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- Serge Gainsbourg's 'Je T'Aime': ''So sexy!''http://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p0159b34.jpg2013-02-19T13:52:00ZContributor Deanna recalls her reaction to the record that the BBC wouldn't allow her to hear: ''So fabulous... so sexy!''http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/artists/b21ef19b-c6aa-4775-90d3-3cc3e067ce6d?clipfocus=p0159b3pSelected ClipSelected ClipAudio 11 s
Serge Gainsbourg's 'Je T'Aime': ''So sexy!''
- Serge Gainsbourg's 'Je T'Aime': ''Quite a pleasant tune...''http://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01599d1.jpg2013-02-19T13:39:00ZContributor Patsy remembers thinking'Je T'Aime' was ''quite a nice tune, even though I wouldn't have bought it,'' despite the record being banned from the airwaves.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/artists/b21ef19b-c6aa-4775-90d3-3cc3e067ce6d?clipfocus=p01599d6Selected ClipSelected ClipAudio 17 s
Serge Gainsbourg's 'Je T'Aime': ''Quite a pleasant tune...''
- Jane Birkin: Being Serge Gainsbourg's Musehttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02clvzw.jpg2013-02-05T00:00:00ZActress and singer Jane Birkin speaks about her relationship with Serge Gainsbourg and what it was like being his muse.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/artists/b21ef19b-c6aa-4775-90d3-3cc3e067ce6d?clipfocus=p014pytlSelected ClipSelected ClipAudio 4 mins
Jane Birkin: Being Serge Gainsbourg's Muse
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Serge Gainsbourg (born Lucien Ginsburg;; 2 April 1928 – 2 March 1991) was a French singer, songwriter, pianist, film composer, poet, painter, screenwriter, writer, actor and director. Regarded as one of the most important figures in French popular music, he was renowned for his often provocative and scandalous releases, as well as his diverse artistic output, which embodied genres ranging from jazz, mambo, world, chanson, pop and yé-yé, to rock and roll, progressive rock, reggae, electronic, disco, new wave and funk. Gainsbourg's varied musical style and individuality make him difficult to categorize although his legacy has been firmly established and he is often regarded as one of the world's most influential popular musicians.
His lyrical work incorporated a vast amount of clever word play to hoodwink the listener, often for humorous, provocative, satirical or subversive reasons. Common types of word play in his songs include mondegreen, onomatopoeia, rhyme, spoonerism, dysphemism, paraprosdokian and pun. Through the course of his career, Gainsbourg wrote over 550 songs, which have been covered more than a thousand times by a wide range of artists. Since his death, Gainsbourg's music has reached legendary stature in France. He has also gained a cult following in the English-speaking world, with numerous artists influenced by his arrangements.