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The mystique of Serge Gainsbourg still hangs in the air, like smoke from a Gitane, and 15 years after his death, the self proclaimed "cabbage-headed sex maniac" still exerts a phenomenal amount of charisma and influence over the pop world. Prime example -- Verve Forecast's timely tribute, Monsieur Gainsbourg: Revisited. It's a tribute album with a twist, though, as all of the songs have been meticulously translated into English, many for the first time. The sheer variety of the contributors here should give some indication of the universal influence the man still holds. From Jarvis Cocker to Marianne Faithfull, Michael Stipe to Marc Almond, Franz Ferdinand to Cat Power -- the lineup is nearly as diverse as the man's career was and, duly, the material covered here comes from nearly every corner of Gainsbourg's catalog. Unlike many collections of his work, Revisited doesn't dwell on his infamously racy selections (although there is the requisite "Je T'Aime Moi Non Plus" appearance, à la Cat Power and Karen Elson, and trip-hop's own "dirty old man" Tricky lays the musk on pretty thick for his sweaty take on "Goodbye Emmanuelle." Instead, the focus is more heavily on Gainsbourg's introspective, melancholy side (Michael Stipe's refreshing and impressively sincere reading of "L'Hotel Particullier" is a standout in that arena, as is Carla Bruni's "Those Little Things"). Alongside the melancholy, there is a good amount of just plain fun to be had as well. Faultline, Brian Molko, and Françoise Hardy's "Requiem for a Jerk" and Gonzales, Feist, and Dani's "Boomerang 2005" bring self-conscious chuckles and booty-shaking, respectively, into the mix, while the Rakes and Kills selections bring on the bravado. In a situation where any number of factors could have sent this project careening down the wrong tracks, Verve Forecast managed to wrangle it all in and offer a tribute that is reverent, representational, serious, and fun, all at the same time.
© J. Scott McClintock /TiVo

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1
A Song For Sorry Angel
Franz Ferdinand
00:03:14

Alex kapranos, Translator - Franz Ferdinand, Interprète Vocal, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Serge Gainsbourg, ComposerLyricist - Boris Bergman, Translator - Jane Birkin, Translator, Interprète Vocal, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Ives, Translator

℗ 2006 Barclay

2
I Love You (Me Either)
Cat Power
00:05:14

Serge Gainsbourg, ComposerLyricist - Chan Marshall, Translator - Boris Bergman, Translator - Cat Power, Interprète Vocal, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Karen Elson, Interprète Vocal, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Ives, Translator

℗ 2006 Barclay

3
I Just Came To Tell You That I'm Going
Jarvis Cocker
00:03:38

Serge Gainsbourg, ComposerLyricist - Jarvis Cocker, Translator, Interprète Vocal, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Kid loco, Interprète Vocal, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2006 Barclay

4
Requiem For Anna
Portishead
00:02:37

Serge Gainsbourg, ComposerLyricist - Portishead, MainArtist

℗ 2006 Systemtactic Limited t/a Go! Beat

5
Requiem For A Jerk
Faultline
00:02:59

Françoise Hardy, Interprète Vocal, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Brian Molko, Interprète Vocal, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Serge Gainsbourg, ComposerLyricist - Boris Bergman, Translator - Michel Colombier, Composer - Faultline, Interprète Vocal, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Ives, Translator

℗ 2006 Barclay

6
L'Hôtel
Michael Stipe
00:04:23

MICHAEL STIPE, Translator, Interprète Vocal, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Serge Gainsbourg, ComposerLyricist - Thomas Dozol, Translator

℗ 2006 Barclay

7
Goodbye Emmanuelle
Tricky
00:03:29

Serge Gainsbourg, ComposerLyricist - Jean-Pierre Sabard, Composer - Boris Bergman, Translator - Tricky, Interprète Vocal, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Ives, Translator

℗ 2006 Barclay

8
Lola R. For Ever
Marianne Faithfull
00:03:04

Sly Dunbar, Interprète Vocal, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Serge Gainsbourg, ComposerLyricist - Boris Bergman, Translator - Marianne Faithfull, Interprète Vocal, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Robbie Shakespeare, Interprète Vocal, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Ives, Translator

℗ 2006 Barclay

9
Boomerang 2005
Chilly Gonzales
00:03:24

Serge Gainsbourg, ComposerLyricist - Dani, Interprète Vocal, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Gonzales, Translator, Interprète Instrumental, Interprète Vocal, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Feist, Interprète Vocal, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2006 Barclay

10
Boy Toy
Marc Almond
00:04:01

Serge Gainsbourg, ComposerLyricist - Boris Bergman, Translator - Marc Almond, Interprète Vocal, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Trash Palace, Interprète Vocal, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Ives, Translator

℗ 2006 Barclay

11
Just A Man With A Job
The Rakes
00:02:50

Serge Gainsbourg, ComposerLyricist - Boris Bergman, Translator - The Rakes, Interprète Vocal, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Ives, Translator

℗ 2006 Barclay

12
I Call It Art
The Kills
00:03:08

Serge Gainsbourg, ComposerLyricist - Boris Bergman, Translator - Jean-Claude Vannier, Composer - The Kills, Interprète Vocal, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Ives, Translator

℗ 2006 Barclay

13
Those Little Things
Carla Bruni
00:02:08

Serge Gainsbourg, ComposerLyricist - Boris Bergman, Translator - Carla Bruni, Interprète Vocal, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Ives, Translator

℗ 2006 Barclay

14
The Lollies
Keith Flint
00:03:57

Keith Flint, Interprète Vocal, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Serge Gainsbourg, ComposerLyricist - Boris Bergman, Adapter

℗ 2016 Barclay

15
Angel's Fall
Nina Persson
00:04:35

Nina Persson, MainArtist - Serge Gainsbourg, ComposerLyricist - Boris Bergman, Translator - Nathan Larson, MainArtist - Paul Ives, Translator

℗ 2006 Barclay

Album Description

The mystique of Serge Gainsbourg still hangs in the air, like smoke from a Gitane, and 15 years after his death, the self proclaimed "cabbage-headed sex maniac" still exerts a phenomenal amount of charisma and influence over the pop world. Prime example -- Verve Forecast's timely tribute, Monsieur Gainsbourg: Revisited. It's a tribute album with a twist, though, as all of the songs have been meticulously translated into English, many for the first time. The sheer variety of the contributors here should give some indication of the universal influence the man still holds. From Jarvis Cocker to Marianne Faithfull, Michael Stipe to Marc Almond, Franz Ferdinand to Cat Power -- the lineup is nearly as diverse as the man's career was and, duly, the material covered here comes from nearly every corner of Gainsbourg's catalog. Unlike many collections of his work, Revisited doesn't dwell on his infamously racy selections (although there is the requisite "Je T'Aime Moi Non Plus" appearance, à la Cat Power and Karen Elson, and trip-hop's own "dirty old man" Tricky lays the musk on pretty thick for his sweaty take on "Goodbye Emmanuelle." Instead, the focus is more heavily on Gainsbourg's introspective, melancholy side (Michael Stipe's refreshing and impressively sincere reading of "L'Hotel Particullier" is a standout in that arena, as is Carla Bruni's "Those Little Things"). Alongside the melancholy, there is a good amount of just plain fun to be had as well. Faultline, Brian Molko, and Françoise Hardy's "Requiem for a Jerk" and Gonzales, Feist, and Dani's "Boomerang 2005" bring self-conscious chuckles and booty-shaking, respectively, into the mix, while the Rakes and Kills selections bring on the bravado. In a situation where any number of factors could have sent this project careening down the wrong tracks, Verve Forecast managed to wrangle it all in and offer a tribute that is reverent, representational, serious, and fun, all at the same time.
© J. Scott McClintock /TiVo

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