Some say that Gainsbourg, himself, wasn’t exactly a great singer and did no interpreted his songs in the best way possible, and that is the reason why, during his lifetime, he did no achieve worldwide fame he so much deserved.
I disagree to that. I really think Gainsbourg knew exactly how to sing his songs and the fact is that in all of the covers of his songs, the ones I like the most are those that show a resemblance on the way he originally sang.
|Drawing made by Vincent Lefebvre|
But that’s a matter of taste, and everyone is allowed to theirs. As we say here in Brazil (in a rough translation) “a taste is like an ass: each person is entitled to have their own”. Of course, there are asses and asses. And there are those that simply look better than others.
So I prepared a list of Gainsbourg’s 10 songs sang by other people. Just a few of my favorites because if I were to list every Gainsbourg cover in the world, I’d really have to spend and entire year in this list.
The order is completely random.
The cover by Ben l’Oncle Soul and Sly Johnson
The cover by Madeleine Peyroux
S.S. in Uruguay
The cover by Julien Doré
Comment te dire adieu
The original (by Françoise Hardy)
The cover by Berry
La Noyée (beautiful, beautiful, beautiful song)
The cover by Carla Bruni
Je suis venu te dire que je m’en vais
The cover by Coeur de Pirate
The cover by Ivy
The cover by Luciana Mello (with Corneille)
L’eau à la bouche
The cover by Yuri Buenaventura
Bonnie and Clyde
The cover by Luna (yes! that Luna, the one from the 90’s, that came from Galaxie 500)