Well, it's definitely been a while since I've done a 'musical interlude' post but I'm toying with the idea of doing one every other Sunday (and maybe finally starting up my Silver Screen Sunday posts again on the alternate weeks...) Until I decide, you can all at least (hopefully) enjoy today's music post!
As you all probably know by now, my personal style tends to reflect the fashions of the 1940s and 1950s, but when it comes to music I'm usually more drawn toward the 1960s. This little fact is exactly why I'm so in love with the French singer Fabienne Delsol and her infectious (but never, to me anyway, overbearing) brand of indie-pop music.
Fabienne Delsol's music reflects all of my favourite aspects of 1960s music (wikipedia describes it as a blend of UK garage, pop and psychedelic), with many tunes having a distinct yé-yé flavour. In fact, the first song I ever heard by her was a cover of France Gall's Laisse Tomber Les Filles at a club I used to go to when I was 19 or so. I asked the DJ what it was and he just showed me the cover of the first volume of So Frenchy So Chic and I soon went out to buy it. It wasn't until quite a few years later that I acquired more of her music. As an aside, this song was possibly more famously covered by April March, in English, as Chick Habit, featuring on the soundtrack for Tarantino's Death Proof but also, where I first heard that particular cover, on the soundtrack for But I'm a Cheerleader.
I only have two out of Fabienne Delsol's three albums and am finding it very difficult to find copies of the albums released by the band she was in, The Bristols (except to download on iTunes and I'm rather old-fashioned in that I like having a physical copy of things that I pay for, which is something I'm sure I will have to get over one of these days. I've been searching eBay and there are a few copies floating about, at least). Since I got a turntable for Christmas that isn't attached to a great big ugly 1990s stereo, I've decided to start collecting more vinyl and I think Fabienne Delsol's albums might be some of the few I get!
I mentioned earlier in the post that she was also the singer of a band, The Bristols, who are no longer together. But they made even more fantastic music reminiscent of the 1960s. One of my favourite tracks is this cover of The Dave Clark Five's Can't You See That She's Mine
Hopefully some of you have discovered a new (to you) artist to enjoy because sharing the music I love is definitely one of my greatest pleasures. If you'd like me to continue sharing please let me know - as I said, I'm just toying with the idea of doing this as a regular feature. For now, you can always go to this neat site I found that allows you to stream all of the music posts any individual user makes on their tumblr: trntbl.me. Enjoy!
Andi B. Goode