Paul MacInnes ”Readers recommend: Songs about joblessness” http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/musicblog/2009/jun/18/readers-recommend-joblessness
Les Rita Mitsoukoという文字を見て、懐かしさの感覚に襲われて、リタ・ミツコ*1のデビュー・アルバムのカセットを某女性に送ってもらったのは、ゴダールの『右側に気をつけろ』*2を観た後だったのだろうか、前だったのだろうかと考えたのだが、結局わからなかった*3。それから、” C'est Comme Ca”*4が或る移民問題を扱ったコメディ映画に使われていた筈なのだけれど、題名を思い出せない。ネットを少し彷徨っていたら、リタ・ミツコの片割れであるFred Chichinが2007年11月に亡くなっていたことを知る*5。嗚呼！
Franco – Liberté
Just the one word in French for all I can tell, but still a bewitching piece of music built around an enduring guitar figure capable of lulling you into some kind of trance.
Les Rita Mitsouko – C'est Comme Ca
Remixed by Bowie collaborator Tony Visconti, this for me was the best of the French pop bunch and a cross-channel take on Siouxsie. Good hook.
Miles Davis – Generique
From the soundtrack to Ascenseur pour l'échafaud, Louis Malle's first movie, it's a beautiful, melancholy piece but doesn't make the A-list because, as Abahachi put it, "Does Miles's music for L'Ascenseur ... convey Frenchness in any sense, or just Miles-ness?"
Kassav – Zouk la Se Sel Medikaman Nou Ni
Magicman outdid himself here, nominating this Zouk rump-shaker no fewer than six times. If that all became a bit wearing, the tune certainly didn't, and it's probably my fave of the week. However, as far as I could ascertain, the lyrics weren't in French but a creole variant (I had to stop somewhere!).
Michel Houellebecq – Playa Blanca
Lounge music and drolleries from the literary misanthrope. In future, when I close my eyes and try to think of something French I will come up with this.
The Beatles – Michelle
Told you I like McCartney's strictly-for-the-grannies music, so here's some more. For your delectation, here's what appears to be an excruciatingly upbeat live performance from Wings.
113 Gang – Ouias Gros
The songs recommended by this lot reveal an acute obsession with sampling Kraftwerk and that is nothing to be ashamed of. Trans Europe Express is the track in question here, but twinned with a dope beat and some smooth flow, it's amped up. I see their new album features guest spots from Mobb Deep.
Orleans – David Crosby
Now I know where Fleet Foxes get it from. Under two minutes and full of haunting harmonies, it turns a children's song about cathedrals into a work of mystery.