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Thursday, December 20, 2007

They don't write them like that any more

At the end of another silly hyperlink chain, I came across this video of France Gall winning the 1965 Eurovision Song Contest with "Poupée de Cire, Poupée de Son" by Serge Gainsbourg. The title is a pun on "Wax Doll, Sawdust Doll" and "Doll of Wax, Doll of Sound", or so I gather. It's sometimes described as the song that dragged Eurovision into the pop era; certainly it was a breath of fresh air after most of what had gone before. (Incidentally, she goes wonderfully sharp on her first note, which at least confirms that they don't mime on Eurovision!)

Then I discovered Petite had posted on the very same video clip since I was last on her blog. As she says, France Gall claimed innocence concerning the subject matter of "Les Sucettes", and indeed refused to work with Gainsbourg again, claiming she'd been set up. Hmmm....let's examine that YouTube clip, shall we?

I find it hard to imagine that young lady, winking at the camera as she strokes the fur in her lap, being totally unaware of the meaning of what she was singing. Which incidentally includes the line "Pour quelques pennies, Annie/A ses sucettes à l'anis." Hmm.... is it just me, or is "pennies" an interesting choice of word there, especially pronounced as in French? (A:No, it's not just me.)

And did she never watch even the normal promo video for the single? Very Freudian.

So I can quite understand why Petite might prefer that Tadpole sang "Poupée"....

2 Comments:

At 20 December, 2007 16:30, Anonymous JoeInVegas said...

The 'normal' promo video - dancing costumes, holding a foot long sucker, interspersed with girls deep throating theirs. Yes, very innocent.

 
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