went to see vashti bunyan last night. what a legend. she is such a lovely person! her voice is virtually the same as it was years ago - soft and fragile. she sang a great collection of songs from rose hip november to the current album - and she introduced all of them, setting the scene about when and how she wrote the song, all in her slightly apologetic manner. if you get the chance - go see her!
Labels: vashti bunyan
great to see marianne faithfull back on form. such a great new album - everything you'd hope for - reflective and melancholic with a range of styles from her heart felt torch song style to some great rocking numbers. highly recommended
Labels: marianne faithfull
was sad to hear about the death of lynsey de paul a few days ago. of course, i loved 'sugar me' (especially claudine longets version), but also 'won't somebody dance with me' and the cross-dressing themed 'getting a drag'
Labels: lynsey de paul
well this looking promising. there's a few teaser clips of other songs on her website which sound great - cool visuals too. love this song. hope there is more to come. welcome to the doll house barbara!
after my rant about alizee over a year ago where i disowned her (!)
after her last album and her duet with norman wisdom-a-like olly murs - she is back. she won 'dance avec les stars' (dancing with the stars/strictly come dancing) and now has released a new album; 'blonde'- and it's good! the title track is a bit naff but the rest bring her back on form. with help from pascal obispo (love his own song 'fan') and zazie (too many good songs to name here) - she even sings a song titled 'mylene farmer'........!
listen to this track with lyrics by zazie.
welcome back alizee (don't fuck it up again please)
Labels: alizee, french 10s
Dalida - Chanteur Des Années 80 
worth watching for leg twitches alone. amazing in about 10 different ways
vashti bunyan is back! a new album drops in october and she is doing a small tour of the uk
(must buy tickets right now!)
Labels: folk, vashti bunyan
who knew sylvie had her own doll collection in the 70s? i want one!
Labels: sylvie vartan
France Gall - Zozoi (1970)
a star is reborn
i love marie espinosa. her debut album is still one of my favourites even after all these years since it was first released. now after a long, long wait she is back. it looks like she's chosen not to work with a record company but to release songs in her own time, in her own way. that's fine with me, just as long as she releases something. this first taster of her new material is full of joie de vivre and she sounds just as great as always. welcome back marie!
Labels: french 10s, marie espinosa, video
don't forget to forget...her nips
it's taken me about 4 months to get over the sight of her nipples in nymphomaniac (anyone who has seen the film should know exactly what i'm talking about *gag*) so now that time has passed i can once again enjoy the 80s stylings of miss g
Labels: charlotte gainsbourg, french 80s
oh the glamour!
a tight dress, a hand on the small of the back and a little back bend...and i'm hooked!
i'm off to france next week so can't wait to trawl through the marche aux puces and vintage shops for some old french vinyl. excited!
Labels: dalida, french 80s
obviously it's not as good as the original (possibly one of the best french songs of the 80's 'main dans la main') but it's really interesting to hear their english language version.
it still makes me want to wear stripes and jerk from side to side like elli though :)
Labels: elli et jacno, french 80s