Saturday, 22 June 2013
France Gall: Original versions of the songs performed by Jenifer
With Jenifer's album of France Gall covers Ma déclaration released earlier this month, and a row between the two artists over whether or not Jenifer asked Gall's permission to record the songs, I thought it worth presenting France Gall's versions of the songs on Jenifer's album.
While Jenifer might not exactly have needed Gall's permission to record the songs, it certainly would have been good manners to get her blessing for the project. However, I suspect it's more a case of missed communication than any deliberate ill will.
France Gall is perhaps best known outside France for her win at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1965 with the Serge Gainsbourg song Poupée de cire, poupée de son, but in France she's had a long and respected career.
While her work with Gainsbourg attracts much attention, it was probably more her work with her husband Michel Berger, until his death of a heart attack in 1992, that accounts for the longevity of her career.
While in recent years France Gall has mostly been absent from the public eye, the chance to take a look back over her career, which has seen her move from the epitome of the French teenage yéyé pop star to a sophisticated and mature artist, taking in some magnificent songs along the way.
Ella, Elle L'a
Diego libre dans sa tête,
Si maman si
Ça balance pas mal à Paris
Comment lui dire
La déclaration d'amour
Poupée de cire, poupée de son
Laisse tomber les filles