Bonnie & Clyde

Bonnie & Clyde

by Serge Gainsbourg
     
 

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Bonnie and Clyde isn't actually a full-fledged collaboration between Serge Gainsbourg and Brigitte Bardot; during their storied mid-'60s fling the two French cultural icons recorded just a handful of tracks together, only a couple of which appear here. Nevertheless, this is a worthwhile collection. In addition to the pair's "Bonnie and Clyde" and "Comic Strip,"

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Bonnie and Clyde isn't actually a full-fledged collaboration between Serge Gainsbourg and Brigitte Bardot; during their storied mid-'60s fling the two French cultural icons recorded just a handful of tracks together, only a couple of which appear here. Nevertheless, this is a worthwhile collection. In addition to the pair's "Bonnie and Clyde" and "Comic Strip," this album features earlier Gainsbourg numbers, as well as Bardot recordings of compositions by Gainsbourg and others. The moody title track alone justifies the price of admission. Bardot's vocals inject a wistful melodic dimension into Gainsbourg's sung-spoken account of the ill-fated gangsters, producing one of pop music's great duets. Gainsbourg was enthralled by American pop culture and the cabaret-style "Comic Strip" memorably exemplifies that orientation. His lyrics lure Bardot into his cartoon world and she provides the requisite onomatopoeic interjections ("Shebam! Pow! Blop! Wizz!"). In a similarly American vein, on "Bubble Gum," a Gainsbourg-penned Bardot single, she sings about love and candy over a plinky-plonk saloon piano evoking the silent film era. Elsewhere, Gainsbourg's Hollywood fascination takes a B-Movie turn, the camp "Docteur Jekyll et Monsieur Hyde" suggesting the Monks at the Eurovision Song Contest. There was always more to Gainsbourg's work than his love of Americana, though, and his incorporation of Afro-Caribbean rhythms was especially striking: "Pauvre Lola," for instance, percolates with an infectious beat. Despite much of this material's playful character, listeners also glimpse another side of Gainsbourg. During his career, he sang about Harley motorcycles and incest and composed a song that involved simulated farting, but he was also deeply cultured. In that vein, "Baudelaire" places the 19th century poet's "Le Serpent Qui Danse" in an unlikely tropical lounge setting. Of course, no Gainsbourg collection would be complete without a nod to his dissolute side, and "Intoxicated Man" fits the bill with its appropriately louche, swaggering groove.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/22/2004
Label:
Polygram Int'l
UPC:
0731455882827
catalogNumber:
558828

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Serge Gainsbourg   Primary Artist
Brigitte Bardot   Track Performer
Michel Colombier   Conductor
Alain Goraguer   Conductor
Arthur Greenslade   Musical Direction
Harry Robinson   Conductor
Alain Goraguer et son Orchestre   Track Performer
Michel Colombier et Son Orchestre   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Serge Gainsbourg   Composer
Arthur Greenslade   Musical Director
David Whitaker   Arranger,Direction
Charles Baudelaire   Composer
Jean-Max Rivière   Composer

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