Thursday, 17 December 2009

Is nothing sacred?

The other day I heard a song on the radio which bears an uncanny resemblance to Voila by Francoise Hardy. It was early morning, I was half asleep, but every now and then a snippet of that unmistakable piano line wafted out of the speakers, and sections of the chord progression sounded very familiar too.

It has taken me until today to look up what it is. Fucking Robbie Williams. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

He can't possibly get away with this can he? Yes, unfortunately he can. Being a payed up member of the PRS I was able to look up who is credited as a writer on the track. There on the database is HARDY, FRANCOISE MARIE AUBINE, though rather cheekily she's not actually been assigned a royalty percentage for having her song heavily sampled/ripped off. I imagine Robbie and his writers first heard Voila when it was used on a Horlicks advert - he's about that cultured.

Enjoy Francoise's original. Then suffer Nobbie's monstrosity if you must...

Right, I'm off to email Francoise to tell her. That'll show Nobbie.

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Serge et Charlotte

I am rubbing my hands together with great excitement and intense friction at the prospect of the Serge Gainsbourg biopic Vie Héroïque which is set for release on 21st January 2010. And if it doesn't get a screening in Brighton or London, I am seriously considering moving to a more Serge-friendly country.

Here is the teaser that's been posted on YouTube recently:

Universal Pictures France has uploaded a few more teasers onto YouTube, some of them even have English subtitles which is promising for a UK release. Look out for some fine prosphetic nose action...

La Musique

There is also an introduction to Les Femmes de Gainsbourg, but for some reason embedding is disabled on that video

Charlotte Gainsbourg, meanwhile has been working with Beck on her new album. The first fruits are very promising: think Broadcast, United States of America, and Can

You can download IRM for free if you sign up to her mailing list

Bandwidth problems solved (for now)

I have moved to a better file space provider, so hopefully all those 'bandwidth exceeded' problems will be a thing of the past.

All active files have been moved to the new location, and links have been updated, but if anyone finds any broken or missing links, please leave a comment to let me know, thanks.

Love and Electronics