Sunday, 29 April 2012

L'Amour à la Chaîne pt.12

Problèmes, problèmes, we've all got 'em.  Violaine had them decidedly, Antoine had them too.

Here is a cover of Antoine's backing band and "1er Groupe Authentique de Rhythm and Blues 100% Français" Les Problèmes by London's premier defunct Jacques Dutronc covers band, DUTRONC.

Recorded at Toe Rag studios and coming from the same stable as Billy Childish, you just know you're in for a good ol' garage racket. Indeed, producer Liam Watson has done a great job of capturing the sound of a garage band playing in a studio but sounding like they are playing in a garage, and I'd like to imagine it's pretty close to what Les Problèmes sounded like live and in the flesh, back in the day (save a few bad pronunciations in the vocal delivery!)

The album is mostly Dutronc covers, plus a couple of Childish originals and the wonkiest version of/response to Je T'Aime... Moi Non Plus I've yet heard.  The sleeve has been authentically set out in the style of a 60s Disques Vogue release, including informations en Français, par example 'Stereo "Watsonique"' and 'Coiffure de Parsley: Gino de Cricklewood' (Parsley is the singer, and this is probably only funny to anyone who, like me, has actually been to Cricklewood. Although there is a rather poignant tribute to Gino, who died in 2006).

Ladies and Gentlemen readers, I give you DUTRONC!

Dutronc - Dodecaphonie
[buy Dutronc! Dutronc! Dutronc! by Dutronc from Damaged Goods Records]

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 ChaîneFrançoise Hardy - Je Changerais D'Avis > Les 5 Gentlemen – Cara-Lin > Add N To (X) – Monster Bobby > Serge Gainsbourg – Le Poinçonneur des Lilas > Les Shades – Orage Mécanique > Gillian Hills - Rentre Sans Moi > Zombie Zombie - Psychic Harmonia > Michel Polnareff - Qui a Tué Grand'Maman? > Christine Pilzer - L'Horloge De Grand-PèreViolaine - J'ai Des Problèmes Décidement > Dutronc - Dodecaphonie > ?

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