team who also wrote 1960's winning song (for France) 'Tom Pillibi', performed by Jacqueline Boyer - currently up on the wonderful Paradise Garden (thanks Mordi). Check out Space Age Pop's guide to Popp's career here. He also did the music for the film Tintin and the Golden Fleece, which is supposedly a pretty cool soundtrack (I haven't heard it) and yes, of course I have to mention he co-wrote two stunning France Gall songs, 'Deux Oiseaux' and 'Les Rubans Et La Fleur'.
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