Tres Chic! More French Girl Singers Of The 1960s Various Artists (Ace International)


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CDCHD 1365

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Tres Chic! More French Girl Singers Of The 1960s, LP (£24.78)

“Très Chic!” is the much-anticipated sequel to “C’est Chic!”, our recent celebration of the yé-yé girls of 1960s France. Here are things you need to know about ten of the tracks:

Gillian Hills, cover girl of the CD version, is best known in the UK as an actress (Beat Girl, Blow Up etc) but she enjoyed a prolific recording career in France. ‘Tut, Tut, Tut, Tut’ is from her 13th and final French EP.

Actress Anna Karina, who graces the cover of the LP version, also enjoyed a parallel career as a recording artist. Penned by Serge Gainsbourg, the Shangri-Las-influenced ‘Sous Le Soleil Exactement’ is from the TV musical Anna.

‘Comment Te Dire Adieu’ is from the 27th of Francoise Hardy’s 29 Vogue EPs. Multi-lingual Françoise also recorded the song in Italian and German, but never in English. Shame.

It was rare for a French artist of the 1960s to record in English, or release a record in the UK. Jacqueline Taïeb was one of the few to do both with the ultra-collectable ‘7 AM’, a translation of her celebrated ‘7 Heures Du Matin’.

Although she recorded some great up-tempo numbers, dramatic Timi Yuro-esque ballads were the real forte of Liz Brady. ‘Comme Tu Es Jeune’ is a superb example from her debut EP.

Evelyne Courtois started out in all-girl band Les Petites Souris. In honour of Bacharach and David’s song, she re-emerged as Pussy Cat with a trio of solo EPs notable for her penchant for covering tunes by male groups.

Delphine’s sitar-driven ‘La Fermeture-Eclair’ is a Franco-version of We The People’s ‘In The Past’. Curiously, she didn’t just cover the song, but borrowed the original backing track too.

Elsa looked not unlike Cher, and performed in a similar jangly folk rock style too. She also recorded as Nicole Darde (her real name) and with her boyfriend Claude in the duo Arc-en-Ciel.

France Gall is the daughter of singer Cécile Berthier and songwriter Robert Gall. ‘Attends Ou Va-T’en’, from her seventh EP, is one of many tremendous numbers written for her by Serge Gainsbourg.

Brigitte Bardot’s ‘Je Danse, Donc Je Suis, written by comedian Jean-Claude Massoulier and arranger André Popp, is an example of how a simple rhyming pun can transform an ephemeral ditty into something more cerebral.


LP version comes on 180g blue vinyl in heavy duty gatefold cover. 


Track listing


Side 1

  • 01 Preview On M'a Toujours Dit - Annie Philippe

  • 02 Preview Ecoutez - Elsa

  • 03 Preview J'ai Des Problèmes Décidément - Violaine

  • 04 Preview Hymne Au Soleil - Pussy Cat

  • 05 Preview Attends Ou Va-T'en - France Gall

  • 06 Preview Comment Te Dire Adieu - Françoise Hardy

  • 07 Preview Tomorrow Is Another Day - Gillian Hills

  • 08 Preview Bravo - Jacqueline Taïeb

  • 09 Preview Au Risque De Te Déplaire - Marie-Blanche Vergne

  • 10 Preview Le Même Jour - Valerie Lagrange

  • 11 Preview Tut, Tut, Tut, Tut (Busy Signal) - Gillian Hills

  • 12 Preview Je Danse Donc Je Suis - Brigitte Bardot

  • 13 Preview La Fermeture-éclair - Delphine

  • 14 Preview Pas De Taxi (EP version) - Annie Philippe

  • 15 Preview Look At Them - Gillian Hills

  • 16 Preview Jazz À Gogo - France Gall

  • 17 Preview Ce N'est Pas Une Vie - Pussy Cat

  • 18 Preview 7: AM - Jacqueline Taïeb

  • 19 Preview Il Voyage - Françoise Hardy

  • 20 Preview Il N'a Que Des Chansons - Violaine

  • 21 Preview Sans Avoir Rien Donné - Anne Kern

  • 22 Preview Les Papillons Noirs - Michèle Arnaud

  • 23 Preview Comme Tu Es Jeune - Liz Brady

  • 24 Preview Sous Le Soleil Exactement - Anna Karina

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