Baby pop

A Dutch version of France Gall’s Baby Pop, a song written by Gainsbourg. A pleasant surprise, I wasn’t aware it existed. It was the b-side to the only single Eindhoven-born Leontien Snel made in the 60s. See ReadySteadyGirls for some background. Many thanks to @LatoUno and of course @Frans_s for unearthing this gem. Anyone who saw the Gainsbourg-Vie Héroique movie (and if you’re a regular visitor, I’m sure you saw it), remembers the kind of cruel scene with Sara Forestier playing France Gall, singing Baby Pop totally out of tune to a bemused Gainsbourg, played by Eric Elmosnino. The only other cover of Baby Pop that I know of, was made by French singer Antoinette. If you know of other versions, please send me (guuzbourg (a) gmail) an mp3!

France Gall – Baby pop
Sara Forestier (as France Gall) – Baby pop
Leontien Snel – Baby pop
Antoinette – Baby pop

Five Years of Filles

This month, celebrates it’s fifth anniversary, which means that I will post a lot of goodies, we will look back on legendary posts and I asked several musicians and a dj to come up with an extra special present for all ye faithful visitors. To kick off, here are two Gainsbourg-covers that were never issued on cd, and I never saw them posted before.

First off is Antoinette, a YeYe-singer who I know nothing about. It’s not the British singer of the same name, my guess is she’s Belgian, because the vinyl-single that I ripped was given away free with Belgian magazine Panorama. There was also this version, but the girl on the cover looks very different from the cover I have.
Trumpet Boy’s real name was Fernand Verstraete (born in 1925 in Rouen, died in 1992), who made several EP’s and albums with his ‘trompette-succès’. His version of Le claqueur des doigst stems from 1959 or ’60, and as you can hear my vinyl-copy isn’t in the best of shape. Which adds to the jazzy atmosphere, nonetheless.

Antoinette – Baby pop
Trumpet Boy – Le claqueur des doigts