...and this album it's far most than that!!
For some of us who had the privilege to see him alive on stage, in the 70's and 80's - this disc was his reggae era and influenced by Bob Marley - no one can denie his personality: audacious, provocative, eccentric and not taking himself too seriously ("I'm like Mickey Mouse, big ears [indeed, indeed...] and long..."queue"!!")
One day he was on TV, burning a FRF 500 notebank (a huge sum at the time, obviously, and illegal...) alive and in direct; other day saying, in prime time show, he wanna' f**k Witney Houston, or as in the previous album to this one("Aux Armes et Caetera")composing it's own interpretation of the National French Anthem "La Marseillaise" where the sentence "Aux armes, Citoyens.." was changed to "...etc..." Of course, some live concerts were stopped, when the song began, by Air Force Military Commandos (the mood was electrical!!) and other ones simply annuled!!
But, as the sicilian proverb says "La Vendetta se mangia fredda..." later he buyed the original De Lilles's Anthem manuscript for FRF 135,000.00, where it's written and by author's "manu propria": "Aux armes Citoyens...etc"!!
He will say, "La Marseillaise is a revolution "musique" (in french, meaning song...),Reggae music is a Revolution music too, I don't understand all the fuss about..."
So all his life was sulfurous...Jane Birkin, Brigitte Bardot (hear "Je T'Aime" or "Bonnie and Clyde" songs), he knew where beauty was!!
A song recorded with is daughter Charlotte Gainsbourg, today a singer too, but at the time 8/9 or 10 years old named..."Lemon Incest", added some more powder to fire: it was videotaped with both of them on...bed!!
Today such things are regular on tabloids and pink press, even organized on schedule, or "there is no such thing as bad publicity!!" That said it's very difficult to take apart the man from the legend, and it's true, he had a slight heart stroke, but never ceased his regular "diet": alchool and Gitanes Noires cigs'(a french typical bitter, harsh and brownish/black tobacco blend)smoking them always on stage or TV clips, as his trademark (is there a cig' on this cover?!)!!And play the same game on others albums!!
But none of these things must hidden a simple fact: he was a truly genius, provocative and all (and add your own musical taste here...) his discs are today, how to say it..."Classical"!!So Classical and global as Mozart, Beethoven, Elvis, Bowie, The Stones or Miles Davis and same personnal eccentricity, but composing too beautiful and perfect songs!!
That said, and under this light, Evgueny Solokof song was just a gag and "agent provocateur" as always!! When on TV prime time interviews, all people stopped to watch "...C'mon guys, there's Gainsbourg on TV, he gonna' burn the house, you'll see, and we'll laught 'till tomorrow morning..." No need to say, next days,all newspapers and magazines were talking about!!
Gainsbourg as a "bad boy" reincarnated a very french way of life and music.Along the eras (from 60'S 'till 90'S) and on all albums, he cristalysed his own aesthetical point of view, making it part of general french taste and, today consensual, excellent and globalized music, in my humble opinion.No doubt about his influence, still today, on a myriad of song-writers and actual singers.Time told it, in fact!!
And please, if you don't have any disc of this wonderful singer and just want one, you must buy the conceptual and wonderful "L' Histoire de Mélodie Nelson"!!
Serge, R.I.P. Your genius is missed today!!