10 Sexiest Women in French Music Today (8)

This blog is a mutual appreciation society. All the lovers of soft sighing, husky-voiced, French singing girls from the past and the present come together to show their love. We’re counting down our first (and maybe annual) top ten of Sexiest Woman in French Music Today.

8. Vanessa Contenay-Quinones

Maybe you think that Vanessa (who recorded earlier as Espiritu, and with her band The O’s) shamelessly adds up all the pouting platinum-blonde bombshell clichés. That her music is no more then a pastiche of lust-injected Brigitte Bardot- and Gillian Hills-hits. Then you obviously never saw her dj, or play live. V, as her fans refer to her, outsmarts you easily with her in-depth knowledge of (French) 60s pop (become her Facebook-friend, and you’ll see). She’s really into this music. And if you, like a few members of the Voting Committee did, saw her up close in a very tight, very red dress and very high heels, then you know that a description like ‘the sweet seduction on high heels with the beautiful, sultry voice and misty eyes’ is more than apt. This woman was créa by the Dieu of Cool.

Vanessa & the O’s – Charlie Charlie

Vivi vs Vanessa

We’ve been singing praise of stunning blonde Vanessa Contenay-Quinones for years (see?), and ever since we met her we know she’s a hard act to follow. Italian Star Academy-contestant Vivi Calderone took a shot. She covers VC-Q’s Bon Bon Bon as her first single. There’s a sexy video (if you like girls with heavy make-up), they kept the music and Vivi’s voice is as girlie als Vanessa’s. Very nice try, but when push comes to shove, we prefer the real thing.

Vivi Calderone – Lui ci fa palpitare il cuore (Bon Bon)
Vanessa Contenay-Quinones – Bon Bon Bon

Allez Vanessa!

Vanessa Contenay-QuinonesNo extensive introduction on Vanessa Contenay-Quinones here at FS anymore. Regular visitors already know the cool seduction on high heels with the beautiful, sultry voice and misty eyes for a while now. Her 60’s influenced French popmusic was already around here a few times. Same goes for the music of her band Vanessa and the O’s (about to release a new album soon too, the site stated), but we never had a topic on her first band Espiritu, with whom she recorded two albums from 1993 to 1997. The best was then yet to come.
Inbetween 2008 and 2010 Vanessa recorded several tracks for her project called Allez Pop! Some of them ended up on compilation albums like Filles Fragiles 2 and Musique Fantastique, one track (Bon Bon Bon) even made it to the OST of the action-comedy Killers with Ashton Kutcher, Tom Selleck and Katherine Heigl. So it was about time to put all the recordings together and release Allez Pop! A superb idea. The tracks are seductive, fresh, quirky and tributary of course to Gainsbourg and Bardot, Dutronc and Hardy to name but a few. An unpretentious candy with attitude. Highly recommended.

And for those who might start thinking that Vanessa can’t do any wrong… just wait and see her with a bizarre performance as Vanessa St. James in collaboration with Lou Reed (!) on a weird kinda dance version of Velvet Undergrounds ‘Sunday Morning’. Not even a sin of her youth, as this Italian show (starts at 02.30) is from 2004. But some can’t do wrong, right?

Vanessa Contenay-Quinones – Odyssée
(see the video)

New Vanessa C-Q clip

Vanessa Contenay-Quinones’ new song Bon Bon Bon is featured in the Ashton Kutcher/Katherine Heigl-movie Killers. The blonde bombshell (her album Allez Pop is coming up, two songs were already featured on two of my compilations, Filles Fragiles 2 and Musique Fantastique) made a teaser clip of that song. Nice.