L'original Series. Serge and Bardot Together on this Great Reissue. First Time Available on CD. Digitally Remastered from Analog Masters. Digipack.
After bedding Brigitte Bardot, and making himself the envy of all France, Serge Gainsbourg set about moulding her pop persona. He cast her as a latter-day Bonnie Parker and himself as her male foil and lover, Clyde Barrow. The spectral funk of the title track is among Gainsbourg's most celebrated works (cited and sampled by many including Renegade Soundwave and MC Solaar). It's a deadpan celebration of outlaw culture from France's most revered contemporary cultural outlaw. The other songs on here written specifically for Bardot are as self-conscious as pop art. The jazz bounce of "Everybody Loves My Baby" is centred around Bardot's Betty Boop-like charms, while "Bubble Gum" is a stab at updating music hall for the Warhol generation; "Comic Strip" is like a musical nod to Liechtenstein. Serge plays the manipulative caped crusader: his muse is left only to vocalise comedy sound effects in larger-than-life speech bubbles. Many of the Serge solo songs on offer here are leftovers from the sound of this earlier afro-jazz period (including "La Javanaise", "Pauvre Lola" and the ode to "Baudelaire"), the best of which is found on the drag-heavy rhythm and mod organ of "Intoxicated Man". --Chris Campion