Monday, 25 February 2019

Monday Long Song

Jean-Claude Vannier

Despite a running time that makes it feel more like a generous EP, 'Histoire de Melody Nelson' remains one of the most important and influential albums of Serge Gainsbourg's career - indeed of the 1970s as a whole. If you're at all familiar with the music of David Holmes, Broadcast, Mick Harvey, Massive Attack, Portishead, Stereolab or any number of other Gainsbourg disciples, you will have heard echoes of this record in their work. The basic tracks for the LP were recorded in London with the aid of largely uncredited British session musicians, before co-composer/arranger Jean-Claude Vannier added strings back in France. The 2011 Deluxe Edition of 'Histoire de Melody Nelson' adds a disc of out-takes and a DVD documentary to the story. From the former, here's a chance to fully appreciate the genius of Jean-Claude Vannier via an instrumental version of the album's closing track 'Cargo Culte'.

Serge Gainsbourg - Cargo Culte (Instrumental)


drew said...

Sampled on Don't Die Just Yet by David Holmes. Great to hear the source

Rol said...

Other than Mick Harvey - who did a blatant Gainsbourg covers album which I own and although I liked some of the tracks on, some of the "magic" felt rather lost in translation - I'd never considered any of the other acts you list as Gainsbourg disciples up until now. I feel like you've done a big join-the-dots exercise in my head and left me thinking: d'oh.

Rol said...

P.S. Your captcha is like The Krypton Factor this week.

Swiss Adam said...

David Holmes, as Drew says, is where I came to Cargo Culte from.

Brian said...

If you asked 10 people when this came out you would get 10 very different answers. Timeless.

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