Intoxicated Man/Pink Elephants

Intoxicated Man/Pink Elephants

by Mick Harvey


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Intoxicated Man/Pink Elephants

Mick Harvey released Intoxicated Man and Pink Elephants in 1995 and 1997, respectively. They were two of his first three solo albums apart from being musical director for Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, and they are both tribute albums to Serge Gainsbourg. Harvey was among the first native English musicians -- if not the first -- to delve so deeply into the vast catalog of songs from France's great musical icon (who was Belgian by birth). Both titles feature well-known Gainsbourg tunes, done in English with their French titles placed in italics side by side. The reason this is important is that Harvey paid close attention to the French lyrics, and with Alan Chamberlain's help in translation, he retains much of their poetry. The songs on the initial volume were marginally more familiar at the time, but nearly all have since become part of his canon. Harvey recorded far more than the 16 tracks that appeared on Intoxicated Man. After its release, he set about finishing tracks from those sessions and recording more Gainsbourg songs for Pink Elephants. Though he played many instruments himself and did all the male lead vocals, he did have some assistance from singer Anita Lane (who suggested the project in the first place), David McClymont, and Chris Hughes as well as some strings in some places. Both recordings are provocative, inventive, and great fun. This double-disc reissue contains two bonus recordings that were never included on Pink Elephants.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/06/2014
Label: Mute U.S.
UPC: 0724596959329
catalogNumber: 69593
Rank: 168149

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mick Harvey   Primary Artist,Organ,Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Bongos,Drums,Keyboards,Tambourine,Vocals,Loops
Nick Cave   Vocals
Anita Lane   Vocals
Warren Ellis   Sampled Violin
Chris Hughes   Drums
Hugo Race   Rhythm Guitar
Steve Bentley-Klein   Violin
James Cruickshank   Organ,Soloist
David McClymont   Bass
Monica McMahon   Background Vocals
Abigail Trundle   Cello
Bertrand Burgalat   Piano,Vibes
Kiernan Box   Accordion
Eleanor Gilchrist   Violin
Teresa Whipple   Viola
Jeremy Morris   Violin
Robin Casinader   Piano
Chris Goldscheider   Violin
Nickie Burton   Violin
Loenne Carmen   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Serge Gainsbourg   Composer
Frédéric Chopin   Composer
Mick Harvey   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Instrumentation
Victor Van Vugt   Producer,Engineer
Tony Cohen   Producer,Engineer
Jean-Claude Vannier   Composer
Bertrand Burgalat   Composer,String Arrangements

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