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I just LOVE when someone I adore makes a good cover of a song I like. It’s like mixing up two very delicious things and putting them together in a blender, something like Nutella milkshake. That’s why I got super excited when I found this morning a version Benjamin Biolay made of J’suis snob, by Boris Vian. The original, that was already awesome, became something else in the voice of Biolay. Check it out:

A few months ago, I made a list of the top 10 songs to help you lean French. The list became so popular that I decided to make a second part, with 10 other songs, since learning French is not exactly an easy task and there are so many songs that can help a beginner to understand better the language of Baudelaire. Here they are, organized from easiest to not so easy. 1. Ces mots stupides, this version of Something Stupid (made popular by Frank and Nancy Sinatra) is ridiculously simple and the lyrics are so much like the original…

Remember when I wrote about Iggy Pop’s new record, the one that’s full of classics of the French chanson? So, that record is finally out! It’s called Après and is available for sales at the website Vente Privé and also at the iTunes Store for the price of US$ 9,90. Independently produced, the record will only be available in the digital format for now, but there are plans of releasing an old-fashioned CD afterwards. Iggy explained today in an article published at Le Monde that the reason he went independent this time was: “Les maisons de disque n’ont jamais fait autre chose que m’humilier, me tourmenter et me démoraliser.”  Good…

If there’s a anthem that represents the very essence of the chanson française, it’s name is, without a doubt, La vie en rose. Written by Édith Piaf and Louis Guglielmi, and released in 1947, the song soon became a hit worldwide, having sold over a million copies only in the United States. The song was also responsible for launching Édith Piaf’s career across the globe and the version recorded by Louis Armstrong, in 1950, only reinforced the idea that La vie en rose was born to become a timeless classic. Below, you can see a brief selection of some of…

It’s not really news that Iggy Pop had already been flirting with the good old French chanson, but today I read some surprising piece of news: the Huffington Post announced that the former leader of the Stooges is releasing a new record with covers of French classics, singing songs by some of the greatest: like Henri Salvador, Georges Brassens, Serge Gainsbourg, Édith Piaf and Joe Dassin.If you want a taste of the record, you can click on the links below to listen to the first minute of each song.» Et si tu n’existais pas (Joe Dassin)» La Javanaise (Serge Gainsbourg)…

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…

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…

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…

Many people who reads this blog comes here because they know that the best way to learn a language is listening to music. And unlike what many readers think, I do not speak French fluently, on the contrary, I would call my level low-intermediate. So today I decided to list some songs that have helped me better understand French. The songs listed were chosen because a) they have a very basic French, b) they are easy to understand; c) they are sung in a very clear French. I hope they help you as much as they’ve helped me! 1. Sympathique,…

Do you guys remember that, last year, during an interview with Benjamin Biolay in Paris, I heard him speaking of a work in progress about a brand new record with new song by the late Henri Salvador? Well, finally today there was news on the very much awaited new album. Apparently, it will be released on June 18. While we anxiously wait, how about listening to one of his most fun covers? It’s a song that always makes me smile.

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