Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Serge Gainsbourg for Bastille Day

Last time I was in Paris I saw Serge Gainsbourg in a televised concert singing (if that is the word) his Jamaican-flavoured version of the Marsellaise, “Aux Armes et Caetera”. He was smoking, in both senses. It was a fantastic performance which unfortunately has not been stolen and posted on YouTube, but here he is miming (and smoking) to his studio recording: the music is played by Sly and Robbie, with backing vocals by Rita Marley, Judy Mowatt and Marcia Griffiths. Reggae heaven.


Bob Smith (the other one) said...

Last time you were in Paris? He died in 1991.

Stephen Stratford said...

Sad but true. I don't get out so much these days.