Poll: are you familiar with Serge Gainsbourg?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by bass12, Dec 10, 2021.

  1. Yes, I am familiar with his name and his music

    70 vote(s)
  2. I know the name but don't really know the man's music

    15 vote(s)
  3. Is he the guy who made that sex record in the sixties?

    5 vote(s)
  4. Serge who?

    95 vote(s)
  1. bass12

    bass12 Have You Met Grace Jones?

    Jun 8, 2008
    Montreal, Canada
    Are you familiar with Serge Gainsbourg? If so then to what degree would you say you are familiar with his music and/or his life story?
  2. jerry

    jerry Too old for a hiptrip Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 1999
    I thought I had pretty big music radar but that name came up nada in my memory banks, I will investigate now though.
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  3. bass12

    bass12 Have You Met Grace Jones?

    Jun 8, 2008
    Montreal, Canada
    The album of his that you might find most interesting is Aux Armes Et Caetera (with Sly & Robbie).
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  4. Michedelic

    Michedelic MId-Century Modern

    Hell yeah, big fan here. But I’m also into related under the radar stuff like Jacques Brel and Scott Walker, plus all the Ye-Ye girl pop. Serge was a character, had a long idiosyncratic career, but as a French language only artist, was only going to be a cult item. So, yeah, OK, “Je T’aime” and all that, but there’s other great tracks…

    (covered by the band Luna)

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  5. Oddly


    Jan 17, 2014
    Dublin, Ireland.
    I know the name, and of course, Je T'Aime was a great song...loved the distinctive bass sound.
    (A great thread on that, including input from the man responsible here...Serge Gainsbourg - that Je t'aime bass sound (Again) | TalkBass.com)
    I've got an album of his somewhere...my french is hopeless, but he sounded so so cool.
    I actually did sound for a show Jane Birkin did in Dublin years ago...a truly classy woman.
  6. bass12

    bass12 Have You Met Grace Jones?

    Jun 8, 2008
    Montreal, Canada
    Thanks for linking that thread - very cool to hear from the actual bassist on those sessions.
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  7. hennessybass

    hennessybass Supporting Member

    Oct 11, 2008
    Bayou City
    Years ago a guy I lived with had a couple records, and I used to love them. Really cool.
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  8. Against Will

    Against Will Supporting Member

    Dec 10, 2003
    Big Sound Central
    Very interesting and talented songwriter. Also a huge creep.
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  9. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    For the first time in my life I read the name Serge Gainsbourg about ten seconds ago.
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  10. Swerve


    Nov 22, 2002
    Portland, OR
    I learned of him from this weird video that someone shared of FB.

  11. deste


    Sep 14, 2009
    Bologna, Italy, Europe
    Endorsing Artist: GullanskyLab pickups
    A true giant, in my humble opinion.
    A very gifted songwriter, an icon, creator of delightful puns and mots d'esprit.
    And, lucky!, an ugly man who was loved by women like Brigitte Bardot, Catherine Deneuve, and the wooooonderful Jane Birkin
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  12. A couple of years ago I bought his "la Pacha" soundtrack through Turntable Lab.

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  13. Don Kasper

    Don Kasper Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    These gentlemen are familiar with Mr. Gainsbourg's work...
    Merci, Merci, Mercy.
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  14. Tanner5382


    Sep 26, 2010
    Georgia, USA
    No, never heard of him.
  15. His album with Sly and Robbie (RIP) is fire!!! Mostly because of Sly and Robbie though...
  16. Thumpin6string

    Thumpin6string Supporting Member

    Apr 25, 2013
    Shoals Indiana
  17. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    Had his hand on a lot of different songs. And held his cigarettes too long. Seems like the kind of guy who would rip the filter off a Marlboro.
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  18. bass12

    bass12 Have You Met Grace Jones?

    Jun 8, 2008
    Montreal, Canada
    There were two albums recorded with Sly & Robbie: Aux Armes Et Caetera (1979) and Mauvaises Nouvelles Des Etoiles (1981). I think Aux Armes is the better album but Mauvaises Nouvelles has some nice playing on it. Both albums were re-released in the early 2000s with additional dub and DJ versions.
  19. sikamikanico


    Mar 17, 2004
    Interesting character, great musician. Was into him a lot about 10 years ago… I mostly know his late 60s/early 70s music. Melody Nelson is of course a classic, and thanks to the link above I now know it wasn’t Herbie Flowers on bass! (Or was he?) :)

    interestingly, just the other day I was thinking about him, more about his private life. Cannot decide if i find his story rather sad or not, particularly the last 10 years…

    gotta check out Aux Armes, it didn’t impress me last time I gave it a go, but my tastes have changed…
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  20. D.A.R.K.

    D.A.R.K. Supporting Member

    Aug 20, 2003
    Extremely familiar. *I've toured extensively in France for many years
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