Monday, 24 December 2012

Jacques Dutronc - La Fille Du Père Noël

Continuing our festive feel for the season with this vintage classic from the king of vintage gallic cool, Jacques Dutronc.

This song originally came out in 1966, and appeared on his eponymous debut album, although it's also known as Les Play-Boys and Et moi, et moi, et moi after its two best known hits. Dutronc's early albums were all eponymous.

It's a hard edged R&B track that stands the test of time well, and you can hear similarities with the likes of David Bowie's Jean Genie which came out a few years later and the kind of riff pioneered by Bo Diddley a few years before.

Dutronc delivers the lyrics with a swaggering cool that makes it all the funnier, with the 60s staging of the song adding to the vintage silliness.

There's another clip online of a later version of the song, with Dutronc performing this song more like Iggy Pop would have done. Not surprisingly, the song stands up well, probably down to the song's garage rock sound.

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