Thursday, June 26, 2008

New Genre Alert: French-Vanity-Dub

Well, okay, maybe there's only one French-Vanity-Dub album, but it's a doozy. In 1979, probably wacked out of his mind on a little more than just fame, Serge Gainsbourg hopped a plane to Jamaica to make a reggae album.

He enlisted the services of Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare, probably the greatest reggae rhythm section of all time, and the I-Threes, Bob Marley's female back-up trio. Gainsbourg thoroughly offended right-wingers by snarling and moaning his way through his country's national anthem, with the non-French-speaking I-Threes piping an offhand "Aux armes--et cetera" at the chorus.

The whole affair sounds pretty much as confounding as you'd imagine it. It's reggae, but with Serge piping his slightly unnerving, nicotine stained croak on top. I, personally, find the entire record kinda hard to listen to in one sitting. But one track at a time it's a perfect audio nightmare.

Download the song "Aux armes et caetera" here

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