Monthly Archives: March, 2012

The first episode of the 5th season of Mad Men, that aired last Monday in the United States had an interesting surprise for lovers of French music. In one scene, Don Draper’s new wife performed a rendition of Zou Bisou Bisou in his birthday party. It was a uncomfortable to watch, but basically because, as far as I know, Don is not the kind of guy who appreciates those sorts of public displays of affection. Check it out: The original recording was sang by Gillian Hills and, for those who don’t remember, she’s the girl that have a steamy ménage…

Finally, the movie about the life of Claude François arrived in the big screens of Paris. But while I don’t have the chance of watching it, let’s listen one more time to his greatest hit. And here’s the trailer, for those who don’t know what I’m talking about.

The singer-songwriter Sacha Distel was born in 1933 with the luck of having a family member ready to show him the path to good music. Thanks to Uncle Ray Ventura, Distel was in touch, since his childhood, with a world of avant-garde musicians, lovers of the Swing and the Jazz. People like Dizzy Gillespie, Django Reinhardt, Stan Getz and Henri Salvador were present in his life very early, and although he established a reputation as a French crooner, Sacha Distel was certainly a strong name in the hall of fame of French jazz musicians and his extensive discography clearly shows…

If I had to choose a royal family to represent the chanson française, the choice would be, without a doubt, Francoise Hardy’s family. Although in the 60s the couple considered France’s sweetheart was Sylvie Vartan and Johnny Hallyday (who at the time, was called by some the “French Elvis”), Françoise Hardy and Jacques Dutronc have always preserved something of a more interesting, more reserved and even more intellectual charm, which makes me admire them until today. The couple is currently separated. Jacques Dutronc, a perfect bad boy, never lost his reputation of lady’s man and Hardy eventually have had enough…

I was inspired by an exibition about French chanson that opened in Paris last March, 8th, to make a list of songs about Paris. So I inflicted myself with the herculean task of fishing the top 100 in this HUGE list of 2750 songs about the City of Lights. Problem was: soon, I realized that, not only I would need more the one day work on this list, a post with 100 players would be so big that no internet connexion would be able to charge this blog. So I cut down the list to 50 (which is still, way too much), and…

The great Brazilian singer Elis Regina pleased both Brazilian and French crowds. Her first appearance at Olympia was so successful that the famous parisian venue had to open an exception and invite Elis to go back in the same year for a second season. That was the first time in the history of Olympia that something like that ever happened. However, in 1968, Elis was such a big hit in Paris that an exception had to be made. During the same year, she released a compact called Elis Regina in Paris, a record that brings a great French version of the amazing…

Do you guy remember when I posted a song by Loheem here in the blog? Well, good news! She was kind enough to give me an exclusive interview, talking about her work and plans for the future, check it out below the video. And don’t forget to check out her BandCamp page: http://loheem.bandcamp.com/ I love French music: When you accepted to give this interview, I started making research on your life, so that the questions would be more interesting, but I soon realized that there’s not much information on your biography in English or Portuguese. So, my first question is not…

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