Chanson Du Jour: La Javanaise

Chanson Du Jour 10/26/2016: Pauline Croze performing “La Javanaise”

I think Serge Gainsbourg’s songwriting was at its best when he wasn’t attempting to shock with his “audio vérité” smutty songs. While 1967’s ” Je t’aime, Moi Non Plus” feels a bit skeevy today, “La Javanaise” feels like a cool breeze while walking along the Left Bank.

In this great 2010 clip from French TV’s Nouveaux Talents, Pauline Croze’ soulful wordless verse (1:35 to 2:20) is particularly merveilleux. Other good versions? Give a Spotify listen to Gainsbourg’s original and also one from (wait for it… wait for it…) Iggy Pop!  Continue reading “Chanson Du Jour: La Javanaise”