Would Madame et Monsieur care for a little vinyl warmth to start le weekend? How about a double-serving of pure, unadulterated Québécoise sweetness by Karo, on the Trans-Canada Vedettes imprint?
You French pop fans will probably know Karo (real name Caroline Vallée), for her sugar-y 60s HIT 'Un Garçon En Mini-Jupe' (what was it back then with all those boys with long hair and mini-skirts and girls with short hair in trousers?). What you may not know is that she penned the music and lyrics to most of her songs, which certainly wasn't the norm for most female pop artistes back then. These two being perfect examples of her oeuvre, encapsulating an, undoubtedly rose-tinted and very saccharine, world view.
Here she is in double-vision with her ever-present smile and schoolgirl bunches:
And here she is oiling up her motorbike, though possibly not getting ready to join the Ton-Up Club...
...As this evidence suggests...
Could anyone make the prospect of riding pillion with a roaring motorcycle between your legs sound quite so twee as Karo does? "VRROOM! VRROOOOOM!" She squeals as she wraps her arms around her leather-clad beau and they race off down the Route TransCanadienne.
Karo - Sur Ta Moto
On the flip-side, Karo hauls a gang of school kids in and together
they summon up the joyful sound of going away on summer holiday (and not
in sight!). It's absolutely brimful of sunshine and happiness, and then
she slips in a key-change and the cup of glee runneth over.
Altogether now, everybody cheer: "HEYYYYYY!"
Karo - Je M'en Vais En Vacances
[you can download a compilation of Karo's 60s material Un Garçon En Mini-Jupe from 7digital or archambault.ca. If you'd like to buy the 45, there's one in the US on musicstack, a snip at £22.37.]
I have a couple more Karo 45s hanging around, so if you like these songs and want to hear more from her, leave nice comments and it will encourage me to dig them out.