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Serge Gainsbourg — Histoire de Melody Nelson

Histoire de Melody Nelson
Seattle's exceptionally cool Light in the Attic Records has wisely released another long lost classic. This time, it is one by the relatively unknown French icon, Serge Gainsbourg. The album, Histoire de Melody Nelson, was originally released in 1971. The reissue CD (which is also available on LP) has been lovingly remastered and comes with a tome of a booklet that includes generous footnotes, historical information and lyrics in both French and English. Gainsbourg has gone on to achieve cult status in Europe, but has remained under the radar in the United States. I can't figure out why. This album is truly stellar. It seems if his lyrics were sung in English that this would have been rather popular in the US. The music recalls Can, Pink Floyd, the Bad Seeds and Sonic Youth. Yes, this is quite an impressive range.

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Hear Gainsbourg's Histoire de Melody Nelson tonight at, uhh, Gainsbourg

It would make sense that the stylish new bar in Greenwood that had taken Gainsbourg's name would host a listening party for his famous album, Histoire de Melody Nelson, the night before (and it starts tonight at 9pm).

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Light in the Attic re-issues 1971's Histoire De Melody Nelson

With its far-reaching inspiration touching everything from the quintessential rap of De La Soul and The Beatnuts to like-minded and eclectic singer-songwriter Beck, Nelson continues to entrance.

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KEXP DJ / Seattle Weekly Rocket Queen to open bar, Gainsbourg

Gainsbourgh will be opening the first week of November with beer and wine, with cocktails to be added later. Levin has been quoted several times as of late in regards to her Serge Gainsbourg obsession. I just hope to see a little Jane Birkin action in there as well.

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Latest comment by: Hannah Levin: "Aww, thanks so much guys. We're really excited to be part of that neighborhood. We'll have a small stage in back, so we'll also have some low-key music stuff from time to time. Scott Kannberg (a.k.a. "Spiral Stairs", the former guitarist for Pavement) is a ...

Latest comment by: shane: "I still love the James Iha version. "