Friday, 23 November 2012

Françoise Hardy: L'amour fou

A live performance of the track Pourquoi vous, from the new album L'amour fou by Françoise Hardy.

Hardy has been one of France's best known female performers since her career began in the early 1960s. Her song Tous les garçons et les filles was one of the biggest hits of the yé-yé era.

Her style saw her achieve an iconic status that hasn't diminished over the years

Hardy's career saw her move to a more thoughtful music, performing in a number of languages including English, interpreting songs by the likes of Gainsbourg and Leonard Cohen, and performing with the likes of Blur and Iggy Pop.

She also pursued her interest in astrology and published her autobiography in 2008.

Her music's always had a timeless quality, to the point that I thought for some time her early 70s album "If you listen" was one of her recent releases after she re-emerged with her 1996 album Le Danger.

Since then she's recorded several albums, including Clair Obscur that featured duets with other snigers including her husband Jacques Dutronc, a  Victoires de la musique award on the back of the success of 2004's Tand de belles choses collection, a Grande Médaille de la chanson française award in 2006 followed by another collection of duets, the platinum selling (Parenthèses…) album, featuring amongst others Alain Delon, Alain Bashung and Julio Iglesias.

Her last release was 2010's La pluie sans parapluie album.

The album L'amour fou was released earlier this month, coinciding with a novel of the same title.

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