French music

There is a certain snobbery against French music but recent years have made it trendier than it used to be with the likes of Air and Daft Punk achieving some crossover appeal. Well one thing you can’t be obsessed with if you like French music is novelty – the output is not as vast as the anglo-saxon world so it’s no surprise that artists such as Brel, Brassens or Gainsbourg (all dead for half a century between them) still remain in most people’s cd collections. Here’s an early 1990s effort from Axel Bauer: lyrically it’s quite clever as tends to be the case with most French lyrics – music often being a pretext for the text – but I still enjoy playing the riff on my guitar years later. Can’t be all bad, can it? (ignore the dreadful velours t-shirt if you can)

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