Even tolerant music fans shudder inwardly at the mention of the concept album, a largely prog rock genre that spawned many of the greatest aesthetic indiscretions of the '70s. L'Homme à Tête de Chou (The Man with the Cabbage Head) is a concept album and shares some of prog's general characteristics, but it's unlike anything emanating from rock's beardy depths. In the spirit of his 1971 masterpiece Histoire de Melody Nelson, Gainsbourg sets this album's brief tale amid a widescreen musical canvas. Whereas Melody Nelson was provocative without being explicit, the gravel-voiced Gallic lecher goes X-rated here – albeit without sacrificing his poetic élan.
L'Homme à tête de chou (Cabbage-Head Man), featuring the new character Marilou and sumptuous orchestral themes. Cabbage-Head Man is one of his nicknames, as it refers to his ears. Musically, L'homme à tête de chou turned out to be Gainsbourg's last LP in the English rock style he had favoured since the late 1960s.
Dix ans déjà que Serge Gainsbourg nous a quitté (le 2 mars 1991). L'ouvrage Gainsbourg inédit présente une interview exclusive de Serge Gainsbourg, réalisé par Jean-Luc Leray (responsable Antenne FIP) et Patrick Chompré (producteur RFI), où Serge Gainsbourg raconte sa vie : ses origines, sa vie, sa culture, ses femmes, sa musique, l'alcool …
Classic album from the controversial French singer/songwriter, originally released in 1971. Sex has always sold, but presented with a landmark musical backdrop, the combination is rare as finding the elusive "G Spot". Quite often, attempts fall flaccid, missing the titillating mark by a mile. But French icon and national treasure Serge Gainsbourg is no stranger to sexual proclivities, and with Histoire De Melody Nelson, he shared an erotic tale as seductive today as the day it was released. With help from actress, amour, and inspiration Jane Birkin, arranger/conductor and co-conspirator Jean-Claude Vannier, not to mention a tight hand picked crew of top shelf UK session musicians, Nelson is often cited as Gainsbourg's master work, an essential album for the discerning music lover.
Toujours épaulé de Jean-Claude Vannier, esthète des arrangements, Serge Gainsbourg anticipe dès 1971 ses variations sur un même thème, celui de l'amour et ses désillusions. Le Paris de Saint-Germain-des-Près, que ce dandy désabusé empreint de culture jazzy traverse en peaufinant son esprit acerbe et caustique, n'est plus qu'un lointain souvenir. Désormais, Lucien Ginzburg défraie la chronique en écrivant un véritable concept album L'Histoire de Melody Nelson. En 7 compositions, dont deux de plus de 7 minutes, Gainsbourg raconte les aventures d'une garçonne aux cheveux rouges, "aimable petite conne" qui trouvera la mort à bord d'un boeing 707. Chef-d'oeuvre particulièrement prisé par les inconditionnels de Gainsbourg, L'Histoire de Melody Nelson récitée par celui qui n'est pas encore "L'homme à la tête de chou" navigue entre ballade, valse et rock basique. Un classique incontournable. –Sabrina Silamo
As early as 1961, Serge Gainsbourg was one of the most extraordinary artists of the French pop scene, and during the first part of the '60s the crooner produced a series of outrageously brilliant albums with producer/arranger Alain Goraguer. One of his most intoxicating amalgams of jazz and pop styles, L'Etonnant Serge Gainsbourg comes highly recommended to fans of '60s French pop. An utterly essential early document of Serge Gainsbourg while he was still a mildly respectable man – but that's not say there aren't hints of his notorious decadence in this early work.
You're Under Arrest, Gainsbourg's final album, was another collaboration with American Billy Rush in New Jersey. It's difficult to say what Rush was going for here with Gainsbourg. There's the feeling that Rush was taken with both Nile Rodgers' Chic and Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five (especially with the "hugh, hugh, hugh" in the refrains). These are overly slick funk tunes that border on both new wave and rap, and seem to leave the subtle ironies of Gainsbourg's demented lyrics behind – which is too bad because this record is a step up lyrically from Love on the Beat.
Serge Gainsbourg's fascination with the noisier bodily functions has been well-documented, both by his biographers and by his own records. Who else, after all, would commission Sly & Robbie to lay down their earthiest, dubbiest reggae rhythm, then punctuate it with nonstop farting noises ("Evguenie Sokolov" from 1981's Mauvaises Nouvelles des Etoiles album)? Who else would write a novel about a gas-stricken painter who turns his body-burps to his artistic advantage? And whose else could conceive an album dedicated in its near-entirety to…well, the song titles tell that story: "La Poupee Qui Fait" translates as "The Doll That Goes to the Toilet," the title track documents the messier consequences of anal sex, and "Des Vents, des Pets, des Boums" means, simply, "Wind, Farts, Booms."