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Thursday, May 18, 2006

the passion of the vartan

recommended by francelagall- how right you are: this is devastatingly beautiful. i can't listen to or watch anything else but this.

20 comment(s):

I've always avoided Sylvie Vartan, thinking she didn't release anything worthwhile (she always seems a bit tacky to me, not cool like Fran├žoise or France or even very early Chantal Goya -"mon ange gardien" is essential french girlpop, very highly recommended -), but this song shows how wrong I was.

Great stuff Mordi.

I also recommend Zouzou's early stuff. I was introduced to her stuff by Broadcast (they had this radio program - sort of a podcast - on their website and they included one of Zouzou's songs, which was clearly an influence on them).

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 18 May, 2006 19:39  

OHMYGOD ... my name on the legendary blow-up-doll ...
on the day of teh semi-finale of the Eurovision !!
ps : the lyrics are so terribly saaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad ... she s comparing herselh with a wounded horse that get shot ... and even an old jean trouser ...
snif ... sylvie ..
in the same over the top sadness there is lucas by dalida
luca aka france la Gale

By Blogger francelagale, at 18 May, 2006 20:33  

The Broadcast podcasts are the best thing I've heard on the internet, ever.

By Blogger Citadin, at 18 May, 2006 22:44  

Besides Mordi's most excellent stuff, of course! ; )

By Blogger Citadin, at 18 May, 2006 22:51  

i LOVE zouzou too (she has been posted a few times before).

i agree- the lyrics for par amour par pitie are sooooooo sad- i almost cried!

By Blogger mordi, at 19 May, 2006 00:01  

i'd love to hear it, but there's no link on my end.

can you fix this, mordi?

thanks! :)

By Anonymous lunatic, at 19 May, 2006 10:18  

i havent posted the song, just the youtube video.
the vid is working my end.

any problems, let me know and i'll try to sort it.

By Blogger mordi, at 19 May, 2006 12:53  

i love this, i can't understand most of the lyrics but the mood is excellent, i'm getting all sad!
any more sylvie discoveries would be most welcome.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 19 May, 2006 13:12  

anonymous / bartieboy was talking about "mon ange gardine" by chantal goya ... do you know the cover by april march ? it s a bside on a vynil relesed by tricatel .

By Blogger francelagale, at 19 May, 2006 13:55  

mordi, you might also like 'Ballade pour un sourire' if you like this type of Sylvie.

By Anonymous spikedcandy, at 20 May, 2006 04:17  

A million and one thanks, Mordi, for this beautiful song I didn't know before. I went further to check Sylvie Vartan's other songs on youtube and I liked very much "deux mains" (in the same vein than "Par amour par pitie") and another gem, "Irresistiblement" with the divine JamesBond-like female dancers surrounding Miss Vartan. Do you know those videos ? Best regards. Barbarello.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 20 May, 2006 11:57  

I discovered Chantal Goya through April March actually Francelagall.
She has this song eulogizing all those french girl singers but saying that the greatest of them all is Chantal Goya.
When I heard April March's cover of "mon ange gardien" I almost melted.
I had to get the original.
Then I read a glowing review of a compilation of early Chantal Goya stuff by Stephen Pastel and I didn't hesitate to order a copy.


By Anonymous Anonymous, at 20 May, 2006 15:14  

France La Gale !!
could anyone get my name right ?
France La Gale

ps : when i was in school in france , six thousands years ago , one of my teacher would teach us " les madras " by chantal goya ! very cute song about a teacher in martinique leaving the children to go back to france

By Blogger francelagale, at 20 May, 2006 18:13  

oh, mordi, thanks for the explanation re: youtube. i think my firewall is blocking the image/link to the video. on my end it just looks like you've forgotten something...lol.

okay, no worries! i'm sorry i won't see the vid, but i'll live.


By Anonymous lunatic, at 21 May, 2006 09:40  

but lunatic- you won't live!
you can't possibly go on without seeing this clip- have you gone to youtube to watch it instead?

if you do nothing else this year- see this performance- it is breathtaking.

By Blogger mordi, at 21 May, 2006 15:28  

Dear Mordi, you'll never guess what I've just found while searching more info on Sylvie on the net : the missing link between Sylvie and the movie "Valley of the dolls". After being married for almost 20 years to France's poprock idol, Johnny Hallyday, she married an american producer whose name is Tony Scotti and who played the part of Tony Polar in "Valley of the dolls" !!! Thanks to you, I keep watching "Par amour par pitie" video (and am also hypnotized by the very abba-esque "Irresistiblement"). Best regards.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 21 May, 2006 23:30  

pfeeew so many comments..that's cool. Good pick Barbarello, u got it right. As a french bloke, I was not into Sylvie at all..then found out about her great song "Irresistiblement" on the french radio and started buying all the EP's i could find in fairs and charity shops. Unless u dig twist, the best from her career draws in the mid 60's..there's some great stuff hidden on each Ep...Worth spending a few bucks, really. Thanx for the great video Mordi

By Blogger moptop66, at 22 May, 2006 22:08  

wow. so beautiful.
and mordi, this is the first time i've checked out blow-up doll + i have to say that its excellent. thanks for sharing.
emily xo

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 23 May, 2006 04:21  

Now, didn't I tell you Sylvie was fantastic, Mordi? You totally need to hear her Japanese song Koibito Jidai It's vraiment kawaii!

By Blogger Tom K, at 27 May, 2006 12:06  

mordi, i took your advice and went to youtube. (i had no idea it was so easy to find a particular vid on that site, thanks.) and...

well, i'm still not big on sylvie, but i love blowupdoll (and you) as much as ever!!!

you are the BEST, mordi! *****

By Anonymous lunatic, at 31 May, 2006 09:19  

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