Now Australia's Biggest Toy Store

We won't be beaten by anyone. Guaranteed

Di Doo Dah
By

Rating
Album: Di Doo Dah
# Song Title   Time
1)    Di Doo Dah
2)    Help Camionneur!
3)    Encore Lui
4)    Puisque Je Te le Dis
5)    Capotes Anglaises, Les
6)    Leur Plaisir Sans Moi
7)    Mon Amour Baiser
8)    Banana Boat
9)    Kawasaki
10)    Cible Qui Bouge, La
11)    Baigneuse de Brighton, La
12)    C'est la Vie Qui Veut €a
13)    D‚cadanse, La
14)    Langues de Chat, Les
 
Product Details

Tracks

Performer Notes
  • Producer: Serge Gainsbourg.
  • Recording information: Mercury, Londres; Studios, Dames, Paris.
  • Director: Jean-Claude Vannier.
  • Photographer: Recto Sam Levin.
  • Arranger: Jean-Claude Vannier.
  • On her debut solo album, English-born actress cum chanteuse Jane Birkin asserted her role as a scandalous androgyne courtesy of the songs of Serge Gainsbourg and arranger Jean-Claude Vannier (who co-wrote some numbers with Gainsbourg). Birkin allowed her image to be molded by the willfully scandalous Gainsbourg, who understood her persona entirely and helped to create an image of her as woman in a young boy's body -- one that Birkin claims she held all along but only Gainsbourg understood. That woman played roles both innocent and decadent; she was celebrated in film, but in the U.S., her thin voice resembled a choirboy's and underscored her physical presence. Birkin first appeared on a remake (yet an originally released version) of Gainsbourg's "Je T'Aime...Moi Non Plus" the breathy, mewling, steamy song that brought all of French philosopher Georges Bataille's notions of an impossible yet inescapable erotic love to the fore. She shared billing with Gainsbourg on that album and others. This set, reissued almost 40 years after its initial release, and for the first time in North America by Light in the Attic, is wonderfully remastered, contains an interview with the singer in the liner essay by Andy Beta, full lyric translations, and a pair of bonus tracks from two years earlier, "Le Languages du Chant" and "Le Decadanse," a duet with Gainsbourg (with an organ arrangement borrowed from Bach). Birkin's a one-trick pony as a vocalist, but extremely effective. Whether she's the helpless, innocent Catholic schoolgirl of the title track who is ultra body conscious but nonetheless voices erotic longing, the faux innocent yet seductive and stranded hitchhiker on "Help Camionnerur," or the more overt sexually aggressive libertine in "Mon Amour Baiser," her words and expressions, no matter how innocently they appear, are smoldering. Part of the appeal -- at least -- is the musical palette created by the wizard Vannier. His use of a full string orchestra, acoustic and electric guitars, a trademark, ever-present thumping electric bassline, Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer and acoustic pianos, Farfisa, Vox, Hammond, church organs, and a steady processional with a playfully unobtrusive drum kit, weds the music of cinema to modernist rock, country, and blues-rock sensibilities (check album closer, "C'Est La Vie Qui Veut €a" ). This set is revelatory, an offbeat sensual pop masterpiece that holds up spectacularly nearly half-a-century later. ~ Thom Jurek
Professional Reviews
Record Collector (magazine) (p.77) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "1973's DI DOO DAH is darker than even MELODY's psychodrama."
Ask a Question About this Product More...
Write your question below:
Look for similar items by category
Home » Music » World Music » General
Home » Music » World Music » Europe » French
People also searched for
How Fishpond Works
Fishpond works with suppliers all over the world to bring you a huge selection of products, really great prices, and delivery included on over 25 million products that we sell. We do our best every day to make Fishpond an awesome place for customers to shop and get what they want — all at the best prices online.
Webmasters, Bloggers & Website Owners
You can earn a 5% commission by selling Di Doo Dah on your website. It's easy to get started - we will give you example code. After you're set-up, your website can earn you money while you work, play or even sleep! You should start right now!
Authors / Publishers
Are you the Author or Publisher of a book? Or the manufacturer of one of the millions of products that we sell. You can improve sales and grow your revenue by submitting additional information on this title. The better the information we have about a product, the more we will sell!
Item ships from and is sold by Fishpond.com, Inc.
Back to top