Our Header image is extracted from the film "Gainsbourg" and that scene is when Serge and Jane are presenting this song to their producer, who initially refuses to publish it on its own, and finally decided to go ahead with the amazing success that we know. Watching the film for the first time yesterday, I also discovered that this song was originally written for Brigitte Bardot, with whom Gainsbourg was having an affair at the time. While Gainsbourg declared it the "ultimate love song", it was considered too "hot"; the song was censored or banned from public broadcast in numerous countries and in France even the toned-down version was suppressed. The Vatican made a public statement citing the song as offensive. Despite (or perhaps because of) the controversy, it sold well and charted within the top ten in many European countries.
Since we are talking about Gainsbourg right after the Charlie Hebdo massacre, I thought I would also share Gainsbourg "Spirit of Charlie" adaptation of "La Marseillaise", my little contribution to freedom of speech! For my Australian readers, SBS On-Demand plays "Gainsbourg", so watch it!
And for the nerds out there who read my blog, the photo shows a pair of Elipson BS50 (1953) and a REVOX A77 in the background, whose MKII version was released in 1969, like the song!
Born in France, well travelled, relocated to Sydney in 1997.