On March 24th, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of what is undoubtedly Gainsbourgs best album, L’Histoire de Melody Nelson. Still of enormous influence, artists like Angel Olsen, Beck, Balthazar and Octave Noir cited the album, stole from it, and took inspiration.

On several occasions, HdMN has been celebrated, with concerts and tributes. There were covers, like Ballad of Melody Nelson by Johnny Depp & Vanessa Paradis, or by Placebo. As far as I know, there are two full album tributes. New York band Avi Luna re-made the album in 2018:

A few years earlier, Lille-based French artist Holkash made a VERY interesting cover version of the full album, with more electronics and dub reggae influences:

Another nice Ballad of Melody Nelson cover I found on Bandcamp, is this fierce version:

Written by guuzbourg

French girls, singing. No, sighing. Making me sigh. Ah.