Friday, 7 January 2011

L'Amour à la Chaîne pt.3

Happy New Year!

Our first (proper) post of 2011 is the next step in the chain of love: The link is Marseille, where a certain Italian composer heard the 3-note police siren that inspired the stirring and monumental Je Changerais D'Avis...

Les 5 Gentlemen formed in Corsica as Les Ambitieux, but set up base in Marseille where they switched names and honed their Franco-R'n'B psych-garage sound. They also had a pop at the British pop charts releasing one single - Daytime: an English language cover of Dis-Nous Dylan - under the name of Darwin's Theory.  It bombed.  In 1966 they released their first ep for Riviera with a true freakbeat stomper as the lead track.

Cara-Lin, is a cover of a song originally written and recorded by the writer/producer team of Bob Feldman, Jerry Goldstein and Richard Gottehrer (aka FGG Productions) for their faux-Aussie garage band The Strangeloves.

Check out this freakout Scopitone of Les Gents performing under the arches at some crazy, drug-fuelled happening.

Other essentials by Les 5 Gentlemen include the acid-nightmare LSD 25 and piano-led belter Si Tu Reviens Chez Moi.

Les 5 Gentlemen - Cara-Lin
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L'Amour à la Chaîne: what will be the next link in the chain? Leave your suggestions and reasons in the comments.
Jacques Dutronc - L'Amour à la Chaîne > Françoise Hardy - Je Changerais D'Avis > Les 5 Gentlemen – Cara-Lin > ?

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