All Roads Lead to Melody 3 – the covers

The list of coverversions from Histoire de Melody Nelson-songs is long, and the interpretations vary. Jazzy, rockin’, pastoral, in various languages – it’s all here. If you know of more versions, please let me know. More on the superb reissue here, more on the use of samples from albumtracks here.

On Youtube:
Joseph Gordon-Levitt covers Melody here
Charlotte Gainsbourg covers Hôtel Particulier here
Dr Brazuk & Mt Crab cover La ballade de Melody Nelson here
Jean-Louis Murat covers La ballade de Melody Nelson here
Benjamin Biolay covers La ballade de Melody Nelson here
Les Provocateurs cover several Melody Nelson-tracks here
Aurèle covers La ballade de Melody Nelson here
Miam Monster Miam & Sopie Galet cover La ballade de Melody Nelson here


La ballade de Melody Nelson:
Vanessa Paradis & Johnny Depp
Aidan Bartley (English)
L&A Music
Mick Harvey (English)
Placebo (English)
The Serge Gainsbourg Experience (English)
Todd Bishop (instrumental, jazz)
Shahar Even Tzur (Hebrew version)
Fred Frith

Valse de Melody:
Aldo Romano, Baptiste Trotignon & Rémi Vignolo (instrumental, jazz)
Friture Moderne (instrumental, jazz)
Jane Birkin
Noel Akchoté (acapella)
Sasha Andrès & The Recyclers
Shahar Even Tzur (Hebrew version)
Todd Bishop (instrumental, jazz)

En Melody:
Kahimi Karie

Hôtel Particulier:
Michael Stipe (English)
Eric Elmosnino (From the movie Vie Héroique)
Mick Harvey (English)
Giorgio Bassmatti (Basque version)
Les Rita Mitsouko
Shahar Even Tzur (Hebrew version)

Ah, Melody

-M- and General Elektriks played a Melody Nelson-medley on Taratata last week:


When the female choir rises up, it’s quite easy to see Ceci est mon corps as a song that Gainsbourg never recorded for his masterpiece Melody Nelson. Some guitarriffs come really close to those on that album. That said, it’s a haunting ballad in it’s own right, with enough charm (and sexiness) to make a lasting impression. Lafille (don’t know her real name) chanes on her debutalbum from bratty poprock (Aujourd’hui J’me Lave Pas) to touching ballads (J’ai Rencontré Quelqu’un Qui Te Ressemble). I Wanna Be Your Cat is dreadful, but the two closing tracks Ceci est mon corps and the titletrack Lafille tout attaché(é) are absolutely brilliant. An album for the yearlists.

Lafille – Ceci est mon corps