Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Constipated French

Posted By on Wed, Aug 29, 2007 at 9:36 AM

Last night, after a relaxing, late-evening jaunt through Westport, starting with dinner at McCoy's and ending with drinks until last call at Dave's Stagecoach Inn -- and can I just add how cool it was to walk by and see people enjoying live blues at Blayney's and DJs on the Hurricane deck and bands inside the joint on a Tuesday night -- a visiting out-of-town buddy and I went back to my pad and fired up the YouTube ... as men do after a night of fraternal drinking and manly carrying-on.

I wanted to show mon ami this hysterically bizarre duet between French pop godfather Serge Gainsbourg and American voodoo bluesman Screamin' Jay Hawkins. It's them riffing on the song "Constipation Blues." Basically, Hawkins yelps, hoos and makes farting noises while Gainsbourg cracks up and mutters things in French.

My friend hadn't heard of Serge Gainsbourg, so we did a tour de VousTube that led to this video for Gainsbourg's classic "Je T'Aime...Moi Non Plus." G-bourg originally wrote and recorded the song with his lover Brigitte Bardot, but she didn't want him to release it. She was just in it for the hot sex, evidently. They broke up, and after hooking up with gorgeous English actress Jane Birkin, Gainsbourg recorded the song with her and released it. She's the babe in this video. German anthropologists are still at work studying how the goblinlike Gainsbourg got these stunning women.

Watching this video half-bored and fully drunk, my friend observed, "I took a couple of college French classes and never really learned anything, but I would venture that what's going on here is she's saying 'I love you. I'm really hot.' And he's saying, 'I have a jacket.'"

Just thought I'd share that with y'all. Salut. -- Harper

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