Friday, May 1, 2009

This and that : Bonnie and Clyde

Serge Gainsbourg and Brigitte Bardot : Bonnie and Clyde


Another song about a couple, well about 2 couples : Like Bonnie and her lover/associate, Bardot and Gainsbourg were outlaws and runaways, both married or in a relationship during their love affair in 1967

Over one night, that year, , Gainsbourg wrote three of his best songs for BB : “Bonnie and Clyde”, “Harley Davidson” and “Je t’aime, moi non plus”. But his true Bardot-era masterpiece would be “Initials BB”.

See here a decent translation of the lyrics

Serge was one of the first “modern” French pop singers, after the older “classic” cabaret generation (Brel, Piaf, Brassens), and the first one (the only one ?) to have a sound of his own, although he started declinig in the eighties.

There is everything in Serge Gainsbourg : poetry, humor, provocation, despair, love, sex, alcohol. He was like us : both beautiful and ugly.

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